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Five freed in US-Cuba rapprochement back in custody: rights group

Five dissidents freed as Havana launched a high-profile diplomatic rapprochement with the United States are back in custody in Cuba, a human rights group said Monday.

For Pope Francis, an unfinished mission in Cuba

Before he lands in the United States on Sept. 22, Francis will arrive in Havana on Sept. 19 for a four-day, three-city tour of Cuba that will put a spotlight on his political and diplomatic skills as never before. His challenge: to accelerate the process of reconciliation between the United States and Cuba charted by John Paul II and push the Castro government to hasten and deepen the pace of change on the island.

For events at the new U.S. Embassy in Havana, a question: Whom to invite?

Secretary of State John F. Kerry arrives in Havana Friday for a ceremony to raise the Stars and Stripes once more at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba. He'll meet with dissidents later in the day.

Cuban dissident held briefly in Panama ahead of summit

Rosa María Payá was released after being held for several hours.

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