Healthy grass and refurbished houses along the coast hard-hit by Japan's March 11 tsunami represent the frail beginnings of a return to normalcy.
Japanese cities leveled by the March tsunami are now left with more trash than they would normally dispose of in a century. Recycling it all is a daunting task.
Rigid bureaucracy, the scope of devastation, and a lack of financing are hindering Japan's comeback from the March earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Some citizens are taking recovery into their own hands.
The space shuttle Endeavour lifts off from Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
President Barack Obama makes a face as they show his video during his speech at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, in Washington, Saturday.
Workers in Ishinomaki, Japan, have cleared thousands of tons of debris from streets and buildings inundated by the March 11 tsunami. A long-time shopkeeper says customers are starting to return.
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan (l.) shouts 'Come on, Japan' along with Ishinomaki Mayor Hiroshi Kameyama (c.) and other people as he visits Ishinomaki, a port town devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan, on April 10.
Schools reopen this week after tsunami-related delays. Japan's teachers are likely to face new demands in helping students and their families move forward.
Hotel guests check their mobile phones for earthquake news after they evacuated the building following a 7.1 earthquake, in Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, on April 8. Japan was rattled by a strong aftershock and tsunami warning Thursday night nearly a month after a devastating earthquake and tsunami flattened the northeastern coast.
Afghan soldiers are seen through the broken front window of a car believed to have been used by attackers outside the gate of a NATO base in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday, April 2.