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John F. Kennedy Jr. Friday was visiting Cuba on a private trip that coincided with the 35th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis, a dramatic two weeks in his late father's presidency.

Sources at the Melia Cohiba hotel in Havana said Kennedy was staying there but declined to give details of his visit. He left the hotel by a back entrance to go out Friday morning, apparently wanting to avoid foreign journalists waiting at the front entrance, the sources said.

There was speculation in Havana that Kennedy, editor of the political magazine George, was in Cuba to seek an interview with President Fidel Castro.

Thirty-five years ago this week, the world feared nuclear war as the Cold War flared over the deployment of Soviet nuclear missiles on Cuba.

President John F. Kennedy and then-Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev eventually eased the two superpowers away from the brink after Khruschev agreed Oct. 28, 1962, to remove the missiles.

The Soviet leader did so without consulting Castro, a move that for a while soured the relationship between Cuba and its giant ally.

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