Analysis: New climate of pragmatism prevails in U.S.-Cuba relations

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The flags of the United States and Cuba are seen flying in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, FloridaBy David Adams MIAMI/HAVANA (Reuters) – U.S. relations with Cuba have undergone a surprise warming in recent months, raising expectations of possible agreements to bring the two countries closer after more than 50 years of hostility. U.S. and Cuban officials overcame a series of potentially divisive incidents this summer with mutual displays of pragmatism rarely seen since Cuba's 1959 socialist revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power. President Barack Obama appeared to recognize this publicly on November 8 when he said at a fundraiser in Miami that it may be time for the United States to revise its policies toward Cuba. But U.S. and Cuban officials now are privately expressing appreciation of each other's handling of the incidents.