A Libyan rebel rests at a checkpoint on a front line near Zwitina, the outskirts of the city of Ajdabiya, south of Benghazi, in eastern Libya on March 24. Anja Niedringhaus/AP hide caption

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Smokes simmers from a factory destroyed by the tsunami in the town of Ofunato in Iwate prefecture. Economists say it's still too early to assess all of the economic impacts of the disaster. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Although northeastern Japan, where an earthquake and tsunami hit Friday, has fewer industrial centers than the west, damage to its electrical system and business centers could have wider effects on the country's economy. Here, a man walks in Sendai Monday. Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A worker walks in front of a refinery inside the Brega oil complex in Libya. Events in North Africa and the Middle East are being closely watched by oil traders to determine what a barrel is worth. Hussein Malla/AP hide caption

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People fleeing Libya carry their luggage to the Tunisian border post in Jdir on Wednesday. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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An Iraqi shop owner sells groceries in Baghdad. World Bank President Robert Zoellick says the high cost of food is an "aggravating factor" behind the unrest in the Middle East. Ali al-Saadi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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