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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(...)

A car passes by the Telegrafo Hotel in Havana on Wednesday. Tighter restrictions on US travellers to Cuba will go into effect on Thursday, the White House  said. Photograph: Yamil Lagey/AFP/Getty Images

The US government made it tougher on Wednesday for Americans to book trips and do business with Cuba, making good on a pledge by President Donald Tru(...)

Photograph: Conor Horgan

Cuba is full of surprises. On my first morning in a Havana casa particular (room in a private home), where all the hangers in my wardrobe were homemad(...)

The famous poster (right) of Che Guevara created by Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick, and an image of Camilo Guevara (left) given a similar treatment. Illustration: Paul Scott

Even Camilo Guevara sometimes struggles to separate the man from the myth. For those who never met him, Che Guevara is an elusive character, an amalga(...)

A public wifi hotspot in Havana: In 2015, the Cuban government opened the first public wifi spots. It also reduced prices and increased speeds for internet access at state-run cybercafes. Photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

“Wifi, wifi,” calls Frank Rodriguez, sitting on a park bench as the morning crowds hurry past. Most of Parque Centre, on one of Havana’s most famous (...)

 Cardinal Jaime Ortega  arriving at the Cathedral of Havana to celebrate his last mass as Archbishop  on May 7th, 2016. Photograph: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images

In May 2014, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, the long-time archbishop of Havana and one of the most influential political figures in Cuba, travelled to Washin(...)

A classic car in a Habana Vieja street in Havana: For many Cubans, the question is how to open up in ways that allow society to protect the achievements of the revolution. Photograph: Alvaro Fuente/NurPhoto/Getty

It’s almost midnight, and the queue stretches so far down the street that it disappears into the dark Havana night. The music seems to be pulsing ou(...)

At a meeting and dinner with Cuban president Raúl Castro,   Mr Higgins  brought up the issue  of human rights in Cuba in a clear but polite manner. Photograph: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images

President Michael D Higgins met Cuban activists and independent journalists on Saturday, moving onto diplomatically sensitive terrain on the final da(...)

President Higgins visiting Pedro Kouri Institute for Tropical Medicine  in  Havana  on the third day of his State visit. “As Cuba is enabled to reopen onto the world at this juncture of a new era, can we imagine new relations between freedom and justice?” Photograph: Maxwell’s

Societies must respond to the current “point of crisis” by finding new political and economic models that can offer people freedom and justice, Presid(...)

President Michael D Higgins(left)  greets author Joseph O’Connor in Havana as part of a three-day State visit to Cuba. Photograph: Maxwells

James Joyce was the last Irish author to have a novel published in Cuba. On Thursday, in a crowded auditorium at the Havana Book Fair, flanked by a (...)

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