Swetha P. Jasti from Olathe, Kan., keeps a tight grip while spelling her first word during round two of the National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md. Jacquelyn Martin/AP
Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva (c.) signs his pictures for supporters as he campaigns for the ruling Democrat Party in Bangkok's financial district. Thailand is bitterly polarised ahead of a July 3 parliamentary election in Southeast Asia's second-biggest economy. Rivalries between different camps are deeply entrenched and the poll may not solve the problems that have dogged the country for five years. Damir Sagolj/Reuters
Brown bear (Ursus arctos) cub Medo plays near a tree in Podvrh village, central Slovenia. The Slovenian Logar family has adopted the three-and-half-month-old bear cub that strolled into their yard about 30 days ago. Although the family would like to prepare a fenced enclosure for it, veterinary authorities would prefer to move it into a shelter for wild animals. Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters
Brad Carter (l.) leaves the damaged house he shares with Brandy Kendall (r.) as she, reflected in a mirror, loads a trailer with belongings they were able to salvage after the May 22 tornado in Joplin. Missouri officials on Tuesday reduced the number of missing people from last week's devastating Joplin tornado to 10, a third of the previous day's count. The tornado that hit May 22 was rated an EF-5, or the strongest possible, and was rated the deadliest single twister in the United States since 1947. Sarah Conard /Reuters
Hatter Aparicio Quispe puts the finishing touches on a hat at a shop inside his home in Huarocondo, near Cuzco, Peru. Esteban Felix/AP
An employee of Czech center of national reference laboratories prepares samples of vegetables for molecular testing on EHEC bacteria (bacterium Escherichia coli.) in Brno. Samples of vegetables imported from various countries are tested for E.Coli at the laboratory. David W Cerny/Reuters
Bosnian Muslim women pass by grave stones as they search for their family members buried at this cemetery before a mass funeral in the village of Memici, north ofSarajevo, Bosnia. The remains of eight people were exhumed from mass graves near the Bosnian town of Zvornik and identified by DNA. All 8 victims were buried Wednesday at the memorial cemetery in Memici among 653 victims buried here previous years. Ratko Mladic, extradited to the Netherlands from Serbia on Tuesday after 16 years on the run, will appear in court on Friday, according to a statement issued by the court. Amel Emric/AP
Janean Watkins (l.) and Lakeesha Harris cry after being the first couple to receive their Civil Union license in Chicago. Illinois is the sixth state that allows civil unions or their equivalent. John Gress /Reuters
Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-134) makes its final landing at the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Endeavour touched down at its Florida home base capping a 16-day mission to deliver a premier science experiment to the International Space Station on NASA's next-to-last shuttle flight. Bill Ingalls/NASA/Reuters
Indian tourists ride traditional boats on the Dal Lake, on the outskirts of Srinagar, India. Set in the Himalayas at 5,600 feet (1707 meters) above sea level, Kashmir is a green, saucer-shaped valley full of fruit orchards and surrounded by snowy mountain ranges. About 100 lakes dot its highlands and plains. Dar Yasin/AP
Children of migrant workers look out from backstage as they wait for their performance during the International Children's Day celebration at a kindergarten in Kunming, Yunnan province. Wong Campion/Reuters
In this late Tuesday, May 31, 2011 photo, opera singers walk to the stage for a rehearsal of Verdi's opera, 'Aida' near by the historical site at Masada, Israel. Oded Balilty/AP
A local resident fishes, with the under-construction Olympic Park in Imeretinskaya Valley seen in the background, in the Russian Black sea town of Sochi. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympics. Denis Sinyakov /Reuters
Inflatable humpback whales are taken a stroll on the foreshore of the harbor in Sydney during a launch of the annual whale watching season. The 2011 whale migration is expected to see around 4,000 whales pass by the city, the largest amount in decades. Rick Rycroft/AP
This latest development in Mr. Kim’s alleged assassination, which South Korean and US officials suspect of being directed by North Korea, is another reminder of the regime’s chemical weapons, often overshadowed by its nuclear program.
Kim Jong-nam, the North Korean Supreme Leader’s estranged and exiled half-brother, was killed by a VX nerve agent, which is classified by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction, Malaysian police said on Friday.