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Wednesday, 11 December 2013 - 7:43
White House says Obama-Castro handshake 'not planned'
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The White House has says President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro's handshake at Nelson Mandela's memorial service was unplanned.

White House aide Ben Rhodes told reporters the two exchanged nothing more substantive than a greeting.

The Cuban government said the gesture may show the "beginning of the end of the US aggressions".

The US broke off diplomatic ties with Cuba in 1961 as Fidel Castro aligned with the Soviet Union in the Cold War.

 
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