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Supporters of the thousands of protesters who paralysed parts of Hong Kong to demand greater democracy from Beijing gather in Sydney. Sydney's Hong Kong House was plastered with notes of support with hundreds of people also signing a petition in support of those in Hong Kong. (AFP/Peter PARKS)

Two Taiwan students display placards reading "citizens disobeying orders to support Hong Kong" during a demonstration at the lobby of the Hong Kong office in Taipei. Dozens of Taiwan and Hong Kong university students demanded that the Hong Kong government to stop the use of force. (AFP/SAM YEH)

Protesters take cover as police fire tear gas during scuffles at a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong. (AFP/XAUME OLLEROS)

A military helicopter, aiding in rescue operations, flies above Mount Ontake as it continues to erupt in Nagano prefecture. (AP/Koji Ueda)

Supporters of PM Narendra Modi of India crowd the streets outside Madison Square Garden after Modi gave a speech there during a reception by the Indian community in honour of his visit to the US in New York. (AP/Jason DeCrow)

Drivers negotiate water and debris in the street at the intersection of North Central Avenue and Osborn Road in Phoenix as intense storms sweep through the Southwest, snapping trees and bringing floods to parts of Nevada. (AFP/Alex Chihak)

West Bromwich Albion's Graham Dorrans (2nd R) pushes through Burnley players during the English Premier League football match in West Bromwich. (AFP/PAUL ELLIS)

Thierry Henry #14 (L) of New York Red Bulls evades a tackle from Baggio Husidic #6 of Los Angeles Galaxy in the first half at StubHub Center in Los Angeles, California. The Galaxy defeated the Red Bulls 4-0. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images/AFP)

Yoon Yu-Ri (C) of South Korea is tackled by Bangladesh during their women's Kabaddi preliminary group A match event of the 17th Asian Games in Incheon. (AFP/Ed Jones)

South Korea's Lee Seungchul (in blue) competes in a bout against Uzbekhistan Jamshid Kenjaev (in red) in the men's freestyle 61kg wrestling repechage round 1 event during the 2014 Asian Games at the Dowon Gymnasium in Incheon. (AFP/ROSLAN RAHMAN)

Gold medallist Thailand's Jutatip Maneephan reacts on the podium during the medal ceremony for the women's cycling road race at The Songdo Road Cycling Course during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon. (AFP/Bay ISMOYO)

Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei reacts after a point against China's Lin Dan in their men's singles semi-final badminton match during the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon. (AFP/ROSLAN RAHMAN)

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Pro-democracy protesters gather at a rally in the Causeway Bay area of Hong Kong. (AFP/Alex Ogle)

Police officers stand off with pro-democracy protesters next to the police headquarters in the Wan Chai area of Hong Kong. (AFP/ALEX OGLE)

Hong Kong and Taiwanese student demonstrators scuffle with police for supporting pro-democracy protests taking place in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office in Taipei, Taiwan. (AP/Chiang Ying-ying)

Indonesian protesters rally in Jakarta to oppose a regional election bill, after parliament voted to scrap direct elections for local officials. The placard reads: "Condolence over the death of democracy in Indonesia from Decree of the Indonesian People's Movement." (AP/Achmad Ibrahim)

Iraqi Shiite militiamen fire their weapons during clashes with militants from the Islamic State group, in Jurf al-Sakhar, 70km south of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo)

Kurds from Turkey and Syria break down barbed wires at the Turkey-Syria border near Suruc, Turkey to escape Islamic State militants' advance. (AP/Burhan Ozbilici)

Medical staff members of the Croix Rouge NGO put on protective suits before collecting the body of a victim of Ebola, in Monrovia. (AFP/PASCAL GUYOT)

A resident observes damage at a destroyed home after shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. (AP/Darko Vojinovic)

Menahem Asher Silva Vargas, a 37-year-old lawyer, smiles as he shows off his collection of Harry Potter memorabilia, after being awarded the Guinness World Record title for the largest collection, in Mexico City. (AP/Rebecca Blackwell)

South Korea's goalkeeper Hong Myonghui (L) watches as the ball goes into the goal after a shot by North Korea's Kim Yumi (R) during the women's football semi-final match of the 2014 Asian Games at the Munhak stadium in Incheon. (AFP/PRAKASH SINGH)

Philippines' Marestella Torres competes in the final of the women's long jump athletics event during the 17th Asian Games at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium in Incheon. (AFP/MARTIN BUREAU)

Indonesia's Tontowi Ahmad (L) and Liliyana Natsir (R) return a shot against China's Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei in the mixed doubles badminton final at Gyeyang gymnasium during the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon. (AFP/JUNG YEON-JE)

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An armed Yemeni Shiite Huthi rebel child mans a checkpoint in the capital Sanaa. Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi vowed to restore state authority and warned of "civil war" in the Sunni-majority country as Shiite rebels were seen in near-total control of the capital. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)

A Ukrainian serviceman sits on an armored personnel carrier in a suburb of the eastern town Debaltseve in the region of Donetsk. Top UN human rights official Ivan Simonovic said that the death toll in Ukraine's conflict has soared past 3,000, likely by a significant margin. (AFP/Anatolii Stepanov)

Thousands of Syrian refugees, mostly tired and devastated, enter Turkey at Yumurtalik crossing gate near Suruc, Turkey. More than 200,000 people fleeing the Islamic State militants’ advance on Kobani, Syria, arrived in Turkey during the last four days to find safety. (AP/Burhan Ozbilici)

An Orthodox priest conducts a blessing in front of the Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. US astronaut Barry Wilmore and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova are set to travel to the International Space Station. (AP/Pavel Golovkin)

An angry farmer dumps vegetables in front of the prefecture building of Saint-Brieuc, northwestern France, as part of a protest against falling prices and revenues, as the vegetable sector is being hit by a drop in prices and by a Russian embargo on Western products. (AFP/Fred Tanneau)

A firefighters sets a controlled burn with a drip torch while fighting the King Fire, in Mosquito, California. Nearly 2,000 firefighters were added to battle the wildfire threatening thousands of homes, in anticipation of erratic winds and hotter temperatures. (AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

An Indian Hindu devotee bathes after preforming a 'pind-daan' ritual for the salvation of his ancestors at Sangam on the last day of Pitru Paksha in Allahabad. Pitru Paksha is a 16-day period when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors. (AFP/Sanjay Kanojia)

US President Barack Obama and former US president Bill Clinton speak before Obama's speech at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in New York City. The annual meeting convenes global leaders to discuss solutions to world problems. (John Moore/Getty Images/AFP)

China's Cong Wang (L) competes against Kao Yu Chuan of Taiwan during their women's 60kg wushu sanda final match of the 2014 Asian Games at the Ganghwa Dolmens gymnasium in Incheon, South Korea. (AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)

China's Fang Xin (L) spars with Japan's Miyayama Ryo during the men's sabre team fencing competition at the Goyang Gymnasium of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. (AFP/ Indranil Mukherjee)

Bubba Watson of the US plays out of a bunker onto the 12th fairway during a practice round ahead of the Ryder Cup golf tournament at Gleneagles, Scotland. (AP/Peter Morrison)

Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens hits a return during her match against Alize Cornet of France at the Wuhan Open tennis tournament in Wuhan, in China's Hubei province. (AFP/Greg Baker)

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A formation of US Navy F-18E Super Hornets. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike Islamic State targets in Syria. (AFP/US Air Force/Staff Sgt Shawn Nickel)

A Syrian Kurdish woman wipes her eyes during a dust storm on a hill where she and others stand watching clashes between militants of the Islamic State (IS) and Kurdish fighters, at Swedi village in Sanliurfa province. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

A UN Security Council summit meeting on foreign terrorist fighters is chaired by US President Barack Obama during the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. (AFP/ Saul Loeb)

A New York City Police van blocks 42nd Street in New York City. Due to the United Nations General Assembly, an increased police presence was seen throughout the city. (Bryan Thomas/Getty Images/AFP)

Indonesians who oppose the new bill on local elections chant during a protest outside the parliament building in Jakarta. Indonesia's parliament was set to decide whether to scrap the direct election of local leaders. (AFP/Adek Berry)

Indian school children stand in formation as they celebrate the success of India's Mars Orbiter Mission, at a school in Chennai. India's Mars Orbiter Mission successfully entered orbit around the Red Planet on in its first attempt, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced. (AFP)

Japan's electronic parts maker Murata Manufacturing unveils small robots for cheerleading, as they perform at a press preview in Tokyo. Murata Cheerleaders, equipped with various sensors, can make formations with wireless network sensing technology. (AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)

Models sit on the catwalk during Dries van Noten's Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented in Paris, France. (AP/Jacques Brinon)

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic hits a return during her quarter-final match against Caroline Garcia of France at the Wuhan Open tennis tournament in Wuhan, in China's Hubei province. (AFP/Greg Baker)

Japan's captain Koji Kayukawa (L) and Singapore's Prashan Anbalagan crash to the ground while they battle for possession of the ball during their A pool hockey match at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. (AP/Rob Griffith)

South Korea's Son Young-ki (R) spars with Ian Joshua Lim of Singapore during their men's fencing foil team quarter-finals match of the 2014 Asian Games at the Goyang gymnasium in Incheon, South Korea. (AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)

India's Shagun Chowdary competes during the Women's Double Trap shooting competition at the 17th Asian Games at Gyeonggido Shooting Range in Incheon, South Korea. (AP/Dita Alangkara)

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A US motorcade approaches the United Nations headquarters during the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York City. The annual event brings political leaders from around the globe together to report on issues, meet and look for solutions. (John Moore/Getty Images/AFP)

Indonesian parliament member Edhy Prabowo of Gerindra Party gestures during a vote over a local elections bill in Jakarta. Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo accused his opponents of rolling back democracy after parliament voted to scrap direct elections of local officials. (AFP/Nurdriansyah)

Cambodian protesters shout slogans during a protest near the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh. About 100 people, including Buddhist monks, protested outside Australia's embassy in Cambodia against a deal that will see asylum-seekers rejected by Australia resettle in Cambodia. (AP/Heng Sinith)

A Greek Army Apache helicopter takes part in an air show at Athens Paleo Faliro coastal suburb. The show was a pre-event for Athens annual Flying Week at the weekend at an airfield north of Athens. (AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki)

Photo taken from a cruise ship that rescued migrants from a small boat stranded off the east Mediterranean island's main Limassol port, Cyprus, shows apparent refugees on the boat. More than 300 people, apparently refugees fleeing from Syria, refused to leave the cruise ship. (AP/Haris Milonas)

A Bangladeshi artist works on a clay idol of the Hindu Goddess Durga in preparation for the upcoming Hindu festival Durga Puja in Old Dhaka. The annual five-day Hindu festival worships the goddess Durga, who symbolizes power and the triumph of good over evil in Hindu mythology. (AFP/Munir uz Zaman)

Indian children fish in floodwaters at Sonaruguri village in Nagaon some 220 kilometres east of Guwahati. At least 55 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced in flash floods and mudslides in India's northeast after days of heavy rain, local authorities said. (AFP/Anuwar Hazarika)

Cricketers practice on the ice-covered crater of the Kilimanjaro mountain, Tanzania. The game is an attempt to play the world's highest game of cricket, breaking the previous record set in 2009 on Mount Everest. (AFP/Peter Martell)

Zhong Xingping of China performs in the women's qualification round for the gymnastics trampoline event at the Namdong Gymnasium during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. (AFP/Prakash Singh)

South Korea's Song Sang-wuk (L) and Cheon Jai-sik parade their horses after winning gold during the equestrian team jumping final at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. (AP/Eugene Hoshiko)

Qatari driver Khalifa Saleh al-Attiyah and his Cypriot co-driver Savvas Laos of QMMF rally Team drive their Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VII during the FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) candidate event near the Iranian city of Shiraz. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)

Martina Hingis of Switzerland reaches for a return as partner Flavia Pennetta (L) of Italy looks on during their women's doubles semi-final win over Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears of the US at the Wuhan Open tennis tournament in Wuhan, in China's Hubei province. (AFP/Greg Baker)

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Protesters wearing protective gear against pepper spray look on outside Hong Kong's government headquarters on Sep 27, 2014. More than 50 protesters were cleared from the grounds of the government complex after storming it overnight. (AFP/Aaron Tam)

A protester holds up signs that say "public disobedience, occupy central, student class boycott awakens society", in front of police in riot gear outside the forecourt of Hong Kong's government headquarters on Sep 27, 2014. (AFP/Aaron Tam)

Egyptians hold portraits of toppled president Hosni Mubarak as they gather in his support outside the Maadi military hospital in Cairo on Sep 27, 2014, ahead of his court appearance. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)

A handout image obtained from Geoscience Australia on Sep 27, 2014, shows the MH370 search area encompassing the seabed on and around Broken Ridge. (AFP/Geoscience Australia)

This TV picture released by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Chubu Regional Development Bureau shows the eruption of the Mount Ontake in Nagano prefecture on Sep 27, 2014. (AFP)

Iraqi volunteers, loyal to Shiite Muslim spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, attend a combat training session at a military camp in the mainly Shiite southern city of Basra on Sep 27, 2014. (AFP/Haidar Mohammed Ali)

Flames arise after a fire broke out at the Mediterranean Refinery of Milazzo, one of the most important in southern Italy, on Sep 27, 2014. The refinery contains a million gallons of fuel. (AFP/Giovanni Isolino)

Faithful confess ahead of the mass celebrated for the beatification of Alvaro del Portillo in Madrid on Sep 26, 2014. (AFP/Gerard Julien)

Kei Nishikori of Japan returns a shot against Jarkko Nieminen of Finland in the men's singles semi-final at the ATP Malaysia Open tennis tournament in Kuala Lumpur on Sep 27, 2014. (AFP/Mohd Rasfan)

China's gold medalists Zhang Jie (L), Xie Durun (C) and Zhai Yujia (R) pose at the award ceremony for the men's team 10m running target mixed finals during the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon on Sep 27, 2014. (AFP/Roslan Rahman)

A general view shows the Venice's Aman hotel where George Clooney's fiancee, Amal Alamuddin stays before her wedding on September 27, 2014. (AFP/Andreas Solaro)

A model presents a creation by Junya Watanabe during the 2015 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show, on Sep 27, 2014 in Paris. (AFP/Bertrand Guay)

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Rescue workers and Self Defence Force soldiers searching for missing climbers and survivors among ash-covered mountain cottages on the top of Mount Ontake at Nagano prefecture one day after Japan's volcano Ontake erupted in central Japan, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures. (AFP/JIJI PRESS)

Parents and family members of the six children killed in an accident and stampede at the Mingtong Primary School in Kunming, southwestern China's Yunnan province, stage a protest march. (AFP)

Food and beverages are provided free to protestors during a demonstration outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters massed outside Hong Kong's government headquarters on Saturday night. (AFP/XAUME OLLEROS)

Pro-democracy protesters wearing masks and goggles to protect against pepper spray gather near the government headquarters in Hong Kong. Activists massed outside Hong Kong's government headquarters, vowing to keep up an increasingly tense civil disobedience campaign. (AFP/ALEX OGLE)

Young Indian girls from the Shatriya or Rajput communities pose prior to the start of the Talwar No Garbo (Traditional Dance with Swords) organised by the Vasna Paldi Rajput Samaj on the third day of the 'Nine Nights of Navratri' festival in Ahmedabad. (AFP/Sam PANTHAKY)

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI (L) is welcomed by Pope Francis as he arrives to attend a papal mass for elderly people at St Peter's square at the Vatican. (AFP/TIZIANA FABI)

A visitor examines "With Wind," an installation by Chinese artist Ai WeiWei's that is part of @Large: Ai WeiWei on Alcatraz in San Francisco, California. The piece, located in the former Federal prison, features kites meant to convey the contrast between freedom and restriction. (AFP/NOAH BERGER)

Evian's Senegalese forward Modou Sougou (L) vies with Lorient's French midfielder Mathieu Coutadeur during the French L1 football match between Lorient (FCL) and Evian Thonon Gaillard (ETGFC) at the Moustoir stadium in Lorient, western France. (AFP/JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD)

Lyon's Romain Loursac dives to score a try during the French Top 14 rugby union match Lyon (LOU) vs Castres (CO) at the Matmut Stadium in Lyon, central eastern France. (AFP/JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK)

Road race cyclist Jang Kyung-Gu of South Korea reacts as he finishes first during the men's road race at Songdo Road Cycling Course during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon. (AFP/Bay ISMOYO)

Thailand's Duangsri Masaya (R) watches Praphatsarang Fueangfa (L) strikes the ball as Myanmar's Khin Hnin Wai (C) tries to block in the women's team sepaktakraw final match during the 2014 Asian Games at Bucheon Gymnasium in Bucheon, east of Incheon. (AFP/ PRAKASH SINGH)

China's Wang Yihan competes with comrade Li Xuerui in the badminton women's single finals at Gyeyang gymnasium during the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon. (AFP/ROSLAN RAHMAN)

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