What We're Following This Afternoon

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

An ongoing thaw: The U.S. and Cuba signed an agreement in Havana that allows American commercial flights to return to the island for the first time in almost 60 years. The move is one of the most significant steps toward normalizing relations since the two countries made their historic announcements in 2014 to restore ties.

Journalists arrested—and freed: William Booth, The Washington Post’s Jerusalem bureau chief, and a colleague were briefly detained by Israeli police. The Foreign Ministry later apologized, calling the incident “regrettable.” Separately, authorities in Bahrain, another U.S. ally, freed Anna Day, a freelance American journalist, and her U.S. camera crew after accusing them of taking part in an illegal gathering. Reuters reported the four are soon expected to leave the country.

RIP, Boutros Boutros-Ghali: The Egyptian diplomat served as U.N. secretary-general from 1992 to 1996. He was 93. Update: More here

News from the morning here.