Ireland now joins Britain and Australia in expelling Israeli diplomats over their government's connections to the Dubai assassination plot that killed a Hamas leader in January.
Israel's Gaza flotilla raid prompted a response in Turkey that rattled some Europeans. Turkey has been rebuffed in its efforts to join the European Union for years, and is now forging a more independent international course.
The US and the West need vigorous economic growth. In order to to that, the US must first reduce the tax and debt burdens of unsustainable entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare.
A fireman works near a flaming workshop in Hengxian County, Nanning City, China on May 21. A workshop containing sugarcane caught fire on Friday.
Zlote Tarasy or Golden Terraces, an iconic, undulating, glass-roofed building in Warsaw, Poland, is seen in 2006. The building is an example of 'blobitecture,' a term first used to deride the style but that has since stuck. Due to its complex, organic shapes and unique engineering challenges, blob-architecture structures require the aid of computers to design.
President Obama and other world leaders were prevented from traveling to see Polish President Lech Kaczynski's funeral in Krakow today due to the cloud of ash hanging over Europe after the Iceland volcano.
Former Alaskan governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin gives her husband, Todd, a thumbs up as she begins to address a crowd at a stop of the Tea Party Express on Boston Common in Boston, Wednesday.
The tragic loss of Lech Kaczynski and other leaders of Poland in an airplane crash also may have created momentum toward better reconciliation with Russia -- and fresh appreciation of Poland's stable democracy.
Polish leaders appear to be quickly picking up the pieces after the tragic Polish president plane crash, which also killed much of Poland's political elite.