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Filipino firefighters walk on the roof of a house as a huge fire rages through a slum area in Manila. Almost 1,000 families were affected by the fire according to local media reports. (AFP/Noel Celis)

Members of the national police confront demonstrators during a protest against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. Hundreds of Venezuelans marched in Caracas for the "resurrection of democracy" in a new day of protests against the government. (AFP/Federico Parra)

A volunteer stands before messages and flowers left at a makeshift memorial at the main gate of Danwon high school in Ansan where many of the schoolchildren missing from the sunken South Korean ferry "Sewol" attended. (AFP/Kim Doo-Ho)

A man lays flowers by a portrait of democracy activist Win Tin before a memorial ceremony in Yangon. The co-founder of Myanmar's pro-democracy opposition and the nation's longest-serving political prisoner has died at the age of 84. (AFP/Soe Than Win)

Afghan officials look at the body of Taliban militant Dr Abdul Wasi, the group's "governor for Kandahar province", in Lashkar Gah, the capital of southern Helmand province. Dr Abdul Wassi and three other militants were killed during an operation by Afghan security forces. (AFP/Noor Mohammad)

Women sing the Russian national anthem during a pro-Russia rally outside the secret service building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk. US Vice President Biden was to begin a visit to Ukraine amid Russian "outrage" over a deadly weekend shootout in the rebel east. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei (L) poses with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for photographers prior to a meeting at the Istana in Singapore. The Sultan is in Singapore for a three-day state visit from 21 to 23 April 2014. (AP/Wong Maye-E)

Spanish bullfighter Curro Diaz performs with a Gavira ranch fighting bull during a bullfight at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid. Bullfighting is an ancient tradition in Spain and the season runs from March to October. (AP/Andres Kudacki)

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi (L) duels for the ball against Athletic Bilbao's Mikel San Jose during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona won 2-1. (AP/Manu Fernandez)

Washington Wizards forward Nene (L) guards against Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer during the first half of Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Chicago. (AP/Nam Y Huh)

Benfica's Uruguayan defender Maxi Pereira raises the trophy as he celebrates their 33rd Portuguese title league at their end of their football match against Olhanense at Luz stadium in Lisbon. Benfica won 2-0. (AFP/Francisco Leong)

Matt Kuchar plays a shot on the 18th green during the final round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Link in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Kuchar won the tournament with a 11-under total of 273. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP)

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An injured Pakistani blast victim reacts at a hospital after a bomb attack in Charsadda bazaar, some 30 kilometres north of Peshawar. At least one person was killed and 33 injured in a bomb attack on a police van in Pakistan's troubled northwest, police said. (AFP/A Majeed)

Anti-nuclear protesters sit behind a quilt outside Parliament during a demonstration in Taipei. Former Taiwanese opposition leader and anti-nuclear activist Lin Yi-hsiung launched an indefinite hunger strike in protest at a nearly completed nuclear facility. (AFP/Sam Yeh)

A woman arranges flower baskets in front of a portrait of Win Tin, a senior leader of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party, a day ahead of his funeral in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP/Khin Maung Win)

South Korean rescue members carry the body of a victim recovered from the "Sewol" ferry to an ambulance at a harbour in Jindo. Dive teams, under growing pressure from bereaved relatives, accelerated the grim task of recovering hundreds more bodies from the submerged vessel. (AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)

A pro-Russian militant sits on top of an armoured vehicle in front of the occupied Ukraine Security Service building in Slovyansk, Ukraine. Pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings in the city and are demanding independence from Ukraine. (Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP)

Visiting Thai army, air force and police personnel pray as they hold their newly-issued monk's robes during a ritual at the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, India. The Thai defence personnel are spending two weeks at the temple as practicing Buddhist monks. (AFP/STR)

Aceh students coated in mud roll a globe symbolising the Earth during an Earth Day celebration in Banda Aceh, capital of Aceh province. The protesters were demanding the preservation of Indonesia's forests that are rapidly being converted into agricultural plantations. (AFP/Chaideer Mahyuddin)

A protester is confronted by police at the US Embassy during a rally in Manila, Philippines, to protest US President Obama's visit next week. The US and Philippine governments are rushing to finalise an agreement which will allow a larger US military presence in the country. (AP/Bullit Marquez)

Nigerian women dance during a procession at the yearly Lagos carnival to mark the Easter holiday. The carnival was held with processions combining elements of a circus, displays of fabulous costumes by the participants, and public street parties at various locations. (AFP/Pius Utomi Ekpei)

Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin protects the ball against Golden State Warriors Draymond Green (R) during Game Two of their first-round NBA Western Conference playoff game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles California. Clippers won 138-98. (AFP/Robyn Beck)

Spanish players Rafael Nadal (L) and David Ferrer pose inside the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona ahead of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament Conde de Godo. (AFP/Josep Lago)

French surfer Alizee Arnaud competes during the 30th edition of the Biarritz Quiksilver Maider Arosteguy in Biarritz, southwestern France. Arnaud won the competition. (AFP/Gaizka Iroz)

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A Syrian woman sits with her children on the sidewalk, in downtown Istanbul. The number of Syrian refugees in Turkey has reached "almost one million," Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, while pledging to keep accepting those fleeing the war. (AFP/BULENT KILIC)

Shiite fighters from the Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades carry the coffin of a comrade recently killed in Syria during his funeral in the central shrine city of Najaf. The fighter was purportedly killed in neighboring Syria fighting alongside pro-government forces. (AFP/HAIDAR HAMDANI)

A resident sits on a plywood as demolition crew start tearing down their shanties at Manila's Tondo district. More than a hundred shanties along a long stretch of a major road were demolished to pave the way for the widening of the busy avenue. (AP/Bullit Marquez)

This picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on April 22, 2014 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting a fishery station of the Korean People's Army at an undisclosed location inside the country. (AFP/KCNA)

Bahraini protesters run for cover from tear gas and bird shots fired by police during clashes following the funeral of Ahmed al-Mosajen and Ali Abbas, Bahrainis who died when their vehicle exploded two days ago in a village west of Manama. (AFP/MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH)

French soldiers part of the Sangaris Operation arrive to escort a convoy in Bangui. The United Nations has evacuated almost 100 Muslims from the capital of the crisis-torn Central African Republic to "save their lives", according to officials. (AFP/ISSOUF SANOGO)

A woman lays flowers during the funeral of men killed in a gunfight in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. US Vice President Joe Biden met Ukraine's new pro-Western leaders to offer American backing as Washington and Moscow traded blame over an unravelling peace deal. (AFP/ GENYA SAVILOV)

Communist party members and supporters stand near a monument to the Soviet Union founder Vladimir Lenin in Russia's second city of St. Petersburg as they mark the 144th anniversary of Lenin's birth. (AFP/OLGA MALTSEVA)

Members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance, including Native Americans, farmers and ranchers from across the United States, ride horseback down Independence Avenue as part of a demonstration against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP)

Chelsea's Frank Lampard (L) vies with Atletico Madrid's Raul Garcia during their UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg football match which ended goalless. (AFP/GERARD JULIEN)

Zhang Linpeng and Feng Xiaoting of China's Guangzhou Evergrande tussle for the ball against Yuji Bakazawa (L) of Japan's Yokohama F Marinos during their AFC Champions League group G first round match at the Tianhe Sport Center in Guangzhou. (AFP/STR)

Shinji Ono of Australia's Western Sydney Wanderers celebrates after scoring during the AFC Champions League Group H match against China's Guizhou Renhe in Sydney. The home side ran out 5-0 winners. (AFP/Daniel MUNOZ)

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A Ukrainian military helicopter flies over a column of Ukrainian combat vehicles on the way to the town of Kramators. Kiev has so far been unable to rein in the pro-Russian separatists who have seized numerous government facilities in at least nine eastern cities. (AP/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Demonstrators take part in a protest against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. Maduro recently celebrated his first anniversary in office, after succeeding the late Hugo Chavez, as protests continue around the country. (AFP/Juan Barreto)

South Korean Coast Guard try to rescue missing passengers from a sunken ferry off the southern coast near Jindo, South Korea. Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered the search for hundreds of passengers still missing a day after their ferry capsized and sank. (AP/Ahn Young-joon)

An Indian election offical carries an electronic voting machine across a makeshift bridge in Doda, some 175km from Jammu. Indians began voting April 7 in the world's biggest election, which is set to sweep the Hindu nationalist opposition to power. (AFP/STR)

People participate in a pillow fight in Zlin, southeastern Moravia, Czech Republic. With 224 people taking part, the event was the country's largest pillow fight and will get an entry in the Czech version of the Guinness Book of Records. (AFP/Radek Mica)

Pope Francis holds aloft the Book of the Gospels during a Chrism mass for Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday) at St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. The Chrism Mass marks the start of the Easter celebrations. (AFP/Andreas Solaro)

Britain's Prince William (centre L) and his wife Catherine (centre R) meet with girl guides at Winmalee, an area in Australia's Blue Mountains heavily affected by bushfires. (AFP/William West/POOL)

An investigator inspects confiscated unauthorised replicas of the FIFA World Cup trophy in a customs area in Yiwu, east China's Zhejiang province. A total of 1020 replicas were confiscated in the raid by Yiwu custom investigators, two months before the 2014 FIFA World Cup begins in Brazil. (AFP)

(L-R) Real Madrid's forward Alvaro Morata, goalkeeper Iker Casillas, midfielders Nacho and Isco pose with the trophy after winning their Spanish Copa del Rey final football match against FC Barcelona at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia. Real Madrid won the match 2-1. (AFP/Cesar Manso)

Benfica's Eduardo Salvio (L) from Argentina, heads the ball to score the opening goal past Porto's Alex Sandro, from Brazil, during their Portugal Cup semi-final second leg soccer match at Benfica's Luz stadium in Lisbon. (AP/Francisco Seco)

San Antonio Spurs' Cory Joseph (5) tumbles over Los Angeles Lakers' Robert Sacre (50) as they chase a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Antonio. Los Angeles won 113-100. (AP/Eric Gay)

Michelle Wie hits her first shot on the 6th hole during the first round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship Presented by J Golf in Kapolei, Hawaii. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFP)

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Indian Catholic devotees enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ during a 'passion play' tableau at The Mount Caramel Church in Hyderabad as part of Good Friday celebrations. Christians mark the Holy Week of Easter in celebration of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (AFP/ Noah Seelam)

People gather at Danwon High School in Ansan to mourn and pray with candles for students of the school who are among the missing passengers of a South Korean capsized ferry. Around 300 people -- mostly schoolchildren -- are still missing after a South Korean ferry capsized. (AFP/Truth Leem)

An employee wipes a TV screen in a shop in Moscow during the broadcast of President Vladimir Putin's televised question and answer session with the nation. Putin said that dialogue was the only way out of the intensifying Ukraine crisis. (AFP/Alexander Nemenov)

Anti-government protesters shield themselves as they launch a firework at the Bolivarian National Police during clashes in Caracas, Venezuela. Opposition protesters are demonstrating against high crime, high inflation and shortages of basic goods. (AP/Ramon Espinosa

Supporters of Algerian President and candidate to the presidential elections Abdelaziz Bouteflika (poster in the background) celebrate in Algiers. Ailing incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika was poised to clinch a fourth presidential term despite chronic health problems. (AFP/Patrick Baz)

Girls in traditional clothes react as boys throw water in Kalocsa, Hungary, during a traditional Easter celebration rehearsal. Locals from south Hungary celebrate Easter with the "watering of the girls", a fertility ritual rooted in Hungary's tribal pre-Christian past. (AFP/Attila Kisbenedek)

Honda Motors demonstrates its Asimo robot during a media preview of the 2014 New York International Auto Show in New York. The show opens with a sneak preview to the public April 18 and runs through April 27. (Eric Thayer/Getty Images/AFP)

A painting of Britain's Prince George is held up in the crowd as they await Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at Manly beach, on Sydney. Britain's Prince William, Kate and their son Prince George are on a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia. (AFP/William West)

A girl poses in a sea of tulips at Keukenhof , in Lisse, near Amsterdam, Netherlands. Keukenhof, one of the best known international attractions, is a showcase of the Dutch floricultural industry, with a special emphasis on flowering bulbs. (AP/Peter Dejong)

Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov serves to Spain's David Ferrer during their Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament tennis match in Monaco. Ferrer won 6-4, 6-2. (AFP/Jean-Christophe Magnenet)

Infiniti Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany waits in his car during the first practice session of the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai. (AFP/Goh Chai Hin)

Ryo Ishikawa of Japan hits out of a bunker to the ninth green during the first round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. (AP/Stephen B Morton)

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Mother of a Nepalese guide killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest cries while she waits for his body at Sherpa Monastery in Kathmandu. Rescuers were searching on the slopes of Mount Everest for four Sherpa guides who were buried by an avalanche that killed 12 other guides. (AP/Niranjan Shrestha)

A relative of a passenger aboard the sunken ferry Sewol weeps as she waits for her missing loved one at a port in Jindo, South Korea. Fresh questions emerged about whether quicker action by the captain of the ship could have saved lives. (AP/Ahn Young-joon)

Former Ukrainian prime minister and presidential hopeful Yulia Tymoshenko speaks to journalists after her press conference in Donetsk, Ukraine. Tymoshenko arrived in Donetsk in a bid to defuse the tensions and hear "the demands of Ukrainians who live in Donetsk". (AP/Sergei Grits)

Britain's Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, bow in prayers after planting a tree at the RAAF Amberley Memorial Garden in Brisbane, Australia. The royal couple is on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand with their son, Prince George. (AP/Dan Peled, Pool)

US President Barack Obama receives a jersey from the US Naval Academy football team during the Commander-in-Chief Trophy presentation at the White House. The trophy is given annually to the winner of a football series among the Army, Navy and Airforce Service Academies. (AFP/Chris Kleponis)

Turkish miners protest near riot police forces against the government's energy privatisation plans during a rally in Ankara. (AFP/ADEM ALTAN)

Firefighters control a fire set on a car by 58 employees of auto manufacturer Bosal as they denounce their dismissal conditions, in Beine-Nauroy, central France. Workers have occupied the factory since February asking for an extra-legal premium of 40,000 euros per person. (AFP/FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI)

Supporters of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood take part in a rally to protest against the death penalties for the members of the radical group in Egypt, near the Egyptian embassy in Ankara. (AFP/ADEM ALTAN)

Penitents take part in the "Jesus del Gran Poder" procession during Holy Week celebrations in Quito, Ecuador. Christians around the world mark Holy Week with a series of rituals commemorating Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection three days later on Easter Sunday. (AFP/RODRIGO BUENDIA)

An archer shoots an arrow to a target during a Yabusame demonstration of samurai martial arts in the 13th century in Tokyo. Yabusame is a form of mounted archery in traditional Japanese archery, with an archer on a running horse shooting three arrows at wooden targets. (AFP/TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA)

Andy Sullivan of England tees off on the eighth hole during the third round of the Malaysian Open golf tournament at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (AP/Lai Seng Sin)

Angelique Kerber of Germany plays a shot in her match against Casey Dellacqua of Australia during the Fed Cup semi-finals between Australia and Germany in Brisbane, Australia. Kerber beat Dellacqua with a score of 6-1, 6-0. (AP/Tertius Pickard)

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South Korea Coast Guard members transfer the bodies of passengers from the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' to a ship at sea off Jindo. (AFP/JUNG YEON-JE)

South Korean relatives of a victim of a capsized ferry react in Jindo as divers retrieved more bodies from inside the submerged ferry. (AFP/TRUTH LEEM)

Two men conducting pre-deployment checks on the Phoenix Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Artemis off the deck of Australian Defence vessel "Ocean Shield" to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean. (AFP/AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE/LSIS BRADLEY DARVILL)

Fans dressed in gothic-inspired "Lolita" outfits pose with Japan's Lolita-style fashion leader Misako Aoki (front-3rd L) during an autograph session to celebrate the publication of Aoki's "Lolita Fashion Book", at her shop in Tokyo. (AFP/TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA)

Aztec dancers perform to celebrate Easter at the La Placita square in Los Angeles, USA. (AFP/JOE KLAMAR)

Decorative painted Easter eggs are seen at the Ao Baptist Church on Easter Day in Dimapur in the north eastern state of Nagaland, India. (AFP/Caisii Mao)

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge (R), holds her son Prince George as they visit with her husband, Britain's Prince William (L), the enclosure for the Australian animal called a bilby at Sydney's Taronga Zoo. (AFP/POOL/David Gray)

An armed man in military fatigues stands guard at a barricade outside the regional administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk which is occupied by pro-Russian separatists. (AFP/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV)

Williams driver Felipe Massa of Brazil (center left) and Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany (centre right) collide into turn one at the start of the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai. (AP/Eugene Hoshiko)

Michelle Wie (C) dances the hula after winning the 2014 LPGA LOTTE Championship golf tournament at Ko Olina Golf Club in Kapolei, Hawaii. (AP/Eugene Tanner)

Bernard Hopkins (R) of USA exchanges blows with Beibut Shumenov (L) of USA during their WBA & IBA Light-heavyweight title fight at the DC Armory in Washington. (AFP/Nicholas KAMM)

Germany's Angelique Kerber hits a return against Australia's Sam Stosur during their tennis match in the Fed Cup semi-final tie between Australia and Germany at Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane, Australia. (AFP/Patrick HAMILTON)

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