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The United States' secret deal with Cuba

More than a year ago in a secret location in Canada, representatives from the U.S. and Cuba began discussing how to resolve more than 50 years of distrust and tension. A senior Obama administration official discusses how Alan Gross became the impetus for historic change.

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