28 Dec '14, 12am

US mission in Havana to become embassy amid thaw

This Dec. 17, 2014 file photo shows a classic American car driving past the U.S. Interests Section building in Havana, Cuba. Desmond Boylan/AP This Jan. 3, 1961 file photo shows Cubans lining up outside the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, in hopes of getting visas after President Fidel Castro ordered the embassy to reduce its staff within 48 hours. AP HAVANA — A half-century after Washington severed relations with Cuba, the United States' seven-story mission looms over Havana's seaside Malecon boulevard as the largest diplomatic outpost in the country. Cuban guards stand at close intervals on the street outside, and islanders line up by the thousands each year for a shot at a coveted visa. The gleaming U.S. Interests Section suddenly is poised to become an even more important presence in Cuba as the two countries negotiate the first phase of their historic detente — transfor...

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