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The Virgin of Charity of Cobre, among the most powerful Catholic icons in the world, helped bring Pope Benedict XVI to Cuba, where he will celebrate Masses in Santiago and Havana. (Associated Press)

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Pope Benedict XVI waves at flag-waving crowds from the popemobile as he is driven through the streets of Santiago, Cuba, after his arrival Monday. The government assisted with the turnout by adding special transportation and giving workers a paid day off. (Associated Press)

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Pope Benedict XVI waves March 23, 2012, as he boards a plane at Rome's Fiumicino Airport to begin a six-day visit to Mexico and Cuba. (Associated Press)

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In this March 2, 2012 photo, a woman smokes a cigar at the annual cigar festival gala dinner in Havana, Cuba. A number of state-owned restaurants in Havana's picturesque colonial quarter have quietly gone smoke-free in recent weeks as authorities finally implement a 2005 measure that has been almost universally flouted until now. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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A vendor sells small statues of Cuba's patron saint, La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre (Our Lady of Charity), during a Santeria ceremony at the annual Caribbean Festival in Loma del Cimarron. (Associated Press)

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A Santero priest in 2010 holds machetes over his head as he moves around a fire during a Santeria ceremony at the annual Caribbean Festival in Loma del Cimarron, El Cobre, Cuba. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this June 27, 2006, photo, reviewed by the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. military guards walk within the Camp Delta military-run prison at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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** FILE ** A handcuffed detainee carries a workbook as he is escorted by guards after attending a "life skills" class in the high-security detention facility on Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba in March 2010. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

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In this photo taken Saturday Jan. 21, 2012, trainer Jo De Vrieze, of Belgium, instructs Andy Lopez in the ring during a championship tournament at the Rafael Trejos boxing gym in Old Havana, Cuba. Boxers in Cuba are beginning competition earlier with the addition of a new age category for 9- and 10-year-olds. Lopez is part of the pilot program in just Havana for now, but officials say it could be rolled out to the rest of the island, where 11-12 is currently the youngest level of competition. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)

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Virginia Sama, whose brother Alejandro Moreno was a political prisoner in Cuba, sings along with other supporters of Cuban political prisoners outside Cafe Versailles in Miami on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, during their weekly candlelight vigil to remember current and past political prisoners under Castro. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Virginia Sama, whose brother Alejandro Moreno was a political prisoner in Cuba, holds her candle as she joins other supporters of Cuban political prisoners gather outside Cafe Versailles in Miami on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, for their weekly candlelight vigil to remember current and past political prisoners under Castro. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** Military personnel inspect each occupied cell on a two-minute cycle at the Camp 5 maximum-security facility at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in October 2007. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

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Gladys Maya carries water to make soda for a sandwich shop set up in the front room of her family's small apartment in Rodas, Cienfuegos province, Cuba. The Maya family invested $1,000 in a waist-high refrigerator, countertop and oven for the takeout shop, one of many small businesses being established in rural areas since the start of Raul Castro's free-market reforms. (Associated Press)

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A man drives a horse and carriage in Old Havana, Cuba, on Nov. 3, 2011. (Associated Press)

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In this photo from March 8, 1977, Cuban leader Fidel Castro (left) sits with Col. Moammar Gadhafi in Tripoli. (Associated Press)

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Illustration: Cuba drilling by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

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Two customs officers speak in a Havana, Cuba, car lot. Cuba legalized the sale and purchase of automobiles for all citizens Wednesday. Under the law, buyers and sellers must each pay a 4 percent tax, and buyers must make a sworn declaration that the money used for the purchase was obtained legally. (Associated Press)

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U.S. swimmer Diana Nyad begins her swim from Cuba to Florida at the Hemingway Marina in Havana on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)

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This July 2009 photo from the Arabic-language website www.muslm.net shows a man it identifies as Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in detention at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (www.muslm.net via Associated Press)

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Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, captured in 2003, is one of five terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba facing military trials related to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. (Associated Press)