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A bicycle is parked under pictures of Cuba's former president Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, brother of Fidel and Cuba's president, and revolutionary hero Ernesto 'Che' Guevara (L-R) in an office in Havana December 19, 2014. With Washington agreeing to restore full diplomatic ties that were cut in the early 1960s, Cuba's communist government may not be able to blame its old Cold War nemesis so readily. Cuba has repeatedly sought to dispel the idea that it secretly wanted the embargo in place, saying if the Americans believed that they should challenge Cuba by lifting it.

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A bicycle is parked under pictures of Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, brother of Fidel and Cuba’s president, and revolutionary hero Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara in an office in Havana on Friday. Washington has agreed to restore full diplomatic ties that were cut in the early 1960s, with its old Cold War nemesis

Alan Gross is greeted with hugs after arriving at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland in this White House handout photo...Alan Gross is greeted with hugs after arriving at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland in this December 17, 2014 White House handout photo. The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy.  Gross spent 5 years as a prisoner in Cuba. REUTERS/Lawrence Jackson/White House/Handout via Reuters  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

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Alan Gross, an American imprisoned in Cuba for five years, arrives at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The US and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old enemy. 

Children practise during a training session at a circus school in Havana. Inside an abandoned movie theatre on a noisy avenue in a working-class section of Havana, some 70 Cuban children as young as nine pursue their dream of joining the circus. The circus is a lucrative career path and a rare opportunity for Cubans to make real money on the communist-led island.

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Cuban children practise during a training session at a circus school in Havana, located inside an abandoned movie theatre on a noisy avenue in a working-class section of the city

View of a cargo ship in the Panama Bay in Panama City on July 18, 2013. Panama on Wednesday officially requested UN inspectors scrutinize the cargo on the North Korean ship seized near Panama on Tuesday, which UN diplomats said could constitute a breach of the strict arms sanctions imposed on North Korea over its nuclear programme. North Korea said Wednesday that Cuban arms seized from the Pyongyang-flagged ship near the Panama Canal were part of a legitimate deal.

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A cargo ship passes through the Panama Bay in Panama City on Thursday. Panama on Wednesday requested for UN inspectors to scrutinise the cargo on the North Korean ship seized near Panama on Tuesday, which UN diplomats said could constitute a breach of the strict arms sanctions imposed on North Korea over its nuclear programme. 

Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel starts her swim to Florida from Havana, Cuba

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Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel starts her swim to Florida from Havana, Cuba on Wednesday. 

People hold up images showing Fidel Castro, second from right, Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez, center, and Cuba's revolutionary hero Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, bottom left and right, during a May Day march in Revolution Square in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. The image of Chavez carries the words in Spanish "Chavez : Our best friend."

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People hold up images showing Fidel Castro, second from right, Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chávez, centre, and Cuban revolutionary Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, bottom left and right, during a May Day march in Revolution Square in Havana, Cuba. The image of Chávez carries the words in Spanish ‘Chávez: Our best friend.’