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Record UN vote against embargo.

Nearly every country in the U.N. General Assembly told the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  to lift its four-decade old economic embargo against Cuba in a record vote of 182 to 4 with 1 abstention ABSTENTION, French law. This is the tacit renunciation by an heir of a succession Merl. Rep. h.t. , reports Reuters (Nov. 8, 2005). The vote, held for the 14th consecutive year, was on a resolution calling for Washington to lift the U.S. trade, financial and travel embargo, particularly its provisions on penalizing foreign firms. Voting "no" were the United States, Israel, Palau and the Marshall Islands Marshall Islands, officially Republic of the Marshall Islands, independent nation (2005 est. pop. 59,000), in the central Pacific. The Marshalls extend over a 700-mi (1,130-km) area and comprise two major groups: the Ratak Chain in the east, and the Ralik Chain in . Micronesia abstained and El Salvador El Salvador (ĕl sälväthōr`), officially Republic of El Salvador, republic (2005 est. pop. 6,705,000), 8,260 sq mi (21,393 sq km), Central America. , Iraq, Nicaragua and Morocco did not vote. Last year the vote was 179 to 4, with several countries not voting at all. In 2004, 77 companies, banks and private groups were fined for breaking the embargo. Some 11 of them were foreign companies or subsidiaries of U.S. firms in Mexico, Canada, Panama, Italy, Britain Uruguay and the Bahamas. The U.S. action that had the most repercussion in 2004 was a US$100 million fine the Federal Reserve imposed on the Swiss bank UBS UBS Union Bank of Switzerland
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 for transferring new dollar bills to Cuba.
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Date:Dec 1, 2005
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