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U.S. removes Cuba from ‘state sponsors of terrorism’ list

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General view during the Cuban Parliament Annual Session, on December 20, 2014 in Havana. AFP PHOTO/ADALBERTO ROQUE (Photo credit should read ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — Cuba is no longer on the United States’ list of “state sponsors of terrorism,” the State Department said Friday.

Secretary of State John Kerry has signed an order removing Cuba from the terrorism blacklist as part of the process of normalizing relations between the Cold War foes.

Kerry acted 45 days after the Obama administration informed Congress of its intent to do so. Lawmakers had that much time to weigh in and try to block the move, but did not do so.

The step comes as officials from the countries continue to hash out details of restoring full diplomatic relations, including opening embassies in Washington and Havana and returning ambassadors to the two countries. Friday’s removal of Cuba from the terrorism list had been a key Cuban demand.