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(...)

Bruce Schneier: “We’re all open books to both governments and corporations; their ability to peer into our collective personal lives is greater than it has ever been before”

A decade ago, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties cautioned that the mobile phone was in essence, the equivalent of a personal tracking device, reco(...)

The Splendida Cruise Ship is the largest ship ever to visit Dublin Port. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times 2:04

As the sun rose on Monday morning, the world’s 11th longest cruise ship, the MSC Splendida, reversed its way up the mouth of the Liffey and into Dubli(...)

The children packed a rucksack with food, a torch, an alarm clock and a book to help them on the long journey.

Two German children, a girl aged eight and a six year-old boy, are back at home after their plan to run away to Ireland ended after four hours.The chi(...)

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 (...)