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Flags fly outside the United Nations headquarters during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Sept. 28, 2019. At this year's annual gathering at the United Nations, well-known flash points such as the Middle East and trade…

The U.N. General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly to condemn the American economic embargo of Cuba for the 28th year, rejecting U.S. concerns about human rights on the Caribbean island.

The vote in the 193-member assembly on Thursday was 187-3 with the U.S., Israel and Brazil voting "no" and Ukraine and Colombia abstaining. Last year, the assembly voted 189-2 with no abstentions.

General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding and are unenforceable, but they reflect world opinion and the vote has given Cuba an annual stage to demonstrate the isolation of the U.S. on the embargo.

The United States imposed the embargo in 1960 following the revolution led by Fidel Castro and the nationalization of properties belonging to U.S. citizens and corporations. Two years later it was strengthened.

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2014 file photo, the State Department in Washington. U.S. officials say the Trump administration is proposing deep cuts in funding for diplomacy and foreign aid to help pay for increased military spending. (AP Photo/Luis M…

U.S. ambassadors from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti sent urgent cables to the White House in the early days of the Trump administration, pleading with them to abandon plans to send hundreds of thousands of migrants back to their home countries.

The cables, made public Thursday, expose the divide between career diplomats and a new administration eager to push through major hardline immigration policies even as it apparently weighed possible fallout on the 2020 presidential race.

Facing legal challenges, the Trump administration later backed down from its hardline position and last month it extended protections for at least a year.

The internal State Department memos are contained in a report by Senate Democrats.

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