Egypt's recently elected Parliament, which is dominated by Islamists, held its first session in Cairo on Monday. The challenges facing the legislature include coming up with a new constitution.
Sue Freeman, 78, checks her email at her home in Laguna Beach, Calif., on Saturday. She says her eyesight improved markedly since she received an experimental stem-cell procedure last July.
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When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, CDs and DVDs were forbidden. Now the Taliban are trying to attract recruits and supporters by making their own CDs. Here an Afghan man arranges DVDs for sale in the southern city of Kandahar in 2008.
A newly constructed home in Westport, Conn., in December. The past three years have been the worst for new housing starts since before record-keeping began, according to economists at IHS Global.
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Catherine Ashton, the European Union foreign policy chief, speaks in Brussels on Monday following a meeting of EU foreign ministers. The EU has agreed to an embargo on buying oil from Iran in the latest sanction against that country for its nuclear program.