United States and Cuba restore telephone connection as old hostilities continue to thaw

March 12, 2015 9:38 PM

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The United States and Cuba have re-established a direct telephone link, the Cuban state telecommunications company said, in the latest step toward normalising ties between the one-time Cold War foes.

For the first time since 1999, calls can now be made directly from the United States to Cuba and vice versa, without passing through a third country, the company, Etecsa, said.

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