A man walks in front of the Deauville Congress Center, in Deauville, western France, on May 23, where world leaders of the G8 will meet for a summit May 26 and May 27.
Medvedev poses for a photograph as he visits a Buddhist monastery in the village of Verkhnaya Ivolga in Buryatia, Russia, in 2009.
Some analysts say a declaration by either President Medvedev or Prime Minister Putin could upend Russian politics well ahead of next year's presidential vote.
Actress Frederique Bel wears a bicycle necklace as she arrives for the screening of the film Habemus Papam (We Have A Pope) in competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival in France.
A new report from Amnesty International shows little improvement in Russia's human and civil rights record, despite promises from President Dmitry Medvedev.
The ideological divide in Russia between Soviet-tending Putin and pro-Western Medvedev makes it tough for the US to set policies with Moscow. But a more difficult scenario is likely to come: anti-Western Putin in power in 2012. Obama must send a strong message to Moscow now, not later.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called for merger of political parties and social groups. Some observers say it's a bid to boost poll numbers, while others see it as throwback to Soviet-era engineering.
Russia eliminated a number of top militant leaders. Russian experts warn that eliminating Osama bin Laden does not remove the threat of Al Qaeda attacks.
Kamchatka Brown Bear Mascha and her three-month old bears Wanja and Misho are pictured in Hagenbecks zoo in Hamburg, northern Germany.