Picture released by Juventud Rebelde showing Cuban leader Fidel Castro (R) and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia (L) during a meeting in Havana on February 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / JUVENTUDREBELDE.CU / ALEX CASTRO
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Spurned for decades by Western powers, Cuba is now taking an ever bigger role in international relations.Cuba's President Raul Castro, 84, witnessed their kiss and embrace.For three years Cuba has been hosting peace negotiations to end Latin America's last armed conflict, between the Colombian government and the leftist FARC rebels.Cuba restored diplomatic relations with the United States last year, and foreign businessmen have been flocking to Cuba since.Raul Castro received state honors this month on a visit to France.Castro is a self-confessed atheist, and Cuba was an officially atheist state from 1976 before becoming secular in 1992 .
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