An Afghan child looks on at a camp for returning refugees in Qala-e Qul Mohammad, on the outskirts of Mazar-i Sharif, capital of Balkh province, on April 9, 2013. Trying to recover from 30 years of conflict that destroyed institutions and infrastructure, Afghanistan remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Polls show that at a local level, Afghans are less concerned about poor security than they are about jobs, electricity and roads.
A Malian Special Force soldier takes part on April 9, 2013, 105 kms north of the northeastern Malian city of Gao, in day two of Operation Gustav, a hunt for Islamist fighters in a valley in northern Mali and one of France's largest military operations during its three-month intervention in its former colony. Operation Gustav comes with France preparing to withdraw three-quarters of the 4,000 troops it deployed in January to block a feared advance on the Malian capital Bamako by Al Qaeda-linked insurgents.
Cherry blossoms bloom along the Tidal Basin in Washington on April 9, 2013. A colder than normal March and chilly April delayed the beginning of the cherry blossom season in the nation's capital with the peak blooming prediction now set for April 6-10.
The BHP Billiton Mt Whaleback iron ore mine, in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia, is seen in this file aerial handout photograph obtained on February 10, 2010. Mining and petroleum company BHP Billiton is set to report a rise in quarterly output from its petroleum division after producing more gas in the United States in response to higher prices. BHP will release March quarter production data on April 17, 2013.
Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year in this January 1, 2009 file photo. More than 40,000 people from around the globe have applied for Australia's six "Best Jobs in the World", leaving Australian tourism officials with the mammoth task of paring the list down to 18 finalists. The six-month jobs, which include "Outback Adventurer" and "Chief Funster", attracted initial interest from more than 330,000 people from nearly 200 countries bef
Hera, a six-month-old lion cub, runs out of a cage as it is released at Lionsrock Big Cat Sanctuary April 11, 2013. Four Paws Animal Welfare Foundation transferred 4 lions and 2 tigers from a zoo in Onesti, Romania to Lionsock Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa after the zoo was closed down. More than 100 felines from around the world like lions, tigers, cheetahs or caracals that were originally from zoos, circuses or kept in illegal captivity are hosted and cared for by Four Paws in their 1,242-hectare sanctuary. P
Fireworks are seen during the official opening of the renovated Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Saturday April 13, 2013. The Rijksmuseum, home of Rembrandt's "The Night Watch" and other national treasures reopens its doors to the public after a decade-long renovation. The first day, Saturday April 13, admissions are free and the museum stays open until midnight.
An anti-Hosni Mubarak protester holds dummies of the ousted president, his wife Suzanne, his Interior Minister Habib al-Adly, and his two sons Gamal and Alaa, outside a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, April 13, 2013. The Arabic writing reads "second time." An upbeat and alert-looking Hosni Mubarak waved to his supporters after he was wheeled into a Cairo courtroom on Saturday for the first session of his retrial on charges of complicity in the killing of demonstrators during the 2011 revolt that led to his ous
A farmer shakes unhusked rice during a harvest in an agriculture area in Bekasi, on the outskirts of Jakarta April 12, 2013. Indonesia will scrap import quantity limits on horticultural products, the trade ministry said on Friday, as it looks to head off a World Trade Organization trade spat with the United States.
A young girl dresses as Hindu goddess "Kali" as people celebrate "Gudi Padwa" or the Marathi new year, in Mumbai, India, Thursday, April 11, 2013.
This undated image released by The O & M Company shows Wat Bo Shadow Puppets which will be a free outdoor event presented at Brookfield Place Winter Garden, April 26-28.
Afghan refugee boys play on a hill near the slum where they live with their families, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, April 12, 2013. Pakistan hosts over 1.6 million registered Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, according to the U.N. refugee agency.
A Palestinian man walks with a horse along a beach as the sun sets in Gaza City on April 12, 2013.
Hundreds of crosses, representing gun deaths since the Newtown, Connecticut elementary shootings, are placed on the National Mall on April 11, 2013 in Washington, DC. Two US senators have reached a compromise that would expand background checks for gun sales, an official said, in what could result in the most ambitious change to gun laws since 1994. The deal comes four months after the Connecticut shootings that took the epidemic of gun violence in the United States to an alarming new level.
The dome and one of the two columns of the Karlskirche (St Charles's church) are seen on a sunny day in Vienna on April 11, 2013. The church and its baroque architecture are among the city's landmarks.
Zhang Kexin of China performs in the women's short program at the World Team Trophy figure skating competition in Tokyo on April 11, 2013.
People crowd around a group of performers during a procession celebrating 'Gudi Padwa' or the Maharashtrian new year in Mumbai on April 11, 2013. Gudi Padwa is the Hindu new year for the people of India's state of Maharashtra, that falls on the first day of the month of Chaitra according to the lunar calendar and is celebrated by dancing and singing. Gudi Padwa also marks the end of the harvest and the beginning of the new season.
A Syrian boy who works as a car mechanic poses for a picture in the northern city of Azaz on April 10, 2013. The United States is mulling ways to step up support for the Syrian opposition, a top US official said, as US Secretary of State John Kerry and G8 ministers were to meet rebel leaders.
A Kashmiri Muslim fishes on Dal Lake in Srinagar on April 10, 2013. Tourists arrivals are picking up after a sharp fall in the wake of protests over the hanging of Kashmiri activist Afzal Guru in February, for an attack on India's parliament in 2001.
This picture taken on April 9, 2013 shows a man walking along the riverbed of the Hanjiang River during its dry season in Shiyan, central China's Hubei province. China's coastal waters are suffering "acute" pollution, with the size of the worst affected areas soaring by more than 50 percent last year, an official body said.
An Indian artisan hangs freshly dyed kalawa thread, a traditional sacred orange-yellow thread used in Hindu rituals, for drying at Lalgopalgunj village, some 45 kilometers from Allahabad, April 10, 2013. Muslim artisans in the village are involved in the dyeing process of kalawa thread and chunri cloth.
Street lights are seen through a car window covered in raindrops on April 11, 2013 in Marktoberdorf, southern Germany.