First Lady Michelle Obama, U.S. President Barack Obama, former First Lady Barbara Bush and former President George H.W. Bush attend the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on April 25 in Dallas, Texas. The Bush library, which is located on the campus of Southern Methodist University and comprises more than 70 million pages of paper records, 43,000 artifacts, 200 million emails, and four million digital photographs, will open to the public on May 1. The library is the 13th presidential library in the National Archives and Records Administration system. FP contributor Peter Feaver wonders whether we can finally start discussing Bush's legacy like adults on the Shadow Government blog, while Mike Green argues that one of the biggest legacies Bush left behind is a dumber Democratic party.
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On April 22, Indian police arrested a second man over the kidnap and rape of a five-year-old girl in New Delhi last week, but officers faced protests and a storm of criticism over their insensitive handling of the case. Above, an Indian woman walks past graffiti on a wall in New Delhi on April 22.
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British and French soldiers parachute from an airplane during a joint exercise on April 25 in Stranraer, Scotland. Exercise Joint Warrior saw the two nation's airborne forces demonstrate their readiness to be deployed together as the "Intermediate Combined Joint Expeditionary Force" on contingency operations, ranging from disaster relief to war fighting.
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Supporters of Pakistan's Islamist party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl demonstrate during an election meeting in Quetta on April 25. Amnesty International has called on Pakistan to investigate a wave of attacks and threats against politicians and election workers that have marred the run-up to key polls next month.
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Women fight dressed as ancient Roman gladiators during a show to mark the anniversary of the legendary foundation of the eternal city in 753 B.C., in Rome on April 21.
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is on a six-day regional tour of the Middle East, his first since taking over as Pentagon chief two months ago. So far, the visit has been dominated by concerns over Iran's nuclear program and Syria's civil war. Above, U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel speaks with reporters during a press conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on April 25, after reading a statement on chemical weapon use in Syria. Will the U.S. try to intervene -- and what might Russia, Iran, and China have to say about that? See Amb. James F. Jeffrey's thoughts here.
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Rebel fighters prepare to launch a rocket in the Saif al-Dawla district of Aleppo on April 21. Syria's National Coalition head Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib has refiled his resignation, and the coalition is looking anew for an interim leader.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping walks the red carpet with French President Francois Hollande during a welcoming ceremony for Hollande outside the Great Hall of the People on April 25 in Beijing, China. The ceremony marked the start of the French president's two-day visit to China to discuss trade.
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A customer walks past TV screens in a shop in Moscow on April 25, 2013, during the broadcast of President Vladimir Putin's nearly five-hour long televised question-and-answer session with the nation. Why do authoritarian leaders give such long speeches? Check out this blogpost for some ideas on the answer, and for some of the highlights from Putin's press conference.
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Pakistani security officials examine explosives recovered from a vehicle after its seizure by police in the outskirts of Islamabad on April 23. The explosives-laden car was found parked on a roadside leading to the villa of former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf, where he is under house arrest. The Pakistani Taliban have threatened to assassinate the former military ruler, who escaped three attempts on his life during his 1999-2008 rule. For a more on how Musharraf's return from self-exile is creating problems for the United States, see this FP article.
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and baby bump leave an evening reception celebrating the work of The Art Room charity at The National Portrait Gallery on April 24 in London, England.
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A magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit China's Sichuan province on April 20, claiming over 190 lives and injuring thousands. Above, two earthquake survivors eat instant noodles outside a tent set up in a middle school on April 22 in Baoxing county.
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More earthquake survivors walk past the ruins of their house on April 23 in Lushan county, Sichuan, China.
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Tens of thousands of Australians and New Zealanders turned out on April 25, known as Anzac Day, to honor their war dead. In this photo, former soldier Randall Nelson, widely known as "Animal," waits for his turn to participate in the Anzac Day march through Sydney on April 25.
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A man throws a stone at anti-riot policemen during clashes in Madrid as demonstrators tried to besiege the Spanish parliament during an anti-government demonstration on April 25. Roughly 1,000 people, mostly youths, participated in the demonstration.
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Meerkats gather in a corner of their enclosure in Changshang Ecological Zoo in Changsha, Hunan province, China on April 24.
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Seven people were killed, dozens injured, and many homes destroyed when a powerful earthquake struck eastern Afghanistan on April 24, officials said. In this photo taken on the day of the earthquake in Charbagh village, Nangarhar province, an Afghan resident sits outside his damaged home.
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On April 24, an eight-story garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing at least 260 people who were instructed to work despite warnings that the building was unsafe. In this photo, taken on April 25, volunteers use lengths of textile slides to remove dead victims from the rubble in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka. More than 2,000 workers have been rescued since the collapse.
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An Indian farmer takes a rest at a wheat storage facility in Khanna, Punjab on April 24. Punjab is India's largest wheat-producing state, contributing nearly 70 percent of the national total.
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U.S. Marine soldiers deployed from Okinawa, Japan rest during the CJLOTS (Combined Joint Logistics Over The Shore) exercise on April 22 in Pohang, South Korea. The operation is part of the annual 2-month Foal Eagle exercise and is taking place while tensions on Korean Peninsula remain high.
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People walk through a tulip field in full bloom at the Tanto Tulip Festival on April 22 in Toyooka, Hyogo, Japan.
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