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1 HOUR AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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Raul Castro: Don't expect detente to change Cuban system

Obama reiterated that by engaging directly with the Cuban people, Americans are more likely to encourage reform in Cuba's one-party system and centrally planned economy. [...] appearing before parliament, shaking their fists in victory, were three convicted spies just released from long U.S. prison terms. The last imprisoned members of the "Cuban Five" spy ring were freed this week in ...

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2 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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Illinois farm groups foresee market growth in Cuba

(AP) — Illinois farm groups are looking to Cuba as a growing market for corn, soybeans, pork and other products the state produces, and they see the state's access to rail and river transportation as an advantage to trade with the Caribbean island nation of 11 million consumers. President Barack Obama announced Wednesday the U.S. and Cuba will begin taking ...

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3 HOURS AGO - Wall Street Journal

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Pain for Some Cuban-Americans in Congress

Many politicians see U.S.-Cuba relations as an obsolete preoccupation of the Cold War. But for a small cadre of Cuban-Americans in Congress, it is personal and urgent.

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4 HOURS AGO - Seattle Times

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Obama cautions that change may be slow to come to Cuba

Tempering his historic Cuba policy shift with a dose of realism, President Barack Obama said Friday that change may not come quickly to the communist island. He suggested Congress will keep the U.S. economic embargo in place until lawmakers can gauge the pace of progress in the "hermetically sealed society."

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6 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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Congress finishes up, its members still grumbling

Each party accused the other of scuttling bills for political purposes ahead of November's elections, which gave Republicans firm control of the House and Senate in 2015. Revamping the immigration system, tightening gun buyers' background checks, forcing work to begin on the Keystone XL oil pipeline — they all foundered as the Republican-run House and Democratic-led Senate checkmated each other's ...

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