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In his 2008 run for president, then-Senator Barack Obama promised that he would reach out to anyone who wanted to engage, including America's foes - and today, he's got a nuclear deal with Iran and a handshake with Cuba. Is Pres. Obama shifting his foreign policy to a reliance on diplomacy and discussion? CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.
CNN's Brian Todd reports on Pres. Obama's handshake with Cuban Pres. Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela's memorial service.
Authorities in Panama found what may be components of North Korea's missile program on a ship. Barbara Starr reports.
A newly released report shows that U.S. prisons could house terror suspects who are currently at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
(CNN) - A Cuban dissident who testified before Congress via video link from Havana last week was detained and beaten two days later, his wife said.
Reached by phone in Cuba, Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera said her husband was beaten in his cell and rendered unconscious by pepper spray.
In spite of being warned of the risk of reprisals, Jorge Luis García Pérez, known as Antúnez, testified last Thursday, describing repressive conditions for dissidents in Cuba. "We suffer beatings," he told the senators, "torture, and all kinds of violations of our human rights." In one activist's case, he asserted, "the political police threatened to sexually abuse and rape her 6-year-old daughter." He pleaded for support for what he called "the resistance forces," as they engage in "a head-on battle with the state."
By CNN's Wolf Blitzer
(CNN) – I’ve been receiving some very positive reaction to our coverage in “The Situation Room” of the case of Alan Gross, the American being held in a Cuban prison.
Many viewers and readers thanked me for bringing this case to their attention and putting both sides of the story out there.
Wolf Blitzer talks to top Cuban official Josefina Vidal about Alan Gross, the U.S. citizen being detained in Havana. Watch the full interview above.
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By CNN's Jennifer Mikell
(CNN) – A top representative of the Castro government is urging the United States to sit down and talk about the fate of an American held prisoner in Cuba who reached out to CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
An international negotiation appears to be playing out in "The Situation Room", where high-level Cuban and U.S. officials are responding to Blitzer's exclusive interview with the jailed contractor, Alan Gross.
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says they will find criminals pardoned by former Gov. Haley Barbour. CNN's Martin Savidge reports.
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