Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (r.) looks through a window of a water tank used for crew training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center outside Moscow on Tuesday. Alexei Nikolsky/RIA-Novosti/AP
People admire cherry blossoms along the Imperial Moat in central Tokyo on Tuesday. Shuji Kajiyama/AP
Ultraorthodox Jewish children walk along a street in the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem on Tuesday. Bernat Armangue/AP
On Tuesday, a Cambodian motor-taxi drives his customer through the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Heng Sinith/AP
Iraqis gather at the scene of a bomb attack in Baghdad on Tuesday after at least five massive bombs hit apartment buildings across the capital, killing at least 39 people and wounding more than 130. Hadi Mizban/AP
French explorer Jean-Louis Etienne takes off in a hot air balloon from the Norwegian island of Spitzbergen on Monday. The doctor, explorer, and adventurer left on April 5 to cross the Arctic by balloon to Alaska, in order to study the level of CO2 in the atmosphere and Earth's magnetic field at the North Pole. Francis Latreille/Septieme Continent/AP
Russian Emergency Ministry members watch a blast rip through the ice covering the Kan River, near Zelenogorsk, Russia, on Tuesday. Explosive experts used dynamite to break the ice cover to reduce the risk of floods as melting snow increases the river's volume. Ilya Naymushin/Reuters
British actress Kristin Scott Thomas holds an umbrella on the set of her new film 'Bel Ami' in Budapest, Hungary, on Tuesday. The movie, which is based on Maupassant's novel of the same name, chronicles a young man's rise to power in Paris through his manipulation of the city's most influential and wealthy women. Bela Szandelszky/AP
Angelina Jolie, goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), shares a moment with Bosnian women Babic Lena (c.) and her sister while on a visit to the eastern Bosnian town of Rogatica on Tuesday. UNHCR/Aziz/AP
A sign expressing hope for coal miners involved in an explosion in a mine owned by Massey Energy Co. is seen on the road near Performance Coal Co. mines on Tuesday in Montcoal, W.Va. Mark Humphrey/AP
Parisians and tourists relax on the grass near the Trocadero fountains across from the Eiffel Tower in Paris as spring-like weather arrives in the French capital on Tuesday. Charles Platiau/Reuters
Homes lay damaged by a landslide in the Morro dos Prazeres area of the Santa Teresa neighborhood of Rio de Janiero, Brazil, on Tuesday. Torrential rains in Brazil have triggered landslides that have killed at least 50 people as rising water paralyzed traffic and suspended most businesses. Genilson Araujo/Agencia O Globo/AP
Palestinian protesters display flags during a demonstration on Tuesday against the blockade on the Gaza Strip near the border between Gaza and Israel in Beit Lahiya. Hatem Moussa/AP
Butler University mascots, Blue II (l.) and Hink, pose for fans during a celebration of the season for the Butler men's college basketball team in Indianapolis, Ind., on Tuesday. On Monday night, Butler lost to Duke 61-59 in the NCAA National Championship game. Michael Conroy/AP
Where persistent drought is the new normal, communities will have to adapt – a challenge across eastern Africa. But Madagascar’s success, and the lessons that it learned from its brush with disaster, point to how crises might be averted elsewhere. Part 2 of our series on famine resilience.
Battered by drought and civil wars, more than 20 million people from Yemen to Tanzania are at risk of starvation in what aid workers call the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. But over the past two decades, nations that once produced searing images of famine's toll have moved to thwart it by strengthening community resilience. Our reporters traveled to Madagascar, Ethiopia, and Somaliland to investigate the daunting challenges as well as the long-term efforts that are saving lives.