Pope Francis’s September visit to Cuba will precede his journey to Washington, New York and Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. Photograph: Getty Images

Cuba’s foreign minister has welcomed the Vatican announcement that Pope Francis is to visit the country en route to the US in September. Vatican spoke(...)

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 tours the Miraflores section of the Panama Canal on Friday. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama and Cuban president Raul Castro have talked by telephone about restoring diplomatic ties and will meet informally at a sum(...)

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(...)

Fidel Castro greeting a member of a Venezuelan delegation in Cuba last month. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Former president Fidel Castro of Cuba made a surprise appearance in public for the first time in 14 months, greeting a group of Venezuelan visitors a(...)

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(...)