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U.S., Cuba close round of talks with no embassy announcement

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The United States and Cuba still have no agreement on re-establishing embassies. Five months after Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro announced their intention to improve ties, the former foes on Friday completed a fourth round of negotiations without ironing out enough of the differences that have accumulated over a half-century of estrangement to restore diplomatic relations. However, the top U.S. diplomat for Latin America, Roberta Jacobson, insisted the two sides were “much closer” to that goal after a “highly…

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Barbara Boxer takes Marco Rubio to task about telling Americans where to stay in Cuba

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It’s not often Marco Rubio gets chastised by Barbara Boxer about being anti-business, but when it comes to the volatile issue of Cuba, traditional ideologies seem to collapse. The exchange between the Florida Republican and California Democrat took place Wednesday morning during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Cuba, where U.S. diplomats are to meet with their Cuban colleagues Thursday. It will be the third such gathering since the two nations announced a diplomatic breakthrough in December. While questioning…

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U.S., Cuba cite progress on restoring diplomatic ties

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The United States and Cuba claimed progress Friday toward ending a half-century diplomatic freeze, suggesting they could clear some of the biggest obstacles to their new relationship within weeks. After Friday’s talks in Washington, the second round of U.S.-Cuban discussions in the last month, diplomats of both countries spoke positively about fulfilling the promise made by Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro in December to restore embassies in each other’s capitals. The U.S. even held out hope of clinching a…

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