In Cuba, basic aspects of democracy as they exist in the US are rarely seen. So when the communist leader was faced with a free press questioning him about political prisoners on the island, he just said there were none.
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.
Lobster implies luxury — no matter how it's prepared or where you're eating it. But not long ago, lobsters in the US were so cheap and unwanted that eating them was considered "cruel and unusual punishment." Here's how that changed.
The rum we're all familiar with has a cousin that's got a lot more flavor, a lot more personality, and it's only now coming onto the US market. But this rhum has been a hit in the bars and restaurants and France.
You've probably never heard of switchel, and for good reason — it was a popular drink during early America's agricultural days, kind of like cider or lemonade. But the concoction is making a comeback on supermarket shelves and in trendy bars.
A few weeks back, there was a lot talk about Haitian immigrants facing the prospect of being kicked out of the Dominican Republic. Even people of Haitian descent born in the DR. Dominican authorities set a June 17 deadline for immigrants — mostly Haitian — to apply for legal status or risk deportation. The mass deportations haven't materialized. And the Haitian and Dominican governments continue to say that the Haitians who have left have mostly 'self-deported' on a voluntary basis. But some Haitians who did leave tell a different story.
USAID contractor Alan Gross completed his fifth year in a Cuban jail on Wednesday, and his family says his mental state is deteriorating rapidly. But a proposal for a prisoner swap with Cuba is still too much of a political lightning rod.
As immigration reform measures have moved slowly forward, many groups have had special programs built in for them. There's a proposal to help the Irish, another for people with backgrounds in science or math, but one group of immigrants may lose out: people from African countries looking to come here legally.
French has long been the language of education in Haiti, despite the fact that few Haitians actually speak it. But while their native tongue, Creole, was once disdained as merely broken French, there's now a movement to make it the centerpiece of teaching on the island.
At first glance Old Providence is paradise, a small Caribbean island with palm trees swaying in the breeze, white sands and emerald waters, untouched by mass tourism. But the island has a guilty secret — the huge number of people who have turned to drug-running and then disappeared.