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Cubans look to future with optimism in wake of historic breakthrough

As Obama cautions that change won’t come immediately, chatter grows in Cuba about what’s next as the two nations work toward rebuilding relations

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President Obama signs bill authorizing sanctions against Venezuela

Legislation allows US to freeze assets and ban visas for anyone accused of violating the human rights of protesters opposing Venezuela’s government

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US congressional leaders vow to block Cuba embassy and ambassador

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Lessons to learn as US and Cuba relations thaw

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Colombia rebuffs Farc ceasefire offer

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US-Cuba deal: a marriage 18 months in the making, blessed by Pope Francis

Nothing about the past year and a half, from the secret talks in Canada to the public handshake at Nelson Mandela’s funeral, happened by accident

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Farc declares ceasefire but warns of retribution if attacked

Negotiators from rebel group and government seek to end conflict stretching back more than 50 years

Colombia’s leftist Farc rebels have declared an indefinite unilateral ceasefire for the first time in their 50-year war against the state – but warned that it would end if their troops are attacked by government forces, placing the administration of President Juan Manuel Santos in a difficult position as it tries to move forward in peace talks with the guerrilla group.

In a statement from Havana, the Farc’s chief negotiator, Iván Márquez, said the ceasefire would begin Thursday and continue indefinitely. “We have resolved to declare a unilateral ceasefire and end to hostilities for an indefinite time,” he said. Though the group has temporarily halted its hostilities in the past, never before have the guerrillas made it indefinite.

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Cubans in Havana on a welcome surprise: ‘This is going to help us – how could it not?’

On the streets of the Cuban capital, TVs and radios were turned up as clips of Castro’s speech were played and replayed – with the hope of a new life in the new year

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Obama and Castro hail historic breakthrough for US-Cuba relations – as it happened

Officials say US and Cuba will seek to normalise relationsPresidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro speak to nationsUS to restore Havana embassy and ambassadorshipRepublicans vow to oppose shifts to embargoCuba frees American prisoner Alan GrossWhite Hou…
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Alan Gross on Cuba: ‘Two wrongs don’t make a right. I hope we can move on’

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