Chinese woman protects herself with a mask as she walks past Tiananmen Square in smog-hit Beijing on November 30, 2015. Levels of PM 2.5, considered the most hazardous pollutant, crossed 600 units in Beijing, nearly 25 times the acceptable standard set by the World Health Organization. are shrouded by heavily polluted haze in Beijing on November 30. China's capital and neighboring regions have seen the worst smog of the year this week. and buildings in Baoding, China's most polluted city, are cloaked in thick smog on November 30, where the air quality index (AQI) has reached a 'hazardous' level. woman protects herself from pollutants with a piece of cloth as she walks past a construction site on November 30 in Beijing. blocks are cloaked in smog in Lianyungang, in eastern China's Jiangsu province, on November 30. drive along a highway in Beijing with a traffic sign that reads "Slow down, low visibility" on November 30. Genghis Khan statue is obscured by a cloak of orange-tinged smog on November 29, 2015 in Hohhot, capital of Inner Mongolia, China. pollution cast an apocalyptic glow over the pagodas on the streets of Hohhot, Inner Mongolia on November 29. wearing face masks walk across Tiananmen Square in Beijing on November 28. top photo taken from CNN's Beijing Bureau, shows the city shrouded in smog on November 27, 2015, and the same view on a blue sky day just the day before."We are not humans having a spiritual experience, but rather we are spiritual beings having a human experience." In memory of David M., Atlanta, 1988 T, Atlanta, 1987"He left me this coat to keep me warm until eternity. I'm sorry to say it's not the same kind of warmth." Anonymous, Atlanta, 1987"One day people will not judge a person by the color of their skin, or their sexual preference, but the content of their character," Marquis D. Walker, Atlanta, 1987"As I go on living with AIDS I want to keep singing and hope that friends will continue to hear me -- even when the song is a sad one." J, Atlanta, 1987"I had to make a decision whether I would live with AIDS or die of AIDS, whether to get bitter or better. I chose better." Andree Walton, San Francisco, 1988"In the midst of illness, rejection, isolation and probably death -- out of the darkness -- hands reaching out -- not family, friends or lovers, but strangers." Roy Griffin, Atlanta, 1987"I have to keep dreaming blue skies..." Anonymous, Atlanta, 1988"As Charles was fond of saying, '... everyone creates his own reality.' " Friend and co-worker, Atlanta, 1988"Looking at me in this picture can't tell you I'm a very sick person. I can't believe it to myself." Juanita, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1988"Dying from AIDS is hard enough. Living with it is even harder..." Drew Carroll, Washington, 1988"AIDS makes no distinction between classes or races." Larry, Augusta, Georgia, 1987"I have a freedom now which I never had before; I can truly be myself." Daniel, San Francisco, 1987"In Honorarium, July 29, 1955 -- September 9, 1987." Friends of Rod, Atlanta, 1987"I watched my lover die, and reach his arms to hold God's love. He was so brave ... He is so free." Drew and Archie, New York, 1988"'The world is such a nice place to live in and it is such a pity to leave it.'" Jorg Niendiek, Atlanta, 1988"Who really loves someone? Loves him when he is down, at his worst, sinking and puking and dying?" Robert Cameron, Chicago, 1988"I am one of the multitudes who must be invisible." Anonymous, Atlanta, 1987"I don't like having AIDS. It's uncomfortable. The only fun I have is when I get to go somewhere with a friend, but that doesn't happen very often." Bill Pennington, San Francisco, 1988"I have known both enduring love and helpless grief, and the time is approaching for me to let go and say goodbye." Anonymous, San Francisco, 1988" 'Mother, don't worry. It's just a virus. I'll be o.k. I always have and I always will.' " Ricardo M. Llera, Atlanta, 1987"HIV positive. The presence of antibodies. Not a diagnosis." D, Atlanta, 1987 will have its own little red book in the second half of 2016. But before the new Michelin Guide Singapore is launched, here's help for finding what to eat in the city. has a constant appetite for new restaurants. Among the latest is French eatery Rhubarb. Its signature dish is fowl cooked two ways -- a la plancha breast and its leg confit, served with rhubarb and rose puree, salsify and candied grapes in a savory pigeon jus. is part of a new wave of "bistronomy" restaurants that have slowly been arriving in Singapore. The menu changes monthly. Dishes have included this almond crumble-crowned langoustine with foie gras and heirloom carrots in a broth of reduced carrot and almond. Cantonese eatery is helmed by Ang Song Kang, AKA Chef Kang. The fish broth is packed with the essence of deep-fried marbled goby fish. House's creative inventions include this carabinero prawn with textures of tomato and Kristal caviar. is headed by Andrew Walsh, former head chef of Jason Atherton's popular Singapore tapas bar Esquina. At the new restaurant, Walsh pays tribute to his British/Irish heritage by featuring ingredients from home, such as Galway oysters. in Singapore's Club Hotel, this is the second branch of the successful Disgruntled Chef restaurant. It specializes in modern European cuisine, such as lobster and chicken pot roast (pictured). modern Singapore cuisine restaurant is arguably the most inventive among the newcomers. Chef Han Li Guang's version of chili crab is a deep-fried soft shell crab served with spicy chili crab ice cream and ethereal crab bisque foam. These are placed on a "beach" of man tou crumbs. sibling restaurant of the award-winning Lolla, Lollapalooza focuses on fresh, seasonal produce with minimalist dressings. The daily-changing menu features some gutsy offerings like lamb's heart, veal's tongue and tuna eyeball (pictured). Jerusalem artichoke, studded with roasted nuts, in a cream-based manchego cheese sauce is one of the dishes you can sample at the new Maggie Joan's. who like heat can order the chili lobster, which arrives basking in a sweet and tangy tomato-based sauce alongside deep-fried man tou. established omakase restaurant Ki-sho has expanded, with an addition of sake bar Kakure on the second floor. The food dished up by Ki-sho's chef Kazuhiro Hamamoto is paired with sake at Kakure.'s hit series "Gotham" would not work quite as well without the incredible sets (like Edward Nygma's apartment, seen here) where cops and villains scheme and battle. They help create a larger-than-life atmosphere. CNN recently visited the show's set in Brooklyn, New York. view of Nygma's funhouse-esque apartment. major location for the Fox series is the Gotham City police station, where Jim Gordon works to take down the growing criminal element. view of the other side of the expansive police station set.'s a closer look at the police station set. "Gotham," a young Bruce Wayne has discovered a hidden Batcave beneath Wayne Manor (though he hasn't started using the bat terminology). angle of the cave, with Thomas Wayne's secret office."Gotham's" sets range from grimy to opulent, like the living room of Wayne Manor. suit of armor may or may not be a nod to "the dark knight," but this corner of the living room shows the art and artifacts collected by Bruce's parents.'s apartment, for those rare times when he's not chasing criminals. entrance to Arkham Asylum, where Gotham's criminals do time (but often not for very long). artist's impression of how the Chinese city of Shanghai could look if temperatures rise by just two degrees Celsius. The following images show were provided by Climate Central as part of report released November 8, 2015., if temperatures were to rise by four degrees., at two degrees warmer, according to Climate Central. here's Durban, if temperatures were to rise by four degrees.'s how New York City might look if temperatures rise by two degrees Celsius. Street could go underwater, if temperatures rise as much as four degrees, according to Climate Central., at two degrees warmer. here's how the Houses of Parliament could look if temperatures rise by four degrees Celsius. of Mumbai could flood if temperatures rise by two degrees, according to the report. more would be submerged in Mumbai, if temperatures rose by four degrees.'s Sydney with a rise of two degrees, according to Climate Central. four degrees, water would start to lap at the stairs of the Opera House, the report says.'s Rio de Janeiro at two degrees warmer. Rio again, if temperatures were to rise by four degrees., aka Neurocysticercosis, aka T. solium: This is Taenia solium, the pork tapeworm that causes one of the grossest diseases we're heard about in a while. It's responsible for the worst headache of Luis Ortiz's life.When surgeons looked in his brain they found a "wiggling" tapeworm inside a cyst inside his brain. That's called neurocysticercosis, and the CDC says about a 1,000 people a year get them from eating something infected with "microscopic eggs passed in the feces of a person who has an intestinal pork tapeworm." disease, aka T. cruzi: This nasty disease comes from a bug called a triatomine that's infected with the Trypanosoma cruzi parasite. The CDC estimates there are at least 300,000 people living with the disease in the U.S. right now, but they may not know it. It unusually takes years of chronic infection before heart disease, heart failure and gastrointestinal problems begin. T. canis and T. cati: Your precious pooch and sweet kitty can carry a nasty parasite. It's caused by the larval form of the roundworms that infect puppies, kittens, and adults of both species that aren't dewormed.Called Toxocara canis in dogs and Toxocara cati in cats, the roundworm eggs are excreted in feces, and if you (or your child) accidentally ingest infected dirt, they travel to organs and tissues, hatch and do their nasty thing.While not common, it's bad: the CDC says each year 70 people, mostly children are blinded by the disease. fever, aka Toxoplasmosis, aka T. gondii: Toxoplasmosis infects more than a million people each year in the U.S. Once you get it, you've usually got it for life, says the Centers for Disease Control. T. vaginalis: This nasty STD is caused by the Trichomonas vaginalis parasite, and the CDC says it's the most commonly curable sexually transmitted disease out there. Nearly 3.7 million Americans are infected, and 70% don't have any signs or symptoms so they may not even know they are constantly passing it along. That may be part of the reason another million people are newly infected each year. Chen, the first Chinese UNHCR goodwill ambassador, is among the notable women of the 2016 Pirelli calendar. player Serena Williams shows off the product of years of hard work. Patti Smith was among the women photographed by Annie Leibovitz. Amy Schumer tweeted her photo from the calendar. Gevinson, 19-year-old founder of the online magazine Rookie, poses in all black. schoolteacher Reginald Jackson speaks at Marquette University's Helfaer Theatre on Monday, November 16, during a presentation about the African-American perspective of the novel "To Kill A Mockingbird." Jackson chairs the board of America's Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee, one of the country's most segregated cities. black Milwaukeeans are seen on a mural off North Avenue in the Bronzeville neighborhood. In Milwaukee, African-Americans are overwhelmingly concentrated in the city and a few nearby suburbs. The surrounding suburban counties are overwhelmingly white. artist Trevor Timm, right, walks with a friend along train tracks on the north side of the city, toward a bridge where Timm often paints. spent most of his childhood on the predominantly black north side. "For the most part, the way a nonblack person views it is, they're dysfunctional," he says of how African-Americans are perceived by some whites in the city. "That's what we see on the news." abandoned department store is seen in the historically black Bronzeville neighborhood. Swaths of the former cultural and business hub succumbed to bulldozers nearly a half a century ago. memorial sits on the side of Walnut Street in an area of Bronzeville that was demolished to make way for Interstate 43. The freeway was needed to ease travel to the city from the mostly white suburbs. participate in a music production class at TRUE Skool, an afterschool program in Milwaukee that uses arts and humanities to engage high school students in social justice and community service. Over the past decade, the nonprofit has paired hundreds of black, white and Latino teens with local artists to learn how to use the arts to cope with the despair of their surroundings. wall of hurtful stereotypes is on display at TRUE Skool. Pozza, an intern at TRUE Skool, trims the plants he grew using an aquaponic system. "We are the picture of the good side of Milwaukee, the side nobody talks about," Pozza said., right, watches TRUE Skool students paint on a makeshift graffiti wall. Sarah Dollhausen, the program's founder and executive director, said, "We hear from a lot of our young people, 'I'm just happy to be alive.' "'lae Jones lives in Sandtown-Winchester, the same neighborhood in which Freddie Gray was raised. She is a kindergarten student at New Song Academy. "I want to be a ballet teacher" when I grow up, she said. The trial for the first of the six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray is due to begin Monday in Baltimore. The death of Gray while in police custody sparked some of the most violent protests the city has ever seen. It's been seven months since Gray's death. We returned to Baltimore to photograph residents as the city works to make sense of the year's events. and raised in Baltimore, Kondwani Fidel had a tough upbringing and knows what it means to lose loved ones to violence. Fidel is a substitute teacher and spoken word artist. His poems tell stories of a rough upbringing in Baltimore while attempting to inspire change. When using poetry to connect with students, "I used my story as a blueprint for them," said Fidel. the new police commissioner of Baltimore, Kevin Davis came into his role in the immediate aftermath of the unrest. This is a pivotal point for the city, said Davis. "People who find themselves in the midst of a historic moment don't always realize that they are in the midst of a historic moment," he said, "I realize that's where we are." Davis is starting by establishing relationships with various groups in the community to prevent the type of unrest the city experienced in April and May. 44-year veteran of Baltimore schools, Nancy Neilson, principal of New Song Academy, says there is something special about her current school. All of the students come from the immediate neighborhood in west Baltimore. Her students perform better than many of their counterparts, but unfortunately, it is not rare for them to be touched by the prevalent violence in the community. During the unrest earlier this year, "they were frightened because they didn't know what was going to happen," Neilson said. Nnamdi graduated from high school last year, and he is ready for the next step. "I am joining the Army," he said. After taking entry exams, Niamke qualifies for almost any position in the Army."There was a sense of collective outrage about what happened to Freddie Gray that tapped into a deep well of despair," said William Murphy, the attorney for the family of Freddie Gray. He says the biggest lesson that Baltimore can take away from the year's events is "that you can only ignore a group of people for so long." mayor of Baltimore, Sheila Dixon has emerged back into the spotlight after her 2010 resignation as part of a plea agreement in a criminal case. "I am beyond that," Dixon said, "That doesn't define who I am." Dixon says she is focused on rallying behind communities, addressing the dramatic rise in homicides and providing strong leadership. Neither Freddie Gray case nor the unrest that followed prompted the campaign, Dixon said. bartender at restaurant in the Canton neighborhood of Baltimore, Lincoln Kosman remembers the days after the riots. During the citywide curfew, Kosman said residents looked out for each other, and people checked on their neighbors. "It's affected the city in a good way," he said. "People have come together." While the spotlight remained on Baltimore, Kosman said, "I really hope that we show we're a good city. I hope we do ourselves proud now that everyone is watching." Tshamba belongs to the historic Arch Social Club. More than 100 years old, the club has been traditionally African American and for males only. "We are one of the only historic black places left in Baltimore," Tshamba said. The club sits across the street from the CVS store that was burned during the April riot. Tshamba and other members of the club participate in the 300 Men March, which calls for a stop to violence. A sign on the front of the club's building reads, "We must stop killing each other." Fullwood, 13, make A's and B's in school and wants to be a lawyer when he grows up. As the oldest of three siblings, Fullwood said he sometimes fears for the safety of his family and friends. "There was a shooting behind the school and a student almost got hurt," he said. Some parts of Baltimore are dangerous, but it's not all bad, he added. McKenney had traveled around the world with the Navy by her mid-20s. Though she loved traveling, after six years, she said, "That was enough for me." Now McKenney is a year away from earning her bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. "I thought coming back to Baltimore would taint my growth and the frame of mind I had," she said, "But it did the opposite. It enhanced me even more." Baltimore is rich with culture, compassion and love, McKenney said. "No matter where I go, I'll always be Baltimore." hours after the final Formula1 race of the season had concluded in Abu Dhabi, plenty of the drivers decamped to an exclusive VIP party in the Amber Lounge. British musician Craig David was on DJing duty. driver Nico Rosberg was triumphant in Abu Dhabi, beating world champion and teammate Lewis Hamilton, from Great Britain, into second. It was the German's third victory in a row. long after taking the checkered flag, Rosberg was letting his hair down in the Amber Lounge, which was founded in 2003 and follows the circuit round the globe. can pay $1,000 to attend the parties, getting the chance to rub shoulders with F1 drivers -- like four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel -- royalty, celebrities and supermodels. India driver Nico Hulkenberg was also in attendance. He finished the season in tenth spot in the drivers' championship. number of luxury brands are represented at the parties, which celebrate the glamorous world of F1. 30, 2015: Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar are nominated for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award, that recognizes the world's best player. The winner will be announced in Zurich in January. 29, 2015: Ronaldo scores a late goal from the penalty spot as minnows Eibar are beaten 2-0 to ease the pressure on coach Rafa Benitez after the 4-0 home defeat to Barca. 28, 2015: Barcelona's talented treble were all on the scoresheet as Real Sociedad were thumped 4-0 at the Camp Nou, Neymar grabbing two. The win maintained Barca's four-point lead at the top of La Liga. 25, 2015: After a rare three-game drought, Ronaldo returned to scoring ways with a double as Real beat Shakhtar Donetsk 4-3 in the Champions League. 24, 2015: Lionel Messi returned to Barcelona's starting line-up a with a bang -- scoring twice in a 6-1 victory over Roma in the European Champions League. The Argentine missed two months of the season after injuring a knee ligament in September. 8, 2015: In Messi's absence, Luis Suarez and Neymar stepped up and hit prolific form. The latter has eight goals in his last five La Liga matches. The Brazilian scores his second goal in Barcelona's match against Villarreal, an incredible flick, pirouette and volley to put his team 3-0 up. 4, 2015: Luis Suarez slots home the second goal in a 3-0 win over BATE Borisov in the Champions League. 31, 2015: Cristiano Ronaldo heads home Real Madrid's second goal in a 3-1 win over Las Palmas. He has failed to score in his subsequent three matches and will be looking for a return to form against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League. 17, 2015: Ronaldo celebrates with teammates after scoring against Levante to become Real Madrid's leading all-time goalscorer. As of October 17, 2015, the Portuguese striker had scored 324 goals in 309 games for the Spanish giants. 17, 2015: Cristiano Ronaldo spits out water prior to the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Levante UD. The Portuguese striker would go on to break the Real Madrid scoring record shortly after. 17, 2015: Cristiano Ronaldo poses with his Golden Shoe award for the 2014/15 season prior to the La Liga match between Real Madrid Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. The golden shoe is the annual award given to Europe's leading goalscorer. 16, 2015: Barcelona faced a testing few weeks without talisman Lionel Messi, but Neymar and Luis Suarez have emphatically filled the void. 30, 2015: A night Ronaldo will never forget -- two goals against Malmo in the Champions League took his career tally to 501. He joins the exclusive 500 club, which includes Pele, Puskas and Gerd Muller. The forward's brace drew him level with Raul on 323 goals for Real. The 2-0 victory maintained Los Blancos' 100% start in Europe. 26th. 2015: It's a sight no Barcelona fan wanted to see -- Lionel Messi injured. The star faced two months on the side-lines after tearing a ligament in his knee during Barca's 2-1 win over Las Palmas. 19, 2015: Cristiano Ronaldo may not have scored, but he did walk out at the Bernabeu with the son of the Syrian refugee tripped by a Hungarian journalist. Osama Alabed Al-Mohsen and his 7-year-old son Zied were guests of honor for Real Madrid's 1-0 win over Granada. 20, 2015: Barcelona maintained its 100% record in La Liga this season by beating Levante 4-1 at the Camp Nou. Messi scored twice, including one from the penalty spot. However, the Argentine missed a second spot kick, meaning he hasn't scored 16 of the 72 penalties he's taken for Barca, according to Opta. Messi has also missed four out of his last 10 penalties -- no other player in Spain's top flight has missed more in the last decade. 15, 2015: Ronaldo sparkles in Real Madrid's 4-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu. He claimed the 33rd hat-trick of his career and moved three goals clear of Lionel Messi at the top of the Champions League all-time scoring chart on 80. 12, 2015: Cristiano Ronaldo smashed five goals past Espanyol to become Real Madrid's all-time top scorer in La Liga. The Portugal striker moved ahead of Alfredo di Stefano and Raul to amass 229 goals in 203 matches. 12, 2015: The Argentine came off the bench at the Vicente Calderon to inspire Barcelona to a 2-1 win against Atletico Madrid in La Liga. Messi was left out of the starting 11 because he missed training to be present at the birth of his second child. 17, 2015: Messi's goal against Athletic Bilbao was not enough to help his side stage an unlikely comeback in the Supercopa. Barcelona were bidding to overturn a 4-0 first leg deficit, but the tie ended 1-5 on aggregate. 11, 2015: Leo Messi hit two free kicks past Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup final, which took place in Tbilisi, Georgia. Pedro's extra-time goal gave Barcelona a 5-4 victory over their rivals. the 2014/15 season, Messi and Ronaldo scored a combined 119 goals for club and country. In a season where the Barcelona won La Liga, the Copa Rey and the UEFA Champions League, the Argentine maestro hit 58 goals. Madrid failed to win a trophy last season. On the upside, Ronaldo was named as the world's best player by FIFA and ended the season with 61 goals - three ahead of Messi. Barack Obama -- with his daughters Sasha, left, and Malia -- laughs about pardoning a Thanksgiving turkey during a ceremony at the White House on Wednesday, November 25. "It is hard to believe that this my seventh year of pardoning a turkey," he said. "Time flies, even if turkeys don't." spy Jonathan Pollard land and his wife, Esther, leave a courtroom in New York after he was released from federal prison on Friday, November 20. Pollard is out on parole after serving 30 years behind bars. of presidential candidate Donald Trump boo the media after a heckler was removed during Trump's speech in Birmingham, Alabama, on Saturday, November 21. Robert Orsten holds a 40-pound turkey named after Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers during a Thanksgiving event in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Monday, November 23. Gov. Mark Dayton, left, used the turkey -- which is ultimately bound for an area food shelf -- to highlight an industry recovering from a devastating bout of avian flu. man jumps a fence at the White House on Thursday, November 26. He was immediately apprehended and taken into custody, the Secret Service said. Mayor Rahm Emanuel called for peace Tuesday, November 24, after police released a graphic dashcam video showing an officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in October 2014. McDonald was a black teenager. The officer who shot him, Jason Van Dyke, is white. "I believe this is a moment that can build bridges of understanding rather than become a barrier of misunderstanding," Emanuel said. "I understand that the people will be upset and will want to protest when they see this video. We as a city must rise to this moment." presidential candidate Ben Carson traveled to Jordan to visit with Syrian refugees on Saturday, November 28. Carson said he made the trip to "see with my own eyes this great human tragedy." presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks to guests at a barbecue in Wilton, Iowa, on Sunday, November 22. Gov. Charlie Baker hands a pen to House Speaker Robert DeLeo after signing a bill at the State House in Boston on Tuesday, November 24. The legislation adds criminal penalties for trafficking fentanyl, a powerful drug that law enforcement officials say is often added to heroin. circus elephant greets supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outside a campaign rally on Saturday, November 28, at Robarts Arena in Sarasota, Florida. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination for president, sits at an Atlanta cafe with rapper Killer Mike on Monday, November 23. The rapper introduced Sanders at a campaign event later in the evening. Gov. Doug Ducey, second from right, is sworn in with other officials during a U.S. Senate committee hearing in Phoenix on Monday, November 23. The hearing addressed border issues with Mexico, including drug smuggling. presidential candidate Jeb Bush delivers toys to the Salvation Army in Greenville, South Carolina, on Tuesday, November 24. Secretary of State John Kerry tours the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, November 23. Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican presidential candidate, signs copies of his book Tuesday, November 24, in Bowling Green, Kentucky. man, hoping to get an autograph from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, waits outside a coffee shop in Reno, Nevada, on Monday, November 23. President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Hall of Fame baseball player Willie Mays on Tuesday, November 24. Mays was one of 17 people to receive the nation's highest civilian award on Tuesday. Others included film director Steven Spielberg and entertainer Barbra Streisand. "These men and women have enriched our lives and helped define our shared experience as Americans," Obama said in a statement. National Park's gorillas are the park's most prized residents and its most convincing argument for tourists to venture to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, across the border from Rwanda. But park officials admit tourism alone will never be enough to save Virunga., a silverback, adopted his current troop after poachers killed four gorillas including the dominate male. "They killed these gorillas just to discourage the rangers," says Virunga's Southern Sector Head Innocent Mburanumwe. "So that we would leave the forest and then people could benefit from the rich soil.""Even when the war comes, we are here protecting these gorillas," adds Mburanumwe. "We say we will die protecting these gorillas." Nyiragongo's lava lake is the largest in the world. Africa's oldest park is also the continent's most diverse with a varied landscape of active volcanoes, savannah, mountains, lakes and forests. Director Emmanuel de Merode looks out over Virunga's ambitious 200 million dollar clean energy project. "We are on the frontline in terms of trying to protect that last incredible piece of forest. And of course its role in terms of stabilizing climate, its role in terms of addressing climate change issues is fundamental." Gracien Muyisa Sivanza and his fellow rangers hope to have Virunga's dog program fully operational next year. Virunga's bloodhounds will be used to track missing persons, poachers and criminals. The spaniels will be used to detect hidden weapons and ivory. Ranger Gracien Muyisa Sivanza, with his bloodhound Sabrina. "People think that the park is only for us rangers. Everyone needs this park. When we talk to people, we need proof. Now we have that proof," Siivanza says of Virunga's ambitious clean energy project. Matebe hydroelectric plant has to be one of the world's most picturesque construction sites. Workers weld pipes that carry water from the mountains of Virunga and the home of its famous gorillas down an embankment and into a turbine hall that sits above an expansive savannah below. Matebe plant is set to go online in December. In all eight hydroelectric plants are scheduled to be built by 2025 generating enough electricity to power the entire North Kivu region. would love to see actor Ben Stiller have a "Zoolander"-themed birthday on Monday, November 30."Glee" and "American Horror Story" creator Ryan Murphy probably has something up his sleeve to creatively mark his birthday on November 30. years have been kind to "All My Children" star Ricky Paull Goldin, who turned 50 on January 5. actress Ali Wentworth turned 50 on January 12. Diane Lane celebrated her 50th on January 22. Jazzy Jeff probably mixed it up on his day, also January 22. Alan Cumming enjoyed his special day on January 27. Sherilyn Fenn turned 50 on February 1. Chris Rock passed the half-century mark on February 7. Michael Bay may have wanted to blow some stuff up in honor of his big day on February 17. Dre can now officially be considered one of the elder statesmen of hip-hop. He celebrated his birthday on February 18."Sex and the City" star Kristin Davis celebrated her big day on February 24. is it possible that comedian Carrot Top turned 50 on February 25?! seems against the law that "21 Jump Street's" Richard Grieco turned 50 on March 23."Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker turned fashionably 50 on March 25. CNN talk show host Piers Morgan celebrated his milestone on March 30. his boyish personality, it's hard to grasp that "Iron Man" star Robert Downey Jr. hit 50 on April 4."Three and a Half Men" star Jon Cryer turned 50 on April 16. He hit the big 5-0 the same day as fellow funny man ... Martin Lawrence, who also hit the half-century mark on April 16. James, center in hat, who played the "King of Queens," turned 50 on April 26. Linda Evangelista makes 50 look pretty spectacular. She celebrated on May 10.'s "Diff'rent Strokes" for older folks now. One of the stars of that show, Todd Bridges, turned 50 on May 27. Yes, you read that right.'s been a celeb since childhood, and believe it or not, Brooke Shields became a 50-year-old on May 31. Hurley is still stunning. She turned 50 on June 10."Law & Order: Criminal Intent" star Kathryn Erbe has 50 on lockdown on July 5."Bill and Ted" star Alex Winter's most excellent adventure into his 50s began on July 17. star Jim Bob Duggar (seen here with wife Michelle Duggar) surely had a massive birthday celebration on July 18. He's the father of 19 and grandfather of four. Slash rocked into his 50s on July 23. Piven reigns as the elder statesman of his "Entourage." He turned 50 on July 26. big 5-0 was no doubt magical for "Harry Potter" author Joanne "JK" Rowling. She turned 50 on July 31. Sam Mendes won a best director Oscar for "American Beauty" in 1999. He turned 50 on August 1. past year has been a big one for Viola Davis with her hit show "How to Get Away With Murder." She turned 50 on August 11."Parenthood" actor Peter Krause celebrated his 50th on August 12."The Biggest Loser" trainer Bob Harper turned a very healthy 50 on August 18."The Closer" star Kyra Sedgwick is a fan favorite and celebrated her milestone on August 19 along with ... Kevin Dillon, who is the second-oldest member of "Entourage" and also an August 19 baby. hooray! Rapper KRS-One turned 50 on August 20. Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin is a stunner. She turned 50 on August 24.! Shania Twain felt like a 50-year-old woman on August 28. may have doubted he'd make it, but bad boy Charlie Sheen turns 50 on Thursday, September 3. Click through to see other celebs hitting the milestone this year.'s all sing happy birthday to musician Moby has his milestone on September 11."Friday Night Lights" actor Kyle Chandler celebrated his 50th on September 17."Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Cheryl Hines celebrated her milestone on September 21. to believe that William Zabka from "The Karate Kid" celebrated his 50th on October 21. singer/guitarist and the former Mr. Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale, celebrated his b-day on October 30."Hemlock Grove" star Famke Janssen celebrated her birthday on November 5. sleep till Brooklyn! Mike D of the rap group the Beastie Boys celebrated his milestone day November 20. Bjork will her day on November 21. Andy Dick turns 50 on December 21. Li finishes off the year with her milestone. The actress turns 50 on December 31. Bryant plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, October 28. In November, Bryant announced his intention to retire at the end of the current NBA season. broke a bone in his left knee in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies on December 17, 2013. Bryant finished the game, but team doctors determine that he fractured the lateral tibial plateau of his left knee. The injury benched him the rest of the season. Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is injured in the second half while playing the Golden State Warriors on April 12, 2013. The injury took him out of the rest of the 2012-2013 season. vies with Argentinian forward Leonardo Gutierrez during the USA men's basketball preliminary round match in the London Olympic Games on August 6, 2012. first lady Michelle Obama hugs Bryant after the United States played France at the Olympics on July 29, 2012. reverse dunks over Grant Hill, No. 33, and Marcin Gortat, No. 4, of the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center on January 10, 2012, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 99-83. dunks in the third quarter against the New Orleans Hornets in game five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2011, at Staples Center. joins a teaching session for fans during a promotional tour of South Korea at Korea University on July 14, 2011, in Seoul, South Korea. President Barack Obama chats with Bryant at a Boys and Girls Club in Washington on December 13, 2010. Obama welcomed the Lakers to honor their 2009-2010 season and their second consecutive NBA championship. shoots a jumper over Carmelo Anthony, No. 15 of the Denver Nuggets, in the fourth quarter of game one of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 19, 2009. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 105-103., top, and New Jersey Nets' guard Kerry Kittles fight for a rebound in the first quarter on April 3, 2002, at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. celebrates after game five of the NBA Finals against the Orlando Magic at Amway Arena on June 14, 2009, in Orlando. The Lakers won 99-86 for their 15th title and first since 2002. Bryant had 30 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists as the Lakers completed a four-games-to-one victory in the best-of-seven NBA Finals. holds his daughter, Gianna, after the Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic in the NBA Finals on June 14, 2009. accepts the best team award on behalf of the Los Angeles Lakers from musician Stevie Wonder during the 2009 ESPY Awards held at Nokia Theatre LA Live on July 15, 2009, in Los Angeles. rides the Matterhorn Bobsleds with Jonathan Guerrero, 4, and his father, David Guerrero of Pomona, California, at Disneyland on June 18, 2009, in Anaheim, California The Guerreros were among thousands of Lakers fans who turned out for a special Disneyland parade honoring the Lakers' 15th World Championship. appears on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" at NBC Studios on June 28, 2001, in Burbank, California. Divac, No. 21 of the Sacramento Kings, jumps for the ball against Bryant during game four of the Western Conference Semifinals at Arco Arena on May 13, 2001, in Sacramento, California. hugs his fiance, Vanessa Laine, while in the locker room after defeating the Indiana Pacers in game six of the 2000 NBA Finals to win the series 4-2 on June 19, 2000, in Los Angeles. Bryant later married Laine and the couple have two children., center, is restrained by teammate Ron Harper, left, and assistant coach Jim Cleamons after a confrontation with New York Knicks guard Chris Childs on April 2, 2000, at Staples Center. Both players were ejected and the Lakers went on to defeat the Knicks 106-82. player Shaquille O'Neal, right, hugs teammate Bryant on June 14, 2000, after the Lakers beat the Indiana Pacers in game four of the NBA Finals at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Lakers won the game 120-118 to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven game series. sits on the sidelines during the Euro ABC camp in Berlin on July 7, 1999. eyes the basket during the NBA Slam Dunk contest on February 8, 1997, at Gund Arena in Cleveland. Bryant is the youngest player to win the contest. May suffers with lupus, a debilitating autoimmune disease. addition to joint pain, lupus can affect the skin and internal organs. May, who was once a professional dancer, also has bouts of depression and anxiety. 32-year-old sets out props for an activity at the Ortega Center in San Juan Capistrano, a city 50 miles south of Los Angeles."Some clients have deep attachment issues," says Carol Caddes, a therapist and counselor for Otra Mas who helps run the program."They don't know how to fit with a group or how to really bond with another human being," Caddes says. horses begin responding to a person, this can help a patient identify and confront their issues, Caddes explains. horses at the Ortega Center have been donated -- many are old show horses."You see how horses interact with each other and it's similar to how people interact with each other," says May. "They're non-judgmental and don't take things personally." such as horses have long been used in therapy. discusses a recent equine-assisted psychotherapy session with members of Otra Mas at the Ortega Center. Any observations noted during therapy can be brought up in later debriefs. than 200 people have taken part in therapy at Otra Mas since it opened in 2013. has treated people suffering from depression and anger-management issues, and ex-military personnel trying to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder."I think it helps me go through a lot of my physical pain by myself instead of being so dependent on others to take me out of the emotional pit," May says."It taught me to let a lot of things in my life go," May added. big jolt of "Star Wars" mania came on Wednesday, November 4, when Lucasfilm and Disney released character posters for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," including this close-up of Harrison Ford as Han Solo. is the best look we've had thus far of Carrie Fisher reprising her role as Princess Leia. John Boyega's Finn fulfill his destiny as a Jedi?'s some mystery behind Daisy Ridley's character, Rey. mysterious still is the identity and motivation of the evil Kylo Ren."Patience you must have," Yoda would say.That's the least you need to painstakingly recreate classic Star Wars scenes from single sheets of paper using a knife, "kirigami" style.This one is from the beginning of Star Wars IV: A New Hope: "I love using forced perspective in my work such as in this piece. A lot of the original sets did that too before they where digitally enhanced," says the artist, London-based Marc Hagan-Guirey. Star Wars? "I've grown up with it. I'm fascinated by it - especially the original trilogy," says the artist. "I was too young to catch them upon release, but my brother was the right age to initially get hooked on them and I naturally inherited that from him." long does it take to make one of these? "It really varies. If I get a clear run at something, it's usually about 5 days. But I tend to step away from a piece and go back to it a few days, weeks, or months later. For example, the Carbonite Freezing Chamber model, I've been working on this one for 2 years. So, I'd say anywhere between 5 days and 2 years.""Faithfully recreating interiors brings a whole new set of challenges - especially elements that you want to appear overhead such as the crane grips above frozen Han." which scenes to recreate out of paper is actually quite difficult: "There are so many great scenes to choose from. I have a list of 20 I want to do. The ones that get produced, which will be at least 12, will be decided by how successful the funding on Kickstarter goes.""I place little Easter eggs in some of the models. There may or may not be an Ewok hiding in here somewhere..." legendary Battle of Hoth is a favorite among Star Wars fans, and Hagan-Guirey is no exception: "It's my favorite bit of the whole saga. I don't always put characters