Two women and a pet dog pass by a ship that was washed into their neighborhood by the March 11 tsunami as they search for their destroyed home in Kesennuma, Japan, on March 17. David Guttenfelder/AP
A cat sits under a blanket at an evacuation center for pets and their owners near an area devastated by the earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, Japan, on March 17. Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters
Akane Ho embraces her dog Mei at an evacuation center in Natori, Japan, on March 18. Mei was returned to her today, seven days after she went missing following the earthquake-triggered tsunami on March 11. Mark Baker/AP
A woman with her pet dog and belongings pauses on the way from a devastated area in Higashimatsushima, Japan, on March 14, three days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the country's east coast. Hiroto Sekiguchi/The Yomiuri Shimbun/AP
A woman sits with her dog at an evacuation center in Natori, Japan, on March 18. Mark Baker/AP
A woman holds her pet dog in Ishinomaki, Japan, on March 18, a week after the earthquake and tsunami hit. Kyodo News/AP
A dog is screened for radiation exposure in Koriyama, Japan, on March 19, following the March 11 massive earthquake and resulting tsunami. Kyodo News/AP
A family and their pet dog take shelter in an evacuation center for pets and their owners in Kesennuma, Japan, on March 17. Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters
A woman holds her dog as they are scanned for radiation at a temporary scanning center for residents living close to the quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Koriyama, Japan, on March 16. Gregory Bull/AP
Evacuated children and a dog rest at a shelter in the earthquake and tsunami-destroyed city of Ishinomaki, Japan, on March 22. Kyodo News/AP
Doctor Keiko Yamada screens a dog from Fukushima to test for signs of nuclear radiation at a health center in Yonezawa, Japan, on March 22. The 8-month-old mixed-breed dog Koro was left in the health center by his owner when the owner evacuated from Fukushima, and he will be adopted by a new owner in Yonezawa. Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters
A dog receives a radiation exposure scanning in Koriyama, Japan, on March 17. Koichi Nakamura/The Yomiuri Shimbun/AP
A man walks with his dog in a destroyed residential area of Kesennuma, Japan, on March 22. Issei Kato/Reuters
On Thursday, the UN reported that militants in northern Iraq were ordering mutilation of women and girls. Analysts quickly challenged the report, and the UN is continuing to investigate.
ByStephanie Nebehay, Reuters
Shortly after the United Nations reported Thursday that militant group Islamic State had ordered girls and women to undergo female genital mutilation, doubts emerged on social media about the basis for the report. One document posted on Twitter suggested the order may be a year old and have been issued by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS) the group's previous name.