A man watches a television broadcast of US president Barack Obama speaking, in Havana on Wednesday. Mr Obama said the US would increase contacts with the Cuban people and engage with the Havana government, civil society and ordinary Cubans. Photograph: Enrique de la Osa/Reuters

The United States and Cuba have agreed to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, officially restoring diplomatic relations more than a half centur(...)

US president Barack Obama. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The US and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in each other’s capitals, as the countries bid to restore ties after more than 50 years of hostilities. (...)

 Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives in Tacloban, Philippines earlier this year. He demanded swift action on Thursday to save the planet from environmental ruin, urging world leaders to hear “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor”. Photograph: Wally Santana/AP. 1:30

In what has been arguably the most keenly anticipated papal encyclical of modern times, Pope Francis yesterday called on “all people...to enter int(...)

Republican presidential candidate and former Texas governor Rick Perry formally announces his candidacy for the 2016 Republican nomination for president at an event in Addison, Texas. Photograph: Mike Stone/Reuters

Former Texas governor Rick Perry announced on Thursday he will pursue the Republican presidential nomination again in 2016, seeking redemption for a f(...)

Cuba’s president Raul Castro shakes hands with US president Barack Obama : Cuba was added to the terror list in 1982 after the US accused it of supporting terrorist groups in Latin America, including the Revolutionary Armed Forced of Colombia, Farc. Photograph:Jonathan Ernst

In a further step towards normalised relations, Washington has removed Cuba from its list of states that sponsor terrorism, paving the way for restora(...)

Commander of the Farc-Ep leftist guerrilla Pablo Catatumbo reads a statement during the peace talks with the Colombian government at Convention Palace in Havana. Photograph: Alberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images

The Colombian armed forces’ aerial bombing campaign against leftist guerrillas killed a member of the rebel negotiating team who had participated in p(...)

Colombian soldiers carry the body of a comrade killed after a rebel attack in La Esperanza village, Colombia, last month. Farc rebels on Friday suspended a ceasefire after government troops killed 26 of its fighters. Photograph: Reuters/Jaime Saldarriaga/Files

Colombia’s Marxist Farc rebels suspended a unilateral ceasefire after government troops killed 26 of its fighters, the guerrilla group said on Friday,(...)

Cuba’s musical diaspora is one of the most charismatic forces in music, carrying the island’s infectious rhythms out into the wider world, ene(...)

Pope Francis with Cuban president Raul Castro during a private audience at the Vatican. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/EPA/Pool

Pope Francis held a cordial hour-long meeting in the Vatican on Sunday with Cuban President Raul Castro, signalling the two men were in accord on issu(...)

A real treat in the foothills of the Burren is Hazel Mountain Chocolates, a quirky cafe with gluten free cakes and pastries in a 1950s cottage frontin(...)