The US has important strategic interests in Bahrain, including the US Navy's Fifth Fleet – patrolling oil shipping lanes, keeping an eye on Iran, and involved with the war in Afghanistan. But US officials also worry about Bahrain's violent response to pro-democracy demonstrators.
Jubilant and newly confident Bahrain protesters poured back into Pearl Square Saturday after the Army withdrew. In Libya, protests were met with deadly force and Internet access was cut.
As the morning fog lifts, riders work a pair of horses at the Southern Oaks Training Center in Sorrento, Fla.
Bahrain and Libya, too, are upping the ante of repression in a way Tunisia and Egypt did not. Will it work?
Pang Qing, top, and Tong Jian of China perform during the pairs short program competition at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Taipei, Taiwan.
Bahrain, a tiny island nation flanked by Saudi Arabia and Iran, showed its willingness today to use force to stymie growing calls for reform. At least three protesters were reported dead in an overnight raid.
A group of Islamic school students playing cricket pose in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The International Cricket Council's World Cup jointly hosted by India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, is scheduled to kick off in Dhaka on Feb. 19.
Lionesses stand in a cage in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. With help from Bolivian government officials, 25 lions were rescued from traveling circuses in Bolivia by the nongovernmental organization Animal Defenders International. Bolivian law prohibits the use of wild animals in public performances.
The kingdom of Bahrain, a key base for US military operations in the region, faces its third straight day of protests as Sunnis and Shiites unite to demand political reform.
Demonstrators shout antigovernment slogans after riot police attacked protesters in Manama, Bahrain, on Feb. 17. Medical officials said four people were killed.