U.S. President Barack Obama announced a major shift in U.S. relations with Cuba, after the country’s communist leaders released Alan Gross, an American who had been imprisoned there for five years.
President Barack Obama announces a shift in policy toward Cuba while delivering an address to the nation from the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Dec. 17, 2014.
Secretary of State John Kerry walks across the tarmac to meet with American Terry Gross, who was recently released from a Cuban prison after more than five years, Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Dec. 17, 2014.
Cuban President Raoul Castro speaks to the nation via public television in Havana, Cuba, Dec. 17, 2014.
People in a restaurant watch Cuban president Raul Castro speaking during a state television broadcast in Havana, Cuba, Dec. 17, 2014.