Latin America welcomes Obama’s move to restore U.S.-Cuba ties

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By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) – Latin American leaders who for years have pressured the United States to drop its economic embargo against Cuba praised President Barack Obama for moving on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations with its communist-run Cold War foe. Regional leaders said the move and a U.S.-Cuban prisoner swap would further ease an ideological battle that has divided the Americas for decades, even spurring revolutions and dictatorships. Venezuela’s socialist government, Washington’s leading adversary in Latin America, was quick to praise Obama. … USA, LLC