US officials say key military operations in the Kandahar offensive - scheduled for this summer - will be delayed until the fall. The Taliban have taken the Afghanistan war to the streets of the southern Afghan city with a campaign to assassinate key public officials.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai was on the verge of becoming a pariah only weeks ago. But after his trip to Washington, he leaves as a crucial and trusted US ally once again.
A young supporter in Cape Town, South Africa, blows on a 'vuvuzela,' Zulu for stadium trumpet, during a celebration marking a month till the beginning of the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
Mutual suspicions are expected to be set aside as Afghan President Hamid Karzai visits Washington this week. Both countries seek a stronger partnership that will help Afghanistan resist the Taliban.
As Afghan President Hamid Karzai heads to Washington, the Afghanistan Taliban is announcing a nationwide offensive against coalition troops and diplomats.
The influx of U.S. troops to Afghanistan aims to 'clear' Taliban from population centers, then 'hold' them until Afghans can 'build' normal lives. The Pentagon looks to the Iraq surge for lessons.
Dark clouds of smoke and fire are seen as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday. The U.S. Coast Guard, working in partnership with BP, local residents, and other federal agencies conducted the in situ burn to aid in preventing the spread of oil following the April 20 explosion on the offshore drilling oil rig, Deepwater Horizon.
A riot policeman is splattered with iced coffee outside the Greek Parliament during a protest in Athens on Thursday. Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through Greece's capital after lawmakers approved drastic cuts need to secure international rescue loans worth 110 billion euros ($140 billion).
Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab may now appeal his death sentence, handed out Thursday for the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Most death-row convicts in India spend years in prison as they try to reverse their punishment.
A paramilitary officer stands guard before opening the gate at the Shanghai World Expo on Tuesday in Shanghai, China.