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HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro told parliament on Saturday the country faces a "long and difficult struggle" before the United States removes its economic embargo, despite the historic agreement this week to restore diplomatic ties. U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday reset Washington's Cold War-era policy against Cuba, but he still needs the Republican-controlled Congress to lift the embargo. (Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)
Madonna on Saturday suddenly released six new songs months ahead of schedule, upset that early versions had leaked online. The pop icon's new songs, available immediately for sale and streaming online, will be part of her first album in three years, "Rebel Heart," which comes out in March. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift," Madonna said in a statement. The new songs include "Living for Love," which is driven by a house beat that harks back to some of Madonna's earlier anthems.