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Obama Heads to Americas Summit with Cuba Focus

MEXICO CITY (AP) - President Barack Obama today heads to the
Summit of the Americas, as the White House weighs a dramatic offer
from the president of Cuba.
Obama had expected the hemispheric summit in Trinidad to focus
on bailing out a region suffering mightily from the global
recession.
But now, there's Raul Castro's sudden offer of talks on human
rights and freedom of the press to discuss. And the vow by
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to torpedo the final summit
communique because Cuba's not part of the summit.
In Mexico yesterday, Obama told reporters he hopes Cuba will
respond to his easing of limits on travel and remittances to the
island -- but it's just a hope. The president says a relationship
that's been frozen for 50 years is "not going to thaw overnight."


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