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For Cuba, it’s the calm before (and after) the storm

By Les Whittington      

After staring down Hurricane Irma last year, the island nation is cleaning up and prepping for a rare change in power.

Cuba's presidency is expected to be passed to vice-president Miguel Díaz-Canel, pictured centre, after Raúl Castro, 86, opts for retirement in April. Photograph courtesy of El Salvador's president's office
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CAYO COCO, Cuba—Uprooted mangrove thickets are still piled up behind the beaches along Cuba’s north coast, interspersed with shards of concrete and steel and other flotsam left over from the destruction wrought by Hurricane Irma. Four months after the storm roared through the Caribbean island, causing widespread damage and at least 10 deaths, the bulldozers are active and workers are busy with the final repairs on collapsed roofs and beach-side pavilions. The clean-up is still obvious, but, in

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