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A person tries to extinguish flames as sparks fly during a wild forest fire in Valparaiso, Chile. Authorities say the fires have destroyed hundreds of homes, forced the evacuation of thousands and claimed the lives of at least eleven people. (AP/Luis Hidalgo)

People rally in Tbilisi against Georgia's cooperation with Russia and to condemn what they call "Moscow's involvement in Ukraine." The Crimean crisis has sparked the most explosive East-West confrontation since the Cold War. (AFP/Vano Shlamov)

Floats of a tiger and a peacock go along with Bangladeshi people participating in a parade to celebrate the first day of the Bengali New Year, or Pohela Boishakh, in Dhaka. Thousands of Bangladeshi people celebrated their new year with fairs, concerts and rallies. (AP/AM Ahad)

A Hindu devotee dances as part of a ritual during the celebrations of Shiva Gajan, a Hindu festival in Kolkata, India. Faithful Hindu devotees offer various rituals each year in the hopes of winning the favour of the Hindu god Shiva in fulfilling their wishes. (AP/Bikas Das)

Ultra-Orthodox Jews burn leavened items in a final preparation before the start at sundown of the Jewish Pesach (Passover) holiday in Jerusalem. Religious Jews eat matzoth during the eight-day Pesach holiday that commemorates the Israelis' exodus from Egypt some 3,500 years ago. (AFP/Gali Tibbon)

Anti-war activists participate in a rally to mark Global Day of Action on Military Spending in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea. The activists demanded a peaceful unification of the Korean peninsula. (AP/Ahn Young-joon)

Fans wave Union Jack flags as they wait for Britain's Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, to arrive at Latimer Square in Christchurch, New Zealand. William, Kate and their son Prince George are on a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia. (AFP/Marty Melville)

A penitent of La Paz brotherhood walks on the street during celebrations marking the Christian feast of Palm Sunday in Seville. Palm Sunday is held annually on the Sunday before Easter and commemorates the Jesus Christ's entry into Jerusalem. (AFP/Gogo Lobato)

Lyon's Portuguese goalkeeper Anthony Lopes tries to catch the ball as he warms up prior to the French L1 football match between Olympique Lyonnais and Paris Saint-Germain at the Gerland stadium in Lyon, central-eastern France. (AFP/Philippe Desmazes)

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho (C) celebrates with teammate Steven Gerrard (L) after he scored the third goal of the game for his side during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City at Anfield in Liverpool, England. (AP/Clint Hughes)

Valentino Rossi of Italy and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP heads down a straight during the MotoGP Red Bull US Grand Prix of The Americas - Race at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. (Getty Images/Getty Images/AFP)

Bubba Watson of the US is presented with the winner's Green Jacket by 2013 Masters winner Adam Scott of Australia during a ceremony at the end of the 78th Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Watson won his second Masters finishing 8-under par. (AFP/Jim Watson)

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A young Palestinian holds a Palestinian flag in the village of Nabi Saleh, west of Ramallah. The gate at the entrance of the village has been closed for the third day in a row as a result of ongoing demonstrations against Jewish settlements. (AFP/Abbas Momani)

A man recovers a cross from his belongings before being relocated to a shelter in Managua, as tremors have not stopped in Nicaragua since April 10 when a 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit the country. The quakes that struck in the past days killed two people and left 40 injured. (AFP/ Inti Ocon)

A Pro-Russian activist stands during the mass storming of a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka. Several government buildings have fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country. (AP/Efrem Lukatsky)

Nepalese men throw sindoor, or vermillion powder, to celebrate Sindoor Jatra festival in Bhaktapur. Devotees mark the festival by playing traditional drums, singing, dancing and carrying chariots of various deities around town to welcome the advent of spring and the New Year. (AP/Niranjan Shrestha)

Syrian soldiers gesture as they drive a tank in al-Sarkha village in the Qalamun mountains after taking control of the village from rebel fighters. Government forces took control of al-Sarkha in the morning before moving in to recapture the ancient Christian town of Maalula. (AFP/STR)

Runner's shoes are laid out in the Boston Public Library to commemorate the 2013 Boston Maraton bombings in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon on April 15, 2013. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP)

Masked faithful dressed as devils, popularly known as "Talciguin", take part in the celebration of an ancient local tradition marking the start of Holy Week in Texistepeque, some 84km west of San Salvador, El Salvador. Talciguines lash Catholic faithfuls to cleanse their sins. (AFP/Jose Cabezas)

North Korean women in traditional dress pose for a souvenir photograph in front of bronze statues of the late leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il at Munsu Hill in Pyongyang to mark the the birthday of Kim Il-sung. (AP/David Guttenfelder)

A Formula One race car is pictured beside a Singapore Airlines (SIA) aircraft. SIA has sealed a deal with the Formula One Group to be the title sponsor of the Singapore Grand Prix. (Photo: Singapore Airlines)

Athletic Bilbao's forward Aritz Aduriz (L) vies with Malaga's Argentinian defender Marcos Angeleri (R) during their Spanish league football match at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao. (AFP/Rafa Rivas)

Italy's Fabio Fognini throws his tennis racket during his Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament tennis match against Portugal's Joao Sousa, in Monaco. (AFP/Jean-Christophe Magnenet)

Tayshaun Prince #21 of the Memphis Grizzlies looks to move the ball under pressure from Goran Dragic #1 of the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the NBA game at US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The Grizzlies defeated the Suns 97-91. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP)

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Helicopters head to aid passengers and crew aboard a capsized South Korean ferry some 20 kilometres off the island of Byungpoong in Jindo. The ferry capsized at sea with 475 passengers and crew on board while it was on its way to Jeju island from Incheon. (AFP/South Korea Coast Guard)

A Syrian man gestures following reported air strikes by government forces in the Aleppo district of Ansari. Elsewhere, Syrian army troops backed by pro-regime militiamen entered rebel-held neighbourhoods of the central city of Homs after laying siege for nearly two years. (AFP/Baraa al-Halabi)

People protest against the upcoming FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 in Sao Paulo. Brazil has witnessed months of protests against the estimated $11 billion price-tag for the tournament, with demonstrators saying the money would be better spent on improving poor public services. (AFP/Miguel Schincariol)

People gather to inspect a train that derailed near Jagiroad Railway Station, about 90 kilometres (56 miles) east of Gauhati, India. Dozens of people were injured when the train jumped the tracks and derailed. (AP/Anupam Nath)

Men wearing military fatigues ride on armoured personnel carriers in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. Russian leader Vladimir Putin warned that Ukraine is on the verge of civil war after Kiev sent in troops against pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country. (AFP/Anatoliy Stepanov)

An American flag is seen during a candlelight vigil for the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings at Garvey Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured 264 others during the Boston marathon. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images/AFP)

A boy salutes during an event marking President Nicolas Maduro's first year in office in Caracas, Venezuela. Maduro took over leadership of Hugo Chavez's political movement following the leader's death and went on to win elections soon after in April 2013. (AP/Ramon Espinosa)

Britain's Prince William, holding his son Prince George, and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive in Sydney, Australia. The royal couple are on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand with their son Prince George. (AP/Rob Griffith)

A house sparrow searches for food among flowering plants in Kathmandu. Nepal's diverse topography and climate is home to more than ten per cent of the world's bird species. (AFP/Prakash Mathema)

UAE's Al-Ain player Omar Abdulrahman (R) fights for the ball with Qatar's Lekhwiya player Khaled Muftah during their AFC Champions League Group C football match at the Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Stadium in Doha. Al-Ain won 5-0. (AFP/Al-Watan Doha/Karim Jaafar))

New York Knicks' J R Smith (above) and Brooklyn Nets' Andrei Kirilenko scramble for control of the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New York. Knicks won 109-98. (AP/Frank Franklin II)

Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych returns the ball to Russia's Dmitry Tursunov during the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters tennis tournament in Monaco. (AFP/Jean Christophe Magnenet)

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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 in the water off the southern coast, 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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A general view shows a fire in Valparaiso, Chile. Thousands were evacuated as authorities issued a red alert for the area, after the fire consumed more than 500 houses. (AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO MIRANDA)

Workers wearing protective suits enter a chicken farm in Taragi town, Kumamoto Prefecture. Japan ordered the slaughter of some 112,000 chickens after officials confirmed bird flu infections at a poultry farm in the southern town. (AFP PHOTO/Jiji Press)

Pro-Russia protesters stand at a barricade outside a regional police building in the eastern city of Slavyansk. The Ukraine crisis and uncertainty about the economic fallout are hitting the investment climate in Germany, according to a survey by the ZEW economic institute.(AFP/ANATOLIY STEPANOV)

Men walk past a collapsed building in Syria's northern city of Aleppo. Syrian troops battled rebels around a military intelligence base in Aleppo, in what a monitoring group said was the fiercest fighting in the northern metropolis since mid-2012. (AFP PHOTO / AMC / FADI AL-HALABI)

An Afghan woman holds her child as he cries in the Sakhi camp on the outskirts of Mazar-i-sharif. Tens of thousands of children in Afghanistan, driven by poverty, work on the streets of the country's cities and often fall prey to violence, as well as abuse. (AFP PHOTO/ Farshad USYAN)

Cardinals hold palms as they walk on St Peter's square during the Palm Sunday celebrations at the Vatican. Palm Sunday falls on the Sunday before Easter. It marks the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. (AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO)

A man pours water on a rickshaw rider during annual water festival celebrations in Yangon, Myanmar. Myanmar began celebrating its annual water festival, known as Thingyan, marking new year according to the traditional lunisolar calendar. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Hindu devotees carry earthen pots containing coconuts and water as they take part in a religious procession in Amritsar to mark Vaisakhi, a festival celebrated across the northern Indian subcontinent. (AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU)

Thousands of Filipinos gathered at a public park in Manila cheer as boxer Manny Pacquiao is declared winner over Timothy Bradley of the US in a live broadcast of the fight from Las Vegas. Philippines' Pacquiao went on to win a 12-round unanimous decision over Bradley. (AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO)

Runners pass a pedestrian bridge during the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon in Pyongyang, North Korea. The annual race, which includes a full marathon, a half marathon, and a 10km run, was open to foreign tourists for the first time this year. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

Wang Yihan (R) of China celebrates after scoring a point against Li Xuerui of China during their final match at the Singapore Open badminton championship in Singapore. Wang beat Li 21-11, 21-19. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Jose Felix (R) punches Bryan Vasquez during their WBA interim super featherweight title boxing match at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (David Becker/Getty Images/AFP)

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