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Cuba to Release 47 Political Prisoners

Cuba plans to release 47 political prisoners, the largest mass release in 10 years there. The decision was made after negotiations between President Raúl Castro and Miguel Angel Moratinos, Spain’s foreign minister. The prisoners will be allowed to leave the island. They were rounded up with 28 others seven years ago after the Cuban government cracked down on opposition; of that group, 54 have remained imprisoned for conspiring with Washington to bring down the communist government in Havana. Cuba has been under intense scrutiny since political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo died during a hunger strike earlier this year.