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Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson testifies in Washington, Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson testifies in Washington, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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US won’t return Guantanamo to improve ties with Cuba

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration on Wednesday ruled out handing over the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, rejecting a central demand of Cuban President Raul Castro for restoring normal relations between the two countries.

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A tourist takes pictures from a double decker sightseeing bus as she passes the U.S. Interests Section building in Havana, Cuba Dec. 18. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)
A tourist takes pictures from a double decker sightseeing bus as she passes the U.S. Interests Section building in Havana, Cuba Dec. 18. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)
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VOTE: Would you travel to Cuba?

The idea of Cuba becoming a travel destination may become a reality.

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Tourists ride in a classic American car on the Malecon in Havana, Cuba in 2013.  (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes, File)
Tourists ride in a classic American car on the Malecon in Havana, Cuba in 2013. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes, File)
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Travel to Cuba: Q & A on the new rules

NEW YORK (AP) -- Americans are one step closer to being able to vacation in Cuba, but don't pack your bathing suit and sunscreen just yet.

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Freed Cuban dissidents Reinier Mulet, left, and Miguel Alberto Ulloa, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)
Freed Cuban dissidents Reinier Mulet, left, and Miguel Alberto Ulloa, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)
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Freed Cuba dissidents praise detente, pledge push for change

HAVANA (AP) -- Cuban dissidents freed as part of a historic detente with the United States said Tuesday they support the warming of relations and predicted it will help their efforts to bring change inside their country.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a press conference in Gandhinagar, India, Monday.  (AP PhotoRick Wilking, Pool)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a press conference in Gandhinagar, India, Monday. (AP PhotoRick Wilking, Pool)
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US: Cuba completes release of 53 political prisoners

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Cuba has completed the release of 53 political prisoners that was part of last month's historic deal between the United States and Cuba, the U.S. said Monday.

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The U.S. Interests Section buidling in Havana, Cuba.  (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan, File)
The U.S. Interests Section buidling in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan, File)
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US mission in Havana to become embassy amid thaw

HAVANA (AP) -- A half-century after Washington severed relations with Cuba, the United States' seven-story mission looms over Havana's seaside Malecon boulevard as the largest diplomatic outpost in the country.

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Cuba’s head of North American affairs, Josefina Vidal, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Cuba’s head of North American affairs, Josefina Vidal, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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Cuba says it has a right to grant asylum to US fugitives

HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba said Monday that it has a right to grant asylum to U.S. fugitives, the clearest sign yet that the communist government has no intention of extraditing America's most-wanted woman despite the warming of bilateral ties.

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A bottle of Havana Club rum, center, sits on a shelf for sale at Pantry II Liquors in Miami in 2009.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
A bottle of Havana Club rum, center, sits on a shelf for sale at Pantry II Liquors in Miami in 2009. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
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Coming soon to US: Cuba Libre, with real Cuban rum

MIAMI (AP) -- U.S. rum aficionados are abuzz over the possibility of mixing a Cuba Libre with authentic Cuban rum, now that they will be able to bring home liquor distilled in the communist nation.

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A tourist takes pictures from a double decker sightseeing bus as she passes the U.S. Interests Section building in Havana, Cuba Dec. 18. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)
A tourist takes pictures from a double decker sightseeing bus as she passes the U.S. Interests Section building in Havana, Cuba Dec. 18. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)
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Big changes coming to Cuba tourism with US opening

HAVANA (AP) -- U.S. tourists are roaming the streets of Old Havana, listening to lectures on Art Deco architecture and meeting with jazz musicians. What they aren't doing yet - at least most of the time - is lounging in the sun and sipping mojitos at white-sand-beach resorts.

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Christie sounds off on Cuba

Gov. Chris Christie has avoided weighing in on foreign policy issues as he considers running for president, but he is speaking out on Cuba because of a Jersey connection.

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