Less than a day after the earthquake struck Haiti, Cuban doctors were caring for the wounded in a fully equipped field hospital.
President Raul Castro last year signaled increased food production as Cuba's top priority.
This week in World Notes: Brazil passes landmark climate legislation; Cuba rejects U.S. terror designation; Guadaloupe prepares for general strike; Spain's unemployment is highest in Europe; Sudan exports food, while country starves; Thailand's army deport Laotian Hmong; Yemen faces mass poverty, hunger
Who gets a visa to enter the United States? Nigerian citizen Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab did, even though his father had notified the U.S. embassy there of his son's worrisome terrorist associations.
In this World Notes, the Austrian Parliament last month authorized civil unions between same-sex couples; Bolivia on climate change, Cuba on nutrition, sanctions on Eritrea, PFLP marks 42nd anniversary, South Korean autoworkers opt for bonuses.
After taking Aminatou Haidar to a hospital on Dec. 17, Spanish authorities removed the "Saharan Gandhi" from the Canary Islands to Western Sahara.
Robert "Kool" Bell, leader of the U.S. rhythm and blues group Kool & the Gang said the group's concert in Havana would be dedicated to the fraternity and unity of the peoples.
Cuban and U.S. activists are strongly protesting a letter circulated among prominent African Americans alleging systemic racial discrimination in Cuba.
Cuban President Raul Castro welcomed representatives of ALBA nations to Havana Dec. 11-14 for their eighth summit meeting.
Facts every now and then intrude upon fakery and secrets. The New York Times reported Dec. 11 on the detention a week earlier of a U.S. agent in Havana.