Obama announces restored diplomatic ties with Cuba

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Cuba plan to open embassies in each others’ capital cities after more than 50 years of hostilities.

President Barack Obama says the move will enable American diplomats to engage directly with Cuban government officials, civil society leaders and ordinary Cubans.

In a letter to Obama, Cuban President Raul Castro says his country is “encouraged” by the plans to “develop respectful relations and cooperation.”

Cuba is still demanding an end to the U.S. embargo, among other things.

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