Russia sent two long-range bombers to Venezuela Wednesday and will send warships and soldiers for joint exercises in November.
Officials in Moscow deny any link between the conflict in Georgia and the Caribbean exercises.
Critics decry slashing of agricultural aid as US tries to balance competing foreign relief priorities.
John Parke Wright, with close ties to the Castro brothers, says Cuba is starting to open up economically.
Robert Scheidt is poised to win another sailing medal for his soccer-crazy country.
In the chaos of upended lives after 9/11, a cricket connection is made.