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(...)

Varadero beach, Matanzas province, Cuba.  Former president Fidel Castro once said, Cuba has it all: bays, beaches, mountains, rich farmlands, music, dance, art. Photograph: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images

Cuba’s new tourism was the child of despair. For most Cubans, malnutrition is no distant memory. Its sugar economy went south overnight after the fall(...)

The United States flag is appearing in small ways in the clothing worn by Cubans, like the scarf worn by Gydis Ricardo Vargas  as she gives her son Wisin Abascal Ricardo some ice cream  in Havana, Cuba. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Image

News of the normalisation of Cuban-US relations was given by presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro on the same day, a week before Christmas. It is n(...)

An anti-Castro Cuban exile in Florida holds a Cuban flag during a protest after the announcement of the restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and United States. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

There is certain to have been a degree of ambivalence, albeit largely unstated, in Moscow over the announcement that President Obama is restoring d(...)

Hundreds of Cubans wait in line to apply for tourist visas to visit the US at the American Interests Building in Havana, this week. Photograph: Meredith Kohut/The New York Times

One of the many myths floating around about Fidel Castro during the most severe years of Cuban-US estrangement is that he almost became a New York Yan(...)

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(...)

American aid worker Alan Gross, a former Cuban prisoner released on humanitarian grounds, speaks at a news conference with his wife Judy Gross in Washington DC yesterday. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

President Barack Obama said the US has chosen to “cut loose the shackles of the past” by normalising relations with Cuba and re-opening economic ties(...)

Pope Francis has not yet visited Cuba but both of his two immediate predecessor made trips to the island. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

The Vatican leveraged its good relations with Cuba and the United States to help broker their historic resumption of ties and the deal was spurred by (...)