The toppling of the regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has released a pent-up flood of Egyptian political diversity.
New parties are being formed left and right — some of them brand-new and others long-denied legitimacy by the former regime.
It used to be that politics was a topic that required little discussion, other than the darkly humorous jokes Egyptians love to tell about the political class. But since the upheaval known as the "January 25th Revolution" you can hardly get a word in edgewise.
On Friday, authorities in Cuba will put U.S. contractor Alan Gross on trial. He's facing a 20-year prison sentence, accused of trying to set up satellite Internet networks in a plot to undermine the government.
Fidel and Raul Castro have been in power longer than any ruler in the Middle East, but Gross's trial and other recent events on the island are a reminder of the differences between Cuba and Libya or Egypt.
Mazda is recalling more than 50,000 sedans after finding that the car offers an alluring spot for spiders to spin their webs — and possibly cause fuel to leak. The recall of Mazda 6 models from 2009 and 2010 was prompted by the discovery of a spider web in a vent connected to the fuel system.
The company says that without ventilation, excess pressure in the gas tank could create a leak, which then raises the risk of a fire.
In Christchurch, New Zealand, officials have ended the search for survivors of the powerful earthquake that struck nine days ago.
"Sadly, there becomes a point where the response effort shifts in focus from rescue to body recovery," said the country's Civil Defense Emergency Management chief, John Hamilton. "We have now reached that point."
Search and rescue teams have been working nonstop since the 6.3-magnitude quake struck. In the first 24 hours, they located and saved 70 people.