Police scuffle and detain an anti-government demonstrator during a protest in Havana, Cuba. Photograph: Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo

Cuba’s communist revolution is one of the world’s great survivors. The Soviet Union may have crumbled, the Berlin Wall fallen and China and Vietnam tu(...)

During Martina Navratilova’s  heyday in the 1980s, the world did not have much appetite for an outspoken, openly gay woman.  Photograph: Pete Kiehart/New York Times

Martina Navratilova is sitting at a dockside restaurant in Florida, wearing worn-out jeans, a denim button-down shirt that hangs loosely at her waist (...)

‘Who the hell do they think they are giving us permission to have 50 people in?’ Fr PJ Hughes at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran, Co Cavan. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

A Co Cavan priest has said he will not be “dictated to by a pagan and communist government” about how many people can attend Christmas ceremonies in h(...)

In this picture taken on November 10, 1989 in Berlin, West-Berliners break the Berlin Wall with hammers and crosses. - The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, when thousands of Germans joyfully danced atop its graffiti-covered remains, to some heralded the “end of history” in a globalised world. Photograph by: AFP/Getty

Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Europe to fight harder for its values as Germany marked 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall on Saturday. “The v(...)

 Gay rights activists get together before the Annual March against Homophobia and Transphobia in Havana, May 14, 2016th. File photograph: Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters

Cuban gay rights activists are planning to hold an unprecedented independent march against homophobia today despite several of them reporting they had(...)

Panoramic views of Prague from Petrin Hill. Photograph: iStock

With its reputation for stag and hen parties and a stop-off point for Interrailing students, I wondered if we were foolish to opt for a long weekend i(...)

Hundreds of people gather in an emergency shelter at the Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center in Miami, Florida, September 8th, 2017, ahead of Hurricane Irma. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Florida has braced for one of the most violent storms on record, as Hurricane Irma barrelled through the Caribbean and Cuba on Friday, leaving a trail(...)

File photograph of North Koreans  and a pile of coal close to the border with China, viewed from the Chinese city of Dandong. China has banned coal imports from its neighbour. Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty

As North Korea watched relations with Malaysia deteriorate over accusations it assassinated Kim Jong-un’s potential rival, the isolated nation has al(...)

Students light candles in honour of former Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro a day after his death, at the Havana University. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The Cuban government has declared nine days of mourning for Fidel Castro, the revolutionary leader who has died at the age of 90. His ashes will be c(...)

A tourist poses for a picture with a sign placed at the entrance of a restaurant with the images of Cuban and US Presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama in Havana, Cuba on Saturday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

President Barack Obama arrives in Cuba on Sunday for a 48-hour visit, making history by venturing into what was once enemy territory and sparking ent(...)

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