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Former Pres. Carter to visit Cuba, push for release of US contractor Gross

HAVANA (Reuters) - Former President Jimmy Carter, returning to Cuba for the first time since a groundbreaking 2002 trip, will start a three-day visit on Monday to discuss troubled U.S.-Cuba relations and the fate of imprisoned U.S. aid contractor Alan Gross. Although just 90 miles of water separate the two Cold War enemies, Carter, 86,…

Cuba agrees to free 52 political prisoners

HAVANA (AFP) – More than 50 Cuban political prisoners awoke to the prospect of freedom on Thursday after a breakthrough deal between the Catholic Church and the communist state which brought international praise. The biggest prisoner release since President Raul Castro formally took power in 2008 exceeds a bold demand…