WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior administration official says
President Barack Obama has directed his administration to allow
unlimited travel and money transfers by Cuban Americans to family in Cuba.

The official announcement was coming later Monday at the White
House. The official spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to
upstage the president's announcement.

The official says that the changes are intended to help create
new space for the Cuban people in their quest for political freedom and a democratic government, in part by making them less dependent on the Castro regime

Other steps taken Monday include allowing gift parcels to be
send to Cuba, and issuing licenses to increase communications among and to the Cuban people.

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