On April 12, a 'red shirt' protester takes a photo of where a bullet hit the windshield of a vehicle during clashes on Saturday in Bangkok, Thailand. Eric Gaillard/Retuers
Afghan refugee children read verses of the Koran during a daily class at a mosque in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on April 12. Vincent Thian/AP
Members of the South Korean military take part in a wreath-laying ceremony on the 60th anniversary of the Korean War on April 12 at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. Cliff Owen/AP
Ships line up to enter the port of Colombo, Sri Lanka, on April 12. Manish Swarup/AP
A Sudanese voter casts her ballot at a polling station in the town of Malakal in Upper Nile State, Sudan, on April 12. Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters
A soldier stands guard near a sea of candles in front of the Presidential Palace two days after Polish President Lech Kaczynski died in a plane crash over western Russia on Saturday. The president's plane, with his wife and some of Poland's military and civilian leaders on board, crashed when it came in for a landing during thick fog. Markus Schreiber/AP
Folk artists perform a bhangra, a traditional dance, as they return from a wheat field during Baisakhi celebrations in Ajnala, India, on April 12. Baisakhi, a harvest festival celebrated in the Punjab region, also marks the beginning of the Sikh New Year. Altaf Qadri/AP
Indian laborers load coal into a truck near Manguli Chhak in the Cuttack district of Orissa, India, on April 12. Biswaranjan Rout/AP
A woman lays a flower during a ceremony titled 'Unto Every Person There is a Name,' in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem on April 12. Israel marked the annual memorial day commemorating the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust during World War II. Baz Ratner/Reuters
A cloud of smoky water billows from the top of a tower of metal ore at a volcanic vent more than three miles beneath the surface of the Caribbean. The vent, located in the Cayman Trough, is the deepest ever discovered, a British scientific expedition says. National Oceanography Center/AP
A roadside memorial honors the 29 miners who died in the explosion at Massey Energy Co.'s Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, W.Va., on April 12. Amy Sancetta/AP
Supporters attend a tea party rally in Buffalo, N.Y., on April 12. David Duprey/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.