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UN votes to end embargo on Cuba, US says no

  • The United Nations General Assembly has backed a resolution that Cuba has been submitting every year since 1992 demanding that the US lift the economic embargo it imposed on the communist island more than 50 years ago. A total of 191 of the 193 members of the UN voted in favour of the resolution, the first since Cuban-US relations were restored in December 2014, with the exception of the US and its ally Israel. Recent diplomatic thaw between the countries led many to expect a change in the US position this year. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Tuesday said he was disappointed the US did not vote yes. (Source: IANS)