A bee collects pollen from a flower in a park in Amman, Jordan, on Feb. 1. Ali Jarekji/Reuters
Shiite pilgrims walk on their way to Karbala, Iraq, on Monday to gather for Arbaeen, which marks the end of the forty-day mourning period after the anniversary of the 7th century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the prophet Muhammad's grandson. A female suicide bomber walking among Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad detonated an explosives belt on Monday, killing scores and wounding more than 100, officials said. The bombing was the first major strike this year against pilgrims making their way to Karbala to mark the Shiite holy day. It came as security officials warned of a possible increase in attacks by insurgents using new tactics to bypass bomb-detection methods. Hadi Mizban/AP
President Barack Obama, followed by members of his economic team, walks away after delivering remarks about his proposed 2011 US Government Budget in the Cross Hall of the White House on Monday. Jason Reed/Reuters
Lebanese flags are set out along the beach in Khaldeh, Lebanon on Feb. 1 near the area where the Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed into the Mediterranean sea last week. Jamal Saidi/Reuters
Men dressed in sheepskin costumes pause during a carnival celebration in Spain where they march to the village of Ituren. The march is a traditional ritual that some believe purifies the harvest land from evil spirits and welcomes the coming spring. Alvaro Barrientos/AP
Snowmen are set up as part of a climate change awareness exhibition near the Berlin Cathedral in Berlin, Germany, on Feb. 1. Environmental activists called on Berliners to build their own snowman in a bid to form a 'Snowman Demonstration' in the capital to raise awareness for climate change. Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
Recruits of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) attend a training at a military base in Changzhi, China, on Monday. Reuters
A farmer works in a potato field on the outskirts of Jammu, India. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Monday that rising prosperity will increasingly put pressure on food supply in India and the nation urgently needs to boost its farm productivity. Mukesh Gupta/Reuters
A man leaves after a memorial service at a mass grave in Titanyn, Haiti, on Monday. Carlos Barria/Reuters
A Pakistani man and girl ride through Islamabad, Pakistan, on Monday. Muhammed Muheisen/AP
A man demonstrates in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday in favor of a law that would force cinemas to show 50 percent of foreign films in the local Catalan language. Most movie theaters in Spain's Catalonia region stayed shut on Monday in protest of the law, an industry group said. The vast majority of movies in Catalonia are shown dubbed into Spanish, while Catalan-dubbed films represent just 3 percent of the market, said Pilar Sierra, secretary general of the Catalan Cinema Company Guild. Manu Fernandez/AP
Almost unnoticed, the world has reduced poverty, increased incomes, and improved health more than at any time in history.
BySteven Radelet, Contributor
Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor
The headlines on any given day suggest a world under siege. War. Terrorism. Refugees. Disease. Recession. Famine. Climate change. But beneath these often very real problems, something remarkable has been happening, something on a more epochal level that has gone almost completely unnoticed.