In this photo provided by the United Nations, Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., address a security council meeting on Syria, Sunday Sept. 25, 2016, at U.N. headquarters. (Manuel Elias/The United Nations via AP)
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The United States Wednesday will abstain for the first time from a U.N. resolution criticizing America's economic embargo against Cuba, according to diplomats familiar with the matter.Such a step would effectively pit the Obama administration and Cuba with the world body against the Republican-led Congress, which supports the 55-year-old embargo despite the U.S. resumption of full diplomatic relations with Cuba.A U.S. official said Power would point to elements of this year's resolution that the U.S. does not back, despite its overall support for lifting the embargo, as the reason why the U.S. was abstaining instead of voting for the resolution outright.
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