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After finding the box for his fiancee's wedding ring, Jarod Stice found a for-sale sign in his yard and pushed it into the ground. A tornado had swept through the center of Joplin the night before.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Eulitt / Kansas City Star

Australian performing arts company "Strange Fruit" performs in Jerusalem's Zion Square as the opening act of the 50th Israel Festival. The annual festival runs for a few weeks and its program includes all the performing arts. The organizers view the festival as a means to promote artistic encounters, to encourage collaborations between Israeli and international performers and to introduce the public to emerging forms of art.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: BAZ RATNER / Reuters

Lebanese and Syrian protesters march at Al Hamra Street during a demonstration against the Syrian government in Beirut, Lebanon. Supporters and opponents of the Syrian government staged simultaneous rallies in neighboring Lebanon amid heavy security. Lebanese police managed to keep the protesters away from each other, even though the rallies took place only meters apart.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nabil Mounzer / European Pressphoto Agency

President Barack Obama enjoys a glass of Guinness in his Moneygall, Ireland, alongside First Lady Michelle Obama. Obama is visiting Ireland, the homeland of his mother's ancestors, for one day at the start of a weeklong tour of Europe. He will meet with distant relatives in Moneygall and speak at a rally in central Dublin after a concert.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pool / Getty Images

Vehicles are covered in ash near Kirkjubaearklaustur, Iceland. A dense cloud of ash from an Icelandic volcano was being blown toward Scotland on Monday, forcing two airlines to cancel their flights, President Obama to cut short his visit to Ireland and carriers across Europe to fear a repeat of the huge disruptions that stranded millions of passengers a year ago.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brynjar Gauti / Associated Press

Annapolis Naval Academy freshmens make a human wall to climb the Herndon Monument, which is covered with lard. Each year the freshman class, known as 'Plebes,' climb the monument to retrieve the Plebian Sailor's hat and replace it with an officer's hat. The tradition is one step in marking the end of wearing freshman headgear and moving up to headgear more like a U.S. Naval officer.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

A hospital is seen in the background of other damaged buildings after a large tornado hit the town of Joplin, Mo. The tornado caused damage to a large portion of the city, one of its two hospitals, and school.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry W. Smith / European Pressphoto Agency

Amy Langford carries items from her house, where she and husband Mark were when a large tornado hit the town of Joplin.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry W. Smith / European Pressphoto Agency

Youths wear Stars and Stripes as they wait for President Obama in Dublin. Obama is visiting Ireland for one day. He will meet with distant relatives in Moneygall and speak at a rally in central Dublin after a concert.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

President Obama with an Irish hurling stick following a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny at Farmleigh in Dublin, Ireland. Obama landed in Ireland on Monday for a visit celebrating his ancestral roots, kicking off a four-nation European tour.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: POOL

This NASA image shows the newly installed Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 visible at center of the International Space Station's starboard truss. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, or AMS, is the largest scientific collaboration to use the orbital laboratory. This investigation is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and made possible by funding from 16 nations. Led by Nobel Laureate Samuel Ting, more than 600 physicists from around the globe will be able to work with the data generated from this particle physics detector. The mission of the AMS is, in part, to seek answers to the mysteries of antimatter, dark matter and cosmic ray propagation in the universe.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NASA

A woman and a child sit by a window at their house in Nyaung Tone, about 60 miles southwest of Yangon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Khin Maung Win / Associated Press

Small waves crash over rocks across the harbor from the Sydney skyline. A team of Australia's top scientists warned on Monday of dire climate change in calling for the nation's carbon-dominated energy sector to turn green, as the government struggles to win support to cut pollution. The report by a government-appointed Climate Commission said many of Australia's major cities faced a serious threat from rising sea levels, particularly Sydney.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TIM WIMBORNE / Reuters

Human genetic material is stored at a laboratory in Munich. On Wednesday the ethics commission of the German lower house of parliament (Bundestag) will discuss alternative proposals for a new law on the use of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). Banned by German legislation, this is a technique used to identify genetic defects in embryos created through in vitro fertilization before pregnancy.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MICHAEL DALDER / Reuters

A farmer carries grass to feed water buffaloes in Sapa, northwest Vietnam.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: CARLOS BARRIA / Reuters

A NASA MODIS satellite image shows a plume from the Grimsvotn volcano, under the Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland, casting a shadow to the west. Ash from a massive plume of smoke from an eruption of Iceland's most active volcano could spread south to parts of Europe next week, but experts on Sunday said they hoped the impact on air travel would be limited. The eruption at Grimsvotn has so far hit only Iceland, which closed its international airspace. A thick cloud of ash blocked out the daylight at towns and villages at the foot of the glacier where the volcano lies and covered cars and buildings.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NASA / Reuters

Libyan rebel fighters prepare their machine gun at Misrata's western front line. Forces loyal to Moammar Kadafi shelled neighborhoods in the west and south of Misrata on Monday, a rebel spokesman and a witness said, adding that explosions were also heard in the port area. Rebels say they have pushed Kadafi's forces 25 kilometers from the center of the city after weeks of street fighting and bombardment.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ZOHRA BENSEMRA / Reuters

Visitors to Scarborough in northeastern England cover their faces as gale-force winds blow up a sand storm on the North Bay and promenade. Winds across northern England and Scotland are expected to peak around 80 mph Monday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Giles / Associated Press

Lupin (Lupinus polyphyllus) flowers are displayed during the Chelsea Flower Show in London.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: BEN STANSALL / AFP / Getty Images

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President Obama is in Ireland and was met by youths wearing the Stars and Stripes in Dublin. The president  will meet with distant relatives in Moneygall and speak at a rally in central Dublin after a concert.

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