South Sudanese voted overwhelming in January for independence. Now, they face the reality of building the world's newest nation – from printing new currency to collecting taxes.
During Friday prayers in Tehrir Square, prayers are raised to those who lost their lives to the violence.
A view of Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest broadcasting tower at 634 meters (2080 feet), in Tokyo on May 21, 2012. The tower opened to the public on May 22, with hundreds of people entering the tower and its large shopping mall.
A baby is baptized during a mass baptism ceremony in Tbilisi, Georgia. More than 500 children were baptized by the Georgian Orthodox Church during the 15th mass baptism ceremony at the country's main Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Detail of the right eye of Leonardo da Vinci's 16th century masterpiece the 'Mona Lisa' painting: Italian researcher Silvano Vinceti, president of the Italian National Committee for Historical, Cultural and Environment Heritage, claims he has found the letter 'S' in the woman's left eye, the letter 'L' in her right eye, and the number '72' under the arched bridge in the backdrop of Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting.
Kim Edwards, author of "The Memory Keeper's Daughter," discusses “The Lake of Dreams,” her second novel.
Austria's Michael Walchhofer reaches the finish area as he wins an alpine ski World Cup men's downhill race, in Bormio, Italy.
South Korea's statement that it intends this year to begin preparations to reunify the Koreas will likely irk China and the North, which could consider it a provocation.
Monitor staff writers and correspondents in each of the world's regions share what they expect to be top headlines in 2011.