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    After 53 years, time is right for US and Cuba

    MEXICO CITY | After 53 years of hostility between the United States and Cuba, the timing to make amends was perfect for both governments. The breakthrough in US-Cuban relations came with the release of American Alan Gross and an unnamed US…

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    Cuba welcomes Castro’s announce of renewed US ties

    HAVANA | Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country Wednesday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility. Wearing his military uniform with its…

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    Key dates in US relations with Cuba

    Key events in U.S.-Cuba relations: — THE START: Fidel Castro’s rebels take power as dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba on Jan 1, 1959. The United States soon recognizes the new government. But relations begin to sour as Americans criticize summary…

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    Obama: US re-establishing relations with Cuba

    WASHINGTON | President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba on Wednesday and declared an end to America’s “outdated approach” to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity. “These…

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    Pakistan buries victims of school massacre

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan | As they buried their children Wednesday, the families spoke of their dreams. One boy had just gotten high marks on his midterm and hoped to become a pilot. A 13-year-old wanted to become a doctor. Another kid just…

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    Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price rises

    MOSCOW | Russian consumers flocked to the stores Wednesday, frantically buying a range of big-ticket items to pre-empt the price rises kicked off by the staggering fall in the value of the ruble in recent days. As the Russian authorities announced…




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