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People walk on a path lined by yellow ginkgo trees in Tokyo on Nov 24, 2014. Local residents came out to admire some 150 ginkgo trees displaying their autumnal colours along the tree-lined promenade. (Photo: AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)

Actors, playing South Korean imperial guards, attend a 4th anniversary event marking the bombing of Yeongpyeong island by N Korea in 2010. Two South Korean soldiers were killed and a dozen injured after North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells onto the South Korean island. (Photo: AFP/Ed Jones)

An Afghan resident buys silk yarn. Afghanistan must not sacrifice women's rights to secure peace with the Taliban as US-led NATO troops pull out, the Oxfam aid group said on Nov 24, revealing that not a single woman has taken part in talks with the militants since 2005. (Photo: AFP/File)

Young boys break dance near the Michael Brown memorial on Nov 23, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Ferguson is struggling to return to normal after Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, on Aug 9. (Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP)

A girl in traditional dress visits Tokyo's Meiji Shrine to mark the Shichi-Go-San Festival (7-5-3 festival), celebrated when children reach 3, 5 and 7 years old. Many Japanese families who have 3- and 7-year-old girls and 5-year-old boys visit Shinto shrines to wish for healthy growth. (Photo: AFP)

(L-R) Recording artists Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan of One Direction perform onstage at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Nov 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP)

A van and people being ferried over the river in Myanmar. About 70% of Myanmar's population still does not have access to power. The country, which already relies on hydropower to generate half of its electricity, is again turning to its rivers in new plans to harness energy from dams. (Photo: AFP)

Recording artist Jennifer Lopez (L) and host Pitbull perform onstage at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Nov 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP)

Drivers and a truck are stranded in flood waters on Nov 22 in the southern region of Ouarzazate in Morocco. At least eight people were killed and 24 missing as heavy storms lashed southern Morocco, causing flash floods, the authorities said. (Photo: AFP/STR)

Relatives of those who died in a fire at the Tazreen garment factory in Bangladesh's Savar and workers take part in a rally on Nov 24 to mark the two-year anniversary of the disaster. At least 124 people died in the fire on Nov 25, 2012. (Photo: AFP/Munir uz Zaman)

West Virginia forward Devin Williams (C) and teammate forward Jonathan Holton (L) battle for a rebound against UConn centre Amida Brimah during a NCAA college basketball game in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Nov 23, 2014. (Photo: AP/Ricardo Arduengo)

Monks holding bowls sit before people drop food into the bowls in Bangkok on Nov 23. Thousands of monks took part in the event aimed to collect supplies and dried foods for monks and civil servants working in the troubled southern provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla. (Photo: AP)

A police car is set on fire by protesters after the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri. A grand jury has decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked protests. (AP/Charlie Riedel)

Police fire canisters of tear gas as demonstrators protest the death of 18-year-old unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, who was shot to death by a white police officer, in Ferguson. Protesters set buildings ablaze and looted stores in the US town of Ferguson. (AFP/Michael B Thomas)

Police gather on the street as protesters react after the announcement of the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri. (AP/Charlie Riedel)

Egyptian residents search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed building in Cairo's northern district of Matariya. At least 10 people were killed and 15 others feared trapped in the rubble of the eight-storey building. (AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)

An Italian doctor who has contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone is seen in a special ambulance after landing at the military airport of Pratica di Mare near Rome. The doctor, the first Italian to contract the disease, was working at a clinic for Ebola victims. (AFP/HO/Italy Air Force)

A pro-democracy protester is taken away by police officers as workers start clearing away barricades at an occupied area in Mongkok district of Hong Kong. Hong Kong authorities began clearing away some barricades from part of the pro-democracy protest site. (AP/Vincent Yu)

Afghan security personnel arrest a suspect after a bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan officials say the capital Kabul has been hit by two explosions, one of which wounded six Afghan army soldiers. (AP/Rahmat Gul)

An Indian soldier stands guard as Kashmiri Muslim voters queue outside a polling station at Manasbal, about 20km from the capital Srinagar. Indian Kashmir head to the polls with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party eyeing power for the first time in Muslim-majority state. (AFP/Tauseef Mustafa)

Swiss Davis Cup team (L to R) Michael Lammer, Marco Chiudinelli, team captain Severin Luethi, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka pose with the Davis Cup trophy during the official ceremony in Lausanne. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)

Robeisy Ramirez (L) from Cuba connects against Joshuantony Ortiz from Puerto Rico, during the qualification round of the 56kg boxing competition, at the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games, in Veracruz, Mexico. (AFP/Ronaldo Schemidt)

Philadelphia 76ers' Tony Wroten (top) goes up for a shot against Portland Trail Blazers' Joel Freeland during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Philadelphia. Portland won 114-104. (AP/Matt Slocum)

Sri Lanka's captain Angelo Mathews plays a shot during a practice session at the R Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Colombo. England and Sri Lanka play a seven-match One Day International (ODI) series in Sri Lanka between Nov 21 and Dec 16. (AFP/Lakruwan Wanniarachchi)

Protesters vandalise a police vehicle outside of the Ferguson city hall in Ferguson, Missouri. Missouri's governor ordered hundreds more state militia into Ferguson, after a night of protests and rioting over a grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson. (AP/David Goldman)

A protester confronts a police officer in Los Angeles, California, during demonstrations one day after a grand jury decision not to prosecute a white police officer for the killing of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri. (AFP/Robyn Beck)

Protesters demonstrate on the steps of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, one day after a grand jury decision not to prosecute a white police officer for the killing of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri. (AFP/Paul J Richards)

An Indian activist holds a model of a foetus during a protest against abortion in New Delhi. The Women's Commission organisation has alleged that some 20,000 abortions are carried out daily in India. (AFP/Chandan Khanna)

Police clear metal barricades while others tear down tents and canopies and carry away other obstructions. Hong Kong authorities cleared street barricades from the pro-democracy protest camp in the Mongkok district after a night of clashes in which police arrested 116 people. (AP/Vincent Yu)

A pro-democracy protester holding a yellow umbrella (C) gestures as she stands in front of a line of police during their clearance of a major protest site in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong. (AFP/Philippe Lopez)

Iranian Basij paramilitary forces chant slogans during a rally marking the 35th anniversary of establishment of the force, at Felestin square in Tehran, Iran. Basij was established in 1979 to protect the Islamic Revolution that toppled Western-backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. (AP/Vahid Salemi)

A man prays inside the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. Pope Francis will visit Turkey on Nov 28-30, eight years after his predecessor, Benedict XVI, made a landmark visit to the predominantly Muslim country. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

Bangladesh cricketer Anamul Haque plays a shot during the third one-day international (ODI) match between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe at the Sher-e Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. (AFP/Munir uz Zaman)

(L-R) Oral Roberts forward Denell Henderson, Louisiana-Lafayette guard Johnathan Stove and Oral Roberts guard Bobby Word battle for a rebound during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Las Vegas. (AP/John Locher)

Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group F football match between against Ajax Amsterdam at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. (AFP/Franck Fife)

CSKA's Alan Dzagoev (bottom L) fouls Roma's Francesco Totti (C) during their Champions League Group E football match at Arena Khimki stadium in Moscow, Russia. (AP/Ivan Sekretarev)

Afghan intelligence personnel arrive at the site of a suicide attack along the Kabul-Jalalabad road in Kabul. At least two Afghan bystanders were killed when a suicide bomber on a motorbike attacked a British embassy vehicle in Kabul, injuring some passengers. (AFP/Shah Marai)

A suicide bomber attacked a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing several Afghan civilians and wounding more than 30 others. (AP/Rahmat Gul)

A dealer demonstrates how to play blackjack at a leisure exhibition in Tokyo. The Japanese government gave up to pass a bill to promote casino resorts in the currect session of the Diet as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the Lower House last week. (AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)

Protestors march outside the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Missouri. The streets of Ferguson were decidedly calmer after two days of protests against the decision not to prosecute a white policeman who shot dead an unarmed black teenager. (AFP/Michael B Thomas)

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (in orange) inspects a ceremonial guard of honour during the annual congress of his ruling party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) in Kuala Lumpur. (AFP/Manan)

Princess Astrid of Belgium, (L) meets with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (R) at the Istana, or presidential palace, in Singapore. (AP/Wong Maye-E)

Police officers stop the protesters blocking the road after police cleared barricades and tents in Mongkok district of Hong Kong. (AP/Kin Cheung)

Two women looking across the Seoul city skyline during sunset from the popular tourist area of Namsan. South Korea will undergo a major demographic change next year when, for the first time, women will outnumber men - the result of a rapidly ageing population. (AFP/Ed Jones)

Libyan men wearing traditional outfits ride horses during a wedding in Tajura, a coastal suburb of the Libyan capital Tripoli. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)

Australian cricket batsman Phil Hughes' father Greg (C) and mother Virginia (2nd R) with other family members leave St Vincents Hospital in Sydney. Hughes died on Nov 27 from a head injury after a sickening on-field blow in one of the highest-profile sporting fatalities. (AFP/Saeed Khan)

Members of the Oklahoma State Cowboys celebrate on the court after defeating the Tulsa Golden Hurricane 73-58 in the championship game of the 2014 MGM Grand Main Event basketball tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (AFP/Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Galatasaray's Umut Bulut kicks the ball before Anderlecht's Chancel Mbemba can head it during their Group D Champions League match at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in Brussels, Belgium. (AP/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

US President Barack Obama pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey "Cheese" during the annual ceremony in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, DC. (AFP/Mandel NGAN)

Police stand guard as they face a crowd of pro-democracy protesters in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong. (AFP/ANTHONY WALLACE)

Police officers surround a pro-democracy protester (C) and restrain him in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong. (AFP/ALEX OGLE)

Condom mascots pose for photos at an event to promote awareness of HIV testing ahead of the Dec 1 World AIDS Day in Beijing, China. (AP/Ng Han Guan)

National Guard troops guard the police station in Ferguson, Missouri, after demonstrators loot and burn down several businesses along the street, following a grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case. (Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP)

An officer from the British Transport Police patrols with a sniffer dog among passengers as part of Counter Terrorism Awareness Week at London Bridge station in London. (AFP/JUSTIN TALLIS)

An over-turned vehicle on Interstate 84 snarls traffic in Vernon, Connecticut, as the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning. (AP/Journal Inquirer, Jared Ramsdell)

A Palestinian woman and her daughter carry their belongings from their flooded house during heavy rain in Gaza, in the northern Gaza Strip. (AP/Adel Hana)

Sevilla's Alejandro Arribas (rear) hits Feyenoord's goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer in the face as he jumps with Feyenoord's Sven van Beek (R) to head the ball during the Group G Europa League match at De Kuip Stadium in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (AP/Peter Dejong)

Wolfsburg's Kevin De Bruyne (L) and Everton's Muhamed Besic vie for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Group H football match in Wolfsburg, northern Germany. (AFP/RONNY HARTMANN)

A portrait of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, who died from his injuries after being hit by a ball during a domestic cricket match in Sydney, is pictured on the scoreboard at the Sharjah cricket stadium in Sharjah. (AFP/Aamir QURESHI)

Polina Edmunds of the United States performs during a practice session for the NHK Trophy figure skating in Osaka, western Japan. (AP/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Activists shout slogans during a rally in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukraine marked the first anniversary of demonstrations known as Euromaidan which were sparked by then President Viktor Yanukovych's decision in Nov 2013 to freeze ties with the West and tilt toward Moscow. (Photo: AP/Sergei Chuzavkov)

Indonesian President Widodo (C) and his wife Iriana, (Centre L) helps a student graduate take a selfie with a smartphone after attending a graduation ceremony for the Int'l Baccalaureate Diploma Programme of his son Kaesang Pangarep (top R) at the ACS (Int'l), in Singapore. ((Photo: AP/Wong Maye-E)

Members of the Indian National Cadet Corps (NCC) participate in a march past during the 66th NCC day celebrations in Secunderabad. (Photo: AFP/Noah Seelam)

Members of the Indian National Cadet Corps (NCC) perform an acrobatic manouvre known as 'Mallakhamb' during the 66th NCC day celebrations in Secunderabad. (Photo: AFP/Noah Seelam)

Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown walk near the spot where he was shot in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown, an 18-year-old African-American, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, on Aug 9. (Photo: AFP/Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A policewoman sits next to Elton Hinz, one of the two German nationals arrested in Singapore for vandalism, as they arrive in a police car to the State Court on Nov 22, 2014. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

Mascots of Japan's Self Defence Force, Saitama Provincial Cooperation Office, "Saipon Sora" (L) "Saipon Umi" (C) and "Saipon Riku" (R) pose for photographers at World Character Summit in Hanyu, Saitama prefecture, north of Tokyo. (Photo: AP/Eugene Hoshiko)

Dancer Derek Hough and host Goldie Hawn perform at Goldie Hawn's inaugural "Love In For Kids" in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for The Hawn Foundation/AFP)

Japan's Kei Nishikori (R) returns a shot next to Andre Agassi of the US (L) during their doubles exhibition tennis match in Tokyo. (Photo: AFP/Toru Yamanaka)

Virgin Racing driver Sam Bird of Britain powers his car during the 2014 Formula E Putrajaya ePrix race in Putrajaya. (Photo: AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)

Miami's Angel Rodriguez (L) falls as he passes the ball up-court against Akron's BJ Gladden (R) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Charleston Classic tournament in Charleston, SC. (Photo: AP/Mic Smith)

Jessie Vargas (L) of the US and Antonio DeMarco of Mexico look at each other during the weigh-in for their WBA world super lightweight boxing title match at the Venetian Macao in Macau. Vargas and DeMarco are scheduled to fight at the casino on Nov 23. (Photo: AP/Kin Cheung)

This undated photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on Nov 23, 2014 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) inspecting a combined joint military drill of the units under North Korean People's Army at an undisclosed location. (KNS/KCNA/AFP)

Gravestones lie in a pile at a burial ground after they were toppled from a strong earthquake which hit the area the night before, in Hakuba, Nagano prefecture. A 6.2-magnitude quake left 39 people injured, seven seriously, and wrecked homes in a popular ski resort. (AFP/Jiji Press)

A mother tries to put her crying baby on the starting line during the Baby Super Crawl Dash at an event for young parents in Yokohama. Ten babies took part in the four-metre race, with some 800 babies in total in the overall event, after being selected to join by the promoters. (AFP/Toru YAMANAKA)

A student outside the Tehran Research Reactor in the capital Tehran showing support to Iran's nuclear programme. Iran and six world powers are holding talks in Vienna to reach a lasting agreement on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme before Nov 24. (AFP/ATTA KENARE)

A voter at a polling station in the capital Tunis during Tunisia's first presidential election since the 2011 revolution. The favourite is former premier Beji Caid Essebsi, an 87-year-old veteran whose anti-Islamist Nidaa Tounes party won parliamentary elections last month. (AFP/FETHI BELAID)

Activists carry flowers during a protest against Myanmar's army heavy weapons strike in the strife-torn northern Kachin state, in Yangon. Myanmar's powerful army has admitted a heavy weapons strike in strife-torn northern Kachin state that rebels say killed over 20 people. (AFP/SOE THAN WIN)

Workers climb to enter India's first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant to dismantle it at a ship-breaking yard in Mumbai. The iconic naval vessel, that was purchased from Britain in 1957, played a key role during the India-Pakistan war of 1971 and was decommissioned in 1997. (AP/Rajanish Kakade)

Indian Christians pay their respects to the remains of St Francis Xavier at the Se Cathedral in Goa. The 17th exposition of the body of St Francis Xavier will be held from Nov 22 to Jan 4, 2015 in Goa, for veneration by pilgrims. (AFP/Punit Paranjpe)

An Indian pilgrim holds cardboard cutouts prior to a canonization mass for Indian Carmelite nun Euphrasia Eluvathingal (Cutout at R) and Indian priest Kuriakose Elias Chavara (Cutout at L) to be celebrated by Pope Francis at St Peter's square at the Vatican. (AFP/GABRIEL BOUYS)

Demonstrators block a street near a police station in Ferguson, Missouri, to protest the death of black teenager Michael Brown, who was shot dead by a white police officer. Brown's killing inflamed racial tensions in a mostly black St Louis suburb. (AFP/Jewel Samad)

Manchester City's Stevan Jovetic (blue) scores past Swansea goalkeeper Lucasz Fabianski during their English Premier League football match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England. (AP/Jon Super)

Mercedes-AMG's German driver Nico Rosberg drives during the third practice session at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi ahead of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix. (AFP/Karim Sahib)