Little more than a year after the US and Cuba announced plans to begin normalizing relations, the two countries announced the resumption of direct, scheduled commercial flights between them — which haven't existed in more than 50 years.
Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and Roman Catholic Pope Francis met in the Western Hemisphere's least religious country, the first meeting since the 1000-year-old divorce between their two Christian sects. Here's how the Middle East brought them to the Caribbean.
When Barack Obama arrives in Havana he will be only the second sitting US president to set foot on Cuban soil. The last visit was by Calvin Coolidge in 1928. That visit was marred by drunken shenanigans on the part of reporters and officials happy to get away from the restrictions of Prohibition.
A statue of John Lennon has been seated on a bench in a Havana park for the last 13 years. Problem was, Lennon's circular glasses kept getting stolen — that is, until an aging Cuban man became his guardian.
NASA's Mars missions may not have been as cheap as the recent Indian mission, but their rovers and orbiters continue to provide stunning discoveries. Earlier this month, one of the rovers sent back a photo that seemed decidedly out of place: a round sphere, like a 16th century cannonball. Meanwhile, in India, women are being celebrated for their central mission in that country's Mars mission. And one man tries to smuggle 51 turtles into Canada, by taping them to his body.
As the pre-trial resumed Monday, the proceeding has almost become a forum to debate how America deals with what the Bush administration called "enhanced interrogation techniques" — what most authorities now call "torture."
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.