'Day of Rage' protests in Libya yesterday have increased pressure on Muammar Qaddafi, the Arab world's longest-ruling dictator, with funerals today potentially serving as a catalyst for more violence.
Pang Qing, top, and Tong Jian of China perform during the pairs short program competition at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Taipei, Taiwan.
Libya's leader Col. Muammar Qaddafi tried to appease protesters after fierce clashes Wednesday, but unrest continued today in a proclaimed 'day of rage.' Protests have now reached four cities.
The protests sweeping the Middle East reached Libya Tuesday night as hundreds turned out in Benghazi, known as a locus for government opposition figures.
On the sixth anniversary of Rafik Hariri's assassination, his son Saad formally announced his opposition to the new government now being formed, which could tilt Lebanon toward Iran and Syria.
A Hezbollah-backed billionaire is poised to become prime minister, edging out Saad Hariri, whose government collapsed after Hezbollah ministers withdrew in protest two weeks ago.
A number of copycat self-immolations across the Middle East are raising questions about whether the protests that drove Tunisia's Ben Ali could soon threaten other Arab autocrats.
Animal rights activist Park So-youn holds stray dogs rescued from a village on Yeonpyeong Island damaged by North Korean artillery shelling, as South Korean marines stand nearby. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak labelled North Korea's artillery attack on a southern island a crime against humanity and said Pyongyang will pay the price for any further provocation. North Korea fired shells at the island off the peninsula's west coast on Tuesday, killing two civilians and two soldiers and destroying dozens of houses.
Sudan has not been included in meetings to discuss ways to fight back against the Lord's Resistance Army. This is a missed opportunity, says Ledio Cakaj, a guest blogger from the Enough Project.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is making his first visit to Lebanon tomorrow. Hezbollah awaits with joy, its political opponents complain of Iranian meddling, and Israel is eying its northern border.