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HAVANA, Dec. 20, 2014 (Xinhua) -- The closing of the twice-yearly meeting of the National Assembly is held in Havana, Cuba, Dec. 20, 2014.
HAVANA, Dec. 20, 2014 (Xinhua) -- The closing of the twice-yearly meeting of the National Assembly is held in Havana, Cuba, Dec. 20, 2014.

HAVANA, Dec. 19 (Xinhua/Sun) -- Cuba's parliament on Friday unanimously approved a government decision to restore diplomatic relations with the United States, a longtime foe.

More than 600 deputies of the National Assembly of People's Power voted for the bill, in sharp contrast with the backlash from conservative U.S. legislators to such a decision by President Barack Obama.

Cuban leader Raul Castro and Obama announced Wednesday that they had agreed to restore diplomatic ties between their countries and mark the decision with a humanitarian exchange of long-detained prisoners.


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