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(...)

Washington is eager to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba before a regional summit in Panama in April, when president Barack Obama will meet Cuban leader Raul Castro for the first time since 2013. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The United States is pressing Cuba to allow the opening of its embassy in Havana by April despite the Communist island’s demand that it first be remov(...)

Former Cuban president Fidel Castro and president of Cuba’s University Students Federation (FEU) Randy Perdomo look at a newspaper during a meeting in Havana in this picture provided by Cubadebate. Photograph: Cubadebate/Reuters

Photographs of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro (88) have appeared in official media for the first time since August. The images were take(...)

The Glasshouse at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Photograph: Chris Carmichael/NY Times
Weekend in Seattle
  • Travel
  • January 12, 2015, 15:00

The sky is often grey, the residents tend to be muted (except when cheering their teams), calm waters lap the green cityscape, but beneath its mild(...)

Havana living: a  man smoking a cigar
Going local in Cuba
  • Travel
  • January 10, 2015, 12:00

As our taxi worked its way into Havana from the airport I was immediately struck by the crumbling streets and faded but stunningly elegant pastel- hue(...)

Cuban president Raul Castro has demanded that the United States respect Cuba’s communist rule as the two countries work toward normalising diplomatic ties. Photograph: Reuters.

Cuban president Raul Castro has demanded that the United States respect Cuba’s communist rule as the two countries work toward normalising diplomatic (...)

Cubans queue to apply for tourist visas to visit the US at the American Interests Building in Havana. Photograph: Meredith Kohut/New York Times

When foreign ministers from the 21 republics that then made up the Organisation of Americas States (OAS) gathered in the Uruguayan beach resort of Pun(...)

This week’s agreement to start normalising relations between the United States and Cuba is a dramatic and welcome step towards ending more than five d(...)

Barack Obama’s  policy shift on Cuba shows a more determined leader who is working through his promised agenda before his term ends. Photograph: Pete Souza/Reuters

US president Barack Obama’s decision to radically shift US policy toward Cuba is the latest and most striking example of a president unleashed from th(...)