Jitters in Havana as great patron departs

Miami Herald The death of Hugo Chavez has given free rein to fears that Cuba will plunge into an economic abyss again if Caracas halts its subsidies, estimated at well above the massive aid that the Soviet Union...

US government contractor jailed in Cuba ends hunger strike

A US contractor imprisoned in Cuba ended a hunger strike on Friday after eight days of protesting against his treatment by the Cuban and US governments while serving a 15-year term for illegally...

Dino Bouterse and the plot to build a Hezbollah base in Suriname

Dino Bouterse: facing a life sentence plus 15 years.

William Rosenau How a president's son and some Mexican drug smugglers tried to help Islamic terrorists attack the United States.

Gangster Al Capone's mansion on the market

Notorious American gangster Al Capone, pictured at a football game in 1931.

Zachary Fagenson The sprawling, waterfront compound where notorious Chicago gangster Al Capone died after being released from Alcatraz is for sale.

US spying on our neighbours through embassies

Philip Dorling The United States is tapping telephones and monitoring communications networks from electronic surveillance facilities in US embassies and consulates across east and south-east Asia, according to...

Obama-Castro handshake - a sign of Mandela-like reconciliation?

barack obama, raul castro

Rosa-Tania Valdes For sure it's just what Mandela would have wanted, but does it amount to more than that?

Cuba lets citizens buy new cars

Vintage cars in Havana.

Marc Frank For the first time since the 1959 revolution, Cubans will have the right to buy new vehicles without government permission.

Fidel Castro makes rare public appearance

Rare appearance: Former Cuban president Fidel Castro.

Former Cuban president Fidel Castro has appeared in public for the first time in nine months, attending an art gallery opening near his home.

Assange pushes Snowden bid for Ecuador asylum

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

Philip Dorling WikiLeaks has brokered an offer of political asylum in Ecuador for United States intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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Snowden affair turns into Cold War caper

US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden

Paul McGeough The 30-year-old’s no-show at Sheremetyevo Airport was acknowledged only with stony silence by Russian authorities.

Mystery as Snowden misses flight

Edward Snowden

Paul McGeough The US is turning to the riskier tools in the diplomatic kitbag, openly mocking Russia and China in the Cold War thriller that could be called The Pursuit of Edward Snowden, as the star fleshes out a...

Snowden mystery deepens at Moscow airport

US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden

Moscow: Moscow's main airport swarmed with journalists from around the globe Wednesday, but the man they were looking for, National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, was nowhere to be seen.

US anger as Snowden slips the net

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

Paul McGeough Managing to stay several steps ahead of the long arm of US law, intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden seems to have won the support of governments with little or no regard for a principle Mr...

Snowden's Moscow airport stay takes on fairytale air

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Kathy Lally, Will Englund Moscow: Every year about 25 million passengers enter Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, and usually they come out again. Not the whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Snowden agrees to asylum in Venezuela: top lawmaker

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden has agreed to an offer of asylum from Venezuela, a top Russian lawmaker said on Twitter before removing the post.

Pressure on stranded Snowden


Paul McGeough The silence is deafening. Here we are, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia all say they will take Edward Snowden and the Russians are telling him to push off – but the 30-year-old who leaked...

9/11 terror plotter masterminds vacuum cleaner

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Adam Goldman Confined to the basement of a CIA secret prison in Romania about a decade ago, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the admitted mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, asked his jailers whether he could embark...

Phony rum kills seven in Cuba, leaving dozens hospitalised

A glass of rum.

Havana: Seven Cubans have died and more than 40 have been hospitalised, eight in critical condition, after drinking wood alcohol, or industrial methanol, they thought was rum, the public health...

Report: Snowden stayed at Russian consulate while in Hong Kong

Edward Snowden

Will Englund Before American fugitive Edward Snowden arrived in Moscow in June - an arrival that Russian officials have said caught them by surprise - he spent several days living at the Russian Consulate in Hong...

Nicolas Maduro's claims of plots against his life dismissed


A senior Barack Obama administration official is disputing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s claim that plots against his life by former United States government officials forced him to cancel a...