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Cuba’s  Miguel Diaz-Canel shakes hands with Russian president Vladimir Putin  in the Kremlin during his state visit. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov

Russia has rolled out the welcome mat for the visiting Cuban leader, Miguel Diaz-Canel, promising to bolster political and economic ties even as its t(...)

With no hair to grey or to lose my head is now much the same as it was 20 years ago. Photograph: Alan Betson

I’m being stalked by hair loss clinics. At virtually every online turn I’ve taken in recent weeks I’ve been confronted by ads for companies promising (...)

Taylor Swift accepts Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards in Los Angles. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Taylor Swift, straight off a controversial dive into US politics, was the big winner at the American Music Awards in Los Angles on Tuesday where (...)

An urban farm in Havana

By not participating in the ravenous capitalism of the second half of the 20th century, Cuba avoided much of the environmental degradation seen elsewh(...)

The striking Roque de Agando at sunrise. Photograph: Getty Images

With the heavy iron key that looked like a prop from a Harry Potter film, Pedro opened the old wooden door and I peered down into the well. As my eyes(...)

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who will give the keynote address at the World Meeting of Families on Wednesday. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Cardinal Donald Wuerl is in Dublin this week to address the World Meeting of Families on Wednesday. Archbishop of Washington since 2006, he succeeded (...)

The Canton Place apartments in Guangzhou, China. American diplomats working at the US consulate in Guangzhou developed symptoms in at least two apartment complexes, including the Canton Place apartments, after a possible “sonic attack”. Photograph:  Lam Yik FeiThe New York Times

A crisis over a mysterious ailment sickening US diplomats and their families – which began in Cuba and recently appeared in China – has widened as the(...)

Police and military personnel work among the wreckage of the Boeing-737 plane that crashed shortly after taking off from the Jose Marti airport in Havana. Photograph: EPA

More than 100 people died when a Boeing 737 crashed soon after taking off from Havana in what appeared to be Cuba’s worst air disaster in nearly 30 ye(...)

Emergency personnel works at the site of the accident after a Cubana de Aviacion aircraft crashed after taking off from Havana’s Jose Marti airport. Photograph:  Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images

Three survivors have reportedly been taken to hospital in a critical condition after a plane crashed on take-off from an airport in Cuba. The Boeing (...)

The various Florida Keys are connected by long bridges – one is seven miles long – with the views on either side changing from swamplands, to beautiful coastlines and pearly blue water. Photograph: Getty Images

South Florida has the capacity to leave you overwhelmed or energised. I found I could achieve the latter by combining a solid plan with an open mind b(...)

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