Cuban artist Tania Bruguera poses for a photograph near the statue of José Martí in Havana's Revolution Plaza. She was arrested in December for planning a political performance there. Eyder Peralta/NPR hide caption

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Yoan Francisco, a rookie for the Havana Industriales, warms up before a game at Havana's Latin American Stadium. Cuban baseball has been facing hard times, but improved diplomatic relations with the U.S. have raised the possibility of increased cooperation and new opportunities. Eyder Peralta/NPR hide caption

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The Havana studio of prominent artist Kcho is ringed by Cubans with their heads buried in screens. Users say the only other free Internet connection in Havana is at the U.S. Interests Section. Eyder Peralta/NPR hide caption

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Josefina Vidal, director general of the U.S. division at Cuba's Foreign Ministry, smiles at the start of the Cuba talks at the State Department in Washington, on Friday. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Fernandina's Flicker (Colaptes fernandinae), a woodpecker found only in Cuba. Pete Oxford/Minden Pictures/Corbis hide caption

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Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roberta Jacobson, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, in February. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Poet Richard Blanco says that appearing at President Obama's second inauguration made him feel as if, for the first time, he "had a place at the American table." Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Cuban migrants in the waters south of Key West, Fla., on Jan. 1, before being repatriated. The number of Cubans trying to reach the U.S. illegally by sea has surged since the Obama administration announced plans to normalize relations with Cuba. AP/U.S. Coast Guard hide caption

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Journalists wait for Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera at Revolution square in Havana, on Wednesday. Adalberto Roque /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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NPR's Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep interviews President Obama on Dec. 17 in the Oval Office, where they discussed U.S. involvement in the Middle East and the world as a whole. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep interviews President Obama on Dec. 17 in the Oval Office, where they discussed recent moves on Cuba and immigration, and prospects for cooperation with a GOP-dominated Congress. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Alan Gross pauses during a news conference at his lawyer's office in Washington on Dec. 17. The federal government will pay him $3.2 million as part of a settlement with the company that employed Gross when he was arrested in Cuba in 2009. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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