President Hugo Chavez greeted Venezuelans in a video this month reading from Friedrich Nietzsche on the attributes of a superman. The days when Chavez played that role himself with six-hour speeches and midnight meetings are gone for now, a casualty of cancer.
President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro and briefly exchanged words during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa, a rare interaction between the leaders of two countries that have been at odds for more than five decades.
Nokia Oyj , AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. are urging the U.S. government to ease rules that keep them from operating in Cuba even after President Barack Obama loosened telecommunications regulations last year to promote democracy on the communist island.
Brazil is being held back by a strengthening currency, the fastest inflation in six years and an increase in government spending, damping growth prospects in the world’s second-largest developing economy.