Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Associated Press: USA to open embassy in Havana, Cuba

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Cuba will start talks on normalizing full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in decades, American officials said Wednesday. The announcement comes amid a series of new confidence-building measures between the longtime foes, including the release of American Alan Gross and the freeing of three Cubans jailed in the U.S.

President Barack Obama was to announce the policy changes from the White House at noon Wednesday.

Associated Press writers Jessica Gresko, Jack Gillum and Ken Dilanian contributed to this report.


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