This week’s agreement to start normalising relations between the United States and Cuba is a dramatic and welcome step towards ending more than five d(...)

A car with a Cuban flag parked near  the Cuban Capitol in Havana. The Cuban revolution has survived through a combination of welfare provision and selective repression as the equal distribution of scarce resources meets the iron fist of state power. Photograph: Enrique De La Osa/Reuters

(...) developing a health system which remains the envy of the Americas. Critical indicators of life expectancy and(...)

People demonstrate against the Farc rebels in Bogota holding a banner that reads, “No more Farc”. Photograph: John Vizcaino/Reuters

Colombia’s largest guerrilla group declared on Wednesday it would begin an indefinite, unilateral ceasefire, in a challenge to the government to halt (...)

American aid worker Alan Gross, a former Cuban prisoner released on humanitarian grounds, speaks at a news conference with his wife Judy Gross in Washington DC yesterday. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

President Barack Obama said the US has chosen to “cut loose the shackles of the past” by normalising relations with Cuba and re-opening economic ties(...)

Colombian lead government negotiator Humberto de la Calle (c) plants a tree as part of the peace conversations between the Farc-EP and the Colombian government in Havana on December 16th, 2014. Photograph: Enrique De La Osa/Reuters

Colombia‘s Marxist Farc rebels have declared an indefinite unilateral ceasefire beginning on December 20th which they have promised to end if they co(...)

François-Henri Pinault, who took over the Kering business from his father in 2006. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

(...) auction house’s Americas chief, and the top two people at Gucci stepped down. And the holding company that(...)

Beavers are consummate dam builders, blocking rivers to create ponds and surrounding wetlands. Leaves, branches and other carbon-rich material builds up on the floor of the ponds, rotting to release methane, a greenhouse gas much more powerful than carbon dioxide. Photograph: Thinkstock/Getty

(...) bird and become extinct.A century of hunting controls and reintroduction efforts in the Americas and(...)

Bill Cosby has spoken for the first time since the emergence of a number of sexual assault allegations dating back to the 1960s. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Reuters

Bill Cosby has broken his silence after a number of rape accusations in a very brief interview with the New York Post’s Page Six.“Let me say this. I o(...)

Copper stills at the new Drumshanbo distillery “The Shed”

(...) worked for Baileys Irish Cream during the 1990s, handling the Americas and Australasia export markets(...)

Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) chair Sir Malcolm Rifkind said the committee would request sight of any redacted sections of the CIA report  related to the UK’s role in the rendition and interrogation of terror suspects. Photograph: PA Wire

Britain to halt planned negotiations over America’s continued use of Diego Garcia, part of the British(...)