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    FONTOVA: Hyping the handshake

    At the funeral extravaganza commemorating a onetime political prisoner, President Obama went out of his way to smilingly shake hands with the jailer and torturer of the longest-suffering political prisoners in modern history.

  • Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, gestures while speaking to Pro-European Union activists during a rally in Independence Square in Kiev on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Sen. John McCain admits to gross 'exaggeration' on Obama comparison

    Sen. John McCain on Sunday admitted he went a little overboard with his comparison of President Obama's handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro to former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's grasp of Adolf Hitler's hand.

  • Barack Obama shakes hands with Raul Castro at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela                   Associated Press photo

    ROS-LEHTINEN: When a handshake is more than a polite gesture

    Sometimes a handshake is just a handshake. Sometimes it symbolizes much more. Let us not forget how the world watched and waited intently to see if there would be a handshake between President Obama and Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani at this year's U.N. General Assembly.

  • In this image from TV, US President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, in the rain for a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela, Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013. The handshake between the leaders of the two Cold War enemies came during a ceremony that's focused on Mandela's legacy of reconciliation. Hundreds of foreign dignitaries and world heads of states gather Tuesday with thousands of South African people to celebrate the life, and mark the death, of Nelson Mandela who has became a global symbol of reconciliation. (AP Photo/SABC Pool)

    EDITORIAL: The shake that shook the world

    Soweto, the Johannesburg suburb where popular resistance to apartheid set off the revolution that changed South Africa and established Nelson Mandela as the father of a new country, is the most dangerous place on the continent this week. Anyone who ventures into the street risks being crushed by the hordes of official visitors trying to get in front of a camera.

  • Ron Paul is convinced that "the big government establishment of both parties" wants him and his followers to shut up and go home.

    Inside the Beltway: The handshake heard 'round the world at Mandela service

    Journalists love nothing more than small events that yield big speculations and fancy headlines. Such was the case with President Obama's handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro on Tuesday during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. The moment spawned close to 3,400 news accounts within four hours, the headlines rife with question marks and wishful conclusions. A minuscule sampling:

  • The Washington Times

    FONTOVA: The Castro-coddled cop killer

    On May 2, the FBI announced a $1 million reward for "information leading to the apprehension" of Joanne Chesimard, also known as Assata Shakur, who they named a "most-wanted terrorist." Chesimard is the first woman to make the FBI's list.

  • Associated Press

    FONTOVA: Beyonce, Jay-Z and the racists

    Beyonce and Jay-Z celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in Havana last week as official guests of a regime that busily beat and arrested black civil rights activists known as the "Rosa Parks Civil Rights Movement."

  • Cuba closes hospitals amid health reorganization

    Cuba shuttered hundreds of medical facilities last year, including 54 hospitals, as the country reorganizes its health care sector.

  • Cuba campaign takes on 'free' health care

    Cuba's system of free medical care, long considered a birthright by its citizens and trumpeted as one of the communist government's great successes, is not immune to cutbacks under Raul Castro's drive for efficiency.

  • Former Arizona Gov. Raul Castro, 96, was recently detained at a Border Patrol checkpoint in southern Arizona. (Associated Press)

    CARDENAS: Raul Castro’s spurious offer to talk with U.S.

    With the Cuban government under increasing pressure last week to explain the suspicious death of a prominent dissident, Raul Castro did what any cornered dictator would do: He tried to change the subject.

  • Cardinal Jaime Ortega attends a procession honoring the nation's patron saint, the Virgin of Charity of Cobre, in Havana on Nov. 10. A political cartoon that appeared in Miami's El Nuevo Herald showed the cardinal and a military-clad Cuban President Raul Castro singing a love song together, implying that the religious leader was a Castro lackey. (Associated Press)

    Cuban prelate under fire as cozy with Castro

    For months, Cuban Catholic Cardinal Jaime Ortega has been under fire called a lackey and political ally of President Raul Castro's communist government, asked to resign over his treatment of protesters, and ridiculed in Miami as a snobby elitist.

  • Passengers line up to check with customs officials before departing in 2010 from Jose Marti International Airport in Havana. A TV screen shows Cuba's revoluntionary leader Fidel Castro during an interview. Cuba's communist government is rumored to be on the verge of a momentous decision to end a half-century of travel restrictions. (Associated Press)

    Travel may free up for Cubans

    After controlling the comings and goings of its people for five decades, communist Cuba appears on the verge of a decision to lift many travel restrictions.

  • ** FILE ** Travelers line up to check with migration officials before departing from the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba, in July 2010, while at right a TV screen displays an image of longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano, File)

    After 50 years, Cubans hope to travel freely

    After controlling its citizens' comings and goings for five decades, Cuba appears on the verge of a momentous decision to end many travel restrictions, with one senior official saying a "radical and profound" change is weeks away.

  • Pope Benedict XVI arrives to lead an open-air Mass at Revolution Square in Havana on Wednesday, his last day in Cuba. The square includes an image of Communist hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara (background, left). (Associated Press)

    Pope warns Cuba about 'fanaticism'

    Pope Benedict XVI demanded greater freedom for the Catholic Church in Cuba during Mass before hundreds of thousands of people Wednesday in the shrine of the island's communist revolution, denouncing "fanaticism" that tries to impose its truth on others.

  • Pope Benedict XVI (left) speaks with Cuban President Raul Castro at the end of an open-air Mass in Revolution Square in Havana on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

    Pope wrapping up Cuba visit with Mass, meeting with Fidel Castro

    Pope Benedict XVI, denouncing "fanaticism" that tries to impose its truth on others, demanded greater freedom for the Catholic Church in Cuba during Mass before hundreds of thousands of people Wednesday in the shrine of the island's communist revolution.

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  • 'Should I go up and check it out anyway?'" said father Raul Castro, who would see his son for the last time when he dropped him off for the trip on Thursday morning.

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  • Adrian's father, Raul Castro, said he had gotten a call from Adrian's mother, who had heard from the California Highway Patrol that their son had died.

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