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(...)

US president Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro shake hands as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (R) looks on at the  Summit of the Americas in Panama City on Friday. Photograph: Reuters

US president Barack Obama challenged Latin American leaders on Saturday to improve human rights and democracy even as he works to end decades of hosti(...)

US President Barack Obama poses with the son of Panama’s president Juan Carlos Varela, Stefan Varela, the children of the Foreign Affairs minister Isabel de Saint, Julio Raul Alvarado and Carolina and the son of Vice-Foreign minister Luis Hincapie, Luis, upon arriving in Panama City for a summit of leaders from the Americas, where thawing ties with Cuba top the agenda. Photograph: Raul Arboledaraul Arboleda /AFP/Getty Images

The US and Cuban foreign ministers met in Panama on Thursday, a US official said, in the highest-level meeting between the two sides since the earlies(...)

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(...)

Miners dig for diamons in Zimbabwe. As a compact, stable, and transferable store of value, diamonds offer enormous advantages to smugglers, money launderers, and tax evaders. 2:03

In the spring of 2005, Erez Daleyot, a Belgian-Israeli diamond tycoon with some dubious connections, paid a visit to his Swiss bankers at HSBC Private(...)

Tina Turner has lived in Switzerland for nearly two decades and gave up her US citizenship in 2013. 2:03

Secret documents reveal that global banking giant HSBC profited from doing business with arms dealers who channeled mortar bombs to child soldiers in (...)

Tony Mangan (57) pictured at Machu Picchu during his 50,000 km journey

The Dublin man who ran around the world has been awarded “person of the year” by his adventure sports peers.Tony Mangan (57) from the Liberties was ha(...)

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(...)

A wall painting for Daniel Ortega’s 1996 election campaign. The Nicaraguan president, whose current term is due to run until 2016, has since changed the constitution to enable perpetual re-election (and, with it, perpetual immunity). Photograph: Andrew Winning/Reuters

If it’s true that the people get the government they deserve then, judging by the past 20 years, Central American voters need to examine their conscie(...)

 Howard Millar, Ryanair’s former deputy chief executive, joins advisory board of Irelandia. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/Irish Times

Former Ryanair deputy chief executive and financial officer Howard Millar has been appointed to the advisory board of Dublin-based Irelandia Aviation.(...)