Israel's decision to ease its Gaza Strip blockade could spell the beginning of the end of the chokehold that has hurt ordinary Gazans far more than their militant Hamas rulers.
Israel says it will allow construction materials into Gaza for civilian projects only. In response to international pressure, Israel will ease the Gaza blockade on food, toys, and kitchen utensils.
A motorist walks away from a stalled vehicle as Oklahoma City firefighters work to rescue other stalled vehicles on Hefner Road between Kelly Avenue and the Broadway Extension in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Monday.
Demonstrators gather at Town Hall in Sydney on June 1 to protest against Israel's deadly commando raid on ships taking humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.
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).
The Gaza Strip was conquered by empires that left behind fortresses, alabaster jewelry, and bronze weaponry. Now the impoverished Strip is trying to rein in the black market in ancient treasure and better preserve items often found by chance.
A Kyrgyz boy covers his face with a national flag as crowds gather to mourn victims of the violent protests earlier in the week in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Friday.
Israel, which launched retaliatory air strikes against Palestinian rocket attacks today, also threatened a second Gaza war if Palestinian militants didn't stop firing rockets.
Going into his AIPAC speech today, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces stern US warnings, Palestinian exasperation, and a fractious coalition government and rising violence back home.
After Gaza rocket attacks resulted in the first fatality since last year's war, Israeli warplanes carried out retaliatory air strikes on at least six targets overnight. Hamas is struggling to contain unaffiliated militants in Gaza.