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Inside Cuba: Photos from Havana

For 50 years, there has been a U.S. embargo in place against Cuba. Not only are very few U.S. goods allowed to be exported to the country, there are travel restrictions for American citizens, as well. Because of that, Cuba has remained a bit of a mystery to many.However, we now have a rare glimpse inside the communist country thanks to a visit by Pope Benedict XVI. The visit, which comes 14 years after Pope John Paul II stepped foot on the island, has given hope for political and economic change

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Inside Cuba

The U.S. is starting talks with the Cuban leader, Raul Castro, in an effort to normalize full diplomatic relations with Cuba, open an embassy in the country, and partially lift the trade embargo in place against the country for more than 50 years, according to U.S. officials. The expanded relationship would also open limited imports of Cuban cigars.

Under the new terms, limited travel will be permitted between the two countries, giving some Americans their first glimpse of a country they have mostly been forbidden to visit since the 1960s.

Here are pictures of life in Havana—what life is like for its citizens, and what changes the country has been undergoing.

By Justin Solomon and Robert Ferris
Updated December 17, 2014

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