French forces have taken control of the airport and roads leading into the Malian city of Timbuktu, continuing an operation to oust Islamist militants who have controlled northern Mali for months.
Brazilians are mourning the loss of 232 people killed early Sunday in a fire that swept through a nightclub in the far south of the country.
VOA's Elizabeth Arrott has chronicled the Arab Spring with photographs.
Protesters clashed with riot police in Tahrir Square, where thousands of demonstrators marked the second anniversary of the uprising that brought down Hosni Mubarak.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has declared a state of emergency in three cities consumed with anti-government violence.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says instability in Mali has created an "expanding safe haven for terrorists" who are looking to extend their reach.
With singer Jennifer Hudson crooning the ballad "Let's Stay Together," U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle took the spotlight at two inaugural balls in Washington Monday evening.
President Obama and Vice President Biden held private swearing in ceremonies on Sunday.
French and Malian troops have retaken the town of Diabaly in central Mali from Islamist militants.