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UN condemns US embargo of Cuba _ againUN member states condemn US embargo of Cuba for 20th consecutive year
UNITED NATIONS (AP) ' The U.N. General Assembly has voted overwhelming to condemn the U.S. embargo against Cuba for the 20th year in a row.
With only Israel joining the United States, as it did last year in voting against the symbolic measure, the final tally Tuesday was 186-2.
The small Pacific nations of Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands abstained as they did in 2010.
Envoys for Vietnam, Russia, Nicaragua and many other countries, as well as the 120-member Non-Aligned Movement, spoke in favor of ending the embargo, calling it a Cold War anachronism that unnecessarily harms ordinary people.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez says the sanctions have caused direct economic damages of close to $1 trillion over nearly half a century.
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