'Zoe' walks the tightrope during a Boston cat show. The trainers at the show said that a cat is best trained to do tricks that fit its personality. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff/File
A cat balances on performer Yuri Kuklachev's hand during a show in Moscow. Mr. Kuklachev says his training technique is a secret, but that cats will do anything if they trust you. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff/File
A cat walks with a bird during Madame Shamsheeva's trained animal act in Tampa, Fla. Newscom/File
Svetlana Shemsheeva performs with a cat at the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus in Dallas, Tex. Cheryl Diaz Myer/Newscom/File
Animal trainers Beth Cristel and Samantha Martin use treats to encourage the Rock Cats – 'Pinky' on guitar and 'Fiji' on drums – to perform at Chicago Gorilla Tango Theater in Chicago, Ill. Mira Oberman/AFP/Newscom/File
A cat jumps through a hoop held by a monk named Nga phe Kyaung at the Jumping Cat Monastery in Inle Lake, Burma (Myanmar). Janet Sweeney/Lonely Planet Photos/Newscom/File
Suzanne Berrin tries to coax her Burmese cat named 'Canon' to jump over a hurdle designed for cats. Charlie Neuman/San Diego Union-Tribune/Zuma Press/Newscom/File
'Gimmel,' the glamorous cat from Fancy Feast commercials, 'plays' a grand piano with trainer Karen Thomas at a Boston cat show. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff/File
It's not your average game of cat and mouse. 'Maverick,' an American shorthair, shows off his computer skills in preparation for the annual Cat Fanciers Association Iams Cat Championship at Madison Square Garden in New York. Tamara Beckwith/Splash News/Newscom/File
Council members viewed thousands of ghastly photographs purportedly showing dead Syrian civil war victims. More than 150,000 have died in the war.
Peter James Spielman, Associated Press /
April 15, 2014
The UN Security Council fell silent Tuesday after ambassadors viewed a series of ghastly photographs of dead Syrian civil war victims, France's ambassador said. The pictures showed people who were emaciated, with their bones protruding, and some bearing the marks of strangulation and repeated beatings, and eyes having been gouged out.