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    U.S., Cuba Re-Establish Diplomatic Ties

    They’ve officially made up. At midnight the nations restored diplomatic ties, with a flag hoisted at Cuba’s newly anointed U.S. embassy after decades of Cold War bitterness. Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez oversaw the flag-raising ceremony today, and the American embassy in Havana will legally open ahead of an official ceremony in August with Secretary of State John Kerry. The recent thaw means easier travel between the nations, but the trade embargo — which President Obama has asked Congress to lift — is not expected to vanish anytime soon.

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