Cuba

Development & Education

For the first time in 50 years, a group of Cuban students just arrived in Florida carrying student visas

Miami has always been a hub for Cuban ex-pats. But recently, a group of students from the island just arrived in Florida carrying student visas. It marks the first academic trip of its kind since the revolution started 50 years ago. With the island loosening travel restrictions, programs like this are now emerging.

Global Scan

Even Mandela meets his heroes in heaven

One of Nelson Mandela's own heroes, boxer Baby Jake Matlala, died just two days after the former South African president. While those two may be meeting in heaven, down here, people are analyzing Mandela's memorial service — from Obama's handshake with Castro to a man who pretended to interpret the ceremony for the deaf. And China tries a positive spin on its pollution, all in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

Mandela brings people together, even in death

World leaders and regular people gathered Tuesday in South Africa to honor Nelson Mandela — a man who was labelled a terrorist by the US until 8 years ago, a friend of China and Cuba, and now a symbol of hope and reconciliation for millions. We also look at Saudi Arabia's interest in its own human genome project, one of the most extreme zipline rides in the world, and a video game where the villian is alcoholism. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

What might have happened if Kennedy had lived?

The Cuban missile crisis had an epilogue that few know — the Kennedy administration was in secret talks with Cuba around a reconciliation. In current news, several women in London have been held in slavery for years, Europe contemplates its own NSA-proof cloud computing facility, and we visit Ford Nation — the Toronto mayor's fans who insist they'll vote for him again. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

Arts, Culture & Media

Global Hit - Gonzalo Ascencio

Anchor Lisa Mullins profiles Cuban songwriter, Gonzalo Ascencio. Known mostly by his nickname Tio Tom, he wrote hundreds of rumbas, but got little credit. Now 17 after his death, a new CD pays tribute to the man some call the "Irving Berlin of rumba."

Arts, Culture & Media

Global Hit

The World's Marco Werman presents the just-released CD by two of Cuba's greatest living musicians, Pablo Milanes and Chucho Valdes. For today's Geo Quiz, we were looking for the body of water where Cyclone Aila gathered strength. The massive storm went ashore in India and Bangladesh...but it began over the Bay of Bengal -- the answer to our quiz.

Global Scan

Mandela brings people together, even in death

World leaders and regular people gathered Tuesday in South Africa to honor Nelson Mandela — a man who was labelled a terrorist by the US until 8 years ago, a friend of China and Cuba, and now a symbol of hope and reconciliation for millions. We also look at Saudi Arabia's interest in its own human genome project, one of the most extreme zipline rides in the world, and a video game where the villian is alcoholism. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

Global Politics

Secret history of talks with Cuba

President-elect Barack Obama has said he could talk directly with Cuba's leaders. And as Cuba-scholar Peter Kornbluh tell us, this is not a new idea. Just about every U.S. president for the last 50 years has attempted some sort of quiet talks with the Cubans. President George W. Bush was not one of them, though.

Arts, Culture & Media

Buika

Spanish singer Buika has a new album, it's a collaboration with Chucho Valdes. It's is a tribute to one of Buika's influences. Betto Arcos has the story.