Britain's Queen Elizabeth inspects the Queen's Gurkha Engineers Attestation Party during a visit to Invicta Park Barracks, in Maidstone, southern England.
A small Internet posting in China triggered a massive response from the state this week, highlighting just how concerned the government is that citizens might be inspired by protesters in Egypt, Libya, or at home.
Facebook and Twitter have taken bows for their parts in the youth-driven upheaval in the Middle East. Now the Al Jazeera network is pressing its case for better access to the US cable market.
In eastern Libya, local youths – some in uniform, some with guns slung over their shoulders – and tribes that have dropped their support for Qaddafi appear to be running the show.
Members of Brunei's armed forces march past the royal dais during the 27th celebration of Brunei National Day in Bandar Seri Begawan.
As Qaddafi's rule frays, so do some of the ties that bind Libya together. Geography is one force that could pull the country apart. But the promise of oil profits might help it stick together.
Libya's motley modern structure is largely tribal – without centuries of nationalist history or a strong military like Egypt or Tunisia. Libya is an ideologically driven oil state, but Qaddafi's grip has prevented real economic reforms. The tides are turning his brutal hold, but what happens next?