Detente between US and Cuba triggers mixed reactions

Long-time Cuban exiles in Miami, Florida, reacted with disbelief to the news that the US and Cuba would normalize their relationship. Some call it a "betrayal" by the Obama administration. Others welcomed the news. Dec 18, 2014

Tango treat for Pope Francis as he turns 78

Hundreds of couples performed a tango on St Peter's square on Wednesday in a birthday treat for Pope Francis, who hails from Argentina, the birthplace of the celebrated sultry dance. Dec 18, 2014

1,000 DRC ex-rebels break out of Uganda camp

About 1,000 former fighters from a former Democratic Republic of Congo rebel group broke out Tuesday from a camp where they being held in Uganda just as soldiers were about to repatriate them. Dec 18, 2014

Peru's finest wool ropes in international markets

Peru is the main producer of alpaca wool, one of the finest and warmest in the world. The "fibre of the gods," as the Incas called it has seen a recent surge in international interest, rivaling cashmere in the luxury design industry. Dec 17, 2014

Obama announces 'new chapter' in US-Cuba ties

US President Barack Obama said Wednesday a "new chapter" had been opened in Washington's ties with Cuba, saying it was time to end an "outdated approach" that had failed to move relations forward. Dec 18, 2014