Politically unstable Kyrgyzstan, which experienced a coup this spring, is home to a US air base that's critical to the war in Afghanistan. Russia is paying close attention. So should Washington.
Kyrgyzstan aid will be a coordinated effort from the US and Russia, President Obama has announced.
People stand around a campfire during the Ivana Kupala festival in the village of Viazynka, Belarus, late Tuesday evening. The ancient tradition, originating from pagan times, is usually marked with grand overnight festivities which includes jumping over burning campfires and bathing in a lake or a river. Some people believe the acts will purge them of their sins and make them healthier.
If Russian President Medvedev wants to lure Western investors to his country, he will have to follow through on promises to reduce corruption and lawlessness. That will require real reforms.
UCLA center fielder Beau Amaral tries in vain to reach a three-run triple ball hit by TCU's Taylor Featherston in the seventh inning of an NCAA College World Series baseball game in Omaha, Neb., on Monday evening.
Kyrgyz violence has slowed trade between China and Kyrgyzstan to a trickle, allowing rival Russia to step up its already dominant influence.
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Oil-tainted water from the Gulf of Mexico sits in jars placed before a group of business people and officials called 'Gulf Voices' as they speak during a visit to Capitol Hill in Washington on June 16. Group members wanted to take their plight directly to legislators.
Three-year-old Jackson Hazlett of Portland, Ore., hugs his father after the two were reunited on April 21 at the Chiles Center at the University of Portland. His father, Sgt. Ryan Hazlett, was serving in Iraq, and returned home with 2,700 other Oregon Army National Guard soldiers after 10 months away.