Kerry reopens US Cuba embassy after 54 years
John Kerry, the first US Secretary of State to visit Cuba in 70 years, presided over the reopening of the US embassy in Havana Friday. The same US marines who brought the US flag down in 1961 were there to see it raised again. While trade and travel restrictions have been eased since Barack Obama and the Cuban leader agreed to restore ties last year, the US Congress has kept the trade embargo in place. Fidel Castro, 89, who handed over power to his brother Raul in 2008, wrote an open letter saying that the US owed Cuba millions of dollars over its 53-year embargo.