The United States has ordered the expulsion of Russian diplomat Stanislav Borisovich Gusev after he was caught monitoring a listening device that was found in a high-level conference room at the State Department (pictured here), December 8. Gusev was caught in a vehicle outside the building and was initially detained by the FBI but was then turned over to the Russian embassy after confirmation of his diplomatic immunity (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters).
A newspaper stand displays magazines and posters bearing the pictures of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and U.S. President Barack Obama (bottom L) in Karachi May 9, 2011 (Athar Hussain/Courtesy Reuters).
Saudi security forces stand guard outside a hotel hosting the Counter-Terrorism International Conference in Riyadh February 4, 2005. A four-day Counter-Terrorism International Conference will be held amid tight security at a hotel close to Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry, the nerve centre of security services which militants targeted in a December 29 suicide bombing (Zainal Abd Halim/Courtesy Reuters).