US marines raise the US flag while watched over by secretary of state John Kerry at the US embassy in Havana. Photograph: Reuters

The US and Cuba have stopped “being the prisoners of history”, John Kerry said yesterday, as he watched his country’s flag being raised at its embassy(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry stands with dignitaries as a US marine raises the US flag over the newly-reopened embassy in Havana. Photograph: AFP Photo/Pablo Martinez 0:50

Watched over by US secretary of state John Kerry, US marines raised the American flag at the embassy in Cuba for the first time in 54 years on Friday,(...)

Denis O’Brien:  has  been awarded honorary membership of the Order of Jamaica, for services to its telecommunications industry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Denis O’Brien may be getting crucified in the land of his birth over what some see as the bone-headed extent of his self-pitying litigiousness, but th(...)

The flag which came down on January 4th 1961, will go up again today. The Havana US embassy reopens in the building it left on that day. Since 1977 it(...)

The US embassy at the time the US broke diplomatic relations with Cuba Photograph:  Paul Schutzer/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

At about noon on January 4th, 1961, after spending hours feeding mounds of government documents into an incinerator, three marines assigned to the US (...)

Cubans and tourists walk through the Callejon de Hammel, which features Afro-Caribbean art, in Havana.  Photograph: Meridith Kohut/The New York Times

Wedged between a construction site and the shells of once grand colonial homes, a basketball game was under way, the neighbourhood pouring into the r(...)

Screen grab from a video released  by Cubavision showing Cuban former President Fidel Castro  during a visit to the Research Institute of Food Industry in Havana, Cuba. Photograph: Getty

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro (88), visited 19 cheese masters for four hours on Friday in a rare trip outside his Havana home, official media ha(...)

US president Barack Obama. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The US and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in each other’s capitals, as the countries bid to restore ties after more than 50 years of hostilities. (...)

Pope Francis with Cuban president Raul Castro during a private audience at the Vatican. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/EPA/Pool

Pope Francis held a cordial hour-long meeting in the Vatican on Sunday with Cuban President Raul Castro, signalling the two men were in accord on issu(...)

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(...)