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Glued to TV, Cubans cheer talks with US like a sporting event

Americans press Havana to respect freedom of speech, assembly, dissent; Cubans accuse US of rights violations

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The leggings of this woman in Havana clearly indicate the excitement, enthusiasm and fervour among Cubans over "la apertura", or the opening, between the United States and Cuba.

Washington

AS US and Cuban diplomats met to begin restoring diplomatic ties after five decades, Havana's residents followed the developments with a fervour normally reserved for a Papal visit or a sporting championship.

Cuban media aired and re-broadcast briefings throughout the

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