Seeking to make aid and development spending in Afghanistan more effective, NATO named Mark Sedwill, the British Ambassador to Kabul, its new civilian representative in Afghanistan on Tuesday.
A young girl is dressed as the Hindu Goddess Sarawati, or the goddess of knowledge, as other girls hot earthen pots during a celebration on the eve of Basant Panchami, the festival of spring, at a school in Amritsar, India, on Tuesday.
The Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower, is pictured in Dubai on Jan. 3. The Gulf emirate inaugurated on the world's tallest tower, a symbol of its unbridled ambitions of recent years, on Jan. 4 amid continuing fears over cash problems facing the emirate which narrowly escaped a financial catastrophe last month.
Defne Bayrak, the Turkish wife of suspected Jordanian double agent Balawi, says she was shocked at the news of his suicide attack. She also said that while in Jordan, he wrote articles for jihad websites.
Monkeys at the Dhaka Zoo in Bangladesh cuddle together to stay warm on a cold and foggy Wednesday morning.
It has big needs, business savvy, and plenty of opportunity, say optimists. But critics are wary.
Turkey's closing of the largest Kurdish party, the Democratic Society Party (DTP), has sparked deadly riots and could stall these reform efforts. Turkey had recently introduced a reform package friendly to its restive Kurdish minority.
Gold turtles and toads are displayed at a jewelery shop in Seoul, South Korea, on April 21. Gold prices hit record highs for a fifth session and silver rallied to its strongest since 1980 as the dollar slid to a three-year low against a basket of major currencies and oil prices rallied.
A swimmer walked on a snow-covered beach near Athens, Greece, Feb. 18. A rare winter storm left Greece blanketed in snow overnight, cutting off roads and access to villages and disrupting transport across the country. Problems with power and water supplies were also reported.