On April 26, weathered oil is seen near the coast of Louisiana from a leaking pipeline that resulted from an explosion on a Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. Crews are working with robot submarines to activate a shutoff device known as a blowout preventer to close off the flow of oil at the sunken rig's well head. Hundreds of miles of marshes, barrier islands, and white sand beaches are threatened by the approaching oil in the Gulf of Mexico.
Despite China's fast-growing economy, many Chinese college grads are struggling to find jobs or scraping by on meager salaries. Beijing worries that this new group - the "Ant Tribe" - could pose a threat to political stability.
A Beijing firm known for defending famous activists is told to close. Attorneys elsewhere have been detained or tried.
The region that produces 95 percent of the country’s wheat is facing its worst drought in 50 years.
The global recession is shuttering manufacturers and pushing millions out of work or into lower wages.
Beijing hopes the policy will improve farming and free peasants to seek a better livelihood.
China's government only recently began addressing the needs of its 83 million disabled citizens.
‘Protest pens’ have been empty. Those who have sought permission to demonstrate have been detained or harassed.