England football fans react after the 2010 World Cup Group C soccer match against Algeria at Green Point stadium in Cape Town on June 18. Eddie Keogh/Reuters
South African children play soccer in Phokeng, near Rustemburg, on Friday. Marcos Brindicci/Reuters
Colombian soldiers patrol a street in Cali, Valle del Cauca departament, Colombia, on Friday, during security operations for the June 20 run-off election between Colombian presidential candidate for the Green Party Anthanas Mockus and former Colombian Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos of the ruling National Unity Party. Luis Robayo/AFP/Newscom
A worker holds the beak of a brown pelican as it is washed at the Fort Jackson Bird Rehabilitation Center Friday, on Friday, in Buras, La. The bird was rescued after being covered in oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Charlie Neibergall/AP
The $25 million, 122 ft Strand Craft 122 boasts four double rooms, an Art Deco interior complete with 52-inch state-of-the art LED televisions and a top sound system from Bang & Olufsen. It even has bulletproof windows. If thats not enough you can slip behind the wheel of the matching supercar, whose 880hp twin turbocharged V12 engine provides speeds of up to 233 mph. Newscom
Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan (l.), Princess Rym Ali, and Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan on arrival at the Swedish Government's dinner, in honor of the upcoming wedding of Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria, at the Eric Ericson Hall in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday. Maja Suslin/AP
Paul Casey of England hits a shot on the ninth hole during the second round of the US. Open golf tournament on Friday, at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif. David J. Phillip/AP
A woman hangs paintings on a fence in Ashkelon, Israel on Friday. Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye/Newscom
A man walks atop a seawall in Israel on Friday. Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye/Newscom
National Wildlife Federation naturalist David Mizejewski shows his glove, covered in oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in Bay Jimmy, on Thursday. Charlie Neibergall/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.