This recovery isn't nearly as robust as previous upturns. Japan, Libya, and other crises could undercut it.
Ali Aujali, Libya's former ambassador and the representative of the rebels in Washington, urges the coalition to 'destroy' Qaddafi's forces. He calls rebels' disputes 'a normal thing in any democracy.'
Pentagon officials told Congress on Friday that 'don't ask don't tell' – regulations prohibiting the service of openly gay or lesbian troops – could cease being military policy within six months.
French-speaking Ivory Coast has long had close ties to its former colonial power. But relations have deteriorated under strongman Laurent Gbagbo.
Libya may have been less a precedent than a case study in the president's blend of pragmatism and idealism.
Italy today became the third nation to recognize Libya's rebels as the legitimate government, dealing a blow to attempts by Muammar Qaddafi and his sons to negotiate a diplomatic settlement.
Muammar Qaddafi's forces appear locked in a stalemate with the rebel troops, just east of Brega. Violent clashes within Yemen's protests reached a milestone. And the Gulf's economic bloc is in a tussle with Iran.
Reports that US support for Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh is waning raises the question of whether a new leader would continue helping the US fight the local Al Qaeda franchise.
Oil prices rise above $108 a barrel in Asia. Signs of a strengthening jobs market in the US is behind the boost in oil prices.