Fidel Castro and Raul Castro
(Ismael Francisco, Cubadebate/AP)
February 24, 2013

Cuban President Raul Castro to Retire in 2018

Cuban President Raul Castro has said he will stand down at the end of his second term in 2018, following his re-election by the National Assembly.


 Illinois republican Chairman Pat Brady
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
February 24, 2013

Gay Marriage Flap Could Cost Ill. GOP Chair His Job

Just weeks after the head of the Illinois Republican Party announced his support for same-sex marriage legislation, some state party bosses are moving forward with plans to oust the state GOP leader, the party chairman said Friday afternoon.


New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
(Brendan McDermid/Reuters/Landov)
February 24, 2013

Bloomberg’s Anti-NRA Message Could Sway Ill. Race

One of the most important events in the national gun violence debate will take place Tuesday — in the snows of Chicago, a thousand miles from Newtown, Conn., or Washington, D.C.


People walk down a market street in Eastleigh
(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
February 23, 2013

Fighting Stream Of Terrorist Capital, Kenya Cracks Down on Somali Businesses

U.S. counterterrorism efforts include choking off the flow of cash to extremists, and urging friendly countries to help. But in Nairobi, Kenya, suspicion of Somali money — and an increase in terrorist attacks — has prompted a country-wide crackdown, with Kenyan police accused of extortion and arbitrary arrests of thousands of Somali refugees.


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