A Turkish MAG-1 bulk carrier is seen half sunk on the shore of the Black Sea near Sukhumi, the capital of the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia, on Monday. The ship had been blown to shore by a storm.
A spate of car bombings and simultaneous attacks on two Iraqi prisons, which freed 500 prisoners, could end the vestiges of restraint preventing political tensions from exploding.
The answer will determine just how big a setback the overnight attack on the Iraqi prison will be for the Maliki government.
Sunni-Shiite tensions are high in Iraq, where Prime Minister Maliki's coalition government partners – particularly one Sunni bloc – accuse him of failing to share power.
The US appears desperate to keep troops in Iraq beyond this year's deadline. The Iraqis? Not so much.