A pedestrian looks at a large screen in Tokyo on January 28, 2015 showing television news reports about 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.

An aerial view of a flooded area in Makhanga, in southern Malawi, on Janaury 20, 2015. AMOS GUMULIRA/AFP/Getty Images

Malawi's agricultural sector has been devastated, and a long-term crisis looms.

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.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) speaks to reporters after his cabinet meeting on a Japanese hostage at his official residence in Tokyo on January 28 2015. Abe slammed as 'utterly despicable' an Islamist militant threat to kill a Japanese hostage within 24 hours unless Jordan releases a jihadi bomber.

Calls video "despicable" as reports indicate another man was beheaded.

People ride a Ukrainian tank past a damaged vehicle in the village of Tonenke, some 5 kilometers from the Donetsk airport on January 19, 2015.

Will extend sanctions 6 months in response to unrest in Ukraine.

U.K.’s ‘Girl Summit 2014′ discussed ending FGM and forced marriage. Oli Scarff/Getty Images

The ruling has been widely heralded as a massive victory and important precedent in the global fight against FGM, but its wider impact remains unclear. Legislation and judiciaries have ultimately been ineffective at eliminating the practice, which is deeply entrenched within local cultures.

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Washington, as Vice President Joe Biden applauds and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, listens.

U.S. President Barack Obama has declared an end to the financial crisis and pledged economic policies to benefit all Americans, in his annual State of the Union address to Congress.