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Cuba releases Alan Gross; White House announces plans to reestablish diplomatic relations with Havana
Cuba releases Alan Gross; White House announces plans to reestablish diplomatic relations with Havana

President Barack Obama announced plans Wednesday to relax trade and travel restrictions with Cuba and reestablish diplomatic relations, reversing more than half a century of policy aimed at isolating the communist nation 90 miles from Florida. He said the move became possible once Cuba released Alan Gross, the international aid veteran from Maryland who had been held for more than five years in a Cuban prison for trying to connect the island's small Jewish community to the Internet. "Neither the American nor Cuban people are well served by a rigid policy that's rooted in events that took place before most of us were born," Obama said from the White House. "I do not...

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