Obama, Castro poised for landmark talks

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Handout picture released by the Panamanian Presidency showing Cuban President Raul Castro (2-R) and US President Barack Obama (L) shaking hands moments before the opening ceremony of the VII Americas Summit, in Panama City on April 10, 2015Hours after shaking hands, US President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro head into historic talks in Panama on Saturday in their efforts to bury decades of animosity. Taking their bid to restore diplomatic ties to a new level, Obama and Castro will have a discussion on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, according to US officials. The two leaders already said hello late Friday, greeting each other and shaking hands — a gesture rich in symbolism — as UN chief Ban Ki-moon and other leaders looked on, before the 35-nation summit’s inauguration. They shook hands only once before, at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in 2013.