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President Obama’s visit to Cuba

President Obama made a historic trip to Cuba this week as the first sitting US president to visit the Communist ruled island since Calvin Coolidge did in 1928. “My lifetime has spanned a time of isolation between us,” Obama said. “I have come here to bury the last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas.”--By Lloyd Young
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Air Force One carrying US President Barack Obama and his family flies over a neighborhood of Havana as it approaches the runway to land at Havana's international airport on March 20. (Alberto Reyes/Reuters)
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A poster features portraits of Cuba's President Raul Castro, left, and US President Barack Obama and reads in Spanish "Welcome to Cuba" outside a restaurant in Havana, Cuba, on March 17. (Ramon Espinosa/Associated Press)
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A Cuban man carrying the Stars and Stripes waits in the rain to wave to President Obama's convoy as it arrives along the Malecon into Old Havana on March 20. Obama's trip is a crowning moment in his and Cuban President Raul Castro's ambitious effort to restore normal relations between their countries. (Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press)
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Cuban President Raul Castro raises US President Barack Obama's hand during a joint press conference at the Revolution Palace in Havana on March 21. Cuba's Communist President Raul Castro on Monday stood next to Barack Obama and hailed his opposition to a long-standing economic "blockade," but said it would need to end before ties are fully normalized. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A man watches on television as US President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Gran Teatro de la Habana Alicia Alonso in Havana on March 22. (Ivan Alvarado/Reuters)
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Back dropped by a monument depicting Cuba's revolutionary hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara, US President Barack Obama listens to the US national anthem during a ceremony at the Jose Marti Monument in Havana on March 21. "It is a great honor to pay tribute to Jose Marti, who gave his life for independence of his homeland. His passion for liberty, freedom, and self-determination lives on in the Cuban people today," Obama wrote in dark ink in the book after he laid a wreath and toured the memorial dedicated to the memory of Jose Marti. (Dennis Rivera/Associated Press)
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People are seen near a picture of US President Barack Obama in Havana on March 21. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)
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A man pedals a bicycle displaying the United States and Cuban flags near the Capitol, as people wait for an eventual visit of US President Barack Obama to downtown Havana on March 21. (Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)
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Seen from inside a classic American pick-up truck, people walk outside the entrance to a new Google technology center in Havana on March 21. Google is opening a cutting-edge online technology center at the studio of one of Cuba's most famous artists, offering free Internet at speeds nearly 70 times faster than those now available to the Cuban public. President Obama says Google's efforts in Cuba are part of a wider plan to improve access to the Internet across the island. (Ramon Espinosa/Associated Press)
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Local residents look on from a hilltop as police block off a road outside the Hemmingway House, where US First Lady Michelle Obama was visiting, in the San Francisco de Paula district of Havana on March 21. (Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press)
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Cuban security officials keep onlookers, including tourists, at a distance as President Barack Obama and his family visit Old Havana on March 20. President Obama pledged to talk directly to the Cuban people and accelerate engagement between the United States and Cuba after more than a half-century of hostility. (Stephen Crowley/The New York Times)
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Opposition demonstrators, including members of the 'Damas de Blanco' movement are arrested by police after a rally in Havana on March 20. About fifty Damas de Blanco members and other dissidents were arrested in the Cuban capital after the weekly Sunday rally of the female dissident group, which was answered with a counter-demonstration of government supporters, a few hours ahead of the arrival of President Obama. (Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA)
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Cuban soldiers hold Cuban and US flags while the marching band performs prior to the arrival of US President Barack Obama to lay a wreath for Cuban hero Jose Marti at Revolution Square on March 20. (Alejandro Ernesto/EPA)
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US President Barack Obama and Cuba's President Raul Castro walk past honor guards during their first meeting on the second day of Obama's visit to Cuba, in Havana on March 21. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)
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US President Barack Obama waves after delivering a speech at the Gran Teatro de la Habana in Havana on March 22. President Barack Obama said that Cubans should be free to speak without fear, should not be detained for their thoughts and should embrace democracy, in a speech televised across the Communist-run island. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
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A bicycle taxi rides past a building painted with a Cuban flag and an image of Che Guevara, along with the Spanish slogan "Always toward victory!" in Havana on March 19. President Obama will visit the island on March 20. During his three-day trip, the first to the country by a sitting US president in nearly 90 years, he will meet with President Raul Castro at the Palace of the Revolution and attend an exhibition baseball game. (Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press)
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Local Cubans watch from their homes as the motorcade of US President Barack Obama arrives in a section of Old Havana on March 20 in Havana. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)
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Teenagers on roller skates hold on to each other as they are pulled by a vintage car to move along a street in Havana on March 19. (Ivan Alvarado/Reuters)
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Two Cubans smile widely as they take part in a weekly rumba dance gathering in Havana on March 19. For hundreds of thousands of black Cubans, Barack Obama isn’t just the first United States leader to visit their country in nearly nine decades, he’s a black man whose rise to the worlds most powerful job is a source of pride and inspiration. (Desmond Boylan/Associated Press)
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US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro greet players from the Tampa Bay Rays before an exposition game between the Cuban national team and the Major League Baseball team at the Estado Latinoamericano on March 22 in Havana. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Players of the Cuban national team and children observe the playing of the Cuban national song before a Major League Baseball exhibition game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team, at Latinoamerican stadium in Havana. (Michael Reynolds/EPA)
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US President Barack Obama talks to tourists and Cubans at his arrival to the Havana Cathedral on March 20. (Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)
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An old car passes by a house decorated with the flags of the United States and Cuba in Havana as the island prepared for the visit of US President Barack Obama. (Orlando Barria/EPA)
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