Despite the US and Cuba opening their embassies, the move doesn’t end the US trade embargo against Cuba. Photograph: Ernesto Mastrascusa/EPA 0:59

The Cuban flag was raised over Havana’s embassy in Washington on Monday for the first time in 54 years as the United States and Cuba formally restored(...)

On the Skerries Road side of Balbriggan and set off the road on 2.5 acres of land, Bello Horizonte has 180 degrees of sea views and comes with priv(...)

Luciano Pavarotti’s Modena home is now open to the public as a museum. Photograph: Alpha

Tutto Pavarotti Luciano Pavarotti’s Modena home is now open to the public as a museum (Stradello Nava 8; www.casamuseolucianopavarotti.it; admi(...)

Strong and persevering

The announcement that the United States and Cuba are to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals tops an auspicious two weeks for President Barack Ob(...)

Cuba is on the radar for that most capitalist of investments, a golf course. Photograph: Claudia Daut/Reuters

After years of isolation, the recent thawing of relations between the United States and Cuba is beginning to deliver the prospect of concrete economic(...)

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(...)