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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 look up after unidentified objects were thrown onto the crowd as police moved in to disperse demonstrators at a pro-democracy protest site in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong. (AFP/Philippe Lopez)

Police arrest a protester as they try to clear a road at a pro-democracy protest site in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong. (AFP/Philippe Lopez)

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. (AP/Vincent Yu)

Police officers watch as a building burns after it was set on fire during rioting following a grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri, USA. (Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP)

A Ferguson firefighter surveys damage to a strip mall that was set on fire when rioting erupted following a grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri, USA. (Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP)

Cars which were set on fire when rioting erupted following the grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown case sit on a lot in Dellword, Missouri, USA. (Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP)

A truck servicing the oil field in snowy Williston, North Dakota. A winter storm days before the Thanksgiving holiday resulted in snow and icy roads in the oil patch city. (AP/Josh Wood)

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R), looks at a tea pot by Emma Bridgewater (L), part of fundraising efforts, as she attends the East Anglia’s Children's Hospices (EACH) Norfolk Capital Appeal launch at the Norfolk Showground in Norwich, eastern England. (AFP/POOL/PAUL ROGERS)

A site formerly belonging to Islamic State militants burns as the Iraqi army launched a military operation to regain control of the town of Sadiyah, 95km north of Baghdad, in Diyala province, Iraq. (AP Photo)

Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero scores the opening goal from a penalty kick during the UEFA Champions League Group E football match against Bayern Munich at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northwest England. (AFP/PAUL ELLIS)

Chelsea's Diego Costa (C) takes on the Schalke defence during the Champions League Group G football match in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (AP/Frank Augstein)

Britain's 2014 F1 Racing World Champion Lewis Hamilton poses for photographs by a fake racing car after a visit to the MediaCityUk television and radio studios in Manchester, England. (AP/Jon Super)

A vehicle, with a large chunk of snow on its top, drives along Route 20 after digging out after a massive snow fall in Lancaster, New York. Another two to three feet of snow is expected in the area. (AP/Gary Wiepert)

Picture released by the Colombian Defence Ministry's press office shows troops boarding a helicopter in Quibdo. The Colombian Army mounted a search for a general captured by FARC guerrillas, a kidnapping that has derailed two years of peace. (AFP/MINDEFENSA/Mauricio Orjuela)

Police stand guard outside a Starbucks outlet as they clash with protesters after a march against university fees in London. The demonstration organised by the Student Assembly Against Austerity demands free education and an end to tuition fees, education cuts and student debt. (AFP/Justin Tallis)

China's President Xi Jinping (L) receives a Hongi, a traditional Maori greeting, from a Maori elder during a welcoming ceremony at Government House in Wellington. Xi is on a two-day state visit to New Zealand for talks with the government and business leaders. (AFP/Marty Melville)

Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack in Kabul. Four Taliban militants targeting a compound housing foreign workers in the Afghan capital were killed in a failed assault there, police said, the latest violence targeting foreigners in the country. (AP/Rahmat Gul)

Indian police peer through a window of the ashram of self-styled guru Rampal Maharaj in Hisar. Police arrested a guru after a violent stand-off with thousands of followers at his sprawling ashram in northern India, where the bodies of four women and a child have been found. (AFP/Sajjad Hussain)

The 2015 Chrysler 300C is introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles. The annual event is open to the public beginning Nov 21. (Photo: AP/Jae C Hong)

Japanese wine drinkers toast the 2014 vintage Beaujolais Nouveau wine at an event in Tokyo, after an embargo on the wine was removed at midnight. A total of seven million bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau wine are expected to be imported to Japan this year. (AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)

Ayanna Williams displays her 23 inch (58cm) nails at a book launch in London. The 56-year-old stars in a book entitled "Ripley's Believe it or Not! 2015 Annual, Reality Shock", a compendium of strange but true facts and stories. (AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

(From R) Sailing Yachts SCA, Abu Dhabi and Dongefeng sail in the Cape Town Table bay as they start the new leg of the Volvo Ocean Race to Abu Dhabi in Cape Town, South Africa. (AFP/Gianluigi Guercia)

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (R) drives against San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. The Spurs defeated the Cavaliers 92-90. (AP/Tony Dejak)

Orlando Berrio (L) of Colombia's Atletico Nacional, vies for the ball with Alvaro Pereira, of Brazil's Sao Paulo, during their Copa Sudamericana semi-final football match, at the Atanasio Girardot Satadium in Medellin. (AFP/Luis Acosta)

A child wears a face mask while walking along a street as thick smog covers Beijing. Beijing on Nov 20 issued its first yellow pollution alert since the APEC summit ended on Nov 11. (Photo: AFP/Fred Dufour)

Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori (pictured) enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in 2014 as he reached his maiden Grand Slam final at the US Open and became the first Asian singles player to qualify for the season-ending Tour Finals after climbing to 5th in world rankings. (AFP/Toru Yamanaka)

People arrive in a Yangon church to attend the 500th Jubilee Year of the presence of Catholic Church in Myanmar. (Photo: AFP/Ye Aung Thu)

People sunbath at a swimming pool in front of HMAS Canberra, the Royal Australian Navy's latest warship. HMAS Canberra is the Royal Australian Navy's largest and most expensive warship and will be commissioned into service on Nov 28, 2014. (Photo: AFP/Peter Parks)

Dragon Racing Formula-E team crew push a car in the pit-lane at the Formula-E race venue in Putrajaya on Nov 21, 2014. Malaysia will host the second race of the inaugural Formula-E electric car race championship on Nov 22. (Photo: AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)

A fisherman arranges dried fish at Manila Bay. World Fisheries Day is marked every Nov 21 and was established to draw attention to overfishing, habitat destruction and other serious threats to the sustainability of marine and freshwater resources. (Photo: AFP)

New Zealand bowler Trent Boult delivers the ball during the 5th and final day of the second Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand in Dubai on Nov 21. Pakistan need 261 runs to win the second Test after New Zealand declared their second innings on 250-9. (Photo: AFP/Aamir Qureshi)

People in protective gear work at a poultry farm in Ter Aar, just east of The Hague, where 43,000 hens are being culled to prevent any possible spread of infection. Dutch officials have detected a second case of bird flu in a southern Netherlands farm, officials said. (Photo: AFP/ANP/Jeroen Jumelet)

Protesters march under a giant net and with their hands painted red in Mexico City on Nov 20. Mexico officially lists more than 22,000 people as having gone missing since the start of its drug war in 2006, and the search for the missing students has turned up other, unrelated mass graves. (AP)

Workers hang up the painting ‘Skull’ (1976) by Andy Warhol during the setting of the exhibition ‘Death and Disaster’ in Chemnitz, Germany. The Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz will present this group of works by Andy Warhol for the first time in a European museum. The exhibition starts on Nov 23. (AP)

South Korean farmers stage a protest in central Seoul against a planned opening of a local rice market to imports and the recent conclusion of a free trade deal with China. (Photo: AFP/Ed Jones)

Pro-democracy protesters stage a protest outside the British consulate in Hong Kong. HK's pro-democracy protesters are at a crossroads as public support fades after nearly two months of glacial traffic and street clashes, with activists split on whether to retreat or ramp up their campaign. (AFP)

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)