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A South Korean soldier takes position during an anti-terror drill as part of an annual joint military drill outside a tunnel in Seoul. South Korea and the United States launched the military drill despite condemnation by North Korea which has threatened a retaliatory strike. (AFP/Jung Yeon-je)

An armed Yemeni boy loyal to the Shiite Houthi movement poses during a tribal gathering against Al-Qaeda militants in the Bani al-Harith area, north of Sanaa. Yemen faces multiple domestic problems, including insurgencies posed by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)

Pope Francis holds the pastoral staff as he celebrates a Mass of reconciliation at Seoul's main cathedral, in South Korea. Pope Francis wrapped up his first trip to Asia by challenging all Koreans to reject the "mindset of suspicion and confrontation" that cloud their relations. (AP/Gregorio Borgia)

Israeli supporters of the right-wing Organisation for Prevention of Assimilation in the Holy Land (LEHAVA) scuffle with police during a demonstration outside a wedding hall where an Arab-Israeli and a Jewish-Israeli got married in the coastal city of Rishon Letzion. (AFP/Gali Tibbon)

Police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd during a protest for Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager who was killed by a police officer last Saturday in Ferguson, Missouri. Another peaceful protest quickly deteriorated, prompting police to fire tear gas. (AP/Charlie Riedel)

File photo: A Kurdish peshmerga fighter prepares his weapon near the Mosul Dam at the town of Chamibarakat outside Mosul, Iraq. (AP/Khalid Mohammed)

A Russian armoured personnel carrier moves in a field in about 10 kilometres from the Russia-Ukrainian border control point at the Russian town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region. (AP/Pavel Golovkin)

Indian forest rangers ride on an elephant as they patrol in the flood affected Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary at Morigaon some 60 kilometres east of Guwahati. Heavy rainfall has claimed at least 24 lives in India. (AFP/Biju Boro)

Ireland's players tackle France's Scrumhalf Jennifer Troncy (C) during the IRB Women's Rugby World Cup third place play-off match between France and Ireland at the Jean Bouin Stadium in Paris. (AFP/Kenzo Tribouillard)

Great Britain's Greg Rutherford competes to win the Men's Long Jump final during the European Athletics Championships at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich, Switzerland. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)

Repsol Repsol Honda Team's Spanish rider Dani Pedrosa (L) and Yamaha Factory Racing's Spanish rider Jorge Lorenzo compete during the Moto P race at the Czech Grand Prix in Brno. (AFP/Michal Cizek)

Kyle Larson exits his car after catching fire after a crash in Turn 4 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. (AP/Dave Frechette)

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Law enforcement officers look on amid tear gas during a protest in Ferguson, Missouri. Two people were shot and 31 arrested in the latest night of unrest in Ferguson where a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed African-American teenager, Michael Brown. (AFP/Michael B Thomas)

A Shiite fighter loyal to Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, holds a position as they back the Iraqi army in the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants after re-taking control of an area in the Jurf al-Sakher district about 65 kilometres south of Baghdad. (AFP/ALI AL-SAADI)

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's Type-89 armored combat vehicles flare up a smoke screen during an annual live firing exercise at Higashi Fuji range in Gotemba, southwest of Tokyo. (AP/Shizuo Kambayashi)

A Ukrainian soldier talks with children in Popasna, recently freed by Ukrainian forces from pro-Russia militants. Kiev accused pro-Russian rebels of killing "many" civilians trying to leave a conflict-torn area by shelling them with equipment provided by Moscow. (AFP/ANATOLII STEPANOV)

Supporters of anti-government cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri  (images seen at the background) take part in a protest, in Islamabad, Pakistan. Qadri led massive rallies in Pakistan’s capital, demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif step down over alleged fraud in last year’s election. (AP/Muhammed Muheisen)

A Palestinian boy makes his way through the rubble of the destroyed terminal of Gaza's former international airport in the southern city of Rafah. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have agreed to extend a five-day truce by 24 hours. (AFP/THOMAS COEX)

A man walks with an upside down flag in a protest for Michael Brown, an African-American teenager who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson. Brown's shooting has sparked more than a week of protests, riots and looting in the St Louis suburb. (AP/Charlie Riedel)

Workers hang outside the clock face as they clean the Big Ben clocktower of the Houses of Parliament in London. (AP/Sang Tan)

An actress rehearses a scene from the Chinese opera "A Dream of Red Mansions" at the National Theater in Taipei, Taiwan. "A Dream of Red Mansions," written by Chinese author Cao Xueqin, is known as one of the greatest achievements in Chinese literature. (AP/Wally Santana)

USA's C J Hobgood rides a wave during the 14th edition of the Billabong Pro Tahiti surf event, part of the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) world tour, in Teahupoo, on the French Polynesian island Tahiti. (AFP/GREGORY BOISSY)

This picture taken with an underwater camera shows gold medallist Hungary's Katinka Hosszu competing in the 400m medley women final event at the 32nd LEN European swimming championships in Berlin. (AFP/DAMIEN MEYER)

Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez fields the throw as New York Mets Matt den Dekker slides into second in the fourth-inning of a baseball game at Citi Field in New York. (AP/Kathy Willens)

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This aerial view shows the damage caused by a landslide after heavy rains hit the city of Hiroshima, western Japan. At least 32 people were killed and another nine were still missing after a huge landslide engulfed homes in western Japan, reports said. (AFP/Jiji Press)

A Palestinian woman walks along a street covered in debris following an Israeli airstrikes on the Jabalia Palestinian refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. Hamas said that an Israeli air strike killed the wife and child of its Gaza military chief, as Cairo truce talks froze. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)

People evacuate from a building during a civil defence drill part of the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise in Seoul, South Korea. The US-South Korean military exercises are described by the allies as routine and defensive, but Pyongyang sees them as invasion preparation. (AP/Ahn Young-joon)

Police officers charge into a group of demonstrators to make an arrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Violent outbreaks have taken place in Ferguson since the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9th. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP)

Members of the Iraqi anti-terrorism forces wave the national flag in celebration after securing a checkpoint from Sunni militants in the village of Badriyah, 15 kilometres west of Mosul. Iraqi forces launched a string of attacks on Sunni militants. (AFP/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)

Supporters of Pakistani religious cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri rest in front of the parliament building, after tens of thousands of protesters entered Islamabad's high-security Red Zone the night before, in Islamabad. (AP/Muhammed Muheisen)

Afghan honour guard soldiers stand in formation during the Independence Day ceremony in Kabul. King Amanullah won the country's independency from Britain in 1919. (AP/Massoud Hossaini)

Lorries of the Russian humanitarian convoy wait not far from a checkpoint at the Ukrainian border some 30km outside the town of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky in the Rostov region. Ukrainian authorities fear the lorries may be used to smuggle in arms to the pro-Kremlin insurgents. (AFP/Dmitry Serebryakov)

Villagers sail on a boat through a flood-affected area in Ashigarh village, about 70 kilometres (44 miles) east of Gauhati, India. Heavy rainfall for the past few days has affected several districts of Assam state, flooding dozens of villages and displacing thousands. (AP/Anupam Nath)

Brazil's Thaisa Menezes spikes the ball against Turkey during the Women's Volleyball World Grand Prix final round in Tokyo, Japan. (AP/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Brazil's Miguel Pupo rides a wave during the second day of the 14th edition of the Billabong Pro Tahiti surf event, part of the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) world tour, in Teahupoo, on the French Polynesian island of Tahiti. (AFP/Gregory Boissy)

Atletico Madrid's midfielder Raul Garcia celebrates after scoring during the Spanish Supercup first-leg football match Real Madrid CF vs Club Atletico de Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. (AFP/Gerard Julien)

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Cars damaged by a landslide lie in mud and debris after heavy rains hit the city of Hiroshima, western Japan. (AFP PHOTO/Jiji Press)

Supporters of anti-government cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri block an entrance to Parliament during a protest at Islamabad's high-security Red Zone in Islamabad, Pakistan. (AP/Anjum Naveed)

Nepalese health workers monitor arriving passengers for signs of fever, one of the symptoms of Ebola, at a health desk at Nepal's only international airport in Kathmandu. (AFP/Prakash MATHEMA)

Hong Kong's Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So (R) and businessman Allan Zeman take part in the ice bucket challenge fund-raising event in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

A excavator removes cement and debris of a home destroyed in an Israeli air strike on Gaza City's Sheikh Radwan neighbourhood. (AFP/MOHAMMED ABED)

A priest blesses volunteers of battalion 'Donbas' as they hold battalion flags during a blessing ceremony in St. Michael Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukrainian government troops are fighting pro-Russian rebels in the streets of Luhansk. (AP/Efrem Lukatsky)

Police try to disperse a crowd in Ferguson, Missouri, USA. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

France's Camille Gheorghiu competes in the women's 100m backstroke preliminary event at the 32nd LEN European swimming championships in Berlin. (AFP/TOBIAS SCHWARZ)

Russia's Natalia Malykh (L) spikes the ball past Miyu Nagaoka (R) of Japan during the women's volleyball World Grand Prix final round first day match in Tokyo, Japan. (AFP/TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA)

Bangladesh batter Tamim Iqbal Khan (L) swings during a One Day International between the West Indies and Bangladesh at Grenada National Cricket Stadium in St. George's, Grenanda. (AFP/Jim WATSON)

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Men clad in Japanese Imperial Army and Navy uniforms stand at attention at the entrance to the controversial Yasukuni shrine as people visit to offer prayers and remember the country's war dead in Tokyo on the 69th anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II. (AFP/Toru Yamanaka)

South Koreans wave national flags during a ceremony to mark South Korea's liberation from Japanese colonial rule, in Seoul. South Koreans marked the 69th anniversary of the end of Japan's 35-year control of the Korean peninsula. (AFP/Jung Yeon-je)

A Pakistani supporter of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan rides his motorcycle rickshaw during a protest march to Islamabad, in Ghakhar area in eastern Punjab province. (AFP/Asif Hassan)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort to celebrate Independence Day in New Delhi. India commemorated its Independence in 1947 from British colonial rule. (AP/Manish Swarup)

A Jammu Kashmir policeman performs a daredevil stunt during India's Independence Day celebration in Srinagar. Parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir remained under curfew on India's Independence Day as separatists called for a general strike in the Himalayan region to protest Indian rule. (AP/Dar Yasin)

Ukrainian tanks pass the eastern Ukrainian city of Vuglegirsk, Donetsk region, freed by the country's forces three days ago. Fierce clashes between government forces and rebel fighters have killed 74 civilians over the last three days in east Ukraine's war-torn Donetsk region. (AFP/Anatoli Stepanov)

Thai bomb squad units inspect the site of a motorcycle bomb attack on an army truck, planted by suspected separatist militants, in Thailand's restive southern province of Narathiwat. One Thai soldier died and two others were injured during the blast. (AFP/Madaree Tohlala)

A huge floating Sea Turtle sculpture drifts past the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia. The sculpture will be exhibited in the nearby Darling Harbour to celebrate a new underwater art exhibit at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. (AP/Rob Griffith)

Cyclists ride during the first stage of the Arctic Race of Norway between Hammerfest and Nordkapp in Norway. (AFP/Jonathan Nackstrand)

Kenya's Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku final reacts after winning the gold medal in the men's 5000 metres final during the 19th Senior Africa Championship Athletics in Marrakesh, Morocco. (AFP/Fadel Senna)

John Isner returns a serve against Andy Murray during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament in Mason, Ohio. (AP/Al Behrman)

The Spanish team performs their free routine in the synchronised swimming event at the 32nd LEN European swimming championships at the Europa-Sportpark in Berlin. (AFP/John Macdougall)

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Catholic worshippers gather to watch Pope Francis lead a mass at Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul. Pope Francis beatified 124 early Korean martyrs at a mass in Seoul and challenged the massive crowd to ask what values they might be willing to die. (AFP/POOL/Lee Jin-man)

Pope Francis gestures during his visit to the rehabilitation centre for disabled people at Kkottongnae in Eumseong, South Korea. (AP/Ahn Young-joon, Pool)

A masked Palestinian boy wearing a Hamas headband holds up a toy gun during a rally in the West Bank city of Nablus to support people in the Gaza Strip and against Egypt's policy on Gaza, which Hamas says favours Israel. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)

Demonstrators raise their hands as they protest the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael Brown was killed in broad daylight with witnesses and law enforcement providing conflicting accounts of how the 18-year-old lost his life. (AFP/Joshua Lott)

Pakistani supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan gather on a bridge as they wait for Khan prior to joining the protest march to Islamabad, in Ghakhar area in eastern Punjab province. (AFP/Asif Hassan)

A Russian military truck carries supplies on a road outside the town of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky in Rostov region, some 30km from the Russian-Ukrainian border, Russia. Ukraine said it destroyed part of a Russian armoured column that entered onto its territory. (AFP/Dmitry Serebryakov)

Spanish bullfighter Rafael Cerro performs with an El Torero ranch fighting bull during a bullfight at Las Ventas bullring, in Madrid. Bullfighting is an ancient tradition in Spain. (AP/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

Participants covered in soap bubbles enjoy a summer event to cool them off at Toyosu Magic Beach in Tokyo, Japan. (AP/Koji Sasahara)

A rainbow enlightens the sky prior to the Men's 400m final during the European Athletics Championships at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich, Switzerland. (AFP/Olivier Morin)

Sweden's Emma Green competes in the Women's High Jump qualifying round during the European Athletics Championships at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich, Switzerland. (AFP/Franck Fife)

Cyclists ride during the 207km second stage of the Arctic Race of Norway between Honningsvag and Alta in Norway. (AFP/Jonathan Nackstrand)

Sailboats race downwind with the Manhattan skyline for a backdrop in New York. Amateur sailors on 19 teams from more than a dozen countries competed in the sixth "Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge" races in New York Harbour. (AFP/Don Emmert)

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Indonesian combat aircraft, F16 and Hawk of the US, M50 of South Korea and Sukhoi of Russia fly over Indonesia's presidential palace during a ceremony marking the 69th Indonesian Independence Day in Jakarta. (AFP/Adek Berry)

A supporter of anti-government cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri sleeps on the ground under a truck during a protest in Islamabad, Pakistan. Qadri led massive rallies in Pakistan’s capital, demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif step down over alleged fraud in last year’s election. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

An Indian villager pushes his bicycle along a submerged road in the flood-affected village of Ashigarh. Heavy rainfall in India's states of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam has submerged more than 100 villages and affected more than 150,000 people. (AFP PHOTO/STR)

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community settle at the Qandil mountains near the Turkish border. Militants shot 80 Yazidi men to death in Iraq before abducting their wives and children, officials and eyewitnesses reported. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

The coffin of Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos arrives on a fire truck at the Palacio do Campo das Princesas, where his wake will be held. Campos died when his campaign jet slammed into houses in the city of Santos in bad weather. (AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDA)

Law enforcement officers stand guard while people protest the shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown's shooting following a suspected robbery of a box of cigars has sparked a week of protests and looting in the St Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

A participant takes a selfie as she runs through a "colour station" during the five-kilometre Color Run event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. During the race, participants are doused with coloured powder after every kilometre covered. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

Nepalese Hindu devotees gather to celebrate the birth of Hindu lord Krishna at Lalitpur. Nepalese Hindus mark the occasion with traditional dances, worship and merry-making. (AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA)

Festival-goers carrying a portable shrine are splashed with water during the summer festival of Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine in downtown Tokyo. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

A woman and her dog attend mass during Dog Day, in El Alto, Bolivia. Bolivian households celebrate the Feast of San Roque, who is the patron saint of dogs and take this opportunity to provide extra special attention to their pets. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Riders compete during the "Palio" horse race in Siena, Italy. The Palio medieval race is held twice a year in Siena with jockeys riding bareback round a makeshift race course set up in the city's central square. (AFP PHOTO/ FABIO MUZZI)

Photo taken with an underwater camera shows Italy competing in the synchronised swimming team free routine final event at the 32nd LEN European swimming championships in Berlin. (AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER)

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