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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A member of the activist group Women in White is arrested during a demonstration to commemorate Human Rights Day in downtown Havana, on Dec. 10. Members of the opposition movement say they feel betrayed by the U.S. decision to restore ties with Cuba's communist regime. Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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