A Libyan rebel sniper peers through his scope in Sabratha, 50 miles west of Tripoli, on Wednesday. Regime snipers positioned in tall buildings, including a bank and a hotel, take aim at anyone who moves. Rebel fighters, who control the west and south of Zawiya, say they are confident they will soon drive out Col. Gadhafi's soldiers entrenched in the east of the city. (Associated Press)
A shura of village elders last month was sparsely attended, as were others in the past several months. Afghan leaders in Helmand province face daunting problems, such as drought, joblessness and the chaos of living between two determined combat forces.
In this photo taken on a government-organized tour, a Libyan army soldier fires his weapon into the air at the main Green Square in Tripoli on Tuesday. Rebels pushed into the city of Zawiya on Saturday, but after four days of fighting, Col. Moammar Gadhafi's soldiers still control about 30 percent of the coastal city, located 30 miles west of Tripoli.
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President Joseph Kabila (far left) arrives for the yearly national parade held in Kinshasa. He has held office for more than 10 years and recently secured constitutional changes that strengthen his powers and revise the country's voting system. He faces a possible challenge at the polls this November from Jean-Pierre Bemba, Vital Kamerhe and Etienne Tshisekedi (starting second photo, left). Mr. Bemba is awaiting a war crimes trial at the International Criminal Court at The Hague.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, and National Assembly President Vital Kamerhe, right, shake hands in Kinshasa, Congo, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007. Ki-moon held up Congo's first elections in 46 years as a sign of hope for the rest of war-torn Africa, praising the country's fragile democracy Saturday. (AP Photo/John Bompeng)
Veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi is seen at his residence in Kinshasa, Congo in this Thursday, June 15, 2006 photo. A former prime minister under the Mobutu regime, he remains an influential figure and his support could boost any of Congo's presidential hopefuls. (AP Photo)
Retired Gen. Solomon Mujuru, one of Zimbabwe's main political power brokers, died overnight Tuesday in fire at one of his homes. His death raises questons about who will take control of the party of longtime President Robert Mugabe should he die or retire.
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A supporter of Indian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare shouts slogans while holding a candle in New Delhi on Tuesday. Mr. Hazare began fasting behind bars as his supporters held protests across the country, with thousands detained by police.
Workers modify a civilian pickup truck into a military vehicle, adding weapons and reinforcements, in Zintan, western Libya. Zintan has become the center of what is emerging as the rebels' most promising front in their campaign to oust Col. Moammar Gadhafi.
Syrian troops withdraw from the Damascus suburb of Saqba, Syria, on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, following a campaign of raids and arrests that started overnight and continued Sunday morning. The image was taken by a citizen journalist. (AP Photo)
A Libyan rebels carry the coffin of a comrade in Zawiya, western Libya, Libya, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. Libya's rebels threatened to isolate Tripoli by blocking key supply routes and cutting oil pipelines on Monday after a dramatic weekend advance put them in the strongest position since the 6-month-old civil war began to attack Moammar Gadhafi's stronghold. (AP Photo/Giulio Petrocco)
Iraqi police and a working dog inspect the site of a bombing that destroyed a church in Kirkuk, Iraq, on Monday. Bomb blasts ripped through more than a dozen Iraqi cities Monday, killing 60 security forces and civilians in the worst attack this year, one that highlighted al Qaeda's resolve and ability to wreak havoc.
In this video image taken from Egyptian State Television, attorneys for relatives of protesters killed in the Egypian uprising shout and bicker, apparently over seating, before resumption of the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak on charges of corruption and complicity in the deaths of more than 800 protesters.
Iraqi security forces, seen here through the broken glass of a police car, inspect the site where a suicide car bomber plowed his vehicle into a checkpoint outside a police building just outside the holy city of Najaf, Iraq, on Aug. 15, 2011. (Associated Press)