David Usborne

David Usborne is US Editor of The Independent.

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Raul Castro and Barack Obama greet each other at Friday’s summit

Barack Obama says his first meeting with Cuban president Raul Castro is a 'turning point'

Mr Castro recalled the slights against his nation and the revolution begun by his brother, Fidel, but admitted admiration for Mr Obama

‘The Ship of Tolerance’ by Russian artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov was shown at the 11th Biennial in Havana

The Americans are coming: Cuba prepares for an invasion of art dealers

US collectors are expected to attend Havana’s 12th Biennial – and leave with lots of artworks

Raul Castro and Barack Obama greet each other at Friday’s summit

Barack Obama and Raul Castro's Summit of the Americas handshake changes Cuba - but not for everyone

David Usborne in Vinales meets one tobacco farmer unmoved by events on the world stage

Taxi drivers in Cuba, who until now have been government employees, are to become self-employed workers, the latest in a raft of economic reforms on the Communist island

Cuba's revolution has already begun

Barack Obama and Raul Castro have spoken on the phone. A first public handshake may not be far away. But in Havana, reports David Usborne, the evidence of a nation coming in from the cold is there for all to see

A vintage American car in a potholed Havana street; Cubans fear the return of US money would damage the city’s identity

US-Cuba relations: Cubans seek change – but not if Uncle Sam takes over

In the first of a series of reports, David Usborne finds citizens are in two minds about restoring US ties

The Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif received a hero’s welcome on his return to the country

Iran nuclear talks: Sceptics sound note of caution amid jubilation over deal

The six major powers which wrangled over the deal now face the dual tasks of selling its contents to sceptical audiences and making sure it doesn't unravel

US Senator Robert Menendez arrives at the federal courthouse in Newark, New Jersey

US Democratic Senator Robert Menendez appears in court to hear corruption charges and then claims he is 'not going anywhere'

The 61-year-old Cuban-American dismissed bribery allegations as 'politically motivated'

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Iran nuclear talks: Framework for final deal reached after eight days of negotiations

After days of false starts and hopes dashed, it was announced that the tentative deal had finally been reached

Until today, Cuba was one of only a tiny handful of nations beyond the Air BnB's reach along with Iran and North Korea.

Cuba listed on Airbnb for the first time, as US eases travel and economic restrictions

Visitors to the Airbnb site will now find 1,000 properties all across Cuba, of which about 40 per cent are in and around the capital, Havana

Indiana Governor Mike Pence speaking to the media in Indianapolis on Tuesday

Republicans just can't help themselves in the conflict between religion and discrimination

Usborne in the USA: The blowback against new laws passed by Indiana and Arkansas shows how far the pendulum has swung in America towards tolerance of gays

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Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

Exclusive interview with Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

How the author foretold the Californian water crisis
Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

Art attack

Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
10 best wedding gift ideas

It's that time of year again... 10 best wedding gift ideas

Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

Paul Scholes column

With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor