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Tree branches torn down by Tropical Cyclone Marcia in the northern Queensland town of Rockhampton on Feb 21, 2015. Australia was assessing the damage from two severe cyclones that left a trail of destruction, wrecking hundreds of homes and cutting electricity to thousands. (AFP/Peter PARKS)

Supporters of Australians on death row, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, arrive for a visit at Kerobokan prison in Denpasar on Bali island. (AFP/SONNY TUMBELAKA)

Bangladeshi rescue workers carry the dead body of one of the victims after a river ferry carrying about 100 passengers capsized Sunday after being hit by a cargo vessel, in Manikganj district, about 40km northwest of Dhaka. (AP/A.M. Ahad)

Residents who fled from conflict areas near the Myanmar and Chinese border wave onboard a truck to transport them to a refugee camp in Mandalay, at a temporary refugee camp at a monastery in Lashio, northern Myanmar. (AFP/Ye Aung THU)

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko and other guests examining, during their visit to an open air exhibition in the centre of Ukrainian capital of Kiev, Russian weapons captured from the pro-Russian rebels during battles in the east of Ukraine. (AFP/PRESIDENTIAL PRESS-SERVICE/MYKHAYLO MARKIV)

Turkish army's armoured vehicles and tanks drive in Syrian town of Ayn al-Arab, also known as Kobani, as they return from the Ottoman tomb in Syria. (AP/Mursel Coban, Depo Photos)

A Palestinian man carries goods on a donkey cart through a muddy, rain-flooded street in the Bedouin village of al-Moghraka, central Gaza Strip. (AP/Khalil Hamra)

Workers clear snow from the walkways during a snowfall in Washington, DC. (AFP/MANDEL NGAN)

Liverpool’s Jordon Ibe (L) tussles with Southampton’s Matt Targett during the English Premier League football match at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, England. (AP/Tim Ireland)

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (2nd L) misses a chance to score against West Ham United during an English Premier League football match at White Hart Lane in London. (AP/Lefteris Pitarakis)

South Africa's JP Duminy (front) edges the ball towards India's Suresh Raina (R) to be dismissed as wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (L) looks on during the Pool B 2015 Cricket World Cup match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. (AFP/Saeed KHAN)

Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand plays a shot at the ninth hole during the final round of the women's Australian Open golf tournament at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne. (AFP/ESTHER LIM)

Shiite Houthi men gather near a car damaged by an explosion that targeted a house of a Shiite Houthi member near a military academy in Sanaa, Yemen on Feb 23, 2015. (Photo: AP/Hani Mohammed)

Supporters of the anti-Islamic Pegida (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident) attend a rally of that group in Dresden, eastern Germany, on Feb 23, 2015. (Photo: AFP/DPA /Arno Burgi)

Mother of Egyptian Moustafa Yousri shouts against the court after her son was sentenced among 21 people, including prominent activists, to prison terms over an unauthorised street protest in 2013, at a Cairo court, Egypt on Feb 23, 2015. (Photo: AP/Amr Nabil) 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) talks to employees during her visit to the Siemens electronics manufacturing plant in Amberg, Germany on Feb 23, 2015. (Photo: AP/Michael Probst)

Egyptians queue up with their belongings as they wait to enter Tunisia, via the Libyan side of the Ras Djir border crossing, on Feb 23, 2015 for a flight evacuating them back to Cairo. (Photo: AFP/Mahmud Turkia)

Former US President Bill Clinton (C) tours the Lime Nursery and Grafting Project in Mirebalais, in the central plateau of Haiti, on Feb 23, 2015. Clinton visits Clinton Foundation projects that are supporting the development and growth of Haitian businesses. (Photo: AFP/Hector Retamal)

Acrobatic pilots perform at the Australian International Airshow at the Avalon Airfield in the city of Lara, southwest of Melbourne on Feb 24, 2015. Some 180,000 patrons were expected through the gates over the duration of the event. (Photo: AFP/Paul Crock)

Picture released by Noticias Argentinas showing the wildfires consuming the forest in the Andes Mountains near Cholila, in the Argentine province of Chubut, about 25km from Los Alerces National Park, on Feb 23, 2015.  (Photo: AFP/NA/Pablo Wegrzyn)

Ice builds up along Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois. The city is struggling through the third coldest February on record. (Photo: AFP/Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Movistar Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo of Spain takes a corner during the second day of the second round of pre-season MotoGP winter testing at the Sepang circuit outside Kuala Lumpur on Feb 24, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Mohd Rasfan)

Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings gets the puck past goalie John Gibson #36 of the Anaheim Ducks but cant score on his shootout goal attempt as the puck hits the post at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The Ducks won 4-3 in a shootout. (Photo: AFP/Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

West Indies Chris Gayle (C) and teammate Marlon Samuels (R) celebrate at the end of their innings with Zimbabwe's Craig Ervine (L) during the 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool B match between the West Indies and Zimbabwe at The Manuka Oval in Canberra on Feb 24, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Peter Parks)

Members of the Philippine police and Armed Forces of the Philippines join the 29th anniversary celebration of the revolt known as People Power revolution at the People's Power Monument in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines. (AP/Aaron Favila)

A French navy Rafale fighter jet takes off from the aircraft craft carrier Charles de Gaulle operating in the Gulf. A dozen French fighter jets roared off towards Iraq as part of the campaign against the Islamic State (IS) militant group. (AFP/Patrick Baz)

A man sits on a 2S1 Gvozdika (122-mm self-propelled howitzer) as a convoy of pro-Russian forces takes a break as they move from the frontline near the eastern Ukrainian city of Starobeshevo in Donetsk region. (AFP/Vasily Maximov)

An Indian vote shows her ink marked finger after casting her vote for Municipal Councils elections at a polling booth in the village of Jandiala Guru, some 20km from Amritsar. (AFP/Narinder Nanu)

Indian passengers stand and hang onto a train as it departs from a station on the outskirts of New Delhi. Indian Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu is scheduled to present the railway budget to parliament on Feb 26. (AFP/Money Sharma)

A boat makes its way through ice on the East River in New York. A wide swath of the country is experiencing record-breaking temperatures while other areas are expecting more winter precipitation. (AP/Seth Wenig)

A South Korean graduate checks her smartphone during a graduation ceremony at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea. (AP/Ahn Young-joon)

People carry the coffin of former cycling World Champion Claude Criquielion during his funeral ceremony at the Saint-Martin church in Deux-Acren. Belgium's former world cycling champion Claude Criquielion died on Feb 18 aged 58 following a severe stroke. (Photo: AFP/Belga/Nicolas Maeterlinck)

Ireland wicket-keeper Gary Wilson (L) looks on as United Arab Emirates (UAE) batsman Shaiman Anwar plays a shot during their 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool B match at the Gabba cricket stadium in Brisbane. (AFP/Indranil Mukherjee)

CWM LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow of Britain takes a curve during the third and final day of MotoGP test races at the Sepang circuit outside Kuala Lumpur. (AFP/Mohd Rasfan)

Spanish tennis player David Ferrer returns the ball to Igor Sijsling of Netherlands during the Mexico ATP tournament in Acapulco, Guerrero State. (AFP/Pedro Pardo)

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (C) tries controlling the ball next to Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Cleveland defeated the Pistons 102-93. (AP/Carlos Osorio)

Protesters calling for Philippine President Benigno Aquino's resignation hold a rally in Manila. Aquino faces calls for his ouster following a disastrous anti-terrorism raid in January that left 44 policemen, 18 Muslim rebels and several civilians dead. (AFP Photo)

Members of a Thai bomb squad unit inspect the scene after a roadside bomb blast, triggered by suspected separatist militants in Thailand's restive southern province of Narathiwat. (AFP/Madaree TOHLALA)

Onlookers gather on Queen Elizabeth bridge to look at a public transport bus that drove over the side of the bridge in Johannesburg, South Africa. No fatal injuries were reported and the bus driver sustained minor injuries. (AFP/MUJAHID SAFODIEN)

French navy Rafale fighter jets prepare to take off from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle operating in the Gulf as part of the campaign against the Islamic State militant group. (AFP/PATRICK BAZ)

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard troops 'attacks' a naval vessel during a military drill in the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran. (AFP/FARS NEWS/HAMED JAFARNEJAD)

Islamic State militants ride in a Kurdish popular protection unit (YPG) vehicle captured during fighting in Tal Tamr, Hassakeh province, Syria. (AP Photo via militant social media account)

Fighters from the Ukrainian volunteers battalions and activists of the Right Sector Party carry portraits of their friends killed in east Ukraine during a "March of Truth, March of Rights " in Kiev. (AFP/SERGEI SUPINSKY)

People protest outside the German Embassy in Paris against the standoff between Berlin and Athens over proposals by the new Greek government to renegotiate the terms of its international bailout, with Germany insisting that Greece stick to the current bailout conditions. (AFP/FRANCOIS GUILLOT)

Arsenal's goalkeeper David Ospina (L) is stands rooted as the ball hits the back of his net from a deflected shot as Monaco's Geoffrey Kondogbia for Monaco scores the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match at the Emirates Stadium in London. (AFP/GLYN KIRK)

Leverkusen's goalkeeper Bernd Leno (R) makes a save during the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match against Atletico Madrid in Leverkusen, Germany. (AP/Frank Augstein)

Britain's Andy Murray returns the ball to Joao Sousa of Spain during a match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP/Kamran Jebreili)

West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels plays a shot as Zimbabwe wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor (L) and Zimbabwe's Tafadzwa Kamungozi follow the ball during their Cricket World Cup Pool B match in Canberra, Australia. (AP/Rob Griffith)

Fortune tellers in Hong Kong said that the Year of the Goat should be calmer in general than the previous Year of the Horse, which was characterised by catastrophic international air accidents, brutal terror attacks, global political upheaval, a resurgent Ebola virus and war. (AFP/Philippe Lopez)

Pro-Russian rebels take positions on the side of the road near the eastern Ukrainian city of Uglegorsk, six kilometres southwest of Debaltseve. (AFP/VASILY MAXIMOV)

Servicemen of Ukrainian forces prepare their new position near Artemivsk, in the Donetsk region after they left Debaltseve. More than 90 Ukrainian troops were captured and 82 were still missing after pro-Russian rebels seized the key town of Debaltseve. (AFP/ANATOLII STEPANOV)

President Barack Obama speaks at the Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) Summit at the State Department in Washington. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

Rebel fighters take positions after what they said was an offensive against them by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad that attempted to advance in the village but failed to, in Ratian, north of Aleppo. (REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah)

A navy band prepares for the arrival of Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras aboard the Chinese frigate Changbaishan at the port of Piraeus, near Athens. (AP/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Protesters post signs on a segment of a crowd control barricade in the Plaza de Mayo, at the end of a march organised by federal prosecutors one month after the mysterious death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP/Rodrigo Abd)

Officials look over an accident on US Route 13 in Melfa, Virginia. A Virginia Department of Transportation worker was injured when a tractor-trailer truck crushed the driver's side of the VDOT truck. (AP/The Daily Times, Jay Diem)

Besiktas' Veli Kavlak (R) is fouled by Liverpool's Martin Skrtel during the Europa League Round of 32 football match at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England. (AP/Jon Super)

Scuderia Toro Rosso's Belgian-Dutch driver Max Verstappen arrives in the pits during the Formula One pre-season first test day at Catalunya's racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain. (AFP/LLUIS GENE)

Cyclists ride during the third stage of the 2015 Tour of Oman, between al-Mussanah Sports city back to al-Mussanah Sports city (158km). Norway's Alexander Kristoff won the third stage race as Swiss Fabian Cancellara retained the lead in the overall standings. (AFP/MOHAMMED MAHJOUB)

Garbine Muguruza of Spain returns the ball to Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain during the quarter-finals of the WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai. (AFP/KARIM SAHIB)

Rescue workers inspect the site of a train crash at the train station of Rafz, northern Switzerland. Two trains slammed into each other north of the Swiss city of Zurich at the start of rush hour, leaving dozens of passengers injured and train carriages upturned. (AFP/Michael Buholzer)

Residents who fled from conflict areas near the Myanmar and Chinese border arrive at a temporary refugee camp at a monastery in Lashio, Myanmar. Myanmar has continued an offensive to flush out rebels from areas around a flashpoint town on the northeastern border with China. (AFP/Ye Aung Thu)

Yemeni take part in a demonstration following the Friday prayers in the second largest city of Taiz against the Shiite Huthi militia which seized power in the country last September. The UN Security Council prepared to adopt a resolution calling on the militia to step aside. (AFP/STR)

Ukrainian servicemen evacuate a wounded man from a hospital of Artemivsk in the Donetsk region. French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the "Minsk II" ceasefire deal in Ukraine to be "fully respected" after meeting in Paris. (AFP/Anatolii Stepanov)

A woman cries as she holds the portrait of a relative during a memorial ceremony marking the first anniversary of the killings of demonstrators in the final act of a dramatic uprising around Independence Square in Kiev, known as Maidan, in Kiev, Ukraine. (AFP/Serguei Supinsky)

Indian couples from impoverished families stand for photographs during a mass marriage ceremony in New Delhi. Twelve couples tied the knot in a single ceremony organised by a social organisation, that would otherwise have cost each family thousands of dollars. (AP/Saurabh Das)

A general view shows the snow-covered West Bank city of Ramallah. Snow blanketed much of Israel, Jordan and Lebanon early Friday, with many residents urged to stay in their homes because of blocked or icy roads. (AFP/Abbas Momani)

The Josephine Shaw Lowell Fountain in Bryant Park in New York remains frozen on Feb 20, 2015. The temperature in Central Park Friday morning was 2°F (-16.6°C). The previous record for this date was 7°F (-13.8°C), set in 1950. (AFP/Timothy A Clary)

Cyclists compete in the Men's Omnium I Scratch 15km event at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, near Paris. (AFP/Eric Feferberg)

Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut returns to Austrian's Dominic Thiem during their Open 13 tennis tournament quarter final match in Marseille, southern France. (AFP/Anne-Christine Poujoulat)

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg takes part in the Formula One pre-season second day test at Catalunya's racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona. (AFP/Lluis Gene)

Levi Mutru of Finland soars during the nordic combined normal hill individual gundersen competition in the ski stadium of the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden. (AFP/Jonathan Nackstrand)

A Sri Lankan fruit vendor waits to sell pineapple in Colombo on February 22, 2015. Sri Lanka's new government will seek loans exceeding US$4 billion from international lenders, including the IMF, as it "restructures" expensive debt owed to China, the finance minister said. (AFP/Ishara S Kodikara)

Cricket fans celebrate a shot by India's batsman Ajinkya Rahane over the boundary for a six during the Pool B 2015 Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on February 22, 2015. (AFP/Saeed Khan)

An Indonesian man pours coins from his hands as a "donation" to Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott (pictured underneath coins) in Jakarta to protest Abbott's remarks on tsunami donations from Australian government in 2004. (AFP Photo)

A fan watches during the Pool B 2015 Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on February 22, 2015. (AFP/Saeed Khan)

A dance contest at a salza and kizomba Valentine's Day party at a Mongolian restaurant. Kizomba, both a dance and a style of music which developed in Angola in the late 1980s and early 1990s, is spreading across the world and now fast becoming the dance of choice with Mongolia's youth. (AFP)

Tourists visit an Islamic centre in Mataram on Lombok island in Indonesia's West Nusa Tenggara province. Lombok is at the centre of an Islamic tourism drive in Indonesia, which is hoping to boost the number of visitors from wealthy Middle Eastern nations. (AFP/Sonny Tumbelaka)

James Harden #13 and Patrick Beverley #2 of the Houston Rockets celebrate after a basket during their game against the Toronto Raptors at the Toyota Center on February 21, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images/AFP)

Participants, wearing different costumes, take part in the Tokyo Marathon in Tokyo on February 22, 2015. More than 35,500 runners took part in the Tokyo Marathon. (AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura).

Costumed revellers perform in a carnival procession on the streets of Macedonia's Strumica on February 21 ,2015. The renowned carnival, which marks the beginning of the Christian Orthodox Lent, attracted hundreds of participants and tens of thousands of visitors in Strumica. (AFP/Robert Atanasovski)

Emirati armed forces take part in a military show at the opening of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in the Emirati capital on February 22, 2015. (AFP/Karim Sahib)

Palestinian children use a makeshift craft in an area that is flooded after Israel opened the gates of a dam along its border with the Gaza Strip. Palestinian authorities said Israel opened the floodgates of a canal leading to central Gaza, causing the flooding of several Palestinian homes. (AFP)

US Bill Demong soars during the men Nordic Combined team jumping event in the ski stadium of the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden on February 22, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Jonathan Nackstrand)