Cuba on Tuesday announced that it would end its controversial exit-visa requirement, which has long limited Cubans from traveling freely to other countries. The Cuban government rarely approved exit visas for ordinary citizens, practically trapping its population in Cuba. The announcement was tentatively seen as the latest sign that the government of Raul Castro (pictured), who took over from his ailing brother Fidel in 2008, is slowly liberalizing the communist nation. However, the government retained the right to prevent people from leaving for "defense and national security" reasons, which is thought to be aimed at dissidents seeking to travel abroad or escape.
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