New York gay marriage bill delays continue as Republican senators decide whether to hold a vote. One of the variables they are likely considering: the considerable influence Catholics and the Catholic Church have in state politics.
A Black Rattlesnake, which had been rescued with other animals while being trafficked illegally, is seen inside a plastic cylinder at the Federal Wildlife Conservation Center on the outskirts of Mexico City, Friday, May 20. According to Mexico's Federal Wildlife Conservation Department, at least 2,500 different animals are rescued annually in the country.
Brazil on Thursday became the sixth country in Latin America, in addition to Mexico City, to extend rights to gay and lesbian couples but stopped short of legalizing gay marriage.
A man walks past the outside wall of the 'Art In The Streets' exhibit at the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. The exhibit is the first major historical exhibition of graffiti and street art to be organized by an American museum.
Women wait to vote at the polling center during the first day of voting in Kadogli in South Kordofan state. Elections for the governor and the legislative council in South Kordofan state started on Monday.
Osama bin Laden was killed Sunday. Libyan refugees have been calling for the West to assassinate Col. Muammar Qaddafi, which they argue would save lives and end the civil war.
President Barack Obama makes a face as they show his video during his speech at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, in Washington, Saturday.
Kamchatka Brown Bear Mascha and her three-month old bears Wanja and Misho are pictured in Hagenbecks zoo in Hamburg, northern Germany.
Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles, falling every year on the day before Good Friday. While the Roman Catholic Church calls it "Holy Thursday," the Anglican Church uses the name "Maundy Thursday" in accordance with the Old English phrasing of Jesus' commandment that humans should love one another. Here are ways that five European nations celebrate the Christian holiday, starting in Britain with Queen Elizabeth.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy faces mounting criticism over plans for a national debate April 5 on the subject of Islam in France, a week before the new burqa ban takes effect.