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MOURNING: An unidentified Kashmiri woman cried over the body of suspected militant Mohammed Imran Khan at his funeral procession in Keller, 50 miles south of Srinagar, India. Thousands attended the funeral of two suspected rebels Friday, a day after they were killed in a gunbattle with government forces. (Dar Yasin/Associated Press)

GETTING HELP: A Lebanese Red Cross worker helped a wounded Italian U.N. peacekeeper in his vehicle in Remaily, Lebanon, Friday. A bomb blew up a U.N. vehicle on a busy highway, killing one Italian peacekeeper and wounding four others, security sources and a Reuters photographer said. (Sharif Karim/Reuters)

HUMAN CHAIN: Riot police scuffled with demonstrators who had gathered to protest government austerity measures at Barcelona’s Plaza de Catalunya Friday. Dubbed “los indignados” (the indignant), tens of thousands of protesters have filled the main squares of Spain’s cities since May 15. (Albert Gea/Reuters)

CELEBRATION TIME: A U.S. Naval Academy graduate celebrated after receiving his diploma during graduation ceremonies Friday in Annapolis, Md. In his final graduation speech as defense secretary, Robert Gates told graduates that “real leadership is a rare and precious commodity” (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET: A cleaning woman vacuumed a red carpet at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw Friday in preparation for the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama. Mr. Obama on Friday honored the memories of those slain in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising against Nazis. (Bartlomiej Zborowski/European Pressphoto Agency)

IN THE SHADE: Tourist police found a cooler spot to sit along a road leading to the Coptic area of Cairo Friday. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

TOWNHOUSE ARREST: A New York City police officer stood guard Friday outside the Franklin Street townhouse where former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is under house arrest. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

HANDS UP: Protesters chanted slogans demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in San’a, Yemen, Friday. Fighting spread beyond the capital as Yemeni tribesmen opposed to Mr. Saleh attacked a Republican Guard military camp in battles that left dozens dead. (Hani Mohammed/Associated Press)

MOUNTAIN VIEW: An Afghan policeman kept watch in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday. Insurgent attacks killed three NATO service members Friday in southern Afghanistan, the military alliance said, as Taliban-led fighters pressed a spring offensive that began at the start of this month. (Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images)

DETENTION: Afghani asylum seekers shouted from a bus in Serang, Indonesia, as they prepared to be moved to Jakarta Friday. Around 100 asylum seekers from Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran were detained by Indonesian police off the Sunda Strait. They had been headed to Australia’s Christmas Island. (Tubagus/European Pressphoto Agency)

SIDEWAYS: Rene Crete looked over damaged cars at Buy Right Auto Friday in East Montpelier, Vt. Streets were torn up and rivers pushed over their banks when intense thunderstorms stalled over central Vermont, bringing heavy rain and flooding. About 200 people were forced from their homes. (Toby Talbot/Associated Press)

GRIEVING FOR A CHILD: An unidentified woman grieved over the body of Mohsin Ali Sheikh, a one-and-a-half-year-old boy killed in clashes between rebels and Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, as the child was prepared for funeral in Misrata, Libya, Friday. (Missam Saleh/European Pressphoto Agency)

STRANGE SWIM: Men swam with inflatable dolls during the Barracudas 2011 race on the river Neris, in Vilnius, Lithuania, Friday. About 20 men raced down the half-kilometer river course floating on blow-up sex dolls. (Petras Malukas/AFP/Getty Images)

NUMBER ONE: A soccer supporter posed behind the UEFA Champions League Cup, on display in Hyde Park, London, Friday. Spanish club Barcelona FC and English team Manchester United FC will play the Champions League final in Wembley Stadium Saturday. (Felipe Trueba/European Pressphoto Agency)

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SPEAKER SCUFFLE: An injured Muslim worshiper lay on the ground after clashing with supporters of Bulgaria’s nationalist party ‘Attack’ in front of the Banya Bashi Mosque in central Sofia Friday. The Attack party organized a rally to protest the use of loudspeakers at the mosque. (Stoyan Nenov/Reuters)

FEAT OF STRENGTH: Men dragged the Baltic Queen, a vessel that weighs 20,000 tons, in Tallinn, Estonia, Friday. Some 20 ‘Hercules’ dragged the vessel for about 10 yards. (Wang Yaxiong/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

STEPPING DOWN: Tokyo Electric Power Company President Masataka Shimizu attended a news conference at the head office in Tokyo Friday. He resigned to take responsibility for the company’s much-criticized handling of the March 11 disasters that crippled Fukushima Daiichi. (Toru Hanai/Reuters)

STRECHING NOODLES: A man stretched thin noodles on wood frames in a village in Fuzhou in southeast China’s Fujian province Friday. The food, called ‘Changshou Mian,’ which means ‘longevity noodles,’ dates back more than eight centuries. (Liu Tao/EPA)

UNDER WATER: An old school bus sat in floodwater from the rising Mississippi River in St. Francisville, La., where a dozen homes and businesses were flooded Friday. Residents were leaving under a mandatory evacuation order set to kick in on Saturday. (Gerald Herbert/Associated Press)

BROKEN GLASS: A policeman drove while sitting in the cab of a water tanker that had its windows smashed by a group of protesters in Mumbai Friday. Demonstrators protesting against a temporary cut in water supply attacked private water tankers with sticks and stones in central Mumbai. (Reuters)

READY, AIM, FIRE: A masked Palestinian demonstrator used a sling-shot to hurl stones at Israeli troops, not pictured, during the weekly demonstration against Israel’s separation barrier in the West Bank village of Bilin, near Ramallah, Friday. (Majdi Mohammed/Associated Press)

SINKING SHIPS: A Libyan navy corvette exploded during an air strike by British Royal Air Force Tornado jets on the port of Al Khums, Libya, Friday. NATO aircraft sank eight warships belonging to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s forces in overnight attacks, the alliance said. (Crown Copyright/Handout/Reuters)

SHOW OF SUPPORT: People waited behind a bamboo barricade to get a glimpse of Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee after she took an oath as the new chief minister of the eastern Indian state of West Bengal in Kolkata Friday. (Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters)

NEED FOR SPEED: Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain could be seen in the rear mirror during the second free practice at the Montmelo racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Friday. The Formula One race will be held on Sunday. (Frank Augstein/Associated Press)

LIKE MARILYN MONROE: A dog lay on a subway grate as protesters set up tents at the Puerta del Sol square in Madrid Thursday during a protest against Spain’s economic crisis and its sky-high jobless rate. Young people camped in main squares across Spain. (Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

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DAY IN COURT: Betty Dukes, left, and Christine Kwapnoski, right, plaintiffs in a sex-discrimination class action against Wal-Mart spoke outside the Supreme Court Tuesday in Washington. The 2001 suit appeared unlikely to survive after Tuesday’s arguments. (Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)

IN TREATMENT: A woman received treatment for burns in Herat, Afghanistan, Tuesday. Some independent human-rights watchdog groups and other organizations have been saying that gender violence has reached an alarming level in the country. (Jalil Rezayee/European Pressphoto Agency)

IN LINE: Displaced women waited in line for food distributed by a local nongovernmental organization near the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday. The organization feeds about 2,500 people daily. (Mustafa Abdi/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

FLOWERS IN HAND: A girl held flowers in a train station in Moscow Tuesday. One year ago, two women set off bombs on trains, killing dozens. (Alexander Natruskin/Reuters)

LEAVING IVORY COAST: Foreigners sat with their belongings Tuesday in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, as they waited for transportation to return to their home countries amid post-election violence in Ivory Coast. (Luc Gnago/Reuters)

LIBYA IN LONDON: Pro-Gadhafi supporters tried to destroy a flag taken from anti-Gadhafi demonstrators as world leaders discussed Libya Tuesday in London. They agreed that Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi should step down, but did not discuss arming rebels who seek to oust him. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

CAPTURING NATURE: On a cold morning, photographers set up tripods to photograph cherry blossom trees in Washington Tuesday. (Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency)

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READY, AIM: A Chinese policeman showed off his rifle during an event in Beijing Wednesday. Crime rates have risen steadily in China since the country began opening up three decades ago and undergoing related dramatic social changes. (AFP/Getty Images)

TO SENDAI WITH LOVE: U.S. Air Force 36th Airlift Squadron Master Sgt. Neal Martyniak walked past barrels of diesel fuel being flown Thursday from Yokota Air Base near Tokyo to Sendai Airport for tsunami relief. (Koji Ueda/Associated Press)

TRAGIC ACCIDENT: A police expert examined the body of a young man killed when the fragment of a balcony of the Kozatskiy hotel fell on him in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

HEADED OUT: Petty Officer Third Class David Weir kissed his wife, Jessica, and son Cody as he prepared to deploy on the USS Bataan Wednesday from Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va. The ship is deploying to the Mediterranean Sea to aid international efforts in Libya. (Steve Earley/The Virginian-Pilot/Associated Press)

SKIDDING TO A STOP: A demonstrator fell after throwing a rock at police outside a European Union summit in Brussels Thursday. EU officials are meeting in Brussels Thursday and Friday in an effort to cement an expanded bailout fund for the region and give final approval to new economic rules. (Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Associated Press)

UNDER GUARD: A suspected member of forces loyal to Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi stood inside a prison in Benghazi Thursday. Military assessments suggested strikes on Col. Gadhafi’s ground forces have failed to loosen their siege of the key western city of Misrata. (Suhaib Salem/Reuters)

TRADITIONAL PASTIME: Men on horseback competed in goat-dragging, a traditional central Asian sport, outside Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Thursday. (Nozim Kalandarov/Reuters)

UNDER ARREST: Teachers were arrested by riot police near the presidential palace in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Thursday during a demonstration against the privatization of education. (Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images)

CONTINUING BATTLE: A tuberculosis patient lay in his bed at a tuberculosis hospital in Srinagar, in Indian-controlled Kashmir, Thursday, World Tuberculosis Day. More than two million people will contract multi-drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis by 2015, the WHO said Wednesday. (Zuma Press)

OUT FOR A RUN: Boys ran through Stadtpark, or City Park, during a warm spring day in Vienna Thursday. Temperatures reached up to 20 degrees Celsius, or 68 degrees Fahrenheit, in Austria. (Lisi Niesner/Reuters)

GONE FISHING: A man fished in a pond in Xiangyang city in central China’s Hubei Province Wednesday. (Wang Hu/European Pressphoto Agency)

SURREAL: A 15-meter (49-foot) head was fixed on a torso with cranes and integrated into a floating stage on Lake Constance near Bregenz, Austria, Thursday. It is part of the stage setting for the opera ‘Andre Chenier’ by Italian composer Umberto Giordano, which will premiere in July. (Felix Kaestle/Associated Press)

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APPLE FAITHFUL: Andrew Christian waited in the rain in front of the Apple store on Fifth Avenue in New York Friday to purchase Apple’s iPad 2. Released less than a year ago, Apple has sold more than 14 million units of its touchscreen tablet. (Peter Foley/Bloomberg)

SPEWING SMOKE: Villagers worked farmland as Mt. Bromo spewed smoke in Probolinggo, Indonesia, Friday. The popular tourist destination has seen a rise in volcanic activity in recent days. (Fully Handoko/European Pressphoto Agency)

STACKING SACKS: A worker carried a sack of rice inside a warehouse in Taguig, Philippines, Friday. (Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)

BEARER OF BAD NEWS: A policeman talked to the relative of a victim in Monterrey, Mexico, Friday. Unknown assailants gunned down a young couple, one of them a Honduran, and dumped their bodies in a working-class neighborhood, according to local media. (Tomas Bravo/Reuters)

SETTING UP: A worker adjusted a sign before President Barack Obama’s news conference at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington Friday. Mr. Obama convened the news conference to address growing criticism from Republicans about his energy policies. (Jim Young/Reuters)

REBEL CASUALTIES: Bodies of slain rebels were carried from the frontline in Ras Lanuf, Libya, Friday, as forces loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi continued their offensive from the air and ground against rebel-held positions in the east. (John Moore/Getty Images)

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A Chinese military band rehearses before the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) held in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, China, Thursday, March 3, 2011.
Men from Bangladesh, who worked in Libya but recently fled the unrest, are seen next to their belongings as they wake up in a refugee camp [...]

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BROKEN APART: People walked on a destroyed road in La Paz, Bolivia, Monday. Heavy rains caused a hilltop to collapse in a poor neighborhood of the Bolivian capital Sunday, cracking roads, destroying at least 400 homes and burying people’s belongings under mud and debris. (David Mercado/Reuters)

ON GADHAFI: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva Monday. She said Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi and his allies have ‘lost the legitimacy to govern’ by reportedly executing soldiers who refused to turn their guns on civilians. (Valentin Flauraud/Reuters)

YEMEN UPHEAVAL: Protesters demanded the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in San’a, Yemen, Monday. Mr. Saleh’s offer to form a unity government with opponents who want him out of office—provided protests against him stop—was swiftly rejected. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)

CALLING OUT: A Bahraini Shi’ite woman shouted antigovernment slogans at the gate of Parliament in the Bahraini capital, Manama, Monday. Antigovernment protesters temporarily blocked access to the building and amassed outside the state-owned broadcaster. (Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters)

HARD AT WORK: Children took the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education examination in Calcutta, India, Monday. Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee presented a budget Monday for the fiscal year starting April 1, 2011, and announced a 24% increase in funding for education. (Bikas Das/Associated Press)

NOT HOME: African migrants stood outside an immigration center in Valletta, Malta, Monday. (Gregorio Borgia/Associated Press)

TAKING A REST: Mohammad Hanif, 80, held his two-year-old grandson, Wasif, as he sat on a railway line near their home in a Karachi, Pakistan, slum. (Akhtar Soomro/Reuters)

DOWN TO THE RIVER: One of the Chilean miners rescued from last year’s mine collapse was baptized in the Jordan River at the Yardenit baptism site in northern Israel Monday. Israel’s tourism ministry sponsored the eight-day trip. (Sebastian Scheiner/Associated Press)

SECOND PLACE: Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland sat on the snow after placing second in the women’s 10-kilometer individual cross-country skiing competition at the Nordic Skiing World Championships in Oslo, Norway, Monday. (Patrick Seeger/DPA/Zuma Press)

PARADE TRAGEDY: Mourners attended the funeral Monday of 16 people killed during a parade in Bandeira do Sul in southeastern Brazil. The victims were electrocuted when a power line fell atop a packed pre-Carnival street parade Sunday, police said. (Zuma Press)

CROPPING UP: A farmer checked wheat seedlings in a snow-covered field in Chenzhuang village in China’s Shandong Province Monday. Widespread rain and snow in northern China over the weekend brought relief to drought-stricken wheat-producing areas in China, official media said. (Zhang Zhenxiang/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

TAKING SHELTER: Smoke rose from the chimneys of tents at a refugee camp during a snowstorm in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday. (Musadeq Sadeq/Associated Press)

DESTROYING DESTROYERS: A man looked at land mines waiting to disposed of near the Western Sahara village of Tifariti Monday. (Arturo Rodriguez/Associated Press)

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After days of media blackout and unconfirmed reports of a bloody, but successful, uprising against Col. Moammar Gadhafi in Libya, David Degner’s photographs provide a view of the aftermath of fighting in Baida, eastern Libya.

All photographs taken Feb. 23, 2011, by David Degner for The Wall Street Journal

In Baida, as in many cities in Libya’s east, flags flew from the era before Gadhafi Wednesday. The days-long fight for Baida began in the first days of anti-Gadhafi protests last week.

Wednesday, a day after the last forces loyal to Col. Gadhafi in eastern Libya were defeated, Baida’s elders met in the town’s assembly hall to begin rebuilding.

Police, witnesses say, initially clashed with protesters in Baida using tear gas and other non-lethal methods. When protests swelled, Col. Gadhafi’s government ordered in reinforcements. Here, anti-Gadhafi protesters demonstrated outside city hall Wednesday.

Local police turned on the soldiers after the soldiers opened fire on unarmed civilians. The government forces retreated to Al Abrak Airport, outside of town. Townsmen followed and laid siege to the airport. Here, the remains of a battle are scattered in the terminal.

Baida’s airport, the site of some of the fiercest fighting of the uprising in eastern Libya. For four days, rebels battled forces loyal to Col. Gadhafi and commanded by one of his sons.

Spent bullet casings litter the ground at Al Abrak airport in eastern Libya.

After days of firefights, feints and an ambush on unarmed local sheiks, the regime forces surrendered their hold on the vital local airport Tuesday morning.

Evidence of previous days’ fighting at Al Abrak airport.

Ad hoc local forces—who, like citizens across eastern Libya, became heavily armed as entire army units joined forces with locals and police stations were abandoned—fought off government troops.

Witnesses say locals countered the government helicopters with anti-aircraft machine guns and Kalashnikovs.

Here, civilians displayed the guns and ammunition that they claim to have taken from mercenary soldiers in a fight.

A key challenge facing elders in Baida now is how to rein in the revolutionary zeal of the region’s youth, who are charged with emotion after several days of violent battle culminating in an historic victory.

Wednesday, Masouda al-Alamy, a distinguished professor of animal science at the city’s Omar Mukhtar University, called the meeting of elders to order. “Today, we meet and can speak freely for the first time,” she said. Here, Sheikh Mohamad Darnawi, right, spoke.

Local notables, including tribal sheikhs, university professors and prominent businessmen, met in a domed town meeting hall ringed with green plush seats.

The top items on the agenda at Wednesday’s meeting included forming committees to take charge of security, food and fuel distribution, reopening schools, and collecting weapons pillaged during the protests.

Recently resigned Minister of Justice Mustapha Mohammed Abdul Jalil was given a position of prominence on the dais at Wednesday’s meeting.

Prisoners, who say they are Libyans from Sabah, Tripoli, and Fazan were captured in fighting against anti-Gadhafi forces.

These captured pro-Gadhafi fighters told the photographer they were from Chad, seeming to confirm previous reports that Col. Gadhafi has employed foreign fighters to swell the ranks of his army and put down the uprising against his rule.

A young doctor in Baida hospital shares images he recorded on his cell phone of the dead and wounded from the previous days’ fighting. According to the head of the hospital 63 people died during the uprising and hundreds were wounded, overwhelming this 100 bed regional hospital.

Wounded Libyans recover in Baida hospital.

A view looking out across eastern Libya.

All photographs by David Degner for The Wall Street Journal

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