Two of 26 suspected Hezbollah members accused of plotting attacks on tourists and shipping in the Suez Canal and of sending operatives and explosives to Gaza to help militant groups there, peer out from the prison vehicle as they arrive at the Emergency State Security Court in New Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday. An Egyptian judge sentenced three of the accused to life in prison, and the rest of the group received sentences ranging from 15 years in prison to six months. Amr Nabil/AP
Swiss farmer Ambros Walker plays the alphorn in a meadow next to his farm in Erstfeld, Switzerland, on Wednesday. Urs Flueeler/Keystone/AP
A woman protects her nose from the sun as she watches a tennis match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Philip Kohschreiber of Germany at the Rome Masters Tennis Tournament in Rome on Wednesday. Giampiero Sposito/Reuters
Snow blankets a home in Littleton, N.H., on Wednesday. A spring storm in northern New York and New England dumped more than a foot of snow in some areas. Jim Cole/AP
Tiger Woods hits from a sand trap on the sixth hole during a pro-am event ahead of the Quail Hollow Championship at Quail Hollow Golf Club in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday. Hans Deryk/Reuters
A goat walks across a wire with a monkey on its back at a zoo in Fuzhou, China, on Wednesday. Reuters
Cambodian dancers perform as part of celebrations to mark Buddha's birthday at the Bayon Temple in the Angkor complex, Siem Reap, Cambodia, on Wednesday. Heng SinithAP
A protester marches in front of the Goldman Sachs office in Federal Plaza in Chicago on Wednesday. The rally was organized by the Chicago Federation of Labor. M. Spencer Green/AP
An employee of the Korea Exchange Bank works beside stacks of US $100 notes at the bank's headquarters in Seoul on Wednesday. The dollar supply from exporters helped South Korea's market finish above the day's low on Wednesday, after the currency hit its weakest reading in two weeks due to worries over eurozone economic stability. Jo Yong-Hak/Reuters
Amedeo Caporaletti (l.) president of AgustaWestland, Italian aerospace and defense company Finmeccanica SpA's Anglo-Italian helicopter unit, accompanies Jamal Lamouchi, director of the Committee of Investment and Privatization, as he looks at a helicopter assembled by Libyan Italian Advanced Technology Company (LIATEC) during the opening ceremony of a maintenance and assembly plant in Abou Aisha, Tarhouna, southeast of Tripoli, Libya, on Wednesday. Ismail Zitouny/Reuters
People walk past effigies of the main British political party leaders Prime Minister and Labour Party leader Gordon Brown (l.), Liberal Democrat Party leader Nick Clegg (c.), and Conservative Party leader David Cameron hanging from fake gallows as part of a publicity event outside the London Dungeon tourist attraction in London on Wednesday. Britain will hold its national elections on May 6. Matt Dunham/AP
President Obama shakes hands with patrons as he makes an unannounced visit to Peggy Sue's Cafe in Monroe City, Mo., on Wednesday. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
Tammy Duckworth, assistant secretary of public and intergovernmental affairs for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs pushes her three-wheeled bike past the White House in Washington on Wednesday at the start of the four-day Wounded Warriors Soldier Ride to Annapolis, Md. The Soldier Ride is an event held by the Wounded Warrior Project that provides rehabilitation to wounded servicemen and women and raises awareness of the challenges facing veterans. Duckworth lost both her legs in a crash as an Army helicopter pilot in Iraq. Larry Downing/Reuters
Thai soldiers take cover under a bridge during clashes with anti-government protesters near Bangkok, Thailand, on Wednesday. Thai security forces fired into a crowd of demonstrators as they tried to keep the 'red shirts' from expanding their rallies from a base in the capital. One soldier was killed and at least 18 protesters were injured in the clashes. David Guttenfelder/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.