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U.S.-Cuba plan to reestablish ties follows spy swap, prisoner release
U.S.-Cuba plan to reestablish ties follows spy swap, prisoner release

Sweeping away more than half a century of official U.S. animosity, President Obama announced plans Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba and broaden business ties after the swap of several jailed spies and the release of an American contractor held in a Havana prison. Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro sealed the historic deal in a 45-minute telephone conversation Tuesday after 18 months of secret talks between the two governments. Canada's government hosted most of the talks, but they included a meeting arranged by Pope Francis, the first Latin American pontiff, at the Vatican in October. The phone call marked the first extended contact between leaders of the two...

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