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Nicolas Maduro
Cuba still faces domestic challenges in pursuing U.S. thaw
Cuba still faces domestic challenges in pursuing U.S. thaw

It was a handshake a year ago at Nelson Mandela’s funeral, and this week it was a long phone call. President Obama and his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro, have taken the strongest steps ever toward ending more than half a century of antagonist relations between their nations. The decision to reopen diplomatic ties -- negotiated between the two leaders with pushes from Canada, a Vatican led by a Latin American pope, and others -- could lead to a remarkable and historic shift in hemispheric dynamics. But the thaw will not come overnight. Cuba’s government remains nervous about change -- its military, especially, intent on maintaining control over domestic developments and the...

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