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 (...)

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(...)

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(...)

A car with a Cuban flag parked near  the Cuban Capitol in Havana. The Cuban revolution has survived through a combination of welfare provision and selective repression as the equal distribution of scarce resources meets the iron fist of state power. Photograph: Enrique De La Osa/Reuters

The sudden shift in US policy toward Cuba represents the decline of a previously unquestioned conviction – that beneath the calm surface of Cuban soci(...)

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 (...)

A  banner reads ‘Viva the revolution for ever’ in Havana, Cuba. The leaders of the US and Cuba have agreed to restore diplomatic relations. Photograph: Ernesto Mastrascusa/EPA 1:24

President Barack Obama has announced the “most significant” shift in US foreign policy towards Cuba in more than a half century, unveiling plans to no(...)

Members of an Ebola burial team collect the body of a suspected Ebola victim from a home in Monrovia, Liberia. The WHO said  the number of afflicted patients was increasing exponentially and that nearly all the country has confirmed cases and that all new treatment facilities are overwhelmed. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

Liberia, the country worst hit by West Africa’s Ebola epidemic, should see thousands of new cases in coming weeks as the virus spreads exponentially, (...)

The hearse carrying the coffin of former South African President Nelson Mandela travels through a street in Pretoria, this morning, on its way to the Union Buildings, where his coffin will lie in state for three days. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Nelson Mandela’s coffin has arrived at South Africa’s main seat of power for public viewing.The streets were lined with people who had gathered to wat(...)