Obama shakes hands with a Castro

President Obama made headlines with a gesture. At the memorial service for South Africa's Nelson Mandela this month, he shook hands with Raul Castro, president of the long-estranged communist Cuba and brother of Fidel. As The Times said: "A handshake with the leader of a nation that's been a foe for half a century is never just a handshake." The world took note. MORE YEAR IN REVIEW: 10 groundbreaking women we lost in 2013 10 tips for a better life from The Times' Op-Ed pages in 2013 Kindness in the world of politics? 7 uplifting examples from 2013
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