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Obama Appoints Veteran Diplomat as Cuba Ambassador

U.S. President Barack Obama has tapped the highest-ranking U.S. diplomat in Cuba to be the first ambassador to the island in more than 50 years. But the appointment of Jeffrey DeLaurentis, which still must be confirmed by the Senate, is likely to set up a fierce fight with Republicans opposed to the normalization of relations with the communist nation. DeLaurentis has been working at the new U.S. Embassy in Havana since it opened in July last year. Obama said there is "no better...

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