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In first, US abstains in UN vote against Cuba embargo

Cuban students listen to Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez delivering his speech at the United Nations in New York calling for an end to the US embargo against Cuba on October 26, 2016 at the University of Havana, in the Cuban capitalThe United States on Wednesday abstained for the first time in 25 years from a vote at the United Nations calling for an end to the US embargo against Cuba. The UN General Assembly adopted the annual resolution by an overwhelming 191 votes in favor — with only the United States and Israel abstaining in the 193-nation forum. Washington’s abstention was in line with calls from President Barack Obama for the opposition-controlled Congress to lift the decades-old embargo as part of a historic normalization of relations.

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