Cuba and the United States took the latest step in their efforts to boost ties Wednesday when the first regular commercial flight from America to the communist-ruled island in more than 50 years took off. JetBlue Flight 386 left Fort Lauderdale in southeastern Florida shortly after 10:00 am (1400 GMT) with 150 passengers on board. After less than an hour in the air, it will land in central Cuba's Santa Clara, 175 miles (280 kilometers) east of Havana.
PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Two Eritrean baby boys were recovering well at a hospital in Palermo on Wednesday, a week after they were born prematurely in Libya and then — at only 5 days old — put on a cramped boat headed to Europe's shores.
Gabon's President Ali Bongo has won re-election with 49.80 percent of ballots cast in a weekend poll, according to final results validated by the electoral commission and provided to Reuters by a commissioner on Wednesday. Bongo's chief rival Jean Ping, who has already declared that he won the polls, received 48.23 percent of the vote. Elections commission members belonging to the opposition denounced the vote, which one commissioner for Ping's party, Paul Marie Gondjout, said was "stolen".