President Obama addresses the 1,200 graduates of Hampton University, a historically black university, at the school's Armstrong Stadium in Hampton, Va., Sunday. J. Scott Applewhite/AP
Chef Ramzi Choueiry holds the final bucket of fried falafel to add to the dish in Ain Saadeh, northeast of Beirut, Sunday, during an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of Records for producing the biggest plate of falafel in the world. The falafel dish, weighing 11,400 pounds, was prepared with approximately 844,000 falafels. Jumana ElHeloueh/Reuters
Black waves of oil and brown whitecaps are seen at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill containment efforts in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana, Sunday. Gerald Herbert/AP
Tiger Woods tees up his ball on the second hole during final round play of the Tournament Players Championship PGA golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on Sunday. Woods's woes continued on Sunday when a painful neck forced him to withdraw from the Players Championship after six holes of his final round. Hans Deryk/Reuters
Fireworks explode above the Yenisei River during Victory Day celebrations in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Sunday. Ilya Naymushin/Reuters
Cyclists seen during the second stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, from Amsterdam to Utrecht, Netherlands, Sunday. Alessandro Trovati/AP
Supporters of Estudiantes LP light flares before the Argentine First Division Championship soccer match against Rosario Central in Buenos Aires, Sunday. Enrique Marcarian/Reuters
A masked member of international group World Without Wars and Without Violence stands outside the Greek Parliament on Sunday. The group staged a silent protest against both the economic austerity measures and the three victims of violence who died Wednesday, after rioters set fire to a bank. Petros Karadjias/AP
Israeli soldiers (l.) stand guard as Palestinians protest against the construction of Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank town of Beit Jala, near Bethlehem, Sunday. Israel says the barrier is necessary for security while Palestinians call it a land grab. Nasser Shiyoukhi/AP
Heavily armed special forces officers ride atop an APC during the Victory Day parade, which commemorates the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany, in the Chechnya's capital Grozny, southern Russia, Saturday, with Chechen flags atop. Victory Day is modern Russia's most important secular holiday, which always sees elaborate observances throughout the country. Musa Sadulayev/AP
In this image from video made Saturday, a renewed column of ash rises from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano. The plume of volcanic ash snaked its way through southern France, Switzerland, Italy, and Germany on Sunday, shutting down airports and again disrupting flights across Europe. Transatlantic connections were also being diverted around a larger patch of ash cloud stretching from southern Greenland to the coast of Portugal, adding several hours to flights between Europe and North America and causing congestion as airlines tried to squeeze their planes through remaining routes. APTN/AP
Supporters of a religious group Jamaat-e-Islami burn the effigy of President Obama and a US flag during a rally against alleged US interference in Pakistani affairs, Sunday, in Karachi, Pakistan. Suspected US missiles killed 10 people in a militant-controlled region close to the Afghan border Sunday, the first such strike since an alleged Pakistani-trained extremist was accused of a failed Times Square attack. Fareed Khan/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.