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Jun 26, 2014 — Isbel Diaz Torres sees his LGBT rights activism as an extension of Cuba's socialist revolution. Attitudes are changing, but he's still struggling to find a place in the island's political landscape.
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Jun 25, 2014 — In the 1980s and '90s, thousands of Cubans fleeing to the U.S. passed through Mariel port. Today, it's the site of an ambitious special economic zone that is filling many locals with optimism.
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Jun 24, 2014 — Cuba's communist government has allowed the creation of small private businesses in recent years. An estimated 1 million Cubans have taken the plunge, making progress in fits and starts along the way.
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Jun 24, 2014 — With more people traveling between Cuba and the U.S., money and goods are moving, too. The influx has allowed Cuban-Americans to become investors in the island's emerging private sector.
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Jun 10, 2014 — In her new book, Hillary Clinton says she urged President Obama to end the U.S. embargo on Cuba, a position that reveals just how much the political climate has changed — especially in Florida.
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Apr 7, 2014 — Congress, the development agency says, specifically earmarked money for a program to break the "information blockade" in Cuba.
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Apr 3, 2014 — According to a report by the Associated Press, the U.S. funded the creation of a social media platform designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba.
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Jan 31, 2014 — The Chong Chon Gang and its crew of 35 have been held since July, when Panamanian authorities found Cuban weapons aboard in violation of U.N. sanctions against Pyongyang.
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Dec 22, 2013 — For bilateral relations to succeed, said Castro, the countries must learn to respect their differences. Cuba's not changing, he said. And they're demanding that the U.S. change its ways.
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Nov 7, 2013 — An American man who hijacked a plane to Cuba nearly 30 years ago will be in a U.S. court Thursday. William Potts returned from Cuba this week, saying he wanted closure. He was arrested immediately.
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