An attack in Bamako: Gunmen stormed a hotel in the Mali capital that had been converted into the headquarters for a European Union mission of about 600 military personnel who are training the country’s security forces. No personnel were injured, the training mission said. One attacker was killed.
The Obamas in Cuba: They’ve crossed off a few things on the itinerary for their three-day visit in Havana. President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro delivered remarks to the press and took a couple of questions this afternoon, ending the event like this:
Obama then met with several hundred members of the Cuban business community, and First Lady Michelle spoke with a small group of Cuban teenage girls. “When women and girls get an education, their country, your family prospers,” she told them, according to press pool reports. Next up: a state dinner with Castro.
Hulk Hogan v. Gawker: The Florida jury in the legal battle between the former professional wrestler and the news outlet has awarded Hogan $25 million in punitive damages, on top of the $115 million Gawker must pay for posting a sex tape of him four years ago. Matt has the backstory on the case here.
A floating bar is bound for Cuba: Cuba has granted permission for the cruise company Carnival to operate travel to the country (the U.S. gave approval last summer). Carnivals’s future journey will mark the first time in over 50 years that a cruise ship sailed from the U.S. to Cuba.
News from this afternoon here