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 (...)

Detainees sit in a holding area  at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. File photograph: Reuters/US Department of Defence.

The United States has returned four Afghans from Guantanamo Bay back to their home country.US officials said the transfer from the detention centre is(...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin (R) with defence minister Sergei Shoigu at a meeting at the National Defence Control Centre in Moscow on Friday. Photograph: Alexey Druzhinyn/EPA.

Russia will not be intimidated over its actions in Ukraine and Crimea, president Vladimir Putin said on Saturday as his foreign ministry warned that (...)

 An undated picture released by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) from  July 2014 showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (centre) surrounded by  soldiers as he tours a front-line military detachment in the East Sea, North Korea.

North Korea has proposed a joint investigation with the US into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment and warned of “serious” conseq(...)

Michael Lynton, chief executive of Sony Pictures, has said “the president, the press and the public are mistaken as to what actually happened”. Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg 2:30

The head of Sony Pictures has insisted the studio has “not caved” over the decision to cancel the release of a movie about a plot to assassinate North(...)

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(...)

Members of the Kurdish security forces who took part in the offensive to regain control of Iraq’s Sinjar mountain on Thursday. Photograph: Ari Jalal/Reuters

Kurdish forces, backed by a surge of US airstrikes in recent days, recaptured a large swath of territory from Islamic State militants on Thursday, (...)

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Image of the week: No Supersizing In Tokyo, Japan, McDelivery scooters are lined up outside a McDonald’s store. There’s just one small problem.(...)

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(...)