As Obama talks of Cuba opening, hard diplomatic work begins

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John Koehler, center, a tourist from Wisconsin taking a cultural trip to Cuba, poses for a portrait with locals while holding a copy of USA Today newspaper and showing its front page article on the softening of travel rules for Americans in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Cuba has so far offered a guardedly positive reception to President Barack Obama's loosening of the trade embargo on Cuba, saying it welcomes the full package of new economic ties on offer, but it insists it will maintain its one-party political system and centrally planned economy. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)HAVANA (AP) — American and Cuban officials are exploring this week how quickly they can reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, the first step toward President Barack Obama’s goal of ending a half-century of enmity between Cold War foes.

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