A satellite image shows cyclone Yasi making landfall in Queensland, Australia, on Feb. 2. US Naval Research Laboratory/Marine Meteorological Division/Reuters
Boats and yachts are piled together at Port Hinchinbrook near Cardwell, Australia, on Feb. 4, after cyclone Yasi brought heavy rain and howling winds gusting to 186 m.p.h. The storm was among the most powerful ever to strike Australia. Rick Rycroft/AP
Locals walk through a garden square in Mission Beach, Australia, on Feb. 4. The cyclone destroyed dozens of homes, cut power supplies in two regional cities, and laid waste to banana and sugar cane crops. Rick Rycroft/AP
Debris is piled around a piano at a senior citizens' center destroyed in Tully, Australia, on Feb. 3. The most powerful storm in a century ripped across Australia's northeast coast. Rick Rycroft/AP
A man works to repair damage to the roof of his house while his dogs inspect a fallen tree in Kamma, Australia, on Feb. 3. Rick Rycroft/AP
Homes are destroyed in Tully, Australia, on Feb. 3, after cyclone Yasi passed Queensland's northeast coast. Dave Hunt/AAP Image/AP
A message sprayed on debris shows the resilient spirit of a home-owner after a house was destroyed in Tully, Australia, on Feb. 3. Rick Rycroft/AP
Two women survey the damage in Tully, Australia, on Feb. 3. Rick Rycroft/AP
Chunks of road were swept up in Cardwell, Australia, on Feb. 4, after cyclone Yasi hit the area. Rick Rycroft/AP
People pack a shopping mall used as an evacuation shelter in Cairns, Australia, on Feb. 2, as cyclone Yasi approached. Rick Rycroft/AP
Today's announcement of restored diplomatic ties between Cuba and the US comes after five decades of antagonism, including the 54-year-old US trade embargo against the Communist island. The Christian Science Monitor covered the embargo from the start.
ByBertram B. Johansson, Latin America Writer
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Today, President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced that the United States and Cuba are restoring diplomatic ties after five decades of antagonism. The US has maintained a trade embargo against Cuba since Oct. 19, 1960. Below is The Christian Science Monitor's story from that day.