White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has notes reading 'Eggs, Milk, Bread (crossed out), Hope, and Change,' written on his hand as he briefs reporters after President Barack Obama made an unannounced visit to the James Brady Briefing Room of the White House on Feb. 9. Former Vice Presidential candidate and Alaskan governor Sarah Palin generated interest in her recent public appearances by having notes on her hands. Charles Dharapak/AP
Mateo Bonome climbs out of a snow fort as a dog stands by in Lincoln Park in the Capitol Hill area of Washington on Feb. 9. Alex Brandon/AP
A villager looks at flames from a forest fire in Shilin, China, on Tuesday. Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu has asked local authorities to take measure against forest fires and demanded that local governments be cautious about potential fires as the weather in the Yunnan, Guizhou, and Sichuan provinces becomes warmer and drier, Xinhua reported. Wong Campion/Reuters
Ice covers a bicycle in Stockholm, Sweden, on Tuesday. Leif R. Jansson/AP
First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during an event held to unveil a nationwide campaign to combat childhood obesity at the White House on Feb. 9. Standing behind the First Lady are members of the Watkins Hornets, the 2009 National Pee-Wee Football Champions. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
US Army Crew Chief Spc. Emil Rivera and flight medic Sgt. Bryan Eickelberg sit inside their Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopter in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. The Talon MEDEVAC in Helmand is one of several army aero-medical units positioned around southern Afghanistan. Brennan Linsley/AP
Afghans get into an army truck on Tuesday after being evacuated from an avalanche site along the Salang Pass, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. Officials said that avalanches have killed at least 28 people and left another 1,500 stranded and the snow-blocked mountain pass. The Defense Ministry released a statement saying another 70 people have been injured as rescue efforts continue to dig out hundreds of vehicles stuck on the pass. Altaf Qadri/AP
Cook Valencia San Vicente pulls pancakes off the grill in Denny's as hundreds of patrons take advantage of the Denny's Free Grand Slam Breakfast National Giveaway in Tempe, Ariz. Denny's advertised the Free Grand Slam during the Super Bowl on Sunday. Ross D. Franklin/AP
A US Marine eats a scorpion as part of a jungle survival exercise with the Thai Navy during Cobra Gold 2010, a joint military operation at a military base in Chon Buri, Thailand. About 14,073 soldiers from six countries, including Thailand, U.S., Singapore Indonesia, Japan and South Korea are participating in the three-week military exercise. Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters
Torchbearer Phil Mahre of Yakima, Wash., an Olympic gold and silver medalist in alpine skiing, carries the Olympic Flame into the United States from Surrey, British Columbia. The Torch crossed into the US at the Peach Arch in Blaine, Wash., on Tuesday. Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press/AP
An Israeli man sits in his shop where he sells different styles of skullcaps, or yarmulkes, in downtown Jerusalem, on Feb. 9. Tara Todras-Whitehill/AP
A man walks past the work of Spanish sculptor Xavier Mascaro in Madrid on Tuesday. A total of 25 sculptures make up the outdoor exhibit which will be set up until April 4. Susana Vera/Reuters
Britain's Duchess of Cornwall has her nose tweaked by 10-month-old Olivia Gidlow-Jackson while on a visit to a family center on the Bulford military base in Salisbury, England, on Tuesday. The Duchess was entertained by children who sang their school song for her during the visit. David Crump/Daily Mail/AP
A snow-covered dock extends over a frozen pond in Carmel, Ind., on Tuesday. Snow accumulations of five to seven inches are expected in Central Indiana in the latest snowstorm to hit the region. Michael Conroy/AP
South Africa wants to re-establish itself militarily as an important player in Africa's peacekeeping initiatives. But it has to overcome a small budget, and its own needs to police its borders, to move it from a 'critical state of decline.'
The scenes could have been plucked from another era: South African soldiers with machine guns, stopping pedestrians on Johannesburg street corners to ask for their ID documents. Troop carriers lumbering past rows of shacks in the city’s townships late at night, preparing to raid hubs of supposed illegal activity.