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US to Continue Push for Democracy, Rights in Cuba

President Barack Obama said the United States will "speak out forcefully" for the freedom of the Cuban people, after announcing a move toward normalizing ties with Cuba and opening an embassy on the communist-led island nation.
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MSNBC photographer Tony Zumbado reads the Miami Herald in the Little Havana area of Miami, as news agencies from all over the world prepare to cover the reaction of Cuban-Americans to the surprising move by President Barack Obama to restore the nation's ties with Cuba, Miami, Florida, Dec. 18, 2014.
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MSNBC photographer Tony Zumbado reads the Miami Herald in the Little Havana area of Miami, as news agencies from all over the world prepare to cover the reaction of Cuban-Americans to the surprising move by President Barack Obama to restore the nation's ties with Cuba, Miami, Florida, Dec. 18, 2014.

Cuban-American Jose Feliu (right) enjoys a Cuban coffee as he prepares to go to work in the Little Havana area of Miami, Dec. 18, 2014.
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Cuban-American Jose Feliu (right) enjoys a Cuban coffee as he prepares to go to work in the Little Havana area of Miami, Dec. 18, 2014.

A woman waits in a classic American car that's used as a shared taxi by commuters in Havana, Cuba, Dec. 18, 2014.
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A woman waits in a classic American car that's used as a shared taxi by commuters in Havana, Cuba, Dec. 18, 2014.

A man drives his car holding a poster with pictures of the Cuban Five, celebrating their freedom, in Havana, Cuba, Dec. 17, 2014.
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A man drives his car holding a poster with pictures of the Cuban Five, celebrating their freedom, in Havana, Cuba, Dec. 17, 2014.

Anti-Castro protester Sisay Barcia (right), argues with pro-Obama supporter Peter Bell in the Little Havana area of Miami, Dec. 17, 2014.
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Anti-Castro protester Sisay Barcia (right), argues with pro-Obama supporter Peter Bell in the Little Havana area of Miami, Dec. 17, 2014.

A woman holds a Cuban flag while celebrating the restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, in the courtyard of the Cuban embassy in Santiago, Chile, Dec. 17, 2014.
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A woman holds a Cuban flag while celebrating the restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, in the courtyard of the Cuban embassy in Santiago, Chile, Dec. 17, 2014.

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