US, Cuba restore full diplomatic ties after 5 decades

Jul 20, 2015 7:51 AM by Cheryl Wengren

WASHINGTON (AP) - Today, Cuban officials will formally inaugurate their embassy in Washington, and the Cuban flag will fly for the first time since Havana and the United States severed ties in 1961.

At midnight Eastern Time Monday, the U.S. and Cuba resumed normal ties, and with little fanfare Cuba's flag was hung by maintenance workers in the lobby of the State Department, alongside those of other nations with which the U.S. has diplomatic relations.


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