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US President Barack Obama (L) meets with Communist Party of Vietnam General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (R) at the Communist Party of Vietnam's Central Office in Hanoi on May 23, 2016 and praised "strengthening ties" as the former wartime foes deepen trade links. (Photo: AFP/Jim Watson)

Iraqi pro-government forces advance towards the city of Fallujah on May 23, 2016 as part of a major assault to retake the city from Islamic State group. Iraqi forces launched a major assault to retake Fallujah, the scene of deadly battles during the US occupation. (Photo: AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)

Tunisian Islamist Ennahdha Party leader Rached Ghannouchi holds a press conference on May 23, 2016 in Hammamet, Tunis. The president of Ennahdha was re-elected as the group meets for a key congress to discuss separating religious and political activities. (Photo: AFP/Mohamed Khalil)

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on May 23, 2016. World representatives of humanitarian organisations converge and focused on how to reform a system many judge broken. (Photo: AP/Lefteris Pitarakis)

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, left, speaks with Israel's President Reuven Rivlin at the President's residence in Jerusalem on May 23, 2016. Valls is on an official visit to the region. (Photo: AP/Sebastian Scheiner)

French Labour Minister Myriam El Khomri arrives to visit a National Association for Adult Education (AFPA) centre for adult learning in Marseille, southern France on May 23, 2016. (Photo: AFP/Bertrand Langlois)

Election posters of Alexander Van der Bellen, candidate for presidential elections and former head of the Austrian Greens (R) and Norbert Hofer, candidate for presidential elections of Austria's right-wing Freedom Party, FPOE (L) in Vienna, Austria on May 23, 2016. (Photo: AP/Ronald Zak)

Swiss Interior Minister Alain Berset (L) shakes hands with China's Margaret Chan (R) Director General of the World Health Organization after his statement, during the 69th World Health Assembly at the European headquarters of the UN in Geneva on May 23, 2016. (Photo: Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone/AP)

Caster Semenya from South Africa crosses the finish line to win the women's 800-meter at the International Mohammed VI track and field meeting in Rabat, Morocco on May 22, 2016. (Photo: AP/Abdeljalil Bounhar)

Pittsburgh Penguins' Matt Cullen (7) and Tampa Bay Lightning's Braydon Coburn (55) chase after a loose puck in front of goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (R) during the second period of Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals on May 22, 2016 in Pittsburgh. (Photo: AP/Gene J. Puskar)

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws to the Chicago Cubs during the second inning of a baseball game on May 22, 2016, in San Francisco. (Photo: AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Matt Kuchar (R) walks up the 17th fairway with his caddie during the final round of the Byron Nelson golf tournament on May 22, 2016, in Irving, Texas. Cuter finished in third place in the tournament. (Photo: AP/Tony Gutierrez)

US President Barack Obama (L) stands next to his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang under a statue of late Vietnamese revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh during a signing ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi. (AFP/POOL/KHAM)

Children wave Vietnamese and US flags while waiting for the arrival of US President Barack Obama (not pictured) before a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi. (AFP/POOL/KHAM)

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (R) shakes hands with Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam (L), prior to their meeting at Chigi Palace in Rome on May 23, 2016. (VINCENZO PINTO/AFP)

Bangladesh villagers gather around the wreckage of destroyed homes in Chittagong after Cyclone Roanu struck the southern coastline. (STR/AFP PHOTO)

Human rights activists light candles to protest the government's detaining of five local rights activists charged early this May on accusations of covering up a woman's affair with a government official. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

People gather at the scene after a pair of suicide bomb attacks in the southern city of Aden, Yemen. (AP Photo)

Smoke billows in the background as Iraqi pro-government forces advance towards the city of Fallujah, as part of a major assault to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP)

Protesters light tyres on a barricade in Kibera slum, Nairobi, during a demonstration by opposition supporters protesting for a change of leadership. (CARL DE SOUZA/AFP)

Hungarian dairy farmers protest against the low acquisition price of milk in front of Parliament in Budapest, Hungary. The inscription on the banner reads: "Drink Hungarian Milk!" (Tamas Kovacs/MTI via AP)

Volunteers attempt to move a one-tonne block strapped to a neolithic-style wooden sledge, in Gordon Square, London. The experiment was an investigation of the technology used to move large stones to build prehistoric monuments such as Stonehenge. (AP/Matt Dunham)

People take photographs next to an old Renault 12 car painted with Spanish and Real Madrid symbols outside the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain. Real Madrid will try to win its 11th Champions League title when it plays Atletico Madrid next Saturday in Milan. (AP/Paul White)

Japan's Naomi Osaka returns in her first round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Lebanese men cast their fishing poles from a rocky coastal area along the Beirut coastline, Lebanon on May 18, 2016. Beirut's coastline has been for thousands of years a vital source of sustenance for local residents. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Volunteers rush an injured person to a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan on May 18, 2016. A twin bombing killed a Pakistani police officer and wounded nine people in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Wednesday, police said. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

A handout picture provided by the office of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on May 18, 2016 shows him (4L) and the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (3L) meeting with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic (5R).  HO / IRANIAN PRESIDENCY / AFP

Models take selfies before the start of the Bogota Fashion Week at the National Museum in Bogota, Colombia on May 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis (L) and Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite (R) give a joint press conference following their meeting at the presidential palace in Vilnius on May 18, 2016.  Petras Malukas / AFP

Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye arrives at court before his trial for treason in Nakawa in Kampala on May 18, 2016. Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye was transferred to a high security prison in the capital Kampala after being charged with treason. RONALD KABUUBI / AFP

Jordan's Queen Rania (L) and Belgium's Queen Mathilde walk together during a state visit to Belgium on May 18, 2016 in Brussels.  JOHN THYS / AFP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy and Vice Chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, left, arrive for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany on May 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

A stray dog runs over the pitch during the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match between Rising Pune Supergiants and Delhi Daredevils at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on May 17, 2016. SAJJAD HUSSAIN / AFP

UEFA executive committee members Germany's Wolfgang Niersbach (R), followed by committee member Britain's David Gill, arrive for a meeting on May 18, 2016 in Basel. UEFA's executive committee is meeting in Basel before the Europa League final to set a date for an new election. FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

Los Angeles Dodgers' Joc Pederson follows through on a two-run home run as Los Angeles Angels catcher Geovany Soto watches during the fourth inning of a baseball game on May 17, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Joc Pederson follows through on a two-run home run as Los Angeles Angels catcher Geovany Soto watches during the fourth inning of a baseball game on May 17, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

A Greater Flamingo rests inside a pond at the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park on May 19, 2016.  MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP

China's Premier Li Keqiang, center, delivers a speech at the First World Conference on Tourism for Development at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Thursday, May 19, 2016. (Jason Lee/Pool Photo via AP)

Members of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(AIADMK) party distribute sweets in fronT of the party office in Chennai on May 19, 2016.  ARUN SANKAR / AFP

Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, second left, and South Korea's President Park Geun-hye, left, are greeted by South Korean children waving the two countries' flags during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on May 19, 2016. (Jung Yeon-je/Pool Photo via AP)

Reporters gather in front of the EgyptAir counter at Charles de Gaulle Airport outside of Paris on May 19, 2016. An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo carrying 66 people disappeared from radar early Thursday morning, the airline said. (AP Photo/Raphael Satter)

A relative of the victims of the EgyptAir flight 804 reacts as she makes a phone call at Charles de Gaulle Airport outside of Paris on May 19, 2016. Egyptian aviation officials say an EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew on board has crashed. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

 Model Hailey Baldwin and MAGNUM spokesperson Jonathan Jones celebrating the opening of MAGNUM New York, the first U.S. storefront for MAGNUM Ice Cream. (Photo by Scott Gries/Invision for MAGNUM/AP Images)

America's Pablo Aguilar, left, heads the ball under the pressure from Monterrey's Cesar Montes during a Mexican soccer league match in Mexico City on May 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 18, 2016. The Warriors won 118-91. (Thearon W. Henderson, Getty Images via AP, Pool)

New York Yankees' Aroldis Chapman, left, celebrates with catcher Brian McCann, right, after the final out of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 18, 2016, in Phoenix. The Yankees defeated the Diamondbacks 4-2. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Israeli Golani infantry soldiers take part in a training of Krav Maga, the close-combat method conceived in secrecy by the Israeli military, in the Regavim Army base, in northern Israel on April 19, 2016.MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

Tampa Bay Lightning center Vladislav Namestnikov (90), of Russia, defends Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ian Cole (28) during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals on May 18, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Sri Lankan navy and army personnel evacuate residents following flooding in the Kolonnawa suburb of Colombo on May 20, 2016.  ISHARA S.KODIKARA / AFP

Rescue workers (orange suits, L) inspect a sports centre after its roof collapsed at the City University in Hong Kong on May 20, 2016.  DALE DE LA REY / AFP

Flanked by outgoing President Ma Ying-jeou, left, Taiwan's new president Tsai Ing-wen, center, arrives for the presidential inauguration ceremony at the Presidential Office on May 20, 2016, in Taipei, (Taipei Photojournalist Association, Pool Photo via AP)

A visitor takes a photo of a remote-controlled weaponized robot on display at the 8th China International Exhibition on Police Equipment in Beijing, China on May 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Shiite Houthi tribesmen hold their weapons as they chant slogans during a tribal gathering showing support for the Houthi movement, in Sanaa, Yemen on May 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Frank Berton, lawyer of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, addresses the media as he arrives at the Paris courthouse on May 20, 2016. The leading suspect in last November's Paris attacks is facing questioning Friday for the first time since his extradition. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) walks with Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski (C)prior to a meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on May 20, 2016.  Virginia Mayo / POOL / AFP

A tugboat sail near cargo ships in Miraflores lake during their transit through the Panama Canal, in Panama City, Thursday, May 19, 2016. The Panama Canal expansion will be inaugurated on June 26. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

Miriam Fatime Sylla (facing) of Italy spikes the ball over Quinta Steenbergen (#7) and Laura Dijkema (R/#14) of the Netherlands during the women's volleyball world final qualification for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics 2016 in Tokyo on May 20, 2016.  TORU YAMANAKA / AFP

Kim Gi Jung (R) and Kim Sa Rang hit a return against Angga Pratama and Ricky Karanda Surwardi of Indonesia during their men's semi finals group match in the Thomas Cup badminton tournament in Kunshan, eastern China's Jiangsu Province on May 20, 2016.  JOHANNES EISELE / AFP

San Francisco Giants third baseman Matt Duffy bobbles a ground ball hit San Diego Padres' Alexei Ramirez during the second of a baseball game Thursday, May 19, 2016, in San Diego. Duffy recovered in time to get the out at first. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

The San Jose Sharks celebrate after a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues during Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals Thursday, May 19, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

An Indian woman walks on the parched bed of Chandola Lake with a metal pot on her head to fetch water in Ahmedabad. India is facing its worst water crisis in decades, with about 330 million people, or a quarter of the population, suffering from drought after two weak monsoons. (AFP/Sam Panthaky)

Sri Lankan residents wades through floodwaters in the Kolonnawa suburb of Colombo. The heaviest rains in a quarter of a century have pounded the island since last weekend, sparking huge landslides that have buried victims in up to 50 feet (15 metres) of mud. (AFP/Ishara S Kodikara)

A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to throw stones towards Israeli security forces during clashes following a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel, in the village of Kfar Qaddum, near Nablus, in the occupied West Bank. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)

Buddhist monks join hands in prayer during a ceremony marking Visakha Bucha Day in Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat. Visakha Bucha Day marks the birth date of the Lord Buddha, on the full-moon day of the sixth lunar month. (AFP/Madaree Tohlala)

Volunteers of the Azov Civil Corps light flares during rally at the Ukrainian Parliament against holding local elections in the occupied eastern territories of Ukraine. As part of an internationally brokered peace agreement, Ukraine must hold local elections in those regions. (AP/Efrem Lukatsky)

Dancers perform during an inauguration ceremony of Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei, Taiwan. Taiwan inaugurated Tsai as its first female president, returning the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party to power. (AP/Chiang Ying-ying)

Guests watch and listen as new Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen gives her inauguration speech in Taipei. Tsai took the oath of office at the presidential palace in Taipei after winning a landslide victory in January signalling the end of an eight-year rapprochement with China. (AFP/Isaac Lawrence)

Riders compete during the 13th stage of the 99th Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy, from Palmanova and Cividale del Friuli. (AFP/Luk Benies)

Italian Valentino Rossi rides his Yamaha during the second Free Practice session ahead of the Italian motorcycling Grand Prix at the Mugello racetrack. (AFP/Giuseppe Cacace)

Emiratis sail during the Al-Gaffal traditional long-distance dhow sailing race between the island of Sir Bu Nair, near the Iranian coast, and the Gulf emirate of Dubai. (AFP/Marwan Naamani)

Denmark's Mie Oe Nielsen competes in a women's 50m backstroke heat during the European Swimming Championships at the London Aquatics Centre in London. (AP/Matt Dunham)

South Korean captain Kim Yeon-koung (R) spikes the ball over Alexandra Munoz (#6) and Mirtha Uribe (#2) of Peru during the women's volleyball world final qualification for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics 2016 in Tokyo. (AFP/Toru Yamanaka)

Sri Lankan flood victims rest on inflatable tubes in Wellampitiya,on the outskirts of Colombo. Sri Lanka's government raised the death toll from landslides and heavy flooding around the island nation to 73, as soldiers continued searching for scores of people missing. (AP/Eranga Jayawardena)

A Yemeni man in traditional clothes performs on a horse during a parade in the capital Sanaa on the eve of the 26th anniversary of Yemen's 1990 reunification. Southern Yemen united with the North Yemen (Yemen Arab Republic) on May 22, 1990, to form the present-day Yemen. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)

The space shuttle external propellant tank is moved through the streets of Los Angeles. The ET-94 will be displayed with the retired space shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center. (AP/Chris Carlson)

Members of Italian far-right political movement CasaPound march with Italian flags near the Colosseum during a demonstration in Rome. (AFP/Filippo Monteforte)

Mourners carry the Iraqi flag-draped coffins of two protesters killed in the protests outside Baghdad's highly fortified Green Zone, during their funeral procession in Baghdad. Iraqi security forces fired tear gas as thousands of protesters stormed the Green Zone. (AP/Karim Kadim)

Graduating cadets line up during a graduation and commissioning ceremony at the US Military Academy in West Point, New York. (AP/Mike Groll)

A handout picture from Solar Impulse 2 shows shows ground crew members towing the experimental solar-powered aircraft to the runway in preparation for takeoff in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (AFP/Solar Impulse 2/REZO/Jean Revillard)

The peloton climbs the Sella pass during the 14th stage of the 99th Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy, from Farra d'Alpago to Corvara. (AFP/Luk Benies)

Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen and Norwegian co-driver Anders Synnevaag steer their Volkswagen Polo R WRC near Amarante during the third stage of the Portuguese WCR rally. (AFP/Francisco Leong)

Thai players Pannoy Piyanut (top L), Apinyapong Wilavan (top R), Kanthong Malika (bottom L) and Guedpard Pornpun dive on the court to receive the ball from South Korea during the women's volleyball world final qualification for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics 2016 in Tokyo. (AFP/Toru Yamanaka)

Queensland Reds player Hendrik Tui (R) is tackled by Harumichi Tatekawa (L) during the Super Rugby match between Queensland Reds and Sunwolves at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on May 21, 2016. (AFP/Patrick Hamilton)

Italian Valentino Rossi rides his Yamaha during the third Free Practice session on the eve of the Italian MotoGP Grand Prix at the racetrack in Mugello. (AFP/Giuseppe Cacace)