CUBA LIBRE

IS FIDEL GETTING RELIGION, OR JUST TOURIST DOLLARS?

It seems to have taken a form of divine intervention for the U.S. to loosen its embargo against Cuba just a tiny bit. To help POPE JOHN PAUL II's visit there next month, Washington will allow a cruise ship, some church supplies and as many as 10 chartered airline flights to take pilgrims from Miami to Havana. Might this be the start of a thaw? Well, one U.S. official noted that FIDEL CASTRO "is saying things he never said before," including asking a group of Protestants to pray for his country. National Security Adviser SANDY BERGER explained it this way: Washington...

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