Tunisians from the country’s south joined protests on Jan. 23 in Tunis. Demonstrators criticized the interim government’s continued dominance by officials from the old ruling party.
Protesters clashed with those who supported President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt on Feb. 3. Both sides battled for control of Tahrir Square in Cairo, the center of continuing protests.
Volunteers began to clean up Tahrir Square on Feb. 12, a day after President Mubarak announced his resignation.
A man comforted his daughter in Benghazi, Libya, as he put her on an evacuation ship to Tunisia on Feb. 26. Thousands fled the city where mass protests against the government led to a takeover by Libyan opposition groups.
Men who used to work in Libya and fled the unrest in the country waited to board buses on March 15 to be repatriated in a refugee camp at the border between Tunisia and Libya. More than 250,000 migrant workers had left Libya for neighboring countries, primarily Tunisia and Egypt, in early March.
A girl stands in front of a damaged home on the eastern outskirts of Tripoli on March 25. Libyan government officials said the scene was evidence of Western airstrikes targeting civilian areas, a claim that was not verified.
On Oct. 30, two youths observed a house destroyed by government shelling in Taiz, Yemen.
A woman took care of a wounded relative on Oct. 15 inside a mosque being used as a hospital by antigovernment demonstrators in Sana, Yemen.
Israelis slept in a tent encampment in central Tel Aviv in July in an effort to bring attention to the cost of housing, food and other basic goods.
An encampment of tarps and tents in Zuccotti Park, where Occupy Wall Street protesters lived for two months.
Will Harris, a resident of Toronto, played the guitar in City Hall Park in October as Occupy Los Angeles moved into its 17th day on Oct. 17.
A police officer used pepper spray on an Occupy Portland protester in Oregon in November. Pepper spray, used as a crowd control measure, has become a topic of national debate.
A tsunami’s wave crashed over a seawall and onto the street in Miyako in northeastern Japan after a magnitude 9 earthquake struck the area on March 11.
Yoshikatsu Hiratsuka grieved in front of his collapsed home in Onagawa, northern Japan, where the body of his mother was buried in the rubble from the quake.
In July, six weeks after a tornado killed 158 people in Joplin, Mo., the city continued to work its way toward physical and psychological recovery.
A cloud of ash billowed from the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcano in Chile. The June eruption, its first in decades, prompted the evacuation of 3,500 people.
A woman caring for her malnourished child in July in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, where Somalis fled to escape drought.
A young boy in Cincinnati greeted President Obama after the president gave a speech on the American Jobs Act.
Julie Holzhauer stood among her family’s possessions after they were evicted from their home in Centennial, Colo., on Sept. 15 after falling behind on the rent. Her husband, John Holzhauer, a home building contractor, said he had lost up to 40 percent of his business because of the weak economy.
Crowds rehearsed in Juba in preparation for South Sudan’s independence ceremonies. After decades of guerrilla struggles and two million lives lost, the Republic of South Sudan officially split from the north on July 9 and became Africa’s 54th country.