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Cigar festival opens in Havana, Cuba

25 February 2014 Last updated at 21:27 GMT

Cigar aficionados from around the world have gathered in Havana for the annual cigar festival.

Cuban officials say cigar sales rose nearly 8% last year, despite the fact that many economies are still recovering from the global financial crisis.

Idoia Larranaga reports.