The uprisings in North African countries are creating newly freed societies, but it they are also triggering an exodus of people hoping to find greater stability and better employment in Europe.
In just a few days, 5,000 Tunisians have landed on Lampedusa, a small Italian island in the Mediterranean that normally has a population of just 6,000. The onslaught is challenging Italy and the rest of Europe to cope with this new migratory wave.
Lampedusa is a tiny flat island dotted with prickly pear cactus and sandy beaches.
Japanese officials said the country was halting its annual whaling expedition because of safety concerns. Commercial whaling has been banned since 1986, but every year, Japan harpoons whales using a part of the regulation that allows killing whales for scientific research.
The announcement comes after weeks of conflict with an American environmental group called Sea Shepherd. The group has been following Japan's Nisshin Maru and blocking its main ramp, which prevents the Japanese from loading any whales.
Divided by decades, it takes you all the way from the Radio Flyer Wagon of the 1920s to the Zhu Zhu Pets of today. With lots of your favorites in between: Sock Monkey, Legos, Wiffle Ball, Frisbee, Fake Vomit, SuperBall, Cabbage Patch Doll. You get the idea.
Flashback to 1989: Superchunk had just released its debut 7". More than two decades later, the North Carolina band is still kicking. The long hiatus following the release of 2001's Here's To Shutting Up stirred speculation that the youthful punk-rock outfit would never return, but last year's Majesty Shredding put that fear to rest and sparked a whole new wave of Superchunk excitement.