Patriarch Kirill of Moscow with Russian president Vladimir Putin.  The rift between the western and eastern branches of Christianity dates to the Great Schism of 1054. Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/EPA

Pope Francis will stop in Cuba on his way to Mexico next week to hold a historic meeting with Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Va(...)

Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos is on a three-day visit to Washington this week. Photograph: Guillermo Legaria/AFP/Getty Images

Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos began a three-day visit to Washington this week to drum up support for his country’s peace process, and to par(...)

The head of the Farc delegation Ivan Marquez (R) and the head of the Colombian government delegation Humberto de la Calle (L) at peace talks  in Havana, Cuba. Photograph: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images

Colombia’s government and leftist Farc rebels agreed on Tuesday to ask the UN Security Council to help monitor and verify a rebel disarmament should t(...)

A handout picture released  by the Colombian culture ministry shows the remains of the Spanish galleon San Jose, sunk off the Caribbean coast of Cartagena. The ship was sunk by British warships in 1708. Photograph: AFP/Culture ministry

The discovery of the “holy grail of shipwrecks” off the coast of Colombia this week has provoked a three-cornered fight over ownership of the gold, em(...)

Read all our Christmas content at irishtimes.com/itschristmas Today’s snow queens are not icy maidens bedecked in ballerina drifts of tulle – i(...)

When is the “best” season to visit Cuba, from the point of view of hurricane risk and excessively high temperatures? We would like a good hotel whi(...)

As you are going to be so close to Iguazu Falls, it would be interesting to see one of the Unesco world heritage sites.

We are a retired couple taking a cruise to Argentina in December. We have booked a hotel for the first six nights in Buenos Aires, after which we f(...)

Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos. The government and leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) have waded through a five-point agenda during negotiations to end 51 years of war. Photograph: John Vizcaino/Reuters

Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos said on Wednesday he is confident he will be in a position to call a ceasefire with Marxist Farc rebels starti(...)

Models on the runway during the womenswear spring-summer show by Rick Owens during Paris Fashion Week in early October. Photographs: François Durand/Getty

The twice-yearly fashion weeks in Paris attract some 9,000 buyers from all around the world. To get a handle on this aspect of the trade, I joined (...)

Actor Maureen O’Hara pictures in  1943. Photograph: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Maureen O’Hara, who died on Saturday, was Ireland’s first great Hollywood star and appeared in over 50 films. Ranked among the world’s most beautiful(...)