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,(...)

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 (...)

The weather A lot of dry weather to come for the rest of the week and probably into next weekend though still a few drops of rain around. The b(...)

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, who has said he will oppose the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

US president Barack Obama’s hopes of preserving the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers have been dealt a setback with the announcement by C(...)

Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, and US secretary of state John Kerry,  before a trilateral meeting on Monday in Doha. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/ pool photo via AP

Pressure for diplomatic resolution of the Syrian conflict appears to be growing as supporters of the government of Bashar al-Assad met in Tehran and S(...)

Above, Omaima (left), Fatima and Somaia Halawa sisters of Ibrahim. ‘Halawa has been receiving important consular support from the Irish Embassy in Cairo. But it is not enough.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Today an Irish teenager lies abandoned to his fate in a Cairo prison, cut off from the world. Ibrahim Halawa was arrested in August 2013 near Cairo’s (...)

Jonathan Pollard is pictured im May 1991 file photo, six years after his 1985 arrest. File photograph: Reuters

Jonathan Pollard, a former US Navy intelligence analyst convicted of spying for Israel, will be released on parole on November 21st after 30 years in (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry presents the Trafficking in Persons Report. It urged Ireland to implement its trafficking law to ensure offenders were held accountable through convictions and dissuasive sentences. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Ireland is using anti-trafficking laws to prosecute crimes unrelated to trafficking, a US state department report has found. The Trafficking in Perso(...)