Cuba had relied on Venezuela to prop up its economy. But with that support uncertain, the Castro brothers appear to have decided to come in from the cold.
Today's announcement of restored diplomatic ties between Cuba and the US comes after five decades of antagonism, including the 54-year-old US trade embargo against the Communist island. The Christian Science Monitor covered the embargo from the start.
Editorials in English-language media are casting blame on everyone from the prime minister to opposition firebrand Imran Khan to Army leaders. Across the border, Indian media are urging a further crackdown on the Taliban.
Four years after the start of the so-called Arab Spring, the US is back to business as usual with a military regime in Egypt.
A European court's ruling that Hamas was incorrectly listed as a terrorist organization may look like a win for the group. But, like the various European votes to recognize a Palestinian state, it may change little.
Cuban-Americans in South Florida were torn after President Obama's announcement that he would restore ties with Cuba. Long seen as a monolithic group opposed to the Castro regime, 68 percent of Miami-Dade County's Cuban-American population said they favored diplomatic relations in a recent poll.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, of Alabama, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee for the past four years ended his effort Wednesday to becomes the panel's chairman. Sen. Mike Enzi, of Wyoming, will head the committee.
Nathaniel Kibby faces charges including kidnapping, sexual assault, robbery, and criminal threatening in the case of a 15 year-old New Hampshire girl he is accused of kidnapping at gunpoint in 2013.
On Wednesday, a judge threw out the conviction of George Stinney, who at 14, was the youngest person to be executed in the United States in 1944. In the span of three months he was arrested, convicted of murdering two young girls, and sent to the electric chair.
When those who hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment then threatened a 9/11-type attack if 'The Interview' was released, major theater groups said they wouldn’t show the film. Sony then canceled its Christmas Day release.
In opening official ties with Cuba, President Obama made sure to focus on the Cuban people more than the Castro regime. Globalization, such as the Internet, has empowered individuals, making governments less important to the forces of change.
Saudi Arabia's oil wealth gives it enormous influence in the world. Decisions made in Riyadh are felt from Moscow to North Dakota, Venezuela to Iran.
The Taliban massacre of school children, meant to avenge a military offensive, has stirred political leaders to unite. Perhaps this will lead to firm civilian control of the military and put an end to leniency toward all types of armed groups outside state authority.
Despite its many woes, the region of 350 million people has enough potent possibilities to call for an overarching vision. Any prophets, however, may not arise among current leaders, but rather among the people.
For the first time, all nations agree to take some action on global warming. While the deeds may be minimal and voluntary, the collective nature of the Lima Accord can help alleviate fears and lead to a treaty in 2015.
Employers have been hiring at a faster clip. The official unemployment rate has fallen from 10 percent of the labor force five years ago to 5.8 percent today. Households have lightened their debt loads. And now a plunge in oil prices is acting like a holiday gift for consumers.
If you're on the lookout to buy a notebook as a holiday gift, we've compiled this week's best laptop deals.
Millions of consumers are getting an end-of-year boost: the main gauge of consumer prices fell in November by the largest amount in six years, driven down by plunging fuel costs and price declines for items such as clothing and used cars.
We all love to see the shine and excitement on our kids faces when they see their presents on Christmas morning. That's why we've rounded up five of our favorite gift deals for kids, including 36 cans of Play-Doh at 44 cents a piece, a Dora and Friends bilingual play set at a $17 low, and more.
The wealth gap between upper and middle income US families is now at its widest point in at least 30 years, according to a Pew study released Wednesday. Rich Americans have begun to regain the wealth lost during the Great Recession, while lower and middle income families lag behind.
Annual average temperatures have continued to rise for Arctic as a whole throughout the recent slowdown in the pace of global warming, according to a new analysis.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration announced Wednesday that the state will ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Opponents of the ban claim that the governor's concerns about health and environmental impacts are unfounded.
President Obama has made Alaska's Bristol Bay off limits to oil and gas drilling. Green groups applauded the move, but the oil and gas industry's response was muted. A sign of compromise? Sort of.
New York fracking ban comes as state officials deem that shale gas extraction carries unacceptable risks that haven't been sufficiently studied. New York has had a temporary fracking ban in place since the environmental review began in 2008.
Plummeting oil prices and tightening sanctions are taking their toll on the Russian economy, combining to push the Russian ruble off a cliff. Moscow's move to prop up state-owned oil company Rosneft has only exacerbated the currency crisis in Russia.
BlackBerry goes back to its roots with a smart phone that features a traditional keyboard.
Sony unveiled a small module that clips onto a pair of glasses, adding a screen, camera, and Wi-Fi connectivity to any shades. The Sony module will be available next year, and the company will show it off at the CES expo in January.
Design iterations allowed in 3-D printing have allowed a 1-year-old adopted dog to run comfortably, even though she was born without tiny front legs.
The US Navy is developing a robotic fish drone that mimics the behavior of a blue fin tuna, but looks like a shark. Top speed: 40 knots, or about 46 mph.
A jury found Apple not guilty in a decade-old case alleging that the company behaved in a anticompetitive manner by making its iTunes software and iPod music players incompatible with rival services. The trial featured a videotaped deposition from Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, in which he recounted how Apple had to secure its software from hacking attempts.
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has detected organic chemicals inside a Martian rock, further bolstering the case that the Red Planet was once habitable.
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has detected water locked inside a rock, shedding light on what the Red Planet's surface water was like billions of years ago.
The outreach team for NASA's MESSENGER probe is seeking potential names for craters on Mercury to be submitted for consideration by the International Astronomical Union.
Just a week after announcing that bodies of liquid water could have persisted on Mars long enough to sustain microbial life, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover team say they have detected signs of organic compounds in its rocks and methane in its air.
The methane measurements are of keen interest because they could have a biological origin, although at this point that remains an open question, scientists caution.
Monitor critic Peter Rainer chooses the best 10 movies of the year. What films made his list?
"Mr. Kent" has been guiding children across the street in East Dallas, Texas, for more than a decade. The Lakewood fathers of those children decided to pay it forward.
This delicious tart can either be served as an appetizer or with a hearty salad as an entree for four.
The actress and director of the new film 'Unbroken' has said she has a team to help monitor her kid's activity online. What are the options for parents without the budget for a cybersecurity team?
Toy makers are taking steps to build toys that model business leaders for girls, but are they missing the point as they pick wardrobes and professions that perpetuate stereotypes?
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Heather Vogel Frederick, author of the 'Mother-Daughter Book Club' books, returns to New England to create a cozy setting for her new series.
'Here's to local governments waking up to the fact that bookstores and libraries are essential to our way of life,' Patterson said in a statement. 'Here's to media coverage of books, booksellers, and publishers, and to a wiser, more literate America.'
Bridwell wrote and illustrated more than 150 titles for Scholastic, according to the publisher. Two 'Clifford' titles are still forthcoming.
Eugene Yelchin, author of 'Breaking Stalin's Nose,' offers a wonderful companion novel for middle-grade readers.
During an appeals court hearing on the Department of Justice's price-fixing case against Apple, some judges argued against the DOJ, asserting that Apple was simply challenging 'predatory' pricing from rival Amazon.