US and Cuba discussing joint marine reserve: Kerry

Kerry was in Chile yesterday for the "Our Ocean" conference, where several countries and foundations announced new efforts to preserve the marine environment and fisheries.

Obama, Castro meet at UN as US-Cuban relations thaw

Amid thawing relations, US President Barack Obama held talks with his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro at the UN, the first meeting between the two on American soil in more than five decades.

At UN, Raul Castro says US must end embargo to have normal Cuba ties

Cuban President Raul Castro told the U.N. General Assembly on Monday that normal relations with the United States would only be possible if Washington ended its trade embargo on his country, returned the military base at Guantanamo and ended anti-communist broadcasts beamed into the island.

Pope has hip problem, gets physical therapy: Spokesman

Pope Francis, who has been limping more and more as his US trip goes on, has a hip ailment and gets physical therapy on a regular basis, the Vatican spokesman said Saturday.

Pope ends Cuban trip with address to families, heads to US

Pope Francis was ending his visit to Cuba on Tuesday with a Mass at the country's most revered shrine and a pep talk with families before flying north to Washington for the start of his US tour.

Pope praises Church `sacrifices` in Cuba

Pope Francis on Monday praised the sacrifices of the Catholic Church in communist Cuba, with the island in the midst of a delicate process of resuming relations with the United States.

Pope meets Fidel Castro after mass on iconic Havana square

Pope Francis met with Fidel Castro on Monday at the Cuban revolutionary leader's home in Havana after an outdoor mass attended by hundreds of thousands of people on the city's iconic Revolution Square.

Pope meets Fidel Castro, warns against ideology on Cuba trip
Pope meets Fidel Castro, warns against ideology on Cuba trip

Pope Francis met Cuba`s revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Sunday, hours after warning Cubans to beware the dangers of ideology and the lure of selfishness as their country enters a new era of closer ties with the United States.

Pope`s next Cuba stop: Holguin and its famous cross

 Holguin, Pope Francis`s next destination on his high-profile trip to Cuba and the United States, is known for its iconic cross, built in 1790 but replaced after a lightning strike.

Crowds pack Havana`s Revolution Square for Pope`s mass

 Catholic faithful and fans of Pope Francis crowded into Havana`s iconic Revolution Square Sunday to hear the Argentine pontiff give mass, the highlight of his trip to Cuba.

Pope Francis arrives in Havana to kick off tour of Cuba, US

 Pope Francis arrived in Cuba Saturday on the first leg of a high-profile trip that will also take him to the United States, highlighting his role in the rapprochement between the Cold War foes.

Bells to toll for Pope Francis`s US arrival

 Pope Francis is set to arrive in Cuba on Saturday for a trip that will take him next week to the United States for the first time. 

Pope offers solidarity with Cuba, highlights Hispanics in US

Pope Francis begins a 10-day trip to Cuba and the United States on Saturday, embarking on his first trip to the onetime Cold War foes after helping to nudge forward their historic rapprochement.

Pope leaves Rome for Cuba-US trip

Pope Francis left Rome on Saturday for Havana, where he will start his landmark trip to Cuba and the United States.

Pope prepares to take US bow after Cuba stopover

 Pope Francis heads for Cuba on Saturday on the first-leg of a trip that will also take him to the United States for his most high-profile overseas visit to date.

Obama chips away at Cuba embargo, discusses efforts with Raul Castro

The United States announced new rules on Friday to further ease trade, travel and investment restrictions with Cuba, but Cuban President Raul Castro told President Barack Obama that Washington should go even further and lift its economic embargo on the Communist-ruled island.

Dissidents accuse Cuba of ''social cleansing'' for pope visit

 A dissident human rights group on Friday accused the Cuban government of "social cleansing" ahead of a three-night visit by Pope Francis, saying police had rounded up thousands of beggars and homeless people in three cities where the pope will travel.

Havana spruces up for Pope visit

Havana has received a rush makeover ahead of Pope Francis`s arrival in Cuba on Saturday with newly paved streets, a renovated cathedral, repainted buildings and billboards of the pontiff plastered across the city.

Obama chips away at Cuba embargo, easing business and travel rules

 The Obama administration announced wide-ranging new rules on Friday to further ease trade, travel and investment restrictions with Cuba, the latest effort to chip away at the long-standing U.S. economic embargo amid a thaw between the former Cold War foes.

US further eases trade, travel restrictions on Cuba

The United States further eased restrictions on business and travel with Cuba on Friday, as it presses forward in rebuilding long-frozen relations with its former Cold War foe.