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Indian Railway Protection Force (RPF) dog squad personnel take part in a march during Republic Day celebrations in Secunderabad. (AFP/Noah Seelam)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) salutes from behind glass during a rain storm alongside US President Barack Obama (R) as they attend India's Republic Day Parade in New Delhi. (AFP/Saul Loeb)

Indigenous Colombians of ethnic group Embera Katio mourn at a funeral of baby Eustesy, 4-months-old, who died last night by unknown causes, in Cali, Colombia. (AFP/Luis Robayo)

Cambodian protesters hold placards of convicted land rights activists during a protest in front of the Appeal court in Phnom Penh. A Cambodian court upheld convictions for 10 female land rights activists and a defrocked Buddhist monk. (AFP/Tang Chhin Sothy)

Philippine military personnel ride on a truck ride past armored personnel carriers (APC) along the highway in the town of Mamasapano, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. (AFP/Mark Navales)

A busker sings old Australian bush songs at Sydney Harbur as Australians celebrate Australia Day in Sydney. (AFP/Peter Parks)

Children play with a curtain of water at Madureira park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AFP/Yasuyoshi Chiba) 

A pedestrian looks at a TV screen in Tokyo showing news reports about Japanese journalist Kenji Goto being held by Islamic militants. (AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)

Ukrainian parliament lawmaker and leader of Ukraine's Radical Party Oleh Lyashko, (2nd L), greets Ukrainian soldiers while visiting their position near the town of Volnovakha, in eastern Ukraine. (AP/Osman Karimov, Pool)

Kei Nishikori of Japan celebrates his victory over David Ferrer of Spain in their men's singles match on day eight of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. (AFP/Paul Crock) 

North Carolina State's Abdul-Malik Abu (C) battles between Notre Dame 's Pat Connaughton (L) and Bonzie Colson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Raleigh, North Carolina. (AP/Karl B DeBlaker)

Team Foligno head coach Darryl Sutter of the Los Angeles Kings stands behind his bench during the second period of the NHL All-Star hockey game in Columbus, Ohio. Team Toews won 17-12. (AP/Gene J Puskar)

A plow is driven in Times Square following road closures on Jan 26, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the Northeast, is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 10 to 30 inches of snow to the area. (Photo: AFP/Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama (2L) speaks with Indian child rights activist and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi (C), as his wife Sumedha Satyarth (L) and US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) look on in New Delhi on Jan 27, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Saul Loeb) 

Arrested members of the international drug syndicates wearing masks are escorted by police and agents of National Narcotics Agency to a ceremony to burn some of the 862kg of crystal methamphetamine by National Narcotics Agency in Tangerang, Jakarta on Jan 27, 2015.  (Photo: AFP/Bay Ismoyo)

Demonstrators chant slogans during an anti-government protest in Lima. The Peruvian Congress repealed Monday a youth labour law that since its enactment in December, sparked mass demonstrations on the grounds that this law cuts benefits to young workers. (Photo: AFP/Eresto Benavides) 

People take part in one of several marches commemorating four months of the disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa in Mexico City. The students went missing on Sep 26, in an apparent massacre by a police-backed gang that sparked nationwide protests. (Photo: AFP/Ronaldo Schemidt) 

Colombian indigenous people of the Embera Katio ethnic group mourn during the burial of four-month-old baby Eustesy, who died of unknown causes, at the cemetery of Siloe, in Cali, Colombia on Jan 26, 2015.  (Photo: AFP/Luis Robayo)

A Thai Muslim family ride a train bound for southern province of Narathiwat, at Hua Lamphong Railway Station in Bangkok, Thailand, on Jan 27, 2015. (Photo: AP/Sakchai Lalit)

Boys watch the sunrise on Jan 27, 2015 along the eastern coast of Singapore. According to Singapore's National Parks Board, East Coast Park attracts more than seven million visitors a year. (Photo: AP/Wong Maye-E)

Deadline's Pete Hammond, actress America Ferrera, producer Bonnie Arnold and actor Djimon Hounsou attend a screening of DreamWorks Animation's "How To Train Your Dragon 2" at Harmony Gold Theatre on Jan 26, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: AFP/Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Clippers centre DeAndre Jordan (L), and guard Jamal Crawford celebrate during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Los Angeles, on Jan 26, 2015. (Photo: AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Glen Davis #0 of the Los Angeles Clippers controls a loose ball against Danilo Gallinari #8 of the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on Jan 26, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers won 102-98.  (Photo: AFP/Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Russia's Maria Sharapova celebrates winning her women's singles match against Canada's Eugenie Bouchard on day nine of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan 27, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Manan Vatsyayana) 

Students march during a protest against the country's latest round of transport fare hikes, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Amid a marked economic downturn and high inflation, bus fares went up in Sao Paulo from 3 to 3.50 reais, and in Rio, from 3.0 to 3.40 reais. (AFP/Miguel Schincariol)

Friends and relatives of Jordanian air force pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh carry his portrait in Amman as they demand the release of an Iraqi female suicide bomber on death row in Jordan. The Islamic State group threatened to kill the pilot unless Amman frees the female militant. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)

Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency chief Bambang Soelistyo, speaks during a press conference joined by government rescue officials of AirAsia plane crash in Jakarta. Indonesia's search and rescue agency said no more bodies were found in the jet's fuselage. (AFP/Romeo Gacad)

Truck drivers block the traffic at a toll gate on the A31 motorway in Saint Avold, eastern France. This blockade was called by the national trade union organisation, the French Democratic Confederation of Labour, part of a drivers' strike to demand higher salaries. (AFP/Jean-Christophe Verhaegen)

Kashmiri Muslim villagers offer prayers near the body of Abid Ahmed Khan, a suspected local militant commander, during his funeral procession in Handora. A gunbattle between Indian government forces and suspected rebels killed two rebels and two troops in the Kashmir region. (AP/Mukhtar Khan)

Personal gear allegedly owned by the slain policemen are shown on a corn field after residents found them at the site of the encounter between police commandos and Muslim rebels in southern island of Mindanao. (AFP/Mark Navales)

Pope Francis greets soldiers as he arrives for his weekly general audience at the Paul VI hall at the Vatican. (AFP/Vincenzo Pinto)

Brazilian model Izabel Goulart (front) and other models present creations by Alexandre Vauthier during the 2015 Haute Couture Spring-Summer collection fashion show in Paris. (AFP/Francois Guillot)

The trophy for the Singapore Open golf tournament is presented in Singapore. The Singapore Open will return in late January 2016 after a three-year absence with a new title sponsor and sanctioning partner from Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

Novak Djokovic of Serbia makes a forehand return to Milos Raonic of Canada during their quarter-final match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia. (AP/Vincent Thian)

Serena Williams of the US shouts during her women's singles match against Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova on day ten of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. (Photo: AFP/William West)

Los Angeles Lakers' Jeremy Lin (L) is pressured by Washington Wizards' Kevin Seraphin during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. (AP/Jae C Hong)

Philippine police commandos carry the flag-draped coffins of their fallen comrades from C-130 planes shortly after arriving at a military base in Manila. The Philippines mourned dozens of policemen killed in a botched anti-terror operation. (AFP/Ted Aljibe)

Relatives of one of the slain Philippine police commandos grieves in front of the flag-draped coffins, after the bodies arrived at a military base in Manila. (AFP/Ted Aljibe)

An Israeli army 155mm mobile artillery battery is stationed near the border with Lebanon in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Lebanon's Hezbollah it will pay the "full price" after missiles killed two Israeli soldiers. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)

South Korean firefighters wearing protective gear take care of a mock victim during a drill against a terrorist attack in Seoul. The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said the exercise is a part of preparation to prepare the city since threats of terrorism are growing worldwide. (AP/Ahn Young-joon)

Chaturon Chaisang (L), who was education minister in the government ousted by the military, talks to an officer as he reports at an army base in Bangkok. Chaturon is one of two former ministers summoned by the military, which is escalating its campaign to crush dissent. (AFP/Pornchai Kittiwongsakul)

Ukrainian servicemen of the Donbass volunteer battalion take part in clean-up operations in a village in the Lysychansk district of the Lugansk region, controlled by pro-Russian separatists. Ukraine's president appealed to Russia's Vladimir Putin to rein in the separatists. (AFP/Anatoli Boiko)

Nigerian refugees prepare food and go about their daily lives at a United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) camp in Baga Sola. The refugees arrived in the camp after the attack by Boko Haram millitants in the Nigerian town of Baga. (AFP/Sia Kambou)

A model presents a creation for Viktor&Rolf during the 2015 Haute Couture Spring-Summer collection fashion show in Paris. (AFP/Francois Guillot)

Serena Williams of the US plays a shot during her women's singles semi-final match against Madison Keys of the US on day eleven of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. (AFP/Paul Crock)

Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara plays a shot during the seventh and final one-day international cricket match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. (AFP/Marty Melville)

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, of France, skate their short dance during the European Figure Skating championships in Stockholm, Sweden. (AP/Ivan Sekretarev)

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin flips as he run up court in the first half during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. (AP/Rick Bowmer)

A Philippine police woman touches one of the flag-draped coffins as she grieves the loss of police commandos. (AFP/Ted Aljibe)

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland plays a shot during the second round of the 2015 Omega Dubai Desert Classic on January 30, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo: AFP/Karim Sahib)

The UAE team celebrate after winning their third-place play-off football match against Iraq at the AFC Asian Cup in Newcastle on January 30, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Saeed Khan)

Indian fielder Stuart Binny catches England's batsman Jos Buttler during the tri-series one-day cricket match between England and India at the WACA in Perth on January 30, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Tony Ashby)

Robert Sacre of the Los Angeles Lakers (R) is blocked by Pau Gasol of the Chicago Bulls during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on January 29, 2015. The Lakers went on to win 123-116. (Photo: AFP/Mark Ralston)

A new generation of Chinese language apps are using tricks traditionally employed by online games to get users hooked on learning. (Photo: AFP/Philippe Lopez)

A woman walks through the snow on January 30, 2015 in Munich, southern Germany. (Photo: AFP/DPA/Andreas Gebert)

Three French tourists have been arrested by Cambodian authorities for taking nude photos of each other at a temple in the famed Angkor Wat complex. (Photo: AFP/Christophe Archambault)

Serbia's Novak Djokovic plays a shot during his men's singles semi-final match against Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka on day 12 of the Australian Open in Melbourne on January 30, 2015. (Photo: AFP/William West)

A worker passes by an advertisement featuring sculptures in Shanghai on January 30, 2014. The cold winter weather is set to continue in the southern Chinese city over the coming days, according to forecasts. (Photo: AFP/Johannes Eisele)

US fast food giant McDonald's has served up a super-sized order of controversy by proposing a branch in a historic building in one of China's most frequently painted landscapes, Hangzhou's West Lake. (Photo: AFP)

Georgian army tanks take part in a military drill near the Vaziani military base near the Georgian capital Tbilisi on Jan 30, 2015. NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow arrived in Tbilisi for a visit regarding Georgia's prospective integration into the alliance. (AFP/Vano Shlamov) 

Demonstrators stage a rally to demand to free a Japanese hostage Kenji Goto who has been kidnapped by the Islamic State group in front of the Prime Minister's official residence in Tokyo. The Japanese public has rallied around Goto, a respected war reporter and humanitarian. (AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters surround Islamic State extremists inside a hotel near police headquarters in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, 290 kilometres north of Baghdad, Iraq. The three gunmen took positions inside the hotel, triggering a firefight with the Kurds and the police. (AP)

A rebel comforts a wife of a killed civilian in shelling in Donetsk,Ukraine. Artillery fire in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk killed at least 12 civilians, the city hall in the rebel stronghold said, as fighting intensifies between pro-Russia separatists and government troops. (AP/Vadim Braydov)

Yemeni supporters of the separatist Southern Movement take part in a demonstration in Aden to demand renewed independence of the South. Yemen's powerful Shiite militia, who descended from their base in Yemen's north, had seized control of the presidential palace and key government buildings. (AFP)

Heads of African States and government at the opening ceremony of the 24th Summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa. AU leaders opened a two-day summit with conflicts and Ebola topping the agenda. (AFP/Zacharias Abubeker)

A member of the DNRED checks counterfeit shoes before their destruction at Chateaubriand's waste disposal. Around 12 tones of sport shoes worth 1.5 million euros, which were seized in Nantes in June 2015, will be destroyed. (AFP/Georges Gobet)

Bands from the three wings of Indian military perform during the Beating Retreat ceremony, in New Delhi, India. The ceremony marks the end of Republic Day festivities. (AP/Manish Swarup)

A woman walks through the snowy forest on the Grosser Feldberg mountain in the Taunus region near Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. (AFP/DPA/Frank Rumpenhorst)

Gary Stal of France plays a shot during the second round of the 2015 Omega Dubai Desert Classic in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AFP/Karim Sahib)

Southern California's Jordan McLaughlin (R) puts up a shot during the second overtime of an NCAA college basketball game against Colorado in Los Angeles. Colorado won 98-94 in triple overtime. (AP/Jae C Hong)

St Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz threads the puck between two defenders and past Nashville Predators goaltender Carter Hutton to score during the second period of an NHL hockey game in St Louis. (AP/St Louis Post-Dispatch/Chris Lee)

Pair Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov of Russia perform their short program routine during the ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Stockholm, Sweden. (AFP/Jonathan Nackstrand)

A man conducts a Chinese military band during the Shanghai Municipal People's Congress (SMPC). The Shanghai New Year's Eve crush which left 36 dead showed "critical neglect", the mayor of the Chinese commercial hub said. (AFP/Johannes Eiseles)

Riot police take cover behind their shields during clashes with protesters in Pristina, Kosovo. Clashes with police broke out following a demonstration by several thousand people demanding that the government dismiss one of its three Serb ministers. (AFP/Armend Nimani)

Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro demonstrate in front of riot police in Caracas. With Venezuela's economy in crisis, President Nicolas Maduro announced a 15-per cent hike in the minimum wage, and plans to keep a multi-tiered exchange rate system in place. (AFP/Federico Parra)

U.S. President Barack Obama offers floral tribute at the site where Indian independence icon Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in New Delhi, India. Obama's arrival in the bustling capital of New Delhi marked the first time an American leader has visited India twice during his presidency. (AP)

Alexis Tsipras, leader of Greece's Syriza left-wing main opposition party surrounded by photographers reacts as he casts his vote at a polling station in Athens. Greeks were voting in an early general election crucial for the country's financial future. (AP/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Afghan children look on while playing hear their home on a hilltop overlooking Kabul. As winter continues across Central Asia, many Afghans struggle to provide adequate food and shelter for their families. (AFP/Wakil Kohsar)

People look at a cheese display during the inauguration of the first edition of the International Taste Biennial in the Croix Rousse tunnel in Lyon, central-eastern France, where a 1.7km buffet has been set up as part of the International Catering, Hotel and Food Show. (AFP/Jean-Philippe Ksiazek)

Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne plays a shot during the sixth one-day international cricket match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the University Oval in Dunedin. (AFP/Marty Melville)

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada makes a forehand return to Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia. (AP/Vincent Thian)

Rohan Dennis of Australia races during stage 6 of the 2015 Tour Down Under cycling competition in Adelaide. The Tour Down Under is being held between Jan 18 to 25. (AFP/Mark Gunter)

Abner Lopez (R) lands a punch on Aik Shakhnazaryan during a Super Lightweight match at First Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado. Lopez won the fight. (AFP/Getty Images/Justin Edmonds)

Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne plays a shot during the sixth one-day international cricket match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the University Oval in Dunedin. (AFP/Marty Melville)