The Methboub family, which the Monitor has followed since 2002, work to free a son from jail and anguish over a daughter’s soured marriage. They had little hope Sunday's election in Iraq would change their lives significantly.
Colombian Army soldiers and a bomb-sniffing dog prepare to leave a military base in San Vicente del Caguan, Colombia.
The kidnapping of an Iraqi-American working with the US military in Iraq appears to have been sparked by a faltering reconciliation effort to bring a militant Shiite group into the political process, US officials say.
A Swiss Saint Bernard sleeps on the floor at the Hund 2010 Dog Exhibition in Winterthur, Switzerland, on Friday.
At least 40 people were killed today in Karbala, where thousands of pilgrims have gathered to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein in AD 680. His death marked the beginning of the Sunni-Shiite split in Islam.
Designer Alexander van de Rostyne kisses his new and first 4-channel indoor toy helicopter from Silverlit during a press preview for the 61th International Toy Fair in Nuremberg, Germany, on Wednesday. More than 2,700 exhibitors from over 60 countries worldwide will present their new toy products from Feb. 4-9.
A ban on hundreds of (mostly Sunni) candidates in Iraq was lifted Wednesday. The ban was reversed after senior Sunni politicians threatened to boycott the March 7 national election.
A bee collects pollen from a flower in a park in Amman, Jordan, on Feb. 1.
A criminal court in Baghdad found the 11 defendants guilty of financing, planning, and participating in the August 19 bombings that devastated Iraq's foreign and finance ministries. They were sentenced to death in a swift trial, but can appeal the decision.
Indian Muslims stretch their hands out for refreshments during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Mumbai, India, on Monday. Ashura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the 7th-century battle of Kerbala.