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Dilma Rousseff
US-Cuba diplomatic thaw puts Mariel port back in spotlight

MARIEL, Cuba The deepwater port of Mariel, once the site of a massive exodus of refugees to the United States, may soon be the stage for a new chapter in Cuba's history, one that flirts gently with global trade and free markets. A $1 billion project to modernize the port and create a special economic zone will add Mariel as a stop on a global maritime highway that stretches from Asia to Europe. And the outlook for Mariel's natural harbor might grow brighter, if the United States and Cuba mend a diplomatic rupture that started more than half a century ago. That's why the talks that began Wednesday in Havana have sent ripples as far away as Brazil, which is financing most of...