A German trader grimaces as he speaks over the phone at the Frankfurt stock exchange 27 June 2003. German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder summoned his cabinet 27 June to a huddle aimed at putting the seal on a belt-tightening budget that will hit nearly every sector in a bid to revive Germany's wheezing economy.
A veiled woman takes part in a protest calling on Syria's President Bashar Assad to step down, in front of the United Nations headquarters in Amman, on May 21, 2011. Syria buried its dead a day after a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests which killed 44 people, as US President Barack Obama expressed "acute concern" about the situation in the country. AFP PHOTO/KHALIL MAZRAAWI
A man uses a sun observation glass to watch the transit of Venus across the face of the sun on June 5, 2012, in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia. Astronomers around the world are training their telescopes on the skies to watch Venus pass in front of the Sun, a once-in-a-lifetime event that will not be seen for another 105 years. AFP PHOTO/Raul ARBOLEDA
TOPSHOTS An Egyptian woman uses her tablet to video protesters in Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square on June 4, 2012. Egyptian activists who spearheaded the revolt that toppled president Hosni Mubarak have called for mass demonstrations on June 5, to protest against verdicts handed down in the strongman's murder trial. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED ABED
A general view of US banking giant JP Morgan's offices in Canary Wharf are pictured in London, on May 11, 2012. US banking giant JPMorgan Chase said Thursday it had lost $2 billion on derivatives since March in what chief executive Jamie Dimon called a "flawed" and "poorly executed" hedging operation. In a unscheduled conference call, Dimon also said the bank could face another $1 billion in losses through the end of June due to market volatility. AFP PHOTO/CARL COURT