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(...)

 Members of the G-JINX Twister aerobatic display team perform  to a huge crowd  during the Bray Air Display last year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Bray Summerfest this weekend features the annual free air display on Sunday at 2pm. Other events playing out over Saturday and Sunday include the Summ(...)

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(...)

Screen grab from a video released  by Cubavision showing Cuban former President Fidel Castro  during a visit to the Research Institute of Food Industry in Havana, Cuba. Photograph: Getty

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro (88), visited 19 cheese masters for four hours on Friday in a rare trip outside his Havana home, official media ha(...)

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. (...)

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(...)

Six of these lovely scarves handwoven in Kathmandu weeks before the devastating earthquake are being donated by designer Lucy Downes of Sphere One (...)

US president Barack Obama. The Obama administration has   approved the first ferry services in decades between the US and Cuba. Photograph: Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images

The Obama administration has approved the first ferry services in decades between the US and Cuba, potentially opening a new path for the hundreds of (...)