Smoke from an erupting undersea volcano forms a new island off the coast of Nishinoshima, a small uninhabited island, in the southern Ogasawara chain of islands, Japan, in this picture provided by Kyodo.
Sini Saarela of Finland (C) reacts after she was released from prison in St. Petersburg, Russia. Several of the 30 activists arrested during a Greenpeace protest walked free on bail, defiant that the action against Arctic oil drilling was justified and that the response by the authorities was not.
A Free Syrian Army fighter carries his weapon as he peeks out from a damaged shop in Aleppo's Karm al-Jabal district, Syria.
Dragon's Blood trees, known locally as Dam al-Akhawain or blood of the two brothers, on Socotra island. The Socotra islands, in the Arabian Sea 380 km south of mainland Yemen and 80 km west of the Horn of Africa, harbor many unique species of birds and plants and gained UNESCO recognition in July 2008 as a world natural heritage site.