Global economic meetings in Washington, D.C., this week take place as protesters, like these in Sanaa, Yemen, demonstrate for the overthrow of governments and measures to address poverty.
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.
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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.
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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.