SMOKE AND FLAMES RISE FROM AN ISLAMIC STATE FIGHTERS' POSITION IN THE TOWN OF KOBANI DURING AIRSTRIKES BY THE US LED COALITION SEEN FROM THE OUTSKIRTS OF SURUC, NEAR THE TURKEY-SYRIA BORDER. KOBANI, ALSO KNOWN AS AYN ARAB, AND ITS SURROUNDING AREAS, HAS BEEN UNDER ASSAULT BY EXTREMISTS OF THE ISLAMIC STATE GROUP SINCE MID-SEPTEMBER AND IS BEING DEFENDED BY KURDISH FIGHTERS.
In this Dec. 5, 2014 file photo, farmer Agustin Gomez Perez runs engulfed in flames after he was lit on fire as a form of protest outside the Chiapas state legislature in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico. Perez, 21, was demanding the release of his father, indigenous leader Florentino Gomez Giron, who was arrested last year on charges stemming from a series of demonstrations in 2011 that turned violent.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, center, holds hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani during the closing session of the 18th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Katmandu, Nepal, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014.
In this Nov. 26, 2014 photo, volcanic smoke billows from Mount Aso, Kumamoto prefecture, on the southern Japanese main island of Kyushu. The volcano is blasting out chunks of magma in the first such eruption in 22 years, causing flight cancellations and prompting warnings to stay away from its crater.