A protester holds an American flag and a Cuban one at a December 2014 protest in Miami, Florida against Obama's decision to change the U.S. Cuba policy. (File/AFP)
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The United States and Cuba have reached a deal to reopen embassies in Washington and Havana, in a major step toward ending decades of Cold War enmity.After 18 months of secret negotiations by aides, it was Obama and Castro who agreed in December to restore relations.The pair held a historic meeting in Panama in April -- the first sitdown between U.S. and Cuba leaders since 1956 . In May, the United States paved the way for further rapprochement by taking Cuba off the list of state sponsors of terrorism. Latin American allies have hailed thawing U.S.-Cuba ties as transformative for Washington's role in the region.
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