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Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence. Nude photos purportedly showing many top stars, including Jennifer Lawrence and pop star Rihanna, bounced around social media on Sunday (Aug 31), in an apparent massive hacking leak, US media reported.

Pro-democracy lawmakers and protesters unfurl banners inside the Hong Kong government complex as Li Fei (not pictured), a member of the top committee of China's parliament, delivers his address in Hong Kong on September 1, 2014. (AFP/Dickson Lee/South China Morning Post)

A supporter of cleric Tahir ul Qadri rests outside the prime minister's residence during an anti-government protest in Islamabad. Protesters trying to topple Pakistan's government stormed the state broadcaster on Sep 1 as new clashes with police broke out in Islamabad. (AFP/Aamir Qureshi)

A picture taken from the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights shows smoke billowing from the Syrian village of Quneitra after an explosion during fighting between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebel fighters. (AFP/Jalaa Marey)

Children attend a ceremony marking the first day of school in Slavyansk on Sep 1, 2014. The Ukrainian government has been restoring infrastructure and buildings destroyed by fighting in the eastern Ukrainian town in Donetsk after pro-Russian rebels left the city in July. (AFP/Anatolii Stepanovafp)

Former radio and TV presenter Dave Lee Travis (L), real name David Patrick Griffin, arrives at the Southwark Crown Court in London on September 1, 2014. The veteran DJ is in court for one count of indecent assault on a woman over 16 in January 1995. (AFP/Cyril Villemain)

A Philippine police bomb disposal unit member inspects an abandoned luggage at the departure area of Terminal Three of the airport in Manila on September 1, 2014, hours after a utility vehicle containing an "improvised explosive device" was found at the car park. (AFP/Ted Aljibe)

A Filipino activist holds a glass decorated with dolphins during a protest at Manila's Japanese embassy against the controversial six-month dolphin hunting as it kicks off on Sep 1 in Taiji Japan. (AFP/Ted Aljibe)

Peter Pan and Wendy. Peter Pan, The Never Ending Story will make its Asia debut on Nov 27 at Resorts World Sentosa, and will run until Jan 20, 2015. (Photo: Leslie Artamonow)

A ferry sails in the Yangon River in Myanmar. Myanmar launched an online visa application on Monday (Sep 1) promising an end to painful waits for permits to visit the once-secretive nation as it tries to lure five million tourists a year by 2015. (AFP/Soe Than Win)

File photo of Monaco's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao. Manchester United have agreed on a sensational deal to sign Falcao on a season-long loan from Monaco, according to widespread British media reports on Monday (Sep 1).(AFP/Jean-Sebastien Evrard)

Flight attendants hold China Airlines (L) and Tigerair aircraft models during the Tigerair Taiwan launch conference in Taoyuan on Dec 16, 2013. Tigerair Taiwan, Taiwan's first budget airline said on Monday (Sep 1, 2014) it was due to launch its maiden flight later this month. (AFP/Mandy Cheng).

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Philippine investigators display seized improvised firebombs and firearms. Three men, who were detained on Monday (Sep 1) at the Manila airport with an explosive-laden van, had planned a series of attacks, apparently to publicise their anti-China grievances, said authorities. (AFP/Jay Directo)

Three men were arrested over illegal possession of incendiary bombs and fire arms in Manila on Sep 1, 2014. The trio, arrested over a foiled attempt to bomb the Philippine capital's airport, were also planning to attack the Chinese embassy and one of Manila's biggest malls, authorities said. (AFP)

Men's doubles badminton player Hendra Setiawan (R) and Mohammad Akhsan (L) of Indonesia practise in Jakarta in preparation for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon from September 19 to October 4. Indonesia is targeting its medal hopes on badminton in the top Asian sporting event. (AFP/Bay Ismoyo)

May Myat Noe, winner of Miss Asia Pacific World Super talent 2014, attends a a press conference in Yangon. The dethroned beauty queen from Myanmar said she won't return her US$100,000 worth crown until the pageant's organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief. (AFP/Ye Aung Thu)

Vehicles make their way through Xizhimenin bridge in Beijing. Growth in Chinese manufacturing activity slowed in August, two closely watched surveys showed, losing momentum as a declining property sector and waning stimulus effects weigh on the world's second-largest economy. (AFP)

File photo shows Melani, an ailing critically endangered Sumatran tiger. The emaciated Sumatran tiger, whose plight drew attention to the horrific conditions at an Indonesian zoo, has died a year after being rescued from the centre where hundreds of animals have perished. (AFP/Juni Kriswanto)

Pakistani supporters of cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan and Canadian cleric Tahir ul Qadri warm themselves around fire during an anti-government protest near the prime minister's residence in Islamabad on September 2, 2014. (AFP/Asif Hassan)

An urn (C), covered with a national flag and containing the ashes of Malaysia Airlines pilot Eugene Choo - one of the Malaysians killed in the July 17 MH17 disaster - is seen during a wake service at Eugene's residence in Seremban on Sep 2, 2014. (AFP/Mohd Rasfan)

Masanori Mitsui, president of Japan's auto maker Daihatsu, introduces the company's new small-business-use vehicle 'Hijet Truck' during a press conference in Tokyo on Sep 2, 2014. The small truck has a 660cc-gasoline engine. (AFP/Toru Yamanaka)

Two women shelter from the rain as they walk in a park along the Han river in Seoul. Following a hot, humid rainy season, autumn typically arrives in South Korea from September, lasting until November. (AFP/Ed Jones)

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus reacts in her match against Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia on Day Eight of the 2014 US Open. (Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP)

Singapore's Jurong Rock Caverns, which was officially opened on Tuesday (Sep 2) by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The S$950m underground rock cavern is Southeast Asia's first commercial underground rock cavern storage facility for liquid hydrocarbons.

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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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