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 (...)

Kilfenora celebration of all things Ted

Bray Jazz FestivalThe Bray Jazz Festival takes place from May 1st-3rd with a range of local and international acts including Havana Ché (Cuba), Ed Mot(...)

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(...)