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President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Cuba
Brushing past profound differences, President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro are sitting down Monday at Havana's Palace of the Revolution for a historic meeting, offering critical clues about whether the sharp U.S. U-turn in policy will be fully reciprocated.
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U.S. President Barack Obama, left, speaks next to Cuba's President Raul Castro, during a joint statement in Havana, Cuba, Monday, March 21, 2016. President Raul Castro called on President Obama to lift longstanding U.S. restrictions on Cuba, even as he and Obama pledged to move forward with normalizing relations between Cuba and its longtime Cold War-era foe. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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President Barack Obama with Cuban President Raul Castro walk during a welcoming ceremony at the Palace of the Revolution, Monday, March 21, 2016, in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 20: Air Force One prepares to touch down as President Barack Obama arrives at Jose Marti International Airport on Airforce One for a 48-hour visit on March 20, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. Mr. Obama's visit is the first in nearly 90 years for a sitting president, the last one being Calvin Coolidge. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 20: President Barack Obama arrives at Jose Marti International Airport on Airforce One for a 48-hour visit March 20, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. Obama is the first President in nearly 90 years to visit Cuba, the last one being Calvin Coolidge. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 20: First lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, Malia Obama and Sasha Obama arrive at Jose Marti International Airport for a 48-hour visit on Airforce One March 20, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. Obama is the first President in nearly 90 years to visit Cuba, the last one being Calvin Coolidge. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 20: First lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, Malia Obama and Sasha Obama arrive at Jose Marti International Airport for a 48-hour visit on Airforce One March 20, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. Obama is the first President in nearly 90 years to visit Cuba, the last one being Calvin Coolidge. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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President Barack Obama, right, shakes hands with Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez as first lady Michelle Obama stands behind, right, upon arrival to the airport in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, March 20, 2016. Obama's trip is a crowning moment in his and Cuban President Raul Castro's ambitious effort to restore normal relations between their countries. (Cubadebate/Ismael Francisco via AP)

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HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 20: The caravan of vehicles for U.S. President Barack Obama and his family arrive before Air Force One lands at Jose Marti International Airport for a 48-hour visit March 20, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. Obama is the first President in nearly 90 years to visit Cuba, the last one being Calvin Coolidge. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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President Barack Obama, third from left, first lady Michelle Obama, second from left, and their daughters Sasha, left, and Malia, fourth from left, look at a statue of Cuban independence hero Carlos Manuel de Cespedes as they listen to City of Havana Historian Eusebio Leal, third from right, during their visit to Old Havana, Cuba, Sunday, March 20, 2016. Obama's trip is a crowning moment in his and Cuban President Raul Castro's ambitious effort to restore normal relations between their countries. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet children and families of U.S. embassy personnel during an event at the Melia Habana Hotel in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, March 20, 2016. Obama's trip is a crowning moment in his and Cuban President Raul Castro's ambitious effort to restore normal relations between their countries. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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El presidente Barack Obama saluda a periodistas cerca de una pintura del presidente Abraham Lincoln en el Museo de la Ciudad de La Habana, durante una visita a La Habana Vieja, Cuba, el domingo 20 de marzo de 2016. La visita presidencial estadounidense a la isla marca un hito en los ambiciosos esfuerzos de Obama y el presidente cubano Raúl Castro para consolidar la restauración de las relaciones entre ambos países. (AP Foto/Ramón Espinosa)

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U.S. President Barack Obama with first lady Michelle Obama during a walking tour of Old Havana, Cuba, Sunday, March 20, 2016. Obama became the first U.S. president to visit the island in nearly 90 years. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 20: President Barack Obama takes down his umbrella before boarding a car at Jose Marti International Airport for a 48-hour visit on March 20, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. Mr. Obama's visit is the first in nearly 90 years for a sitting president, the last one being Calvin Coolidge. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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President Barack Obama, center, and first lady Michelle Obama, visit la Catedral de La Habana in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, March 20, 2016. Obama's trip is a crowning moment in his and Cuban President Raul Castro's ambitious effort to restore normal relations between their countries. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia look at a statue of Cuban independence hero Carlos Manuel de Cespedes during their visit to Old Havana, Cuba, Sunday, March 20, 2016. Obama's trip is a crowning moment in his and Cuban President Raul Castro's ambitious effort to restore normal relations between their countries. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 20: U.S. President Barack Obama (C) walks through the the Museum of the City of Havana during a walking tour of the historic Old Havana guided by city historian Eusebio Leal (R) March 20, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. Obama is the first sitting president to visit Cuba in nearly 90 years. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD - MARCH 20: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave goodbye as they board Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews on their way to Cuba, March 20, 2016 near Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive in Cuba Sunday afternoon, the first time a sitting U.S. president has visited the island nation in nearly 90 years. (Photo by Martin H. Simon-Pool/Getty Images)
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HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 20: Air Force One lands as President Barack Obama arrives at Jose Marti International Airport on Airforce One for a 48-hour visit on March 20, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. Mr. Obama's visit is the first in nearly 90 years for a sitting president, the last one being Calvin Coolidge. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 20: Taking shelter from the pouring rain under umbrellas, U.S. President Barack Obama, his daughter Malia, 17, and members of the first family take a walking tour of in the plaza of the 18th century Catedral de San Cristobal de la Habana in the historic Old Havana neighborhood March 20, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. Obama is the first sitting president to visit Cuba in nearly 90 years. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 20: (L-R) Sasha Obama, 14, first lady Michelle Obama, U.S. President Barack Obama and Malia Obama, 17, pause to look at a statue of Cuban independence hero Carlos Manuel de Cespedes during a walking tour of the plaza of the 18th century Catedral de San Cristobal de la Habana in the Old Havana neighborhood March 20, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. Obama is the first sitting president to visit Cuba in nearly 90 years. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Violeta Arango y su hijo Oscarito ven por televisión en su casa la transmisión en vivo de la llegada del mandatario estadounidense Barack Obama y la primera dama Michelle Obama al aeropuerto José Martí en La Habana, Cuba, el domingo 20 de marzo de 2016. La visita presidencial estadounidense a la isla constituye un hito en los ambiciosos esfuerzos de Obama y el presidente cubano Raúl Castro para consolidar la restauración de las relaciones entre ambos países. (AP Foto/Desmond Boylan)

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President Barack Obama holds an umbrella as he walks with first lady Michelle Obama upon landing at the airport in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, March 20, 2016. Obama's trip is a crowning moment in his and Cuban President Raul Castro's ambitious effort to restore normal relations between their countries. (Cubadebate/Ismael Francisco via AP)

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El presidente Barack Obama, a la izquierda, saluda al ministro cubano de Relaciones Exterior, Bruno Rodríguez, después de la llegada del mandatario estadounidense al aeropuerto de La Habana, Cuba, el domingo 20 de marzo de 2016. La visita presidencial estadounidense a la isla constituye un hito en los ambiciosos esfuerzos de Obama y el presidente cubano Raúl Castro para consolidar la restauración de las relaciones entre ambos países. (Cubadebate/Ismael Francisco vía AP)

President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Cuba

Brushing past profound differences, President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro are sitting down Monday at Havana's Palace of the Revolution for a historic meeting, offering critical clues about whether the sharp U.S. U-turn in policy will be fully reciprocated.

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