It's often the small signals that matter in diplomacy. And today had a doozy. President Obama greeted Cuba's President Raul Castro, as Obama was making his way to the podium to speak at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Did it mean something?
South African writer and Nobel Prize winner Nadine Gordimer has died at her home in Johannesburg at the age of 90. The accomplished novelist was also beloved for her staunch anti-apartheid activism and mentoring of black South African writers.
South African couple Monique Joubert and Rui Moca promised each other that next time it snowed in Johannesburg they would get married. So when it snowed Tuesday, they called a local radio station and organized it in three hours.