* U.S.: One year after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill the recovery along the Gulf coast of the U.S. is reportedly slow but promising.
* Libya: Tim Hetherington, an Oscar-nominated film director and war photographer, was killed while covering battles between rebels and pro-Gadhafi forces.
* Syria: President Bashar al-Assad is expected to lift the emergency law that has been in effect since 1963 though it may be insufficient to calm growing antigovernment protests.
* Nigeria: Reelected president Goodluck Jonathan faces a bit of bad luck in that his rival, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, will contest last weekend’s electoral results.
Image – Dave Martin/AP via CSMonitor.com (“In this June 12, 2010 file photo, crude oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill is seen inside a wave as it washes ashore in Orange Beach, Ala.”)
Online Sources- Reuters, Voice of America, BBC News, CSMonitor.com