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(...)

The director of the North America Department of Cuba’s Foreign Ministry, Cuban Josefina Vidal (right), and members of her delegation participate in the first day of closed-door talks between Cuba and the United States, at the Convention Palace in Havana on January 21st, 2015. Photograph: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images

The United States and Cuba on Wednesday clashed over immigration policy at the first session of high-level talks seeking to restore diplomatic ties be(...)

An anti-Castro Cuban exile in Florida holds a Cuban flag during a protest after the announcement of the restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and United States. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

There is certain to have been a degree of ambivalence, albeit largely unstated, in Moscow over the announcement that President Obama is restoring d(...)

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(...)