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A worker looks at wine bottles that were thrown from the shelves at Van's Liquors following an earthquake in Napa, California. The 6.0 earthquake that rocked the San Francisco Bay Area was the strongest to hit the region in a quarter of a century. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP)

Anti-corruption protesters march on the first year anniversary of an anti-graft street protest in Manila. Protesters gathered at the Philippine capital's central park to hold a rally against "pork barrel" government spending, with criticism aimed at President Benigno Aquino. (AFP/Ted Aljibe)

Palestinian men stand in the rubble of a mosque targeted in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City. An Israeli air raid in Gaza left two Palestinians dead overnight, taking the number of killed Palestinians in the seven-week conflict to 2,122, Palestinian sources said. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)

A Ukrainian girl waves the national flag sitting on her father's shoulders during celebration of Ukraine's 23rd Independence Day in Kiev. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko announced a US$3-billion boost to defence spending to combat pro-Russian rebels.(AP/Efrem Lukatsky)

A car sits atop an embankment after losing control and skidding up the concrete retaining wall on South La Brea Ave in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles. The driver and his passenger escaped injury. (AFP/Mark Ralston)

A Yemeni officer, who is a member of Shiite Hawthi rebels, chants slogans demanding the government step down during a demonstration on a street in Sanaa. Yemen's Shiite rebel group are demanding a new government and a review of the country's economic policies. (AP/Hani Mohammed)

An Indian artist works on a statue of the Hindu god Lord Ganesh ahead of the forthcoming Ganesh Chaturthi festival at a workshop in Hyderabad. The statues are being prepared for the Ganesh festival, a popular Hindu religious festival in India which will be celebrated on August 29. (AFP/Noah Seelam)

Singer-songwriter Usher performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, California. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

A piece of wing flys over Mercedes-AMG's German driver Nico Rosberg after a collision with teammate Mercedes-AMG's British driver Lewis Hamilton at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Spa during the Belgium Formula One Grand Prix. (AFP/John Thys)

This picture taken with an underwater camera shows first placed France Florent Manaudou competing in the 50m freestyle final event at the 32nd LEN European swimming championships in Berlin. (AFP/Damien Meyer)

USA Pro Challenge bike race leader Tejay van Garderen (C) of BMC Racing Team wears the yellow race leader jersey as he rides in formation with teammates between Boulder and Golden, Colorado. Van Garderen won the 2014 USA Pro Challenge, and his team won overall. (AP/Brennan Linsley)

France's Michel Bourez rides a wave during the third 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)

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Spectators attend the finale of the 14th edition of the Billabong Pro Tahiti surf event, part of the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) world tour, on August 25, 2014 in Teahupoo, on the French Polynesian island of Tahiti. (AFP/Gregory Boissy)

Palestinian children demonstrate near an Israeli checkpoint in the centre of the West Bank city of Hebron after they couldn't pass the checkpoint to get to school as it was closed off by Israeli security forces on August 26, 2014. (AFP/Hazem Bader)

Israelis and emergency services gather at the site of a damaged house in the Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon, 13 kilometres from the border with the Gaza Strip, after it was hit by a rocket launched from Hamas militants in the Palestinian enclave on August 26, 2014. (AFP/David Buimovitch)

This general view shows the main stadium for the upcoming 2014 Asian Games in Incheon on August 26, 2014. The 2014 Asian Games will take place between September 19 and October 4, with Asia's top athletes competing across 36 sports. (AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)

Mascots named Barame (L), Vichuon (C) and Chumuro (R) pose on the flag plaza of the Athletes' Village for the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon on Aug 26. The 2014 Asian Games will take place between Sep 19 and Oct 4, with Asia's top athletes competing across 36 sports. (AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)

Peshmerga fighters guard a post in the strategic Jalawla area in Diyala province, which is a gateway to Baghdad, as battles with Islamic State (IS) jihadists continue on August 25, 2014. (AFP/Ali Al-Saadi)

Coloured houses in Burano, an island in the Venetian lagoon. Burano is known for its small, brightly painted houses. The colours of the houses follow a specific system originating from the golden age of its development. (AFP/Gabriel Bouys)

Australia's Owen Wright rides a wave during the finale of the 14th edition of the Billabong Pro Tahiti surf event, part of the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) world tour, on August 25, 2014 in Teahupoo, on the French Polynesian island of Tahiti. (AFP/Gregory Boissy)

Indian nuns from the Catholic Order of the Missionaries of Charity take part in a mass to commemorate the 103rd birth anniversary of Mother Teresa at the Indian Missionaries of Charity house in Kolkata on August 26, 2014. (AFP/Dibyangshu Sarkar)

A woman taking a photo of an artwork in the exhibition hall of China's second international cultural trade base, the National Base for International Cultural Trade in Beijing. The base is a collection of cultural trade enterprises and institutions, exhibitions and logistics centres. (AFP)

A boy (L) plays behind a passenger "jeepney" in a flooded street caused by overnight heavy rains in Manila on Aug 26, 2014. The weather bureau issued a "yellow" rain warning in the metropolis early on Aug 26, due to a low pressure area in the region of Bicol, southeast of Manila. (AFP/Ted Aljibe)

Actors Aaron Paul (L), Anna Gunn (C) and Bryan Cranston (R) pose in the press after winning various awards for "Breaking Bad" during the 66th Emmy Awards. (AFP/Mark Ralston)

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A group of Palestinian boys, one carrying the national flag, walk past destroyed houses in the Shejaiya neighbourhood of Gaza City following the long-term truce agreed between Israel and the Palestinians. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)

A resident of Gaza City's Shejaiya neighbourhood walks in a street lined by destroyed homes. A long-term ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians took hold after 50 days of the deadliest violence in a decade. (AFP/Roberto Schmidt)

Fans of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the Turkish Republic’s founder, gather to form a giant Ataturk portrait at Ataturk's mausoleum during the week of Turkish Victory Day (August 30), in Ankara, Turkey. (AFP/STR)

A Ukrainian serviceman walks past a trench on the front line near Lugansk during shelling. Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko began a bilateral meeting in Minsk to discuss the conflict raging in eastern Ukraine, officials said. (AFP/Oleksandr Ratushniak)

Afghan election commission workers wait to begin the audit of the presidential run-off vote in the country's general election at a counting centre in Kabul. Afghanistan's election teetered on the brink of collapse as one of the two candidates boycotted the UN-supervised vote audit. (AFP/Shah Marai)

A Kashmiri pilgrim hugs a relative on her departure to Mecca for the annual haj pilgrimage, in Srinagar. Some 26,300 haj travel applications were received for this year's pilgrimage season, with 7,007 pilgrims selected for the journey. (AFP/Rouf Bhat)

Pope Francis is greeted by the faithfull gathered at St Peter's Square prior to his weekly general audience in Vatican City. (AFP/Vincenzo Pinto)

Airbus employees throw flower petals to welcome Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (C) during his visit to their facility in Bangalore, India. Clegg is on a three-day visit to India to strengthen bilateral and economic ties. (AP/Aijaz Rahi)

Ana Lopera and Julio Montoya, from Colombia, compete during the 2014 Tango World Championship Stage category final, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP/Natacha Pisarenko)

Taylor Townsen, returns a shot to Serena Williams during the first round of the US Open tennis tournament in New York. (AP/Darron Cummings)

Martin Zuniga (L) of Mexico's America vies for the ball with goalkeeper David Guerra of Comunicaciones FC from Guatemala during the CONCACAF Champions League at Cementos Progreso Stadium in Guatemala city. (AFP/Johan Ordonez)

Chicago Sky's Elena Delle Donne (L) and Tamera Young (C) battle Atlanta Dream's Jasmine Thomas (R) for a rebound in the first half of Game 3 of the WNBA basketball Eastern Conference semi-finals in Atlanta. Chicago won 81-80. (AP/John Bazemore)

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Relatives watch as Thai Muslim pilgrims depart for the annual haj pilgrimage to Mecca at Narathiwat airport, southern Thailand. The haj is a religious duty that must be carried out at least once in the lifetime of every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. (AFP/Madaree Tohlala)

Female supporters of the Shiite Huthi movement shout during a protest in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi urged Shiite rebel leader Abdulmalik al-Huthi to withdraw his followers from the capital after the failure of negotiations on their demands. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)

A Palestinian man kisses a Hamas militant sniper during a parade by Hamas militants in Shejaiya. Israel and Palestinians both boasted of victory in the Gaza war but analysts say Hamas received only promises while the conflict aggravated divisions in the Israeli leadership. (AFP/Roberto Schmidt)

South Korean unionised workers stage a rally outside Hyundai Kia Automotive Group's headquarters in Seoul. South Korea's Hyundai Kia Automotive Group was hit by fresh strikes as thousands of workers downed tools to push for wage reforms. (AFP/Jung Yeon-je)

Elephants feast on a buffet of fruits and vegetables as part of the King's Cup elephant polo tournament in Thailand's Samut Prakan province. The King's Cup, held annually to promote elephant projects and conservation, takes place from August 28 to 31. (AFP/Pornchai Kittiwongsakul)

Soldiers of the Indian Central Reserve Police Force display their skills during a passing out parade on the outskirts of Srinagar. The CRPF soldiers will join the Indian soldiers fighting separatist Islamic guerrillas in Kashmir and Maoist rebels in different parts of India. (AP/Mukhtar Khan)

Malaysian students wave their national flags during a rehearsal for Malaysia National Day celebrations at Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia will celebrate its 57th Independence on August 31. (AP/Vincent Thian)

One of the one-month-old Panda triplets receives a body check at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou in south China's Guangdong province. The extremely rare panda triplets were born on July 29 in the southern city of Guangzhou. (AP/Kin Cheung)

A boogie-boarder rides a wave at the wedge in Newport Beach, California. Southern California beachgoers experienced much higher than normal surf, brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off the coast of Mexico. (AP/Chris Carlson)

Maria Sharapova of Russia returns a shot to Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania during their 2014 US Open women's singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in New York. (AFP/Stan Honda)

Athletic Bilbao's Iker Muniain (top) jumps over his fellow teammates after his team scored against SSC Napoli, during their Champions League playoff second leg football match, at San Mames stadium in Bilbao, northern Spain. Athletic Bilbao won 3-1. (AP/Alvaro Barrientos)

Eric Farr of Grand Junction, Colorado, performs with his motorcycle during the US FMX Motorcross Championship Series event at the Stark County Fair in Canton, Ohio. (AP /The Repository, Bob Rossiter)

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Mount Tavurvur erupts in eastern Papua New Guinea, spewing rocks and ash into the air, forcing the evacuation of local communities and international flights to be re-routed. Mount Tavurvur rumbled to life early in the morning on the tip of the remote island of New Britain. (AFP/Oliver Bluett)

UN armoured vehicles of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) wait to cross from the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights to Syria. Syrian airstrikes targeted rebels near the border in the Golan Heights, after opposition fighters captured a border crossing point. (AP/Ariel Schalit)

Armed Ukrainian servicemen comb the area after being shot at by pro-Russian rebels near the small city of Dzerzhynsk, in the Donetsk region. NATO said Russian troops were supporting pro-Kremlin separatists but Moscow insisted none of its soldiers were on Ukrainian soil. (AFP/Oleksandr Ratushniak)

Workers prepare for the launching ceremony of the Russian diesel-electric attack submarine Stary Oskol at Admiralty Shipyard in Saint Petersburg. Submarine "Stary Oskol" Project 636 is the third in the series, built to deliver the Russian Black Sea Fleet. (AFP/Olga Maltseva)

Turkish religious leaders speak at a ceremony for Turkey's new President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Cankaya Palace. Erdogan said that as the first president to be elected by the people, instead of parliament, his tenure would usher in an era of a "new Turkey, a great Turkey." (AP/Burhan Ozbilici)

South Korean members of the Association of Independence Fighters shout slogans during an anti-Japanese rally in Seoul. South Korea slammed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for sending a message of support earlier this year to a memorial service dedicated to WWII war criminals. (AFP/Jung Yeon-je)

Members of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' armed wing, stand guard in the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP /Said Khatib)

Italian actress Cristiana Capotondi arrives for the screening of the movie La Rancon de la Gloire presented in competition at the 71st Venice Film Festival at Venice Lido. (AFP/Gabriel Bouys)

Sorana Cirstea, of Romania, returns a shot to Eugenie Bouchard, of Canada, during the second round of the 2014 US Open tennis tournament in New York. (AP/Darron Cummings)

Dawn Harper-Nelson, of the United States, celebrates her victory during the women's 100m hurdles final at the Diamond League Athletics meeting Weltklasse in Zurich, Switzerland. (AFP/Fabrirce Coffrini)

Reese Hoffa, of the United States, competes in the men's shot put final at the Diamond League Athletics meeting Weltklasse in Zurich, Switzerland. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)

A Kyrgyz rider falls off a horse as he plays the traditional Central Asian sport Buzkashi also known as Kok-Boru or Oglak Tartis in Bishkek. The competition marks the upcoming 23rd anniversary of Kyrgyzstan's independence. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledko)

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An Afghan resident clears debris and broken window panels following a nearby attack by Taliban militants on the Afghan intelligence service office in Jalalabad. The bomb and gun assault killed at least three people, officials said. (AFP PHOTO/Noorullah Shirzada)

Protesters hold banners in Sydney, for Japan Dolphin Day. The international day of awareness marks the beginning of the dolphin drive hunting season in Taiji, Japan. (AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS)

Children wearing masks play among ash following the eruption of Mount Tavurvur in eastern Papua New Guinea. The volcano was spewing fragments from its crater and rumbling loudly, but its activity appeared to be subsiding, a seismologist said. (AFP PHOTO/ NESS KERTON)

A reveller at a celebration by the Muslim Brotherhood movement to declare victory of Gaza and Hamas against Israel, in Amman, Jordan. Thousands of followers of the Muslim Brotherhood movement in Jordan celebrated what they call "Hamas' Victory" against Israel. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

A Syrian woman sits next to her children sleeping on the street in the Lebanese capital of Beirut. The number of refugees from the conflict in Syria now tops three million, the UN said. (AFP PHOTO/ANWAR AMRO)

Tokyo Metropolitan Firefighters put out a fire during an annual disaster drill in Tokyo. Nearly 10,000 residents and military, fire department and police personnel took part in the drill to prepare them for emergencies. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Fireworks explode as Russian military cadets perform during the rehearsal of "Spasskaya Tower" International Military Orchestra Music Festival at the Red Square in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Hindu devotees with their faces smeared with coloured powder carry a clay idol of Hindu god Ganesha to immerse in a lake during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Bangalore, India. The 10-day festival marks the birth of Ganesha. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

A North Korean boy arm-wrestles with former NFL player Bob "The Beast" Sapp in Pyongyang, North Korea. Pro wrestlers took their attempt at sports diplomacy to the streets of Pyongyang, staging a tug-war and arm wrestling competition with local children. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei competes against China's Wang Zhengming during the men's single quarter final match at the 2014 BWF Badminton World championships held at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen. (AFP PHOTO/JONATHAN NACKSTRAND)

Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a return to Sabine Lisicki of Germany during their US Open 2014 women's singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Centre in New York. (AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert)

Sri Lankan cricketer Seekkuge Prasanna celebrates after he dismissed Pakistan batsman Shahid Afridi during the third and final One Day International (ODI) in Dambulla. (AFP PHOTO/ Ishara S. KODIKARA)

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Malaysian military personnel perform during the 57th National Day celebrations at Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia celebrated its 57th National Day to commemorate the independence of the Federation of Malaya from British rule in 1957. (AFP/ Manan Vatsyayana)

Malaysian police officers march during the 57th National Day celebrations at Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (AP/Lai Seng Sin)

Macau electoral committee members vote in the election of the chief executive. Macau re-elected its incumbent leader in an unchallenged contest as the gambling hub faces growing calls for democracy amid anger over deteriorating living conditions and government accountability. (AFP/GCS)

Firefighters inspect the site where a four-storey residential building collapsed following a blast in Rosny-sous-Bois in the eastern suburbs of Paris. Local authorities have not yet determined what caused the blast that led to the collapse, killing a child and wounding 11 people. (AFP/Bertrand Guay)

Pakistani protesters help escort their injured colleague to an ambulance during a protest near the prime minister's home in Islamabad. Pakistani police clashed with scattered pockets of anti-government protesters trying to advance on the prime minister's residence. (AP/Anjum Naveed)

Health care workers, wearing protective suits, leave a high-risk area at the French NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without borders) Elwa hospita in Monrovia. Liberia has been hardest-hit by the Ebola virus raging through west Africa. (AFP/Dominique Faget)

Fireworks light the sky above Saint Basil's Cathedral during the "Spasskaya Tower" international military and music festival on Red Square in Moscow. The festival will be held until September 7. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

The glow of fires, lit by the residents in an effort to keep mosquitoes at bay, light up buildings severely damaged by fighting between Hamas militants and Israel during a conflict that saw over 2,100 Palestinians killed and hundreds of thousands displaced by the fighting. (AFP/Roberto Schmidt)

This picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA shows professional wrestlers performing during the Pyongyang International Pro-Wrestling Contest in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AFP/KCNA via KNS)

Diego Ferreira (R) punches Ramsey Nijem during the second round of a lightweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 177 in Sacramento, California. Ferreira won in the second round. (AP/Jeff Chiu)

Serena Williams returns a shot to Varvara Lepchenko during their 2014 US Open women's singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in New York. (AFP/Stan Honda)

Participants ride during the Enduro Cross International competition in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia. (AFP/Raul Arboleda)

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