Healthy grass and refurbished houses along the coast hard-hit by Japan's March 11 tsunami represent the frail beginnings of a return to normalcy.
Japan's aging population is resulting in a quickly shrinking workforce and low prospects for growth. Engaging women in the workforce more fully could help, but there's cultural resistance.
Japanese cities leveled by the March tsunami are now left with more trash than they would normally dispose of in a century. Recycling it all is a daunting task.
A week into his new job, Japan's disaster reconstruction minister resigned after making remarks widely criticized as offensive during a visit to the tsunami-devastated northeastern coast.
A Chinese woman performs as others sing patriotic songs to celebrate the up-coming 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China in Beijing. China will celebrate the anniversary on July 1.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan offered to resign once he has brought the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant under control. The power play in parliament has gone over poorly with the public.
The space shuttle Endeavour lifts off from Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
A member of the Brazilian Health Expeditions plays with a Kayapo baby on the seventh day of their medical expedition in the Kikretum community in Sao Felix, northern Brazil, on April 27.
In one town devastated by the tsunami, some 400 temporary housing units and a soy sauce business offer hope. But some 4,000 more units are needed.
Hamas Mohammed looks on as she prays with female anti-government protestors during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday.