European countries have agreed to stop importing Iranian oil as of Sunday. This could make it harder for Iran to find markets for its crude. Iran has been filling up tankers off its coast, but analysts say it could run out of storage capacity. This photo shows oil tankers off Iran's coast in January. Kamran Jebreili/AP hide caption

toggle caption Kamran Jebreili/AP

Women in a Russian punk rock group briefly perform a protest song at Moscow's main cathedral, Christ the Savior, in February. The singers criticized the church and Vladimir Putin, who is now president. Three women have been arrested and jailed for months, and the church is demanding harsh punishment. Sergey Ponomarev/AP hide caption

toggle caption Sergey Ponomarev/AP

A spirit house in the Eklutna Cemetery in Alaska. Diana Derby hide caption

toggle caption Diana Derby

A Syrian rebel fires his weapon during clashes with Syrian troops near Idlib, in northern Syria, on June 15. The conflict has gone on for well over a year, but the international community has shown no appetite for a military intervention. Anonymous/AP hide caption

toggle caption Anonymous/AP

Slow economic growth in the U.S. is having an impact on many countries around the world. Here, people walk past a board flashing the Nikkei index on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Japan last month. Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images

Greece depends heavily on tourism, but the economic crisis is driving away visitors like these ones photographing the Acropolis in Athens from the top of a tour bus last October. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Despite the multiple layers of security at airports, terrorists still often target planes. But terrorism analysts say they are also concerned about soft targets. Here, a Transportation Security Administration agent looks at an identity card at the Portland International Airport earlier this month. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

toggle caption Rick Bowmer/AP

Oil and gas production in the U.S. is rising, and the U.S. is expected to be less dependent on foreign energy in the coming years. This oil drilling rig, shown in October 2011, is outside Watford City, N.D., a state that has seen a boom in energy production. Matthew Staver/Landov hide caption

toggle caption Matthew Staver/Landov

The current case of a prominent Chinese activist seeking U.S. protection has echoes of a similar episode in 1989. Then, physicist Fang Lizhi took refuge at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. He spent a year there before the U.S. and China reached a deal allowing him to move to the U.S. He died this month in Arizona, at age 76. John B. Carnett/Popular Science via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption John B. Carnett/Popular Science via Getty Images

European leaders keep getting driven from office by voters upset with the continent's ongoing economic problems. French President Nicolas Sarkozy, shown here at a campaign event on Thursday, is trailing in opinion polls in advance of a May 6 runoff election. Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir visits the southern town of El-Obeid on April 19 amid rising tensions with South Sudan. The countries have been skirmishing, and there are fears of a full-scale war. Bashir says South Sudan's leaders only understand "the language of the gun." Ebrahim Hamid/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Ebrahim Hamid/AFP/Getty Images

The Formula One Grand Prix Race set for Sunday in Bahrain has drawn attention to the island nation that was rocked by protests last year. Demonstrators are being kept away from the racing circuit. Driver Nico Rosberg of the Mercedes team is shown here during a practice session Friday. Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez holds a petroleum sample as she announces plans for her government to nationalize a giant oil company that is largely owned by a private Spanish company, Repsol. Behind her is an image of the country's former first lady, Eva Peron. Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor