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WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, Canada — Fidel Castro may have resigned as Cuba’s president but the impact of his long-running feud with the United States can still be felt by thousands of Canadian MasterCard holders whose plastic has been rendered useless in the popular tourist destination.

It all began last fall when Regina, Saskatchewan-based CU Electronic Transaction Services (CUETS), the provider of credit cards to the majority of Canada’s credit union system, was acquired by MBNA Canada Bank, an arm of the Bank of America. CUETS is Canada’s largest issuer of MasterCards.

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