A woman prays in La Merced church in Havana, Cuba, on Thursday. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

The Vatican said on Thursday it hoped Pope Francis’s trip to Cuba would help bring an end to a 53-year-old US embargo and lead to more freedom and hum(...)

An ‘internal technical issue’ knocked the New York Stock Exchange, the cathedral of US capitalism, out of action for hours on Wednesday. Photograph:  Spencer Platt/Getty Images

This was not a great week for the modern computerised stock market. The New York Stock Exchange, essentially the cathedral of US capitalism, was knock(...)

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(...)

ROMANIA: civilians cross Bucharest on a truck waving flags where the communist symbol has been cut off
1989’s other revolutions
  • Europe
  • November 6, 2014, 06:00

At a remove of 25 years, many people remember the collapse of communism in eastern Europe starting with the fall of the Berlin Wall.But by the time th(...)

The Slovakian Aeromobil 2.5 prototype  has had about 40 hours of flight testing and resembles a supercar with considerable flight capabilities

A number of us can thank a cartoon character from the future, George Jetson, for instilling our longing. Students of aviation history might look fo(...)

Pope Francis gestures while speaking to journalists aboard the flight from South Korea to Italy on Monday. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

Three relatives of Pope Francis, two great nephews and their mother, have been killed in a traffic collision in Argentina. The dead include a baby of (...)

After Riverdance, one of the things Chinese people associate with Ireland is golf. With golf an essen- tial lifestyle option for the swelling ranks of(...)

Cypriot bank workers protest against cuts in Nicosia. Photograph: Andreas Manolis/Reuters

Classically educated Greek Cypriots compare the European financial aid package to the Ides of March 44 BC murder of Julius Caesar by his former(...)

A protester atop the fence at the presidential palace during an anti-bailout rally in Nicosia yesterday. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Michael Jansen The chief executive and board members of the Bank of Cyprus and Laiki Bank, the country’s two largest, were dismissed y(...)