U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken. (File/AP)
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Deputy U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken Wednesday condemned a surge in arrests of activists in Cuba, three weeks before President Barack Obama's historic trip to the Communist-ruled island.Addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council, Blinken said Obama will stress the need for democracy and free political expression in Cuba during the March 21-22 visit, the first by a US president since 1928 . The White House has described Obama's forthcoming trip as a "Berlin Wall" moment after diplomatic relations between the Cold War foes, which broke off in 1960, were restored in July last year.
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