US Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with marines based in Baghdad during his visit to the US embassy in Baghdad. Jason Reed/AP
Anti gay marriage activists dress as Marianne, the symbol of the French republic since the 1789 revolution, hold civil codes as they demonstrate in Paris. Thousands of French conservatives, families, and activists have converged on the French capital to try to stop the country from allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children. Michel Euler/AP
Penitents are seen before taking part in the procession of "La Paz" (The Peace) brotherhood at the church during Holy Week in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain. Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy looks inside a pot containing boiling water where cooking utensils are dipped to remove remains of leaven in preparation for the Jewish holiday of Passover, in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood. Nir Elias/Reuters
A dead whale covered with sand at Noordhoek beach near the city of Cape Town, South Africa. 19 pilot whales have beached in Cape Town and five of them have died. Police and other rescue workers are hosing down the surviving whales to try to keep them alive. Schalk van Zuydam/AP
Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud al-Qassimi (r.), Chairman of Sharjah's Central Department of Finance, watches an Arabian foal at the Dubai Arabian Horse Stud in Dubai. Martin Dokoupil/Reuters
Crew members works on a Red Bull car of Sebastian Vettel from Germany at the pit during the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang, Malaysia. Vincent Thian/AP
Canada's Jordan Belchos, Lucas Makowsky and Denny Morrison compete during the men's team pursuit event at the Essent ISU World Single Distances Championships 2013 in Sochi, Russia. Grigory Dukor/Reuters
A woman holds palm leaves in the shape of a cross during a Christian Palm Sunday procession in Lagos, Nigeria. Palm Sunday marks the sixth and last Sunday of the Christian Holy month of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. Sunday Alamba/AP
A Yemeni man works on the display of his wares in his shop at a market in the old city neighborhood of Sanaa, Yemen. Hani Mohammed/AP
Chinese President Xi Jinping (l.), and his host Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete (r.), watch the tradition dance on arrival at Julious Nyerere International airport in the capital Dar es Salaam. Khalfan Said/AP
Iowa State forward Georges Niang (31) and guard Korie Lucious, top, struggle with Ohio State guard Aaron Craft for a loose ball in the first half of a third-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament, in Dayton, Ohio. Al Behrman/AP
A girl competes at the World Irish Dancing Championships in Boston, Massachusetts. Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters
Just two years ago Lesotho was referred to as a democratic success story in Africa. But its attempted coup presents a test for the Southern African Development Community, committed to peace in the region.
ByMichael J. Jordan, Correspondent
Two years ago, this tiny nation high in the mountains of southern Africa earned acclaim for passing the latest test of African democracy: It pulled off the region’s first peaceful handover of power. Lesotho then went one step further, forming what some call the first and only coalition government in all of Africa.