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US President rejects Cuba trade restrictions

Published:Thursday | May 8, 2008 | 5:12 PM

United States President George W. Bush has again rejected calls for easing US trade restrictions in Cuba, saying that new President Raul Castro has made only empty gestures at reform.

According to the White House, President Bush has also told Cuban democratic activists that there has been no change in Cuba, since Raul Castro took over as president in February.

Mr. Castro announced reforms in agriculture, giving farmers more control of the industry.

He has also since allowed Cubans to own mobile phones.