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A woman offers biscuits to honour guard soldiers before a commemoration at the Revolution Heroes Cemetery in Bucharest, Romania. (AP/Vadim Ghirda)

The uncle and cousin of injured student Mohammad Baqair (C) comfort him as he mourns the death of his mother who was a teacher at the school which was attacked by Taliban in Peshawar, Pakistan, Dec 16, 2014. (AP/Mohammad Sajjad)

Palestinians await permission to enter Egypt as they gather inside the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza. Egypt is set to reopen the Rafah border crossing with Gaza for the second time in two months to allow those stranded in Egypt to enter the Palestinian territory. (AFP/Said Khatib)

A man walks near the recently damaged Savur Mogila monument to Red Army soldiers fallen during World War II near the eastern Ukrainian city of Snizhnee. The memorial was reduced to rubble after battles between Ukrainian forces and the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic. (AFP/Vasily Maximov)

Syrian children look on as they wait for treatment following a reported air stike by regime forces at a makeshift clinic in the besieged rebel town of Douma, 13km (eight miles) northeast of Damascus. (AFP/ Abd Douman)

An unidentified young woman marches on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. Protesters gathered in downtown Cleveland for the second day in a row to voice opposition to excessive use of police force. (AFP/Getty Images/Angelo Merendino)

Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) seal the muzzles of their guns with tape in Manila, to prevent any stray gunfire that has plagued the country every New Year's Day. (AFP/Noel Celis)

Japan's automaker Suzuki Motor president and chairman Osamu Suzuki displays the company's new wagon Alto in Tokyo. The new Alto has a 660cc economy efficiency engine getting 37km per litre. (AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)

Pharrell Williams performs onstage during Y100's Jingle Ball 2014 at BB&T Center in Miami, Florida. (AFP/Larry Marano/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Commuters use a stairway to a rail station near floral tributes left in Sydney's Martin place, one week after a siege at the Lindt cafe which saw two hostages and the gunman killed. (AFP/William West) 

After 2,600 miles of racing, Spain's Antonio de la Rosa crossed the finish line on Dec 21 in Kourou to win the Atlantic Solo Rowing Race Rames Guyane between Senegal and French Guiana in 64 days, 3 hours and 26 minutes.  (AFP/Jody Amiet)

Tyreke Evans of the New Orleans Pelicans goes up for a shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. (AFP/Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Guns and gloves of India's Air Force soldiers lie on a road during rehearsals for the upcoming Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India. India marks Republic Day on Jan 26 with military parades across the country. (AP/Tsering Topgyal)

A protester participates in a demonstration against police violence in Grand Central Station in New York City. The demonstration was held in response to the deaths of police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos who were killed on a Brooklyn street corner. (AFP/Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

A youth passes a car damaged by a bomb explosion outside a house belonging to a Shiite Houthi man in Sanaa Yemen. Houthi rebels in September seized control of the capital, Sanaa, and are allied with loyalists of former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. (AP/Hani Mohammed)

Undocumented Indonesian workers walk on the tarmac towards an Indonesian military C-130 aircraft at Subang Air Force base in Subang, outside Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia deported nearly 500 undocumented Indonesian workers as part of a push to clamp down on illegal labour. (AFP/Mohd Rasfan)

Kashmiri polling officials count the votes on an electronic voting machine check inside the counting centre in Srinagar, India. Counting for all the 87 assembly seats in Jammu and Kashmir state began on Tuesday. (AP/Mukhtar Khan)

Taiwan navy sailors and officers wave as Taiwan made patrol guard corvette Tuo Jiang sets sail during the handover ceremony at Suao port in Yilan county, northeast of Taiwan. (AP/Chiang Ying-ying)

A baby lion named Dominjun (C) and a baby tiger named Jangbori (L) wear Santa Claus hats during a Christmas event at the Everland amusement park in Yongin, south of Seoul. Everland, South Korea's largest amusement park, organised the event to mark the 100th day of the cats' birth. (AFP/Jung Yeon-je)

A Palestinian man dressed up as Santa Claus distributes Christmas trees along the wall of Jerusalem's Old City as Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the holy day. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

Choristers rehearse during a photocall in St Paul's Cathedral in central London. It is estimated that on 23, 24 and 25 December alone, more than 10,000 people will come through the doors of St Paul's for Christmas services. (AFP/BEN Stansall)

Digital images are projected for on the cathedral of Nantes, western France. The show, called illumi'Nantes, is inspired by the work of French painter Alain Thomas, native of Nantes and considered to be the leader of the so-called "primitive naive" painting. (AFP/Jean-Sebastien Evrard)

France's Jean-Baptiste Grange competes in the Men's Slalom event during the FIS Ski World Cup in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy. (AFP/Olivier Morin)

Los Angeles Clippers forward Glen Davis (R) shoots against San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili during the first half an NBA basketball game in San Antonio. San Antonio won 125-118. (AP/Darren Abate)

A Palestinian protester dressed in a Santa Claus costume argues with members of the Israeli security forces during a demonstration demanding for free movement for the Palestinians during the Christmas period near a checkpoint in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. (AFP/Musa Al-Shaer)

Afghan children collect material to burn for warmth as winter sets in on the outskirts of Herat. Afghans are busy preparing for winter, as high unemployment and the high cost of living have increased the vulnerability to the weather for large sections of the population. (AFP/Aref Karimi)

Nepalese activists participate in a human chain demanding equal citizenship rights in the new constitution in Kathmandu. Nepal's parliament is proposing to bar all single parents from passing on their citizenship to their children in a new national constitution. (AFP/Prakash Mathema)

Activists protest against attacks on villagers by militants, at Biswanath Chariali in the Sonitpur district of northeastern Assam state. At least 56 people died in a series of militant attacks in Assam, as rebels intensified a long-running separatist campaign in the tea-growing state. (AFP)

Anti-NYPD protesters march through Midtown Manhattan in New York City. Despite calls from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to curb protests until after the funerals of slain NYPD officers, demonstrators took to the streets to exercise their first amendment rights. (AFP/Getty Images/Michael Graae)

Members of the Libyan army stand on a tank as heavy black smoke rises from the city's port in the background after a fire broke out at a car tyre disposal plant during clashes against militants in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. (AFP/Abdullah Doma)

Indian commuters make their way in dense fog, over a railroad crossing in Amritsar. Heavy fog has disrupted road, rail and air traffic across northern India. (AFP/Narinder Nanu)

Members of Indonesian Police bomb squad search for suspicious materials in order to prevent terror attacks prior to the Christmas Eve mass at the Messiah Cathedral (Katedral Mesias) in Jakarta, Indonesia. (AP/Achmad Ibrahim)

A man wearing a Santa Claus costume waves from his sleigh as he carried over the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris in Paris. (AFP/Kenzo Tribouillard)

A young Indian girl, dressed as an angel, poses in front of the illuminated Golak Nath church in Jalandhar. Despite Christians forming a little over two per cent of the billion plus population in India, Christmas is celebrated with fanfare and zeal throughout the country. (AFP/Shammi Mehra)

Volunteers clad in Santa Claus costumes throw their hats in the air as they gather to deliver gifts for the poor in downtown Seoul, South Korea. (AP/Ahn Young-joon)

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (L) combines with forward Paul Pierce (R) to defend Chicago Bulls guard Aaron Brooks during the second half of an NBA basketball in Washington. The Bulls won 99-91. (AP/Alex Brandon)

Demonstrators participate in a "die-in" protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley. (Photo: AFP/Michael B Thomas)

Anti-government protesters perform a voodoo ceremony in Port-au-Prince on Dec 24, 2014, prior to a march calling for Haitian President Michel Martelly's resignation. (Photo: AFP/Hector Retamal)

Pro-Ukrainian activists scuffle with police as they try to enter to the Kharkiv city council session on Dec 24, 2014. A new round of talks aimed at ending a protracted Moscow-backed separatist uprising in eastern Ukraine got underway in the Belarussian capital Minsk. (Photo: AFP/Sergey Bobok) 

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (C) attending a photo session with the participants in the second meeting of the Korean People's Army (KPA) logistic personnel at an undisclosed place in North Korea. (Photo: AFP/KCNA via KNS) 

A woman pushes a stroller across a road during a heavy snowfall in Moscow on Dec 25, 2014. The temperatures in Moscow reached -8°C (18°F). (Photo: AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

Friends and relatives of Mu'ath Safi al-Kaseasbeh, a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State group, gather in the town of Aey near Al Karak in southern Jordan. (Photo: AP/Raad Adayleh)

US President Barack Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak play golf at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Dec 24, 2014. (Photo: AFP/Nicholas Kamm)

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal (C) carries a statuette of baby Jesus during a Christmas midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank biblical town of Bethlehem. (Photo: AFP/Pool/Ammar Awad) 

Assyrian Christians from Iraq, Syria and Lebanon attend a Christmas mass at Saint Georges church in an eastern Beirut suburb on Dec 25, 2014. (Photo: AFP/Anwar Amro)

Pakistani minority Christians attend a Christmas mass at the Fatima Church in Islamabad on Dec 25, 2014. Christians around the world are celebrating Christmas Day, a holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. (Photo: AFP/Aaamir Qureshi)

Iraqi children look at a Nativity scene displayed in a tent erected in the grounds of the Mar Elia Chaldean Catholic Church where Iraqi Christians, who fled the violence in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, have erected tents, in Arbil, Iraq. (Photo: AFP/Safin Hamed)

Golden State Warriors guard Leandro Barbosa (C) of Brazil, puts up a shot as Los Angeles Lakers centre Robert Sacre (L) and forward Carlos Boozer defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 115-105. (Photo: AP/Mark J Terrill) 

A family ride on a boat through floodwaters in Pengkalan Chepa, near Kota Bharu on Dec 26, 2014. Malaysia's worst flooding in decades forced more than 100,000 people to flee. (Photo: AFP)

Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, speaks to people gathered outside after attending the British royal family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England on Dec 25, 2014. (Photo: AP/Matt Dunham)

Thai children throw roses into the sea near the Ban Nam Khem tsunami memorial park as the 10th anniversary of the 2004 tsunami is remembered in Phang-nga province on Dec 26, 2014.  (Photo: AFP/Pornchai Kittiwongsakul) 

Survivors and family members of victims of the Dec 26, 2004 tsunami pray at a mass grave in Banda Aceh, northern Sumatra. (Photo: AFP/Chaideer Mahyuddin)

Sri Lankan railway employees place flags on a train compartment that was swept away during the 2004 tsunami and later retrieved and restored, as the Ocean Queen Express prepares to set off from the Colombo Fort railway station in Colombo. (Photo: AFP/Ishara S Kodikara)

An Afghan refugee boy runs past elderly men after being caught in a sandstorm in a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan on Friday, Dec 26, 2014. ((Photo: AP/Muhammed Muheisen)

Movie goers wait in line for the 4pm showing of Sony Pictures' The Interview at the Plaza Theatre on Christmas Day in Atlanta, Georgia. Sony hackers have been releasing stolen information and threatened attacks on theatres that screen the film. (Photo: AFP/Marcus Ingram/Getty Images)

Students and some relatives of the 43 missing students hold a demonstration at the Normal Rural of Ayotzinapa, in Guerrero State, Mexico on Dec 25, 2014. (Photo: AFP/Pablo Spencer)

Phil Blackwood (C), a New Zealand bar manager, is pictured in the back of a vehicle surrounded by the media as he attends a court hearing in Yangon on Dec 26, 2014. Blackwood is accused of insulting religion by using an image of Buddha to promote a cheap drinks night. (Photo: AFP/Ye Aung Thu)

Members of the winter and ice swimming club 'Seehunde Berlin' (Berlin Seals), wearing Christmas themed hats, attend the annual Christmas swim at the chilly Oranke Lake in Berlin. (Photo: AP/Markus Schreiber)

Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder handles the basketball during a game against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center on Dec 25, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo: AFP/Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

A television helicopter flies between yachts competing in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race as they leave Sydney harbour. (Photo: AFP/Peter Parks)

People release lanterns which symbolize the releasing of spirits during a commemoration service to mark the 10th anniversary of the day the Asian tsunami struck in Ban Nam Khem, Thailand. (AP/Wong Maye-E)

People are seen through a hole in the wall of a damaged building, as they visit a giant steel barge that housed a diesel power generator swept ashore by the Indian Ocean tsunami ten years ago, in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia. (AP//Binsar Bakkara)

Jordanians gather outside a mosque during Friday prayers, following a demonstration against the Islamic State group and demanding the freedom of Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh, in downtown Amman. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)

Children hold flags as women supporters of Pakistani political and Islamic party Jammat-e-Islami (JI) stage a protest against the Taliban militants attack on an army-run school in Peshawar, in Islamabad. (AFP/Aamir Qureshi)

Workers hold signs reading "The minimum wage should be 1,800 Turkish Lira" as they protest against the government's labor and economy policies outside the Labor Ministry in Ankara. (AFP/Adem Altan)

A Palestinian protester wearing a Santa Claus costume uses a sling to throw back a tear gas canister fired by Israeli soldiers during a protest against Israel's separation barrier outside the West Bank village of Bilin, near Ramallah. (AP/Majdi Mohammed)

Workers in protective clothing impregnate the location of a fire at a yacht harbor in Roermond to stop the spread of asbestos by the wind. Roermond was closed off for two days following the fire, which caused asbestos to drift over the town. (AFP/ANP/Marcel Van Hoorn)

Indian Sikh performers demonstrate their skills during a 'Nagar Kirtan' road show on the occasion of the three day event, 'Prakash Parv' ahead of the birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Gobind Singh in Allahabad. (AFP/Sanjay Kanojia)

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) hangs onto the basket after a dunk during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heats in Miami. (AP/Lynne Sladky)

Chelsea's Diego Costa (L) argues with West Ham United's goalkeeper Adrian during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and West Ham at Stamford Bridge stadium in London. (AP/Matt Dunham)

New Zealand's captain Brendon McCullum makes a run during the first international Test cricket match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Christchurch at Hagley Park Oval. (AFP/Marty Melville)

Dutch Marianne Vos celebrates as she crosses the finish line at the fifth stage in the World Cup cyclocross and the Soudal Classics in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium. (AFP/Belga/David Stockman)

Thousands of protesters from the group "Black Lives Matter" disrupt holiday shoppers at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. (AFP/Getty Images/Adam Bettcher)

Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers inspect a damaged army ranger vehicle at the site of a remote-controlled bomb blast in Jalalabad. Two remote-controlled bombs hit a military vehicle in Jalalabad city in the east of Afghanistan, killing two and wounding two others. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)

Police use water cannon to disperse a rally making its way to Kizilay Square in the Turkish capital of Ankara, as mainly teachers demonstrated against the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government's education policy. (AFP/Adem Altan)

Mourners stand at attention as the bodies of two fallen NYPD police officers are transported from Woodhull Medical Center in New York. An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire, killing both officers. (AP/John Minchillo)

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (C) visiting the Kim Jong-suk Pyongyang Textile Mill in Pyongyang. (AFP/KCNA via KNS)

A capybara bathes in the hot spring water at the Saitama Children's zoo in Higashi Matsuyama city, Saitama prefecture. Seven capybaras in the zoo, originally from South America, enjoyed the hot spring water on the chilly winter day in Japan. (AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura)

Clad in traditional attire, ethnic Karen artists perform traditional “Done-Yane” dance during the celebration of Karen's new year at a pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP/Khin Maung Win)

A woman poses for photographers with the part of the 1,600 paper pandas, created by French artist Paulo Grangeon, in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building during the month-long "1600 Pandas World Tour" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (AP/Lai Seng Sin)

Poland's Dawid Kubacki soars through the air during the men's FIS Ski Jumping World Cup competition in Engelberg, central Switzerland. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)

Los Angeles Clippers' Glen Davis (L) pulls in a rebound against Milwaukee Bucks' Zaza Pachulia during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. (AP/Danny Moloshok)

West Ham United's English striker Andy Carroll (C) attempts an overhead kick during the English Premier League football match against Leicester City at the Boleyn Ground, Upton Park, in east London. West Ham won the game 2-0. (AFP/Justin Tallis)

Atletico de Kolkata player Luis Garcia lifts the trophy as he celebrates with teammates after winning the Indian Super League (ISL) final football match against Kerala Blasters at The D Y Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai. (AFP/Punit Paranjpe)