This undated handout photo received on April 27 from Noah's Ark Ministries International shows a member of a group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers looking at wooden beams inside a compartment of a structure that they claim might prove the existence of Noah's Ark, on Mount Ararat. The team said on April 26 they recovered wooden specimens from the structure on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey that carbon dating proved was 4,800 years old, around the same time the ark is said to have been afloat. Noah's Ark Ministries International/AFP PHOTO/HO/Newscom
This photo shows racks found on a wall inside a compartment of a structure that a group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers claims might prove the existence of Noah's Ark, on Mount Ararat. Noah's Ark Ministries International/AFP/HO/Newscom
This undated handout photo received on April 27, 2010 from Noah's Ark Ministries International shows part of a structure that a group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers claims might prove the existence of Noah's Ark, on Mount Ararat. Noah's Ark Ministries International/AFP/HO/Newscom
A Dutchman is pushing his Christian faith to the limit - by building a working replica of Noah's Ark to carry farmyard animals. Huibers says, "This will speak very much to children, because it will give them something tangible to see that Noah's Ark really existed." Wenn/Newscom/File
Mount Ararat, Turkey's highest summit and the location Noah was said to have landed his ark, sits on the border of Turkey and Armenia. Occupying the eastern parts of Turkey and northern Iraq. Erik Sumption/Sipa Press/Newscom/File
A still from the movie 'Evan Almighty' starring Steve Carrell and Morgan Freeman is seen. In the movie, Congressman Evan Baxter, played by Carrell, is compelled to build an ark like Noah's. Newscom/File
Greenpeace activists hold a banner during Noah's Ark opening ceremony on Mount Ararat in 2007. Greenpeace activists built a model of Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat to raise awareness over global warming and the dangers - floods, droughts and natural disaster - it poses for the world. Sezayi Erken/AFP/Newscom/File
The interior of Johan Huibers's ark is seen in this photo from 2006. The Dutchman has named his boat 'Johan's Ark.' Newscom/File
Visitors stand in front of a soon-to-be-opened shopping mall called Noah's Ark at Park Island in the Tsing Yi district of Hong Kong on Feb. 15, 2009. Ted Aljibe/Newscom/File
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.