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US President Barack Obama arrives in Cuba

Barack Obama has became the first US president in 88 years to visit Cuba, touching down in Havana for a landmark trip aimed at ending decades of Cold War animosity.

” Que bol Cuba?” Obama tweeted on landing yesterday, using Cuban slang to ask what’s going on.

“Just touched down here, looking forward to meeting and hearing directly from the Cuban people.”

Moments later, a smiling Obama emerged from Air Force One with his wife First Lady Michelle and their two daughters Sasha and Malia, clutching umbrellas to shield themselves from a warm afternoon rain shower.

He was greeted on the tarmac by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, before loading into his bulky limousine, nicknamed “the beast.”

Obama is not only the first sitting US president since Fidel Castro’s guerrillas overthrew the US-backed government of Fulgencio Batista in 1959, but the first since President Calvin Coolidge in 1928.

Seeking to leave a historic foreign policy mark in his final year in office, Obama will tour the newly reopened US embassy and old town Havana late yesterday, hold talks with Cuban President Raul Castro today and attend a baseball game before leaving tomorrow.

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