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A woman holds a Cuban flag during a protest showing support for Cubans demonstrating against their government, at Versailles Restaurant in Miami on Sunday. Photograph: Eva Marie Uzcategui/ AFP via Getty Images

In June the UN General Assembly voted for the 29th straight year to condemn the illegal six-decade-long US embargo on Cuba – a 184-2 vote that pitted (...)

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(...)

 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un: His health is “the biggest wild card” in assessing stability in North Korea, says Sue Mi Terry, a former CIA analyst. Photograph: STR/KCNA VIA KNS/AFP

The ultimate challenge for spies and analysts studying North Korea is accurately assessing the health of Kim Jong-un, the 37-year-old dictator of the (...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un  in Pyongyang on Tuesday. He complained of the “chronic irresponsibility and incompetence” among bureaucrats, KCNA reported. Photograph: STR/KCNA VIA KNS/AFP via Getty Images

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has warned of a “grave incident” linked to the coronavirus pandemic, stoking fears of an outbreak in the isolated coun(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un receives applause at Thursday’s plenary meeting of his ruling Workers’ Party’s central committee. Photograph: STR/KCNA via KNS/AFP

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un urged preparation for both dialogue and confrontation with the United States, state news agency KCNA said on Friday, (...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks during a Workers’ Party meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday. Photograph: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has warned of food shortages in his country and urged officials to boost agricultural production as North Korea stru(...)

US secretary of state Antony Blinken also raised other contentious topics, including China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

US secretary of state Antony Blinken stressed the need for co-operation and transparency over the origins of Covid-19 in a call with his Chinese count(...)

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko addresses the parliament in Minsk on Wednesday. Photograph: Maxi Guckek/EPA

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko has accused the West of waging “hybrid war” against him and of using a row over the diversion of a Ryanair f(...)

The rules governing the use of expertise have not changed for good – they have been abolished. Photograph: iStock

The pandemic and the cyberattack on the HSE have two things in common. One is that they were certain to happen some time. The other is that almost all(...)

It is widely suspected across the international community that Russia tolerates Wizard Spider as long as they attack targets in the West. Photograph: iStock

The Russian-speaking cybercrime gang, Wizard Spider, suspected of launching an attack on the HSE and Department of Health, is the biggest and most adv(...)

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