Telesur news channel gives Cubans glimpse of world

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In this Feb. 1, 2013 photo, pictures of Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Cuba's President Raul Castro hang on the wall of a home as a television shows the Venezuelan channel Telesur in Havana, Cuba. Telesur, which is bankrolled primarily by Venezuela, has been broadcast live about 12 hours a day on the island's open airwaves since Jan. 20. Telesur's outlook may be sympathetic to Cuba's socialist model, but it's still a relatively unfiltered news source, and many say the decision to carry it here is as groundbreaking as other recent reforms, such as legalizing more private businesses or allowing greater travel freedom. Telesur was conceived as a force for regional integration and as a counterweight to Western channels such as CNN and the BBC. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco, Cubadebate)HAVANA (AP) — There have been some strange sights on Cuban TV sets recently.