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An Air Canada Airbus A-320 skids off the runway at Halifax International Airport in Halifax, Nova Scotia, injuring at least 23 people. (AFP/HANDOUT/CANADA TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD)

Forensic experts of the French gendarmerie disaster victim identification unit (UGIVC) working under a tent near the site of the Mar 24 crash of a Germanwings Airbus A320 in which all 150 people on board were killed. (AFP/GENDARMERIE NATIONALE/F.BALAMO)

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) waits to start a meeting with Iranian officials at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland. (AP/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

Myanmar activists hold placards in Yangon as they march to commemorate the 28th month anniversary of a crackdown on protesters occupying Letpadaung copper mine. (AP/Khin Maung Win)

Unionised civil servants hold their union flags during a rally to oppose the government's bid to overhaul the public pension system near the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea. (AP/Ahn Young-joon)

Residents queue for food to be distributed to them as a health worker makes an announcement. Sierra Leone enters a three-day nation-wide lockdown on movement of people due to the Ebola virus in the city of Freetown. (AP/Michael Duff)

A rescue worker stretches his hand to help a resident cross a mud-covered street in Chanaral, Chile, as unusually heavy thunder storms, torrential rains and overflowing rivers leave tonnes of mud covering communes of northern Chile desert. (AP/Pablo Sanhueza)

Nigerian election officials tally the ballots received from polling stations in Kaduna, as Nigerians go to the polls to vote in presidential elections. (AP/Jerome Delay)

Australian players celebrate after winning the 2015 Cricket World Cup final against New Zealand in Melbourne. (AFP/SAEED KHAN)

Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel (C) celebrates on the podium next to second-placed Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton (L) and Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg (R) after the F1 Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang. (AFP/Greg BAKER)

Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel drives out of the pitlane during the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang. (AFP/POOL/VINCENT THIAN)

K. Srikanth (R) of India holds his gold medal next to silver medallist Viktor Axelsen of Denmark after the men's singles final match at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2015 at the Siri Fort Sports complex in New Delhi. (AFP/SAJJAD HUSSAIN)

Leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), Nigel Farage announces his party's key election pledges during a photocall in central London. (AFP/NIKLAS HALLE'N)

A Kashmiri villager walk near damaged houses following landslides due to heavy rainfall in the village of Laden at Chadoora some 40km west of Srinagar. (AFP/Tauseef MUSTAFA)

Anti-war protesters hold a banner outside of the military drill area as South Korean Marine and US Marine take their position for their landing exercises as a part of the annual joint military exercise Foal Eagle in Pohang, south of Seoul. (AP/Lee Jin-man)

(L to R) British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and US Secretary of State John Kerry walk during a break during Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland. (AFP/FABRICE COFFRINI)

Supporters greet a US army convoy upon its arrival in Prague, Czech Republic. The "Dragoon Ride" convoy started last week from Estonia and passed through Latvia, Lithuania and Poland before entering the Czech Republic on a return journey to a German base. (AP/Petr David Josek)

Palestinian protesters run to take cover from tear gas during clashes with Israeli security forces following a protest marking Land Day in the West Bank village of Silwad, north of Ramallah. (AFP/ABBAS MOMANI)

Iraqi government forces keep watch from a position on the southern outskirts of Tikrit during a military operation to retake the city from Islamic State group militants. (AFP/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)

Pope Francis arrives for a Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. (AP/L'Osservatore Romano, Pool)

A soldier stands next to a tear gas canister as it sprays gas into traffic during a protest by members of the All Progressives Congress party against voting irregularities in the presidential election in Port Harcourt , Nigeria. (AP Photo)

French Gendarme Bruno Hermignies stands by a bulldozer clearing a path to the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 near Seyne-les-Alpes, France. (AFP/POOL/CLAUDE PARIS)

Yemenis chant slogans during a protest against Saudi-led airstrikes on Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, in Sanaa, Yemen. (AP/Hani Mohammed)

CiCi Bellis returns the ball to Serena Williams (unseen) during their match at the Miami Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Florida, USA. (AP/J Pat Carter)

Swiss pilots Andre Borschberg (L) and Bertrand Piccard (R) of Solar Impulse 2 wave to the media after landing in Chongqing airport after a 20-and-a-half hour flight from Myanmar. (AFP Photo)

A Kashmiri villager cries as she stands with others during rescue efforts following landslides due to heavy rainfall in the village of Laden at Chadoora some 40km west of Srinagar. (AFP/Tauseef MUSTAFA)

Indian firefighters work to extinguish a fire as smoke billows from a building in Gandhinagar market in New Delhi. The market is considered the largest cloth market in Asia and it houses a number of textile units and factories. No casualty was reported. (AP/Altaf Qadri)

British PM and leader of the Conservative Party David Cameron (L) talks to members of the digital development team at the Sainsbury's headquarters in London, during a general election campaign visit. Britain goes to the polls for a general election on May 7. (AFP/POOL/LEON NEAL)

A meeting between officials from P5+1, the European Union and Iran ahead of the opening of a plenary session on Iran nuclear talks at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland. (AFP/FABRICE COFFRINI)

Demonstrators stand around a burning barricade blocking the Pan-American highway during a transportation strike in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The country's transportation unions called a nationwide strike to protest income tax rates and high inflation. (AP/Victor R. Caivano)

Iraqi Shiites hold a rally to protest the military intervention in Yemen, in Baghdad. (AP/Karim Kadim)

Members of special security forces enter the main courthouse in Istanbul, as Turkish news agencies say that members of a banned leftist group have taken a chief prosecutor hostage in his office inside the courthouse. (AP/Emrah Gurel)

A Yemeni man looks at his house in ruins near Sanaa Airport, which was destroyed in an air strike as Saudi-led coalition warplanes hit Shiite Huthi militia targets across Yemen overnight. (AFP/MOHAMMED HUWAIS)

People react as partial results of the Nigerian presidential elections are released, indicating the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate is ahead at a public viewing centre in the Obalende district of Lagos. (AFP/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI)

US soldiers and a South Korean soldier participate in a demonstration of the combined arms live-firing exercise as part of the annual joint military exercise Foal Eagle between the two countries at the Rodriquez Multi-Purpose Range Complex in Pocheon, north of Seoul. (AP/Lee Jin-man)

Afghan police and security personnel inspect the scene of a suicide attack near a district police headquarters in Kabul. A suicide attacker killed at least seven people after detonating the car bomb. (AFP/SHAH Marai)

A helicopter and search and rescue personnel being lowered close to the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 in the French Alps. (AFP/FRANCIS PELLIER/GENDARMERI)

The first 10 US armoured Humvees for the Ukrainian Army arrive and are unloaded from the US military cargo aircraft in Boryspil Airport, Kiev, Ukraine. (AP/Efrem Lukatsky)

Belarusian opposition protesters wave flags during a rally in Minsk, marking Freedom Day - the anniversary of the 1918 declaration of the first, short-lived independent Belarusian state. (AP/Sergei Grits)

Students hold a banner reading "Free, critical and universal education" as they take part in a demonstration against an education reform launched by Spanish Minister of Education, Culture and Sports Jose Ignacio Wert, in Madrid. (AFP/JAVIER SORIANO)

Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill. (C) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, to discuss the budget. (AP/Andrew Harnik)

Authorities work the scene where a Wisconsin State Patrol trooper, just three months out of the academy, died in a shootout with a bank robbery suspect also believed to have killed another motorist, in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA. The suspect also died in the shootout. (AP/The Reporter, Doug Raflik)

View of the forest fire at the Conguillo National Park, Chile. Massive wildfires raging in drought-stricken southern Chile have wiped out hundreds of plant species, and are now threatening animal life and a national park. (AFP PHOTO/STR)

Indian boys hold a giant national flag and walk in a procession in support of the Indian cricket team ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final match against Australia, in Kolkata. (AP/Bikas Das)

Wang Tzu Wei of Taiwan returns a shot to Lin Dan (unseen) of China during their men's singles badminton match of the Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2015 at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi. (AFP/SAJJAD HUSSAIN)

Julianne Seguin (L) and Charlie Bilodeau of Canada compete in the pairs short programme during the 2015 ISU World Figure Skating Championships at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Centre in Shanghai, China. (AFP/GOH CHAI HIN)

Members of the public queue to pay their respects to Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew outside Parliament House where he will lie in state for public viewing ahead of his funeral in Singapore on Mar 25, 2015. (AFP/ROSLAN RAHMAN)

Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra signs a condolence book for Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at the Singapore embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. Mr Lee died at the age of 91 on Mar 23. (AFP/Christophe ARCHAMBAULT)

A Palestinian gunman fires his weapon during the funeral of a man in the Jalazoun refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah. The victim was shot during a confrontation with the Israeli military in the refugee camp. (AP/Majdi Mohammed)

Paraguay's poor peasants protest against the government during XXII annual march of the National Peasants Federation in Asuncion. Some of 4,000 of them demand that the government enact measures to give economic support to poor farmers and peasants. (AP/Jorge Saenz)

A firefighter walks through the tornado-damaged River Oaks Estate mobile home park in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, USA, after powerful storms rumble across the state and produce tornadoes and flat-line winds that led to widespread damage. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

British Gurkha band members play bagpipes to commemorate 200 years of service in the British Army in Kathmandu on March 26, 2015. The Gurkhas first served as part of the Indian army in British-run India in 1815. (AFP/PRAKASH MATHEMA)

An Orthodox priest blesses the Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome Launch pad in Kazakhstan, before its launch to the International Space Station. (AP/NASA, Bill Ingalls)

Australia's batsman James Faulkner (L) sweeps a ball as India's wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (R) looks on during their 2015 Cricket World Cup semi-final match in Sydney. (AFP/William WEST)

India's batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni plays a shot off Australia's Mitchell Johnson during the Cricket World Cup semi-final at Sydney Cricket Ground. (AFP/Saeed KHAN)

Fans watch the Cricket World Cup semi-final match between India and Australia on the street in the old quarters of New Delhi. Australia will play fellow co-hosts New Zealand in the World Cup final on Mar 29 after they beat defending champions India in Sydney. (AFP/ALEX OGLE)

Kento Momota of Japan returns a shot against K. Srikanth of India during the women's singles badminton match at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2015 at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi. (AFP/PRAKASH SINGH)

Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier of USA perform during the Pairs Free Skating in the ISU World Figure Skating Championship 2015 held at the Oriental Sports Centre in Shanghai, China. (AP/Ng Han Guan)

Mourners bow to pay their respects to Singapore's late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew where he lies in state at Parliament House in Singapore. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew is one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics. (AFP/Roslan Rahman)

New York City firefighters work the scene of a large fire and a partial building collapse in the East Village neighborhood of New York. Orange flames and black smoke are billowing from the facade and roof of the building near several New York University buildings. (AP/John Minchillo)

A Bangladeshi Hindu devotee cries as she holds the body of her relative who was killed in a stampede during a Hindu bathing ritual in Langalbandh, southeast of capital Dhaka, Bangladesh. The local police chief said the stampede took place on the banks of the Brahmaputra river. (AP/A M Ahad)

A stele and flowers laid in memory of the victims are placed in the area where the Germanwings jetliner crashed in the French Alps, in Le Vernet, France. Flight 9525's crash into an Alpine mountain has raised questions about the co-pilot's mental state. (AP/Christophe Ena)

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama stands behind a window as he arrives to attend the Shotan festival at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in Dharmsala, India. The Dalai Lama watched the first day of the ten-day “Shoton” festival. (AP/Ashwini Bhatia)

Members attend a Security Council Meeting on "The Victims of Attacks and Abuses on Ethnic or Religious Grounds in the Middle East" at the United Nations in New York. (AFP/Jewel Samad)

Pakistani protestors chant slogans in support of Saudi Arabia at a rally in Karachi. Pakistan is ready to defend Saudi Arabia's "territorial integrity" but has not yet decided to join Riyadh's coalition fighting Yemen rebels, the defence minister said. (AFP/Arif Ali)

Volunteers prepare electoral material for distribution in a warehouse of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. President Goodluck Jonathan urged Nigerians to vote in the presidential election, calling for calm in the face of rising tensions and violence. (AFP)

Japan's Takuma Ueda returns a shot against India's K Srikant during the men's singles badminton quarter final match at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2015 at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi. (AFP/Prakash Singh)

Jeff Louis (L) of Haiti national football team vies for the ball with Cai Huikang of China national football team during their match in Helong stadium in Changsha, central China's Hunan province. (AFP)

Denis Ten of Kazakhstan performs during the men's short program of the 2015 ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Shanghai Oriental Sports Centre in Shanghai. (AFP/Johannes Eisele)

San Jose Sharks centre Joe Pavelski (8) is checked by Detroit Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall (55) as goalie Petr Mrazek stops a shot during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit. (AP/Paul Sancya)

Supporters of Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim demand his release in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian police arrested three leading opposition politicians in a bid to thwart a protest march demanding the release of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, his party said. (AFP/Mohd Rasfan)

Hundreds gathered next to the Hong Kong government headquarters to commemorate the half-year anniversary of mass democracy protests, as the city continues to push its controversial plan to elect the next leader. (AFP/Aaron Tam)

Iraqi security forces launch rockets against Islamic State extremist positions in Tikrit, 130 kilometres north of Baghdad, Iraq. The Iraqi troops pressed their push in the city against IS militants holed up in the center of the city. (AP/Khalid Mohammed)

People watch the PSLV-C27 take off carrying India's fourth navigational satellite, in Sriharikota, India. The fourth satellite, IRNSS-1D, will provide navigation, tracking and mapping services. (AP/Arun Sankar K)

An elderly Nigerian woman arrives to validate her voting card using a fingerprint reader, prior to casting her vote later in the day, in Daura, Nigeria. Nigerians went to the polls in presidential elections which analysts say will be the most tightly contested in Nigeria's history. (AP/Ben Curtis)

Armed members of Shiite Huthi militia, wearing military fatigue, patrol the Sanaa International Airport after the third day of Saudi-led coalition airstrikes against Huthis. At least 200 UN staff and other expatriates were evacuated from Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)

Demonstrators hold an "SOS" made from tree branches in Thessaloniki as they protest against gold mine extensions in the northern Greek peninsula of Halkidiki. (AFP/Sakis Mitrolidis)

Members of the Lebanese Red Cross and Civil Defence assist a volunteer acting as a victim during a disaster response drill simulating an earthquake in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayyat)

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) falls in front of Charlotte Hornets guard Mo Williams (7) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Washington. The Wizards won 110-107 in double overtime. (AP/Alex Brandon)

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car in the rain during the qualifying session for the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia. (AP/Andy Wong)

Oyonnax's wing Dug Codjo (L) vies with Brive's centre Riaan Swanepoel (R) during the French Top 14 rugby union match between Oyonnax and Brive at the Charles-Mathon Stadium in Oyonnax, France. (AFP/Jean-Philippe Ksiazek)

Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan competes in the men free skating of the 2015 ISU World Figure Skating Championships at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Centre in Shanghai. (AFP/Goh Chai Hin)