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.
Embattled Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi suggested he won't seek reelection when his term ends in 2013. But already his advisers are saying that, well, maybe he wasn't serious.
Italy continued searching for survivors of a boat that capsized after leaving Libya for Lampedusa, the Italian island where thousands of migrants have landed since the start of Arab unrest.
Michal Novotny of the Czech Republic, Alex Pullin of Australia, Alberto Schiavon of Italy, Seth Wescott of the United States and Paul-Henri De le Rue of France, from left, clear a jump during the men's Snowboard-Cross FIS World Cup in Arosa, Switzerland.
A Norwegian F-16 fighter aircraft takes off from Bodoe in northern Norway on March 21, bound for Italy, from where it may be deployed in order to help enforce the recent UN Security Council resolution establishing a no-fly zone above Libya.
Penny, a Lhasa apso, sits backstage at the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York.
Italy has called for an emergency European Union summit to respond to a potential 'biblical exodus' of refugees from North Africa, after more than 4,500 Tunisians landed on a remote Sicilian island in the past week.
A caparisoned elephant is seen during the annual temple festival in Kochi, southern India. The festival features a colorful procession of decorated elephants and drum concerts.
Mount Merapi, located near Yogyakarta, Indonesia, is one of the country's most volatile volcanoes. It began erupting at dusk on Tuesday, and thousands evacuated the area surrounding it. It didn't come as a shock, as scientists have been expecting an eruption for a while. Here are some of the world's most active volcanoes.