The talks aim to restore diplomatic ties and eventually normalise relations between the two, which have been locked in Cold War-era hostilities.
2014 will be remembered as the year politicians defeated climate scientists and solidified weak climate change targets, writes Sipho Kings.
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.
The Senate report on CIA detention and interrogation found that detainees subjected to torture produced no intelligence or "fabricated information".
US President Barack Obama could have taken action but did not want to weaken the intelligence services.
Police power and black lives are at opposite ends of a morally indefensible value system.
A ploy to soften up Russia and Iran might inflict collateral damage on its own shale industry.
During secret negotiations, the US pledged to cut its emissions by 28% by 2025 and China promised to reach a peak in emissions by 2030.
China and the US will sign a deal that will ensure negotiations on targets for climate change are agreed on at next year's climate talks in Paris.
Midterm poll defeat will rattle presidential heir-apparent Hillary Clinton.
Dagga laws are loosening up in the United States, and campaigners believe this trend will continue.
Stinging remarks by US President Barack Obama's officials have added fuel to the United States's row with Israel.
Ebola should bring home to American conservatives that they are part of humanity.
Air strikes won't solve anything in Iraq and Syria, where the West is the problem, not the solution.
Islamic militants released US journalist Peter Theo Curtis on Sunday, less than a week after grisly footage emerged of the execution of James Foley.
Protests in Ferguson, Missouri, have begun to abate after a white police officer shot dead an unarmed black teenager on August 9.
A union leader could be the next Chicago mayor, signalling a shift towards progressive politics.
Recent events show that international and humanitarian law are often no more than forms of convenient discourse for those at war.