People stage a rally near the Prime Minister's official residence in Tokyo on January 28, 2015 to support Japanese hostage Kenji Goto who has been kidnapped by the Islamic State group.

An audio message purportedly from a Japanese journalist being held by Islamic State militants said a Jordanian air force pilot would be killed unless an Iraqi female prisoner in Jordan was released by sunset on Thursday.

 

Cuban President Raul Castro delivers a speech at the Parliament Annual Session, on December 20, 2014 in Havana.

President Raul Castro tells U.S. the military base must be handed back before relations can be normalized.

McDonald's C.E.O. Don Thompson.

The announcement comes just as the fast-food chain finished one of its toughest years in decades.

A member of staff prepares a demonstration of a Premaid AI robot during an event hosted by DMM. Com Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.

Says artificial intelligence systems could achieve consciousness, but played down the threat to human life.

A Liberian Red Cross burial team in Ebola protectant clothing collects the body of a toddler from a home in the West Point township on January 28, 2015 in Monrovia, Liberia.

Researchers are investigating whether the disease could have become more contagious.

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