Prohibition is over, but Cuba’s elegant cocktail culture lives on

By M. Carrie AllanSpecial To The Washington PostOne thing that mystifies me about some corners of the cocktail world is the ongoing romanticizing of the American period of Prohibition, the nadir of this country's strange love-hate relationship with alcohol.
Even now, rarely does a week go by when I don't get a pitch for some new booze that summons the era or some new speakeasy-themed bar.Read more on

As pope set to visit, Church has boosted social work in Cuba

HAVANA (AP) — As vespers drew to a close at the St. Egidio Catholic community center, a dozen homeless men in threadbare pants and rumpled T-shirts shuffled into a side room where volunteers handed out cups of soda and soft yellow rolls spread with mayonnaise.
"This is like my home," said Ernesto Gutierrez, a 66-year-old retired policeman who sleeps in parks and other public places because he has no relatives overseas helping to supplement his meager pension.Read more on

Today in Politics

President Obama’s surprise announcement on Wednesday that he is restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba touched off a political storm, and the repercussions will undoubtedly be felt through 2016 and beyond.