Obama’s Cuba opening hits early obstacles, faces struggle with Congress

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A man walks past near an image of revolutionary hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara in HavanaBy Roberta Rampton and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Only two-and-a-half weeks after U.S. President Barack Obama announced a historic prisoner exchange and re-establishment of long-broken ties with Cuba, his new policy is encountering obstacles that threaten to flare up when Congress returns next week. Questions surrounding Havana’s human rights record and the promised release of Cuban detainees have the potential to inflame anti-Havana passions on Capitol Hill, where the House and Senate are expected to hold hearings soon after they resume on Tuesday. …

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