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U.S., Cuba to begin talks on overhaul of relations after half-century
U.S., Cuba to begin talks on overhaul of relations after half-century

Saying it's time to "cut the shackles of the past," President Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. will restore diplomatic relations with Cuba, a historic first step in a process that could ultimately end a more-than-50-year stalemate between the two countries. Obama acknowledged that the longstanding U.S. economic embargo against Cuba has failed to move the island nation toward democracy or improved human rights there. He said choosing instead to engage with Cuba will improve the lives of Cubans, reunite families estranged by Cold War-era policies and strengthen ties between the two countries. "These 50 years have shown that isolation does not work. It’s...

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