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Global Politics

US contractor Alan Gross starts a hunger strike in hopes of being released from a Cuban military prison

US Contractor Alan Gross has been imprisoned in Cuba for the last four years on charges of spying. He's now going on a hunger strike. He says it's to protest both the Cuban and US government. Peter Kornbluh, of the National Security Archive, explains the real danger of Gross doing such a move, both for the contractor and for US Cuban relations.

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

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

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.

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.