Historic encounter with Cuba’s Castro awaits Obama in Panama

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President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall meeting at the University of the West Indies, Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Kingston, Jamaica. The president said Thursday that he soon decide whether to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism now that the State Department has finished a review on the question as part of the move to reopen diplomatic relations with the island nation. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)PANAMA CITY (AP) — Turning the page on a half-century of hostility, President Barack Obama signaled Thursday he will soon remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, boosting hopes for improved ties as he prepared for a historic encounter with Cuban President Raul Castro.