World 2009

Palestinians hold candles as they take part in a memorial ceremony marking the one-year anniversary of Israel's offensive in Gaza, in Gaza City.

AP Photo

Not Cricket
Lahore, March 3: The visiting Sri Lankan team was the target of a mysterious terror attack, the authorship of which is still grey.

Captain Cool January 15:
Engines knocked out after running into a flock of geese, US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger III expertly settles the Airbus 320 on the Hudson river, New York. He was the last man out, having walked down the aisle twice to see if all 150 passengers and four crew were out. Ferries took them all to safety.


India vs China
Simmering tensions didn’t start a fire, but kept everyone on edge. Trouble in Tibet, of course, kicked it up. China was quick to open up another front in Arunachal when the Dalai Lama put Tawang on his itinerary. Tensions quickly spread to Indo-Chinese trade, from visas for Chinese workers to toxic toys and mobile phones. But the wags insist there’s no zero-sum game here, pointing to a visible thawing during the climate change talks.

Illustrations by SORIT

Banged: Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi's season of woes continues. Facing trial for bribery, fraud, he gets a broken nose and teeth after being hit with a statuette.

A Jordanian veiled woman is seen in Amman.

AP Photo/Mohammad abu Ghosh

Lockerbie airline bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi walks on to his airplane accompanied by Libyan officials at Glasgow International Airport. Scotland's Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill announced the release, freeing the terminally ill Lockerbie bomber from prison on compassionate grounds.

AP Photo/Scott Heppell

Euna Lee, left, and Laura Ling, two American journalists who were arrested in March after allegedly crossing into North Korea from China, are greeted by Michael Saldate and Ian Clayton, the respective husbands and Lee's daughter, Hana, after the two arrive at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California.

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File

A Palestinian woman reacts over relatives moments after they were killed in an Israeli missile strike outside their home in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip.

AP Photo/Khalil Hamra

The triple-deck ferry, M.V. Coco, floats after it tipped and its rear portion sank in the Tetulia River late Friday near the coastal town of Bhola, 64 miles (104 kilometers) south of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

AP Photo Firoz Ahmed, File

A supporter of main challenger and reformist candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi hides her face using a poster of him as she waits in the stands at an election rally at the Heidarnia stadium in Tehran, Iran.

AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File

Detained demonstrators are seen lined up on a street in Copenhagen. Thousands of protesters marched through Copenhagen calling for tough action from the UN climate conference.

AP Photo/Thibault Camus

Nicolas Sarkozy voiced sympathy for Switzerland's controversial decision to ban the building of Muslim minarets, calling on religious practitioners to avoid "ostentation" and "provocation" for fear of upsetting others. "Christians, Jews, Muslims, all believers regardless of their faith, must refrain from ostentation and provocation and ... practise their religion in humble discretion."

AP Photo

US President Barack Obama is applauded by Nobel Committee Chairman Thorbjorn Jagland after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize during a ceremony in the Main Hall of Oslo City Hall, Norway. The ceremony came 11 months after he was elected as the US President and ironically only a few days within his announcement of sending more troops to Afghanistan.

AP Photo/Susan Walsh

A man passes by a poster of the right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP/UDC) which shows a woman wearing a burqa against a background of a Swiss flag upon which several minarets resemble missiles at the central station in Geneva, Switzerland. An attempt to ban the construction of minarets in Switzerland has set off an emotional debate on Islam in the Alpine nation, stirring fears of boycotts from Muslim countries and of violent reactions.

AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi, File

Photo released by the White House, shows President Barack Obama greeting Michaele and Tareq Salahi, right, at a State Dinner hosted by Obama for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House in Washington. The Secret Service is looking into its own security procedures after determining that the uninvited Virginia couple managed to slip into the dinner.

AP Photo/The White House, Samantha Appleton

Thirty four years on, Mujibur Rahman's killers were sentenced to death. The Bangladesh founding father and later 'president-for-life' was victim of an army coup.

US President Barack Obama makes a toast with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a State Dinner on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.

AP Photo/Susan Walsh

After a relative lull, Baghdad rocked again by two car bombs outside the "dens of infidelity" (the ministry of justice, a govt office); 153 killed, 600 hurt.

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai waves as he greets the guards of honour upon his arrival at the Presidential Palace for his inauguration in Kabul, Afghanistan for a second five-year term.

AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus

Dalai Lama, center, and Arunachal Pradesh state Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, left, wave to media as they arrive at the Tawang monastery in Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.

AP Photo/Manish Swarup

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist set to be shipped overseas opened fire at the Fort Hood Army post, in a rampage that killed 12 people and left 31 wounded in the worst mass shooting ever at a military base in the United States.

AP Photo

A burned UN bullet proofed vest and a helmet are seen in the destroyed guesthouse that left five UN staffers dead in Kabul, Afghanistan. UN is temporarily relocating more than half of its international staff in Afghanistan following the deadly Taliban attack.

AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe

Myanmar's detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi exits the Inya Lake Hotel after meeting with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell, partially seen behind her, in Yangon, Myanmar. Campbell met Suu Kyi in a visit that marked the highest-ranking talks between an American and Myanmar's detained leader in 14 years.

AP Photo/Khin Maung Win

President Prathibha Devi Singh Patil talks with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during welcoming ceremonies at Windsor Castle, Windosor, England.

AP Photo/Leon Neal, pool

A man walks past by a building damaged by earthquake in Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia. A second earthquake with a 6.8 magnitude rocked western Indonesia, a day after the region was devastated by an undersea quake of 7.6 magnitude.

AP Photo/Dita Alangkara

Devastation on a hillside in Pago after a powerful Pacific Ocean earthquake spawned towering tsunami waves that swept ashore on Samoa and American Samoa, flooding and flattening villages, killing at least 82 people and leaving dozens missing.

AP Photo/Ardie Roque

Small ice figures are seen on the stairs of Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin, Germany, as part of an art project by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). One thousand ice figures by Brasilian artist Nele Azevedo were melting within 30 minutes symbolizing the effect of global warming.

AP Photo/Maya Hitij

The wreckage of a helicopter is lifted by crane from the Hudson River and placed on a boat as seen from Hoboken, N.J. Divers recovered a piece of a submerged helicopter and a fifth body as investigators searched the Hudson River for wreckage from the helicopter and a small plane that collided in midair, killing nine people.

AP Photo/Seth Wenig

In this photo Ilana Jackson, left, and Jeremy Fierstien wear surgical masks during their wedding in Highland Park, Ill. The couple wore masks and latex gloves after finding out less than 48 hours before the wedding that they had swine flu. They decided to go ahead with the ceremony after doctors assured them guests wouldn't be put at serious risk.

AP Photo/Duhon Studio Photography, Sukit Subanersanti

Brazil Navy sailors recover debris of the missing Air France Flight 447 from the Atlantic Ocean. Air France's flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris with 228 people aboard vanished over the Atlantic ocean. All aboard died.

AP Photo/Brazil's Air Force

Displaced people line up as they wait for the daily food ration during a sand storm at the Chota Lahore refugee camp, at Swabi, in northwest Pakistan. The Pakistani armed forces have secured control over several key towns during the month-old campaign in the volatile northwestern region, but the fighting has uprooted some 3 million people and triggered suspected reprisal attacks elsewhere in the country.

AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

In this handout photo released by the Sri Lankan Army, the army claims to show the body of Tamil Tiger rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in Mullaittivu, Sri Lanka.

AP Photo/Sri Lankan Army, HO

"The Government of Sri Lanka has decided that combat operations have reached their conclusion. Our security forces have been instructed to end the use of heavy calibre guns, combat aircraft and aerial fire which could cause civilian casualties," declared the Lankan government in a statement from the President Mahinda Rajapaksa's Office.

AP Photo/ Sanath Priyantha

US President Barack Obama is almost jerked off his feet as he shows off their new dog Bo, a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog with his daughters Malia, left, and Sasha Obama on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.

AP Photo/Ron Edmonds

Barack Obama, left, joined by his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha, takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts to become the 44th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, January 20, 2009.