Seal pups enjoy the water in a pool at the common seal station in Friedrichskoog near the North Sea, northern Germany. The pups were abandoned by their mother. They will grow up here before being released back into their natural habitat.
Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona visited Burma (Myanmar) to help improve bilateral ties this week, but he also took a swipe at Burma’s rulers by evoking the Arab Spring as a threat to authoritarian regimes around the world.
Military police and rescue workers investigate a partially-submerged DHL cargo plane that crashed just off the coast of Libreville, Gabon. The plane's nose is buried in shallow water near a major high school. Authorities at the scene said the four-man crew survived and had been taken to a local hospital.
The visit by Secretary of Defense Gates to Singapore highlights Asia's lack of a strong forum for regional security talks. Asian countries are also wary of being squeezed between the US and a rising China.
A three-year-old boy holds a flower to give to US Senator John McCain before his visit to an HIV/AIDS hospice, founded by a member of National League for Democracy (NLD) party, in Yangon, Myanmar. McCain is in the country on an official visit to strengthen bilateral relations and is expected to meet pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Stock markets in Asia, Europe fall sharply after US stock markets plunge and Greek debt worries rise. Futures point to rebound in the US.
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.
Sequels usually are sure box office bets for summer. Johnny Depp (l.), Penelope Cruz (r.), and Ian McShane appear in a scene from 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,' about a quest for the fountain of youth. 'Tides' is the fourth film in the 'Pirates' franchise, based on a Walt Disney theme park ride.
'The Hangover Part II' keeps the template of the original movie but adds a darker, scummier tone.
A history professor in Thailand says Thailand is about to press criminal charges for calling for an end to the monarchy. He's the latest public figure to be accused of violating Thailand's strict lèse-majesté laws.