Diplomatic road may be bumpy for U.S. at Panama summit

April 8, 2015 2:32 PM

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PANAMA CITY — President Obama arrives at a summit of the Americas this week in high standing as the U.S. leader who's finally re-establishing relations with Cuba, something other leaders coming here have long sought. A likely handshake between Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro no doubt will be the photo op of the two-day gathering Friday and Saturday.

Yet that diplomatic victory lap may be a bumpy one for Obama at the 35-member Organization of American States meeting. U.S. sanctions announced last month on seven senior Venezuelan officials have rankled some Latin America leaders and threaten to hog some of the summit's headlines. Venezuelan Presi...

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