In the first round of historic talks between the two countries, the US vowed to continue giving Cubans safe haven, despite Cuba's objections.
The talks aim to restore diplomatic ties and eventually normalise relations between the two, which have been locked in Cold War-era hostilities.
US President Barack Obama warned the Republican-led Congress to end their resistance to higher taxes on the wealthy, saying he won't back down.
Cuba's periodo especial was a cause of both suffering and initiative, as noted by SA medical students.
Restoring normal diplomatic relations offers an opportunity for the US and Cuba to engage on equal terms for the first time in their troubled history.
The South African government hailed normalising diplomatic ties between Cuba and the US, and urged the US to move swiftly in its diplomatic relations.
South Africa R350-million economic assistance deal with Cuba would aid agricultural development and reconstruction of infrastructure.
Yoani Sanchez, a dissident Cuban blogger, will launch the website of Cuba's first major independent general interest newspaper in five decades.
It was a small gesture: a handshake between Barack Obama and Raul Castro. It's just what Nelson Mandela would have wanted, but does it amount to more?
US President Barack Obama has shaken hands with Cuba's Raul Castro, a rare gesture between the two ideologically opposed nations.
Edward Snowden has won support from Cuba for his bid to seek asylum in Latin America, as he embarked on his third week in limbo at a Moscow airport.
The star couple is said to have been carrying permits to visit Cuba, but Florida senator Marco Rubio has criticised the holiday.
US pop star Beyoncé and her rapper husband Jay-Z's fifth wedding anniversary celebration in Havana has sparked criticism from the Republican Party.
Venezuela's government has for the first time revealed that President Hugo Chavez has been receiving chemotherapy since undergoing surgery in Cuba.
Hugo Chavez's swearing-in for a new six-year term can be postponed if he is unable to attend due to his battle to recover from cancer surgery.
We showcase some of this week's best images, from volcanoes in the ocean in Hawaii to Chihuahuas in Cuba.
Namibia has been condemned for planning to donate a "Noah's Ark" of 150 wild animals - including lions, rhino, cheetah and leopards - to Cuba.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned home after 11 days of cancer treatment in Cuba, saying his latest round of radiation therapy was successful.
The 1950s Cuban revolution led to an egalitarian society with many admirable features.