Americans hitting the highways this Memorial Day weekend will have no trouble finding reasonably priced gasoline ? as long as they don?t live in the upper Midwest, where prices have soared by as much as 68 cents a gallon in the past two weeks.
Weeks before Hugo Chávez died, while he was holed up in a Cuban hospital with details of his condition unknown to the public, youth protesters chained themselves together in front of Cuba?s embassy here, demanding answers.
The photos illustrating the biggest news in Latin America this weekend could not have differed more. One was of a vigorous and victorious Rafael Correa in Ecuador, winning a third term in office Sunday; the other was of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela?s ailing president, smiling but, weeks after surgery for cancer, still lying in a hospital bed.
It's around an hour by speedboat from Sulu in the southern Philippines to Sabah in the Malaysian part of Borneo, a route often plied by fishermen, traders, and migrants. The maritime route goes from what is the poorest part of the Philippines to eastern Malaysia, and many make the trek in search of work.
A 10-ton meteor exploded in the sky above Russia on Friday, causing a shockwave that blew out windows injuring some 400 people and sending fragments falling to the ground in the Ural Mountains. Here's a look at those objects in the sky:
Egyptian police abuse was there for all to see last night when television cameras captured police dragging a naked man across the pavement, beating and kicking him as he writhed on the ground, covered in dirt, his pants around his ankles.
France widened its military intervention in the African nation of Mali today beyond targets in the center of the country, sending fighter jets to the north to hammer training camps, infrastructure, and logistics depots used by Islamist rebels with ties to Al Qaeda.
After famine in Somalia, extreme hunger in Sudan, and increased concern about global food security in recent years, it might have seemed inevitable that world hunger would rise. In 2009, world food experts told us it would.
Spain's Crown Princess Letizia has a penchant for haute couture. Queen Elizabeth II's Bentley's are spotless. Belgium's King Albert II maintains a sumptuous villa in the south of France. But believe it or not, many of Europe's royals are feeling a pinch of the austerity sweeping the continent as it deals with its debt crisis.
Reuters - Benjamin Netanyahu assured President Barack Obama on Monday that Israel has not made any decision on attacking Iran's nuclear sites, sources close to the talks said, but the Israeli prime minister gave no sign of backing away from possible military action.
Time.com - The controversial president gambled and lost when he challenged the authority of Supreme Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei. Having lost ground in parliament, Ahmadinejad now faces a tough fight to survive
AP - Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that Mexico's three main presidential candidates share a vision of continued close cooperation with Washington, and used his brief visit south of the border to also knock down talk of drug legalization in the region.
AP - Anti-whaling activists claimed Tuesday that they have effectively ended this year's Japanese hunt following a late-night altercation near Antarctica, but the whalers said their season will continue.
Reuters - More than half of Americans support President Barack Obama's apology for U.S. troops burning copies of the Koran, an incident that triggered a spate of bloody protests and attacks on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.
AP - A lawmaker from Egypt's most conservative Islamist party resigned from parliament after he was caught lying to cover up a nose job, claiming the injuries to his heavily bandaged face were from a carjacking and beating.