Fidel Castro as a young guerrilla leader
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The US and Cuba: Six decades in 60 seconds

US President Barack Obama has hailed a "new chapter" in US relations with Cuba, announcing moves to normalise diplomatic and economic ties.

Mr Obama said Washington's current approach was "outdated" and the changes were the "most significant" in US policy towards Cuba in 50 years.

But what exactly has transpired between the two countries since Fidel Castro grabbed power in 1959?

The BBC takes a look back through the decades.

Produced by David Botti

  • 17 Dec 2014
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