The Obama administration in the United States eases travel and other restrictions on Cuba.
Sources: ABC News
Sources: ABC News
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The United States departments of Commerce and Treasury announce removal of a series of restrictions on Americans traveling to and doing business with Cuba effective September 21, 2015. The U.S. economic embargo, itself, remains in place until Congress acts.
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