Peggy, a guinea pig, poses for photos after having its hair brushed and styled at PetZoo, a beauty parlor for pets in Cuenca, Ecuador, on March 9. Dolores Ochoa/AP
The wheel of an 18th or 19th century sailing ship is seen in the Baltic Sea in this image released by Nord Stream on Tuesday. A centuries-old shipwrecks, some of them unusually well-preserved, have been found in the Baltic sea by a gas company building an underwater pipeline between Russia and Germany, Swedish experts said. The oldest wreck probably dates back to medieval times and could be up to 800 years old, while the others are likely from the 17th to 19th centuries, said Peter Norman, of Sweden's National Heritage Board. Nord Stream/AP
Switzerland's Simon Ammann competes during the FIS World Cup SKi Jumping competition in Kuopio, Finland, on March 9. Martti Kainulainen/Lehtikuva/AP
Men light candles during a vigil for the three people who died at the Red Road flats in Glasgow, Scotland, on March 9. A father, mother, and son died after falling from the 15th floor of a tower block on Sunday. Police has confirmed the family were originally from Russia, but the family will not be formally identified until next-of-kin have been informed. David Moir/Reuters
A model presents a creation by fashion designer Shiatzy Chen from Taiwan as part of her Fall/Winter 2010 women's collection in Paris on March 9. Pascal Rossignol/Reuters
Ushers pose in Tiananmen Square during the annual Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on Tuesday. Andy Wong/AP
A boy helps remove debris and sand from in front of his home in Constitucion, Chile, on March 9 after an 8.8-magnitude earthquake hit Chile on Feb. 27, causing widespread damage. Fernando Vergara/AP
US First Lady Michelle Obama (r.) applauds designer Jason Wu, creator of her 2009 Inaugural Ball gown, during a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington on March 9. In a continuing long tradition of first ladies donating their inaugural gowns to the Smithsonian, Obama unveiled the new centerpiece to the popular exhibit 'The first ladies at the Smithsonian.' Jason Reed/Reuters
Canadian Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean (l.) hugs Maile Alphonse on March 9 in Jacmel, Haiti. Alphonse lost her mother Magali in the earthquake, who was the godmother of Jean's daughter Marie-Eden. Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press/AP
The Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-131's three female crew members (from left), Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Stephanie Wilson, and Naoko Yamazaki of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency pose for a picture after a crew news conference held at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday. Richard Carson/Reuters
Sara Netanyahu (2nd r.), wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Jill Biden (2nd l.) wife of US Vice President Joe Biden, visit a bilingual pre-school for Christian, Jewish, and Muslim children at the YMCA in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Gail Tibbon/Reuters
US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (r.) visits the Stryker Tepee Memorial while at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Frontenac, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. Jim Watson/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.