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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)

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Fidel Castro, seen in August, says he gave up leadership of Cuba's Communist Party and all other official positions five years ago. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Cuba's Fidel Castro delivers a speech during the 50th anniversary of the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution on Sept. 28, 2010, in Havana. Mr. Castro said on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, that he resigned five years ago from all his official positions, including head of Cuba's Communist Party, a position he was thought still to hold. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano, File)

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** FILE ** Judy Gross, wife of U.S. government contractor Alan Gross, and U.S. lawyer Peter J. Kahn arrive at the courthouse where Mr. Gross is on a trial accused of "acts against the integrity and independence" of Cuba, in Havana on Friday, March 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)

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Cuban chef Inti Langaney prepares vegetarian food at the eco-restaurant El Romero in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, last month. Located in the Las Terrazas natural reserve about 50 miles east of Havana, El Romero goes beyond garden-variety vegetables, spinning forgotten and little-known plants into delectable dishes. (Associated Press)

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A woman walks by the National Library in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday Feb. 16, 2011. Cuba is in the middle of hosting the 20th edition of its' International Book Fair, which was inaugurated on Feb. 10. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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Human rights activists, wearing orange prison garb and black hoods to represent the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, stand on Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House on Friday to protest that the detention center has not been closed by President Obama. (Associated Press)

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Human rights activists, wearing orange prison garb and black hoods to represent the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, stand on Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House on Friday to protest that the detention center has not been closed down by President Obama. (Associated Press)

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Cuba's Prima Ballerina Alicia Alonso arrives at the headquarters of Cuba's National Ballet to receive the 2010 National Award of Education in Arts in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Dec. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2010 file photo, Alicia Alonso, center, is escorted by dancers during the opening ceremony of the 22nd International Ballet Festival in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010. Alonso, considered a living legend of international ballet and a national treasure in her native Cuba, was honored with a ballet and music-filled gala on the eve of her 90th birthday in Havana on Dec. 20th. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano, File)

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Steel mill workers raise their hands in support of a point made at the gathering, one of many being held in neighborhoods and workplaces across Cuba between now and April. (Associated Press)

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Arturo Martinez speaks at a meeting with labor union and Communist Party leaders on Cuba's economic problems at the steel mill Antillana de Acero in Havana. Major free-market reforms are in the works on the island nation. (Associated Press)

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In this Feb. 2, 2002 file photo, a suspected al-Qaida or Taliban detainee from Afghanistan is carried on a stretcher before being interrogated by military officials at the detention facility Camp X-Ray on Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

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Students among a crowd of 20,000 celebrate as former Cuban President Fidel Castro delivers a speech in Havana during the 50th anniversary of the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution, the nation's neighborhood vigilance system. (Associated Press)

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Cuba's leader Fidel Castro listens to his national anthem before delivering a speech during the 50th anniversary of the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution, CDR, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010.(AP Photo/Javier Galeano)

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Cuba's leader Fidel Castro, right, listens to Cuba's singer Haila before delivering a speech during the 50th anniversary of the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution, CDR, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010. From left: Revolutionary Commander Guillermo Garcia Frias, Cuba's Vice-President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura and CDRs Coordinator Juan Jose Rabilero. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)