Pope Francis had a busy week at the  Vatican, from meeting Cuban president Raúl Castro to grappling with the Israeli-Palestinian question. Photograph: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

As he came out of the Paul VIth hall and made his way back to his quarters in the Domus Santa Marta, Pope Francis appeared to be engaged in serious co(...)

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(...)

There is much symbolism in the welcome proposed removal by the US of Cuba from its list of rogue state sponsors of terrorism. Now North Korea and Syri(...)

The White House will eliminate a major diplomatic hurdle by pushing to have Cuba dropped from a list of state sponsors of terrorism. Photograph: The New York Times 1:30

Cuba recognised what it called a “fair decision” by US president Barack Obama to inform Congress he intends to remove Cuba from a US list of state spo(...)

Cuban president Raúl Castro shakes hands with US president Barack Obama during a meeting on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Secretary of state John Kerry has defended US president Barack Obama on two fiercely contested foreign policy fronts: Cuba and Iran. Mr Kerry s(...)

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 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(...)

Cuba was added to the list of terrorism sponsors in 1982, when it was aiding Marxist insurgencies in Colombia and elsewhere. Other countries on the list include Iran, Sudan and Syria. Photograph: Adalberto Roque/AFP Photo/Getty Images

The US state department has recommended that president Barack Obama remove Cuba from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism, a US senate foreign r(...)

A girl stands behind a Venezuelan flag and underneath a sign reading “Respect Dissidence in Venezuela” during a protest in Panama City ahead of this weekend’s Summit of the Americas. Photograph: Edgard Garrido/Reuters

The recent détente between Cuba and the United States faces its first public test this weekend when presidents Raúl Castro and Barack Obama attend the(...)