Pope Francis’s September visit to Cuba will precede his journey to Washington, New York and Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. Photograph: Getty Images

Cuba’s foreign minister has welcomed the Vatican announcement that Pope Francis is to visit the country en route to the US in September. Vatican spoke(...)

A Colombian army soldier stands next to packages of seized cocaine during a press conference at a military base in Colombia. Photograph: Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images

The country’s public enemy number one is rich, elusive – and ruthless

Searching for peace: Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, holds a pigeon during an official event in Bello Antioquia province in August 2012. Photograph: Javier Casella/ Reuters

Clara Silva de Santos vividly recalls the “Bogotazo” of April 9th, 1948, when Colombia’s capital was plunged into violence after the assassination of (...)

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has revived airstrikes on rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) after 11 fighters died in a clash. Photograph: Christian Escobar Mora/EPA

Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos ordered the resumption of bombing raids against Farc guerrillas on Wednesday after a rebel attack killed 10 so(...)

The White House will eliminate a major diplomatic hurdle by pushing to have Cuba dropped from a list of state sponsors of terrorism. Photograph: The New York Times 1:30

Cuba recognised what it called a “fair decision” by US president Barack Obama to inform Congress he intends to remove Cuba from a US list of state spo(...)

Cuba was added to the list of terrorism sponsors in 1982, when it was aiding Marxist insurgencies in Colombia and elsewhere. Other countries on the list include Iran, Sudan and Syria. Photograph: Adalberto Roque/AFP Photo/Getty Images

The US state department has recommended that president Barack Obama remove Cuba from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism, a US senate foreign r(...)

A girl stands behind a Venezuelan flag and underneath a sign reading “Respect Dissidence in Venezuela” during a protest in Panama City ahead of this weekend’s Summit of the Americas. Photograph: Edgard Garrido/Reuters

The recent détente between Cuba and the United States faces its first public test this weekend when presidents Raúl Castro and Barack Obama attend the(...)

 Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos speaking druing a national broadcast in Bogota, Colombia on Tuesday. Mr Santos ordered armed forces to suspend attacks on camps of the FARC guerrilla. Photograph: EPA

Colombia’s government has taken its biggest step yet toward an eventual end to hostilities in a half-century conflict by ordering an immediate halt to(...)

Christian Leffler (right), chief European negotiator for the EU-Cuba talks and Cuba’s deputy foreign minister Abelardo Moreno (left) attend a meeting at Cuba’s foreign ministry in Havana. Cuba and the European Union will hold a third round of talks in Havana this week aimed at increasing trade, investment and political dialogue after overcoming a dispute that delayed the negotiations. Photograph: Alejandro Ernesto/Pool

Issues relating to trade and human rights are expected to feature during talks between the European Union and Cuba when they resume later on Thursday.(...)

Emelia Fernandez and her daughter Irene outside their home in Old Town, Key West. Above is a sign with the name of Emelia’s home town in Cuba, and a Cuban flag leading into a Conch shell, representing their joint heritage. Photograph: Jennifer Hough

He was just 10 years old when he left in 1959, but Tony Yaniz still has vivid memories of Cuba: the stunning architecture of old Havana, the iconic Ma(...)