CaptionRené Préval supporters celebrate near the Presidential Palace as unofficial word of his victory spreads. Haitians went to the polls in February, for the first elections since President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was ousted in 2004. The elections passed relatively calmly, though some violence erupted over a long delay in announcing results, and after early reports indicated that favorite René Préval had not reached the 50% of poll needed to prevent a March run-off. Later it was declared that Préval, a former ally of President Aristide, had indeed won with 51.15% of votes.
CaptionAn Afghan coal miner washes up after a shift in a mine. Coal remains a major source of energy in Afghanistan. Five years after the American-led invasion to oust the Taliban from Afghanistan, efforts to reform the judiciary, towards religious freedom, and towards relaxing strictures on women were still underway. Life for most Afghans revolved around rebuilding the war-ravaged state.
CaptionAn Iraqi man suffering from severe burns recuperates in the Al-Yarmuk Teaching Hospital, two days after the onset of US bombing of the city in March. Immediately after the first attacks, the Iraqi Ministry of Information took all foreign journalists present in Baghdad on a tour of several hospitals in the city in order to demonstrate casualties, claiming that only civilian targets had been hit. The ministry set the toll at over 200 injured. Reports of a shortage of supplies and medical staff followed.