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Cuban Flag Raised in Washington, D.C.

Updated July 20, 2015
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Cuban Flag Raised in Washington, D.C.

There have been five decades of bad blood between the two nations that took root in the Cold War, but that has come to an end.  The United States and Cuba have sealed the deal and restored full diplomatic relations as of Monday.  

The Cuban flag was raised today at the headquarters of the State Department with fanfare and protests.  It now stands alongside over 150 others, placed in alphabetical order, at the reception of the Federal body responsible for Foreign Relations

The agreement between the two nations to establish normal ties on July 20 came into force just after midnight Sunday and the diplomatic missions of each country were upgraded from interests sections to embassies.  

It has been five decades since President John F. Kennedy first tangled with youthful revolutionary Fidel Castro over Soviet expansion in the Americas - a clash that almost started World War III.

In just a few hours, the national flag will wave also at the embassy of Cuba.

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