Cuban leaders eye new port as economic lifeline

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In this Nov. 6, 2013 photo, small fishing boats float anchored on the opposite shore of a port under construction in the Bay of Mariel, Cuba. Authorities have high hopes that Mariel could become a strategic economic center _ especially if the U.S. lifts its decades-old embargo and starts sending container ships south. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)MARIEL, Cuba (AP) — Life still moves slowly in this small, dusty hamlet with squat homes lining narrow streets, where some walk slowly with parasols to ward off the pounding tropical sun.

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