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U.N. condemns U.S. embargo on Cuba, again

The United Nations' General Assembly on Wednesday approved a resolution condemning the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba, for the 19th straight year and again by an overwhelming majority.

The resolution was endorsed by 187 of the U.N.'s 192 member nations. The United States and Israel voted against it, and the tiny nations of Marshall Islands, Palau and Micronesia abstained.

It urges Washington to end its nearly half-century-old embargo on the communist-ruled island -- Cuba calls it a ``blockade'' -- but U.S. governments have paid no heed to the previous 18 votes.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez, speaking before the vote, criticized President Barack Obama for maintaining the embargo despite his preelection promise of a ``fresh start'' in bilateral relations.

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