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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 459 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 more than 280 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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Catholic nuns queue to cast their votes in Ranchi, India, on a day when nearly 150 million went to the polls. The multi-phase voting across the country runs until May 12, with results for the 543-seat lower house of Parliament out on May 16. (AP Photo/Sasanka Sen)

A veterinary staff member of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme centre conducts medical examinations on a 14-year-old male orangutan found with air gun metal pellets embedded in his body in Sibolangit district in northern Sumatra. (AFP/SUTANTA ADITYA)

A youth performs a traditional dance during a ceremony to mark Afghanistan's "successful" election near the destroyed Darul Aman Palace in Kabul. Civil society activists held the ceremony to celebrate Afghanistan's elections which was on April 5th. (AP/Massoud Hossaini)

Penitents flagellate themselves during Lenten observance in Angeles City, north of Manila. The Catholic Church does not condone flagellation and other acts of penitence including gory Good Friday re-enactments of the crucifixion, but devout Catholics say it is a means of atonement. (AFP/TED ALJIBE)

Members of the Spanish Legion carry a statue of the Christ of the Good Death to the Santo Domingo de Guzman church during a Holy Week procession in Malaga, southern Spain. Christians mark the Holy Week of Easter in celebration of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (AFP/JORGE GUERRERO)

Pope Francis greets a child as he arrives at "Santa Maria della Provvidenza", a centre for disabled people for the traditional “Washing of the feet” during Maundy Thursday as part of the Holy Week. (AFP/ALBERTO PIZZOLI)

Jewish men perform the Cohanim prayer during Pesach (Passover) at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. The Pesach commemorates the Israelites' exodus from slavery in Egypt some 3,500 years ago and their plight by refraining from eating leavened food products. (AFP/THOMAS COEX)

Israeli security forces aim at Palestinian stone throwers during clashes in Hebron. Clashes occurred the day before as Israeli settlers entered the Palestinian side of Hebron to visit the tomb of Othniel Ben Kenaz, considered holy by the Jewish faith. (AFP/ HAZEM BADER)

Students at Danwon High School hold letters for students of the school who are among the missing passengers of a South Korean capsized ferry, in Ansan. Rescuers worked frantically to find around 300 people -- mostly schoolchildren -- missing after a South Korean ferry capsized. (AFP/ Truth LEEM)

Ali Benflis (C), opposition leader and main rival to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika speaks to the press after casting his vote in the presidential elections at a polling station in Algiers. (AFP/PATRICK BAZ)

Two three-month-old female white Bengal tiger cubs play with a zookeeper in their enclosure at the Buenos Aires Zoo, Argentina. Captive white Bengal tiger Cloe, gave birth to three cubs -- two females and one male. (AFP/JUAN MABROMATA)

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Sikkimese women queue to cast their vote at a polling station in Gangtok, capital of northern Sikkim state, during the fourth phase of the lower house elections. India's 814-million-strong electorate is voting in the world's biggest election. (AFP PHOTO/Diptendu DUTTA)

Student protesters display placards during a demonstration while surrounding a local police station in Taipei. Hundreds of people staged a sit-in outside parliament to demand a top police official resign for removing protesters from parliament. (AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH)

Riot police officers watch as masked pro-Russian activists leave the regional prosecutor's office in Donetsk, Ukraine. The activists, who were armed with metal sticks, seized the office. They later left the building after talks with police. Nobody was arrested. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Indian residents salvage their belongings after a fire gutted houses at Signal Bosti in Dimapur, in northeastern Nagaland state. Thousands were rendered homeless in the early morning inferno, officials said. (AFP PHOTO/Caisii Mao)

Squatters who were occupying an abandoned lot leave with their belongings after being evicted by police in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The lot, owned by a telephone company, included offices and warehouses and was occupied last week. (AFP PHOTO/YASUYOSHI CHIBA)

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine are presented with a cycling shirt for their son Prince George at the opening of the National Cycling Centre of Excellence and Velodrome, in Cambridge. The royals are on a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia. (AFP PHOTO/POOL/PETER DRURY)

A child splashes water on a tourist as they celebrate Songkran Festival for the Thai New Year at Khao San road in Bangkok. (AFP PHOTO / PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL)

Swimming instructors conduct lessons to children and adults donning mermaid costumes at Philippines' largest oceanarium in Manila. The "mermaid swimming experience" is gaining popularity, after the broadcast of a television series depicting the mythical sea creature. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia returns a shot against Tanongsak Saensomnoonsuk of Thailand during the OUE Singapore Open tournament men's single quarter-finals. (AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMAN)

Steve Blake #25 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on April 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images/AFP)

Second baseman Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets hangs on to the ball to force out Raul Inbanez #28 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for the second out of the ninth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images/AFP)

French Benjamin Stasiulis competes in the men's 200m backstroke heat of the French swimming championships in Chartres. (AFP/CHARLY TRIBALLEAU)

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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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