Cargo containers are strewn about in Sendai, northern Japan, Saturday, March 12. Japan launched a massive military rescue operation Saturday after a giant, earthquake-fed tsunami killed hundreds of people and turned the northeastern coast into a swampy wasteland, while authorities braced for a possible meltdown at a nuclear reactor. Itsuo Inouye/AP
Officials in protective gear check for signs of radiation on children who are from the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant in Koriyama, Saturday. The chief cabinet secretary, Yukio Edano, told a televised press conference that radiation around the plant had, in fact, started to decrease. Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters
Japan's Beppu Fumiyuki leads the rest of the pack as they observe a minute of silence to mourn the victims of Japan's earthquake and tsunami, prior to start the fourth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race, in Narni, Italy, Saturday. Gian Mattia D'Alberto/Lapresse/AP
Gypsy teenage to-be bride waits during a gathering of Gypsies at an open-air market for Gypsy brides in the village of Mogila, Bulgaria, Saturday. Hundreds Roma from the southern parts of Bulgaria gathered to celebrate the Day of St Todor, or Horse Easter. At this traditional gathering, the Roma families expose their teenage daughters with the intention to find a husband for them who is willing to pay a large amount of money for his future wife. Valentina Petrova/AP
Anti-Libyan Leader Moammar Qaddafi rebels look for pro-government tanks at a desert road between Agela and Ras Lanouf towns, eastern Libya, Saturday. /Hussein Malla/AP
A migrant worker, who recently fled the violence in Libya, sleeps behind a fire in a refugee camp at the Tunisia-Libyan border, in Ras Ajdir, Tunisia, Saturday. More than 250,000 migrant workers have left Libya for neighboring countries, primarily Tunisia and Egypt, in the past three weeks. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP
Austria's Klaus Kroell speeds down the course on his way to take second place in an alpine ski, World Cup men's downhill race, in Kvitfjell, Norway, Saturday. Alessandro Trovati/AP
Baseballs are reflected in a fan's sunglasses as he waits for Kansas City Royals player autographs before a spring training baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday in Phoenix. Nam Y. Huh/AP
Cynthia Tanzi, of Lincoln, R.I., talks with friends before the start of the Celtic 5K Road Race on Park Avenue in Worcester, Mass., on Sunday. The race preceded the St. Patrick's Day parade. Paul Kapteyn/Worcester Telegram & Gazette/AP
In this photo taken during a government-organised visit for foreign media, a pro-Gadhafi fighter makes his evening prayers in the desert as a plume of smoke rises from the burning oil refinery in Ras Lanouf, 380 miles southeast of the capital Tripoli, Libya, Saturday. Ben Curtis/AP
Ethnic minority delegates walk out from the Great Hall of the People after attending the closing session of the annual National People's Congress in Beijing. Andy Wong/AP
Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat, top, of Poland, defends Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday. Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic/AP
Colombia's Constitutional Court overturned a 2001 law that gave the federal government ultimate say over where mining projects took place. It's a victory for local communities, but with the government in need of billions to bank roll peace programs, can it last?
ByTaran Volckhausen, Contributor
When South African mining company AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) arrived in this central Colombian farming town ten years ago, it promised residents like Herver Oliveraula “rivers of milk and honey,” he recalls. The mining giant was set to extract an estimated 28 million ounces of gold from the La Colosa mine, buried under the northern Andes.