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Cuba releases Alan Gross; White House announces plans to re-establish diplomatic relations with Havana
Cuba releases Alan Gross; White House announces plans to re-establish diplomatic relations with Havana

President Barack Obama announced plans Wednesday to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, open an embassy in Havana and relax trade and travel restrictions — reversing more than half a century of policy aimed at isolating the Communist nation 90 miles from Florida. "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 at the White House. "I do not believe that we can keep doing the same thing for over five decades and expect a different result." Obama said the moves became possible once Cuba released Alan Gross, the international aid worker from...

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