US, Cuba cite progress on restoring diplomatic ties

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Josefina Vidal, director general of the U.S. division at Cuba's Foreign Ministry, smiles at the start of the Cuba talks at the State Department in Washington, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. The State Department hosted the second round of talks to re-establish diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Cuba claimed progress Friday toward ending a half-century diplomatic freeze, suggesting they could clear some of the biggest obstacles to their new relationship within weeks.