Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip take their leave of the House of Lords after the Queen read the Queen's Speech to lawmakers in London, Wednesday, May 9, 2012. Queen Elizabeth II said Wednesday that Britain's government plans to finally reform the centuries-old House of Lords and introduce direct elections for members. Announcing the government's new legislative program in an opulent pageant of pomp and politics, the queen said planned laws would introduce a smaller, mainly upper elected chamber.
Former presidential candidate and Sen. John Edwards arrives at a federal courthouse in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, May 9, 2012. Edwards is accused of conspiring to secretly obtain more than $900,000 from two wealthy supporters to hide his extramarital affair with Rielle Hunter as well as her pregnancy. He has pleaded not guilty to six charges related to violations of campaign finance laws.
A Kashmiri government employee falls on the ground as Indian police use colored water from a water cannon to disperse protestors in Srinagar, India, Wednesday, May 9, 2012. The employees demanded payment of arrears in salaries and raising of retirement age, among other demands.
Relatives inspect the list of passengers on board a missing Russian airplane at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 9, 2012. The new Sukhoi Superjet-100 carrying 50 people went missing just south of Jakarta while flying over mountains Wednesday during a demonstration flight for potential buyers and journalists, officials said.
Egyptian journalists gag their mouths with tape during a protest in front of the Journalists Syndicate in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, May 9, 2012. Tens of Egyptian journalists protested wearing black T-shirts, skin shaved their heads and chanted slogans denouncing the assault and arrest of several journalists during the army operation that dispersed a protest in front of the Ministry of Defense, where they claim that they were mistreated and skinhead shaved during their detention, a common treatment given to outlaws to label them with shame among their community.
Pakistani Jaafar Sakhawat, 8, who works in a brick factory, looks up while taking a break, sitting on a pile of damaged bricks, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, May 9, 2012.
Ukrainian soldiers demonstrate their skills during celebration of the Victory Day at the World War II memorial in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, May 9, 2012. Ukrainians continue to celebrate the World War II anniversary and Victory Day on May 9 as a national holiday marking the defeat of Nazi German forces in the second World War.