Britain is taking another step toward equal rights for women — or at least for one woman. Legislation is headed to Queen Elizabeth for approval that would end the 300-year-old British rule that put boys before girls in the line of succession to the throne. The change means that if Prince William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton, have a girl first, she will one day become queen and no younger brother will be able to leapfrog ahead of her.
It’s no conversion to democracy, but Fidel Castro’s once ironclad grip on Cuba culture has slipped a little more. Sloppy Joe’s, a saloon frequented by writer Ernest Hemingway and a number of movie stars on their visits to Havana, has reopened. A half century after Castro closed the joint, it’s been restored in hopes of attracting tourist dollars for Cuba’s cash-strapped communist government.