US, Cuba spar over migration policy at historic Havana talks

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Ministry of Foreign Relations General Director for the United States, Josefina Vidal, and Cuban delegation members, sit across from U.S. delegates as they begin negotiations, in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in decades kicked off two days of negotiations Wednesday after grand promises by President Barack Obama about change on the island and a somber warning from Cuba to abandon hopes of reforming the communist government. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)HAVANA (AP) — The United States said Wednesday it dispatched additional ships to the Florida Straits to halt Cuban rafters but rebuffed demands for broader changes to U.S. migration rules that dominated the first day of talks between Cuban officials and the highest-ranking U.S. delegation to the island in more than three decades.

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