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Raul Castro says detente won't change Cuban system

Raul Castro says detente won't change Cuban system

El presidente de Cuba, Raúl Castro, apunta hacia los periodistas durante el cierre de una sesión del parlamento en La Habana, Cuba, el sábado 20 de diciembre de 2014. (Foto AP/Ramón Espinosa)

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Raul Castro says detente won't change Cuban system

Raul Castro says detente won't change Cuban system

Cuba's President Raul Castro points to the press during the closing of the legislative session at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. While praising the historic agreement between Cuba and the U.S. to restore relations, Castro made it clear that the agreement only…

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Raul Castro says detente won't change Cuban system

Raul Castro says detente won't change Cuban system

Members of "The Cuban Five," from left, Fernando Gonzalez, Rene Gonzalez, Ramon Labanino, Antonio Guerrero and Gerardo Hernandez wave to members of the National Assembly at the end of the twice-annual legislative session in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Guerrero, Labanino, and Herna…

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Raul Castro says detente won't change Cuban system

Raul Castro says detente won't change Cuban system

Cuba's President Raul Castro pauses to remove his glasses during his speech to lawmakers at the closing ceremony of the legislative session at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. While praising the historic agreement between Cuba and the U.S. to restore relations,…

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Raul Castro says detente won't change Cuban system

Raul Castro says detente won't change Cuban system

Ramon Labanino, member of "The Cuban Five," salutes members of the National Assembly as he stands with Antonio Guerrero, center, and Gerardo Hernandez at the end of the twice-annual legislative session in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. The three men flew back to their homeland on Wed…

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Raul Castro says detente won't change Cuban system

Raul Castro says detente won't change Cuban system

ALTERNATIVE CROP OF XRE103 - Cuba's President Raul Castro raises his fist and shout "Long live Fidel" during the closing of the twice-annual legislative session at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. While praising the historic agreement between Cuba and the U.S. …

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Raul Castro says detente won't change Cuban system

Raul Castro says detente won't change Cuban system

Cuba's President Raul Castro points to the press during the closing of the twice-annual legislative session at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. While praising the historic agreement between Cuba and the U.S. to restore relations, Castro made it clear that the a…

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A chance to breach divide for young in Cuba and US

A chance to breach divide for young in Cuba and US

Youths sing and play music as they hang out in a park in Havana, Cuba, late Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. For a generation that grew up believing the best way to pursue their dreams was to leave the island, the announcement this week that Cuba will open relations with the U.S. is prompting many to …

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A chance to breach divide for young in Cuba and US

A chance to breach divide for young in Cuba and US

Youths hang out at the Malecon in Havana, Cuba, late Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. For a generation that grew up believing the best way to pursue their dreams was to leave the island, the announcement this week that Cuba will open relations with the U.S. is prompting many to reevaluate their future…

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Human rights in spotlight after US-Cuba deal

Human rights in spotlight after US-Cuba deal

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2014 file photo, an opposition activist is detained by security officers before the start of a march, organized by the Women in White pro-democracy group, on International Human Rights Day in Havana, Cuba. The demonstrators where picked up by the police as soon as the…

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No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift

No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 file photo, a man takes a picture of a photograph of former Cuban President Fidel Castro during a photo exhibit of Castro by photographer Roberto Chile at the Jose Marti Memorial in Havana, Cuba. Amid the excitement over the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, …

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Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say

Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say

A man lights a cigar in a cigar club shop in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. (…

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Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say

Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say

A tourist smells a freshly rolled cigar at a cigar club shop in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Licensed American travelers to Cuba will soon be able to return home with up to $400 of merchandise, of which $100 combined can be spent on alcohol or tobacco products. Experts say that's thr…

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Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say

Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say

Images of Habano cigar publicity sit on a table at a cigar club shop in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the United States in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in…

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Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say

Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say

Samples of Bolivar cigars sit on display at a cigar club shop in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the United States in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their …

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Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say

Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say

A worker rolls cigars during a demonstration for tourists at cigar club shop in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the United States in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden …

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Ivan Marquez,  Humberto de la Calle, Rodolfo Benitez Verson, Dag Nylander, Sergio Jaramillo, Gen. Jorge Mora

Ivan Marquez, Humberto de la Calle, Rodolfo Benitez Verson, Dag Nylander, Sergio Jaramillo, Gen. Jorge Mora

En esta foto del 16 de mayo de 2014, figuran los negociadores de las FARC, a la izquierda, y los del gobierno colombiano, a la derecha, en una rueda de prensa en La Habana, Cuba. El gobierno de Colombia ha rechazado un alto al fuego bilateral el miércoles 17 de diciembre de 2014, propuesto p…

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eeuu-cuba preocupaciones

eeuu-cuba preocupaciones

Una pintada con la imagen del Che Guevara vista en la pared de una casa dañada en La Habana Vieja, un barrio de la capital de Cuba, el 18 de diciembre de 2014. (Foto AP/Ramon Espinosa)

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Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

People line up to take the bus outside the Capitolio in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor? That’s about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul Castro move to normalize mor…

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Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

A bike for hire driver rests on the cargo hold of his bike, in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba abruptly moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations, a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money an…

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Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

An old photo of Che Guevara is top of a TV in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The United States and Cuba have agreed to establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in decades, American …

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Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

Two women speak from their balconies in an old building in Old havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba abruptly moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations, a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money an…

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Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

A man sells tomatoes to a customer on a street of Old havana in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States has unleashed expectations of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic car…

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Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

A tangle of old and new electrical circuits sit on a wall in a building in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States has unleashed expectations of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of …

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Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

A woman waits in a classic American car that's used as a shared taxi by commuters in Havana, Cuba, early Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba abruptly moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations _ a historic shift that could re…

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Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

A man sells vegetables at his doorstep in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The United States and Cuba have agreed to establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in decades, American offi…

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5 topics for Obama's year-end news conference

5 topics for Obama's year-end news conference

People line up to take the bus outside the Capitolio in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor? That’s about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul Castro move to normalize mor…

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Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

A man washes a classic American car that's used as a taxi by tourists in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba abruptly moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations _ a historic shift that could revitalize the flow …

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Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

Cuban flags are placed next to an old cash register in state bodega in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba abruptly moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations, a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of …

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Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

A painting of Che guevara is seen on the wall of a damaged a house in Old havana in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba abruptly moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations, a historic shift that could revitalize…

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Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

Two women speak from their balconies in an old building in Old Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States unleashed expectations Thursday of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic…

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For US and Cuba, normalcy will take many steps

For US and Cuba, normalcy will take many steps

Taxi drivers wait for clients next to their classic American cars in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor? That’s about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul Castro move to …

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US tapped contractors to do its sneaky work in Cuba

US tapped contractors to do its sneaky work in Cuba

FILE - In this April 1, 2014 file photo, students stand outside a building to find an Internet signal for their phones in Havana, Cuba. In programs revealed by the Associated Press in 2014, USAID secretly created a primitive social media program called ZunZuneo, staged a health workshop to r…

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US tapped contractors to do its sneaky work in Cuba

US tapped contractors to do its sneaky work in Cuba

Men push a cart loaded with sacks in the middle of a street in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba abruptly moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations _ a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money …

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Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

A woman waits in a classic American car that's used as a shared taxi by commuters in Havana, Cuba, early Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba abruptly moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations _ a historic shift that could re…

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Next steps on Cuba: Normalizing could take awhile

Next steps on Cuba: Normalizing could take awhile

Taxi drivers wait for clients next to their classic American cars in Havana, Cuba, on Thursday, the day after President Obama announced that his administration would seek to normalize more than a half-century of bitter animosity between the United States and Cuba.

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Colombia's government rebuffs rebel truce

Colombia's government rebuffs rebel truce

FILE - In this May 16, 2014 file photo, negotiators from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), left, and Colombia's government, right, give a press conference under a sign that reads in Spanish "Peace Talks" in Havana, Cuba. Colombia's government has rebuffed a unilateral truce …

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Ivan Marquez,  Humberto de la Calle, Rodolfo Benitez Verson, Dag Nylander, Sergio Jaramillo, Gen. Jorge Mora

Ivan Marquez, Humberto de la Calle, Rodolfo Benitez Verson, Dag Nylander, Sergio Jaramillo, Gen. Jorge Mora

En esta foto del 16 de mayo de 2014, figuran los negociadores de las FARC, a la izquierda, y los del gobierno colombiano, a la derecha, en una rueda de prensa en La Habana, Cuba. El gobierno de Colombia ha rechazado un alto al fuego bilateral el miércoles 17 de diciembre de 2014, propuesto p…

December 18, 2014 2:17 pm
EEUU CUBA REACCIONES

EEUU CUBA REACCIONES

Estudiantes y profesores celebran tras escuchar en directo un discurso del presidente cubano, Raúl Castro, a la nación sobre la recuperación de relaciones con Estados Unidos, en una escuela en La Habana, Cuba, el 17 de diciembre de 2014. (Foto AP/Ramon Espinosa)

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Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal

Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal

Students and teachers celebrate after listening to a live, nationally broadcast speech by Cuba's President Raul Castro about the country's restoration of relations with the United States, at a school in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Castro said profound differences remain between C…

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Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal

Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal

Students watch a live, nationally broadcast speech by Cuba's President Raul Castro about the country's restoration of relations with the United States, on a TV at school in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Castro said profound differences remain between Cuba and the U.S. in areas such…

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Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal

Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal

A teacher hands a student a poster of "The Cuban Five" to hang on their classroom wall in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The men, who are hailed as heroes in Cuba, were convicted in 2001 in Miami on charges including conspiracy and failure to register as foreign agents in the U.S. O…

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Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal

Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal

Construction workers speculate what Cuba's President Raul Castro will announce in an upcoming live, nationally broadcast speech in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Castro spoke about the country's restoration of relations with the United States, saying that profound differences remain…

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Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal

Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal

A man transports a mattress on a tricycle through Old Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Cuba and the United States have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-centur…

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Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal

Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal

A man carries a bag of cold meats in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Cuba and the United States have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity datin…

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US-Cuba thaw could benefit farmers, energy and travel firms

US-Cuba thaw could benefit farmers, energy and travel firms

FILE - In this March 1, 2013 file photo, a worker selects cigars at the H. Upmann cigar factory, where people can take tours as part of the 15th annual Cigar Festival, in Havana, Cuba. Among those eager for access to a Cuban market cut off by an economic embargo are U.S. farmers, travel comp…

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EEUU-CUBA

EEUU-CUBA

Trabajadores de la construcción hablan del discurso del presidente cubano Raúl Castro sobre el restablecimiento de las relaciones entre Cuba y EEUU, en una calle de La Habana, el miércoles 17 de diciembre de 2014. Se trata del cambio más significativo en la política estadounidense hacia Cuba…

December 17, 2014 4:52 pm
Colombian rebels announce unilateral cease-fire

Colombian rebels announce unilateral cease-fire

Humberto de la Calle, the head of Colombia's government peace negotiation team, center, turns over a shovel full of dirt during the ceremonial planting of the "Tree of hope for peace and reconciliation in Colombia," while Ivan Marquez, chief negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of C…

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Colombian rebels announce unilateral cease-fire

Colombian rebels announce unilateral cease-fire

Ivan Marquez, chief negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, second right, meets with representatives of the victims of the Colombian conflict during a ceremonial planting of the tree of "Hope for peace and reconciliation in Colombia," in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Dec…

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Analysis: 53 years on, time right for US, Cuba

Analysis: 53 years on, time right for US, Cuba

Teachers and students listen to a live, nationally broadcast speech by Cuba's President Raul Castro about the country's restoration of relations with the United States, at a school in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Castro said profound differences remain between Cuba and the U.S. in…

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