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Stars and Stripes fly over US Embassy in Havana for first time in half century

HAVANA A long drum roll set the stage Friday morning as the Stars and Stripes began moving up the flagpole at the seaside U.S. Embassy for the first time in 54 years, a symbolic sign of thawing relations between formerly hostile neighbors. In the time since three Marine guards waded through a crowd near the embassy flagpole on Jan. 3, 1961, lowered the flag, folded it and returned to the embassy for the last time, 10 presidents have been inaugurated and Cold War tensions flared to the point that the two nations came to the verge of nuclear war. "We are certain that the time is now to reach out to one another, as two peoples who are no longer enemies or rivals, but neighbors,"...

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