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Opinions strong on U.S.-Cuba policy change

Church bells rang out Wednesday afternoon in Havana, marking a major moment in history -- Cuba and the United States are renewing diplomatic relations after decades of ice-cold tension.

Word of the massive change was met with passionate opinions and ...

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2016 Republicans slam Cuba announcement

President Barack Obama's historic move to loosen the U.S. embargo on Cuba set off an immediate clash with Republicans keen to use the dramatic foreign policy shift to further their own White House aspirations.

The announcement immediately threw two Fl...

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Wait for Cuban beaches, cigars remains

The end of the 50-year freeze in diplomatic relations with Cuba will mean many more U.S. travelers could be on their way to the neighbor island, only 90 miles from Key West, Florida.

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9 questions: Get up to speed on Cuban embargo

President Barack Obama will ease sanctions imposed against Cuba under the U.S. embargo after Cuba agreed to release American aid worker Alan Gross.

The agreement will deliver the most sweeping changes in the U.S. policy toward the nation that lies ju...

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Mystery man among 5 freed in U.S.-Cuba deal

Five men are tasting freedom for the first time in years -- including one President Barack Obama described as "one of the most important intelligence agents that the United States has ever had in Cuba" -- in a historic deal between the U.S. and Cuba ...

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Could Obama go to Cuba?

President Barack Obama could be among the Americans traveling to Cuba now that restrictions on passage to the island are being loosened.

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Gross release: How it happened

Alan Gross was in a Cuban prison Tuesday morning when his attorney, Scott Gilbert, phoned to say Gross would soon be released.

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Historic thaw in US, Cuba standoff

A political standoff that spanned five decades and 10 presidents began to crumble Wednesday with President Barack Obama's move to normalize relations with Cuba.

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