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Supporters of Indonesian President Joko Widodo carry a large Indonesian flag during a parade following his inauguration in Jakarta. Widodo was cheered through the streets following his inauguration by tens of thousands of ordinary Indonesians. (AP/Achmad Ibrahim)

Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures to the crowd during a street parade following his inauguration in Jakarta. (AP/Achmad Ibraham)

Shiite Iraqi fighters, loyal to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, fire missiles from a launcher during clashes with the Islamic State militant group's fighters in Jurf al-Sakher, north of the Shiite shrine city of Karbala. (AFP/Mohammed Sawaf)

Kurdish people walk in a refugee camp early in the morning in the town of Suruc, Turkey's Sanliurfa province. US President Barack Obama called his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan and they pledged to step up the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

Pro-democracy protesters stand guard behind a barricade at the occupied area in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong. (AP/Kin Cheung)

College students in graduation attire carry yellow umbrellas - symbols of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong - as they pose for photos in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong. (AFP/Alex Ogle)

Firemen work to extinguish a fire in a slum area of Manila, Philippines. More than 100 families were affected by the fire, according to local media reports. (AFP/Noel Celis)

Indian students of Delhi Public School perform yoga in Hyderabad. Nearly 5000 students including teachers perform seven yogic postures, with religious prayers for world harmony and peace. (AFP/Noah Seelam)

Toulon's fly-half Matt Giteau dives to score a try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Toulon and Llanelli Scarlets at the Mayol stadium in Toulon, southeastern France. (AFP/Bertrand Langlois)

Ivan Rybarik of the Czech Republic (R) leads Yoki Ikeda of Japan (C) and Ondrej Slezak of Australia during stage two of the 20th Crocodile Trophy 2014 near Atherton, Australia. The race is the oldest World Cycling Union international mountain bike stage race. (AFP/Crocodile Trophy/Kenneth Lorentsen)

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Anthony Morrow (L) tries to take the ball away Minnesota Timberwolves centre Gorgui Dieng in the fourth quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Minnesota won 112-94. (AP/Sue Ogrocki)

Swansea City's Welsh defender Neil Taylor (R) vies for the ball with Stoke City's Senegalese striker Mame Biram Diouf during their English Premier League football match at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, central England. (AFP/Oli Scarff)

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Oscar Pistorius sits in court in Pretoria. The Olympic and Paralympic sprinter was sentenced to five years' jail for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. He was also given a 3-year suspended sentence on a separate gun charge. (Photo: AP/Mujahid Safodien, Pool)

A man protests outside the Pretoria High Court before South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to 5 years' jail for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. He was also given a 3-year suspended sentence on a separate gun charge. (Photo: AFP)

A woman carries her son as they look at Japanese lanterns during the "MT" (Masking Type) Expo in Taipei on Oct 21. More than 80 different material types are on display during the MT Expo in Taipei. (Photo: AFP/Sam Yeh)

A man takes photographs of Perch Rock lighthouse during a storm at New Brighton near Liverpool, north west England on Oct 21. The remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo blew into Britain, causing rush-hour travel disruption. (Photo: AFP/Paul Ellis)

Australian surfer Mick Fanning competes during the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal surf contest in Supertubos beach, Peniche, central coast of Portugal on Oct 20. (Photo:AP/Francisco Seco)

A woman draws a picture in front of an artwork made by umbrellas and barricades at an occupied area by pro-democracy protesters outside the gate of government headquarters in Hong Kong's Admiralty district. (Photo: AP/Vincent Yu)

An umbrella - which has become an icon of the protest - with pro-democracy messages is seen at a student-led protest site in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong. (Photo: AP/Wally Santana)

Megan Huntsman, accused of killing six of her newborn babies and storing their bodies in her garage, appears in court in Provo, Utah. Huntsman made a brief court appearance as attorneys set December 11 for a hearing where a judge will hear a review of the evidence. (Photo: AP/Rick Bowmer, Pool)

Statues by a Palestinian artist stand among the ruins of buildings destroyed in conflict between Israel and Hamas last summer in Gaza. The statues are made of fibreglass and covered with clay. They depict Palestinians who fled from Israeli shelling during the most recent conflict. (Photo: AFP)

A child sits among statues of Hindu Goddess Lakshmi, who represents wealth, at a roadside stall ahead of Diwali, the Festival of Lights, in Hyderabad on Oct 21. (AFP/Noah Seelam)

Smoke and flames rise after an explosion in the Syrian town of Kobane on Oct 20. Turkey dropped its refusal to allow Kurdish fighters over the border to defend the besieged Kobane, saying it was now helping Iraqi peshmerga to cross the frontier in a major policy shift. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

Asian Para Games: Bowlers Mohamed Ismail Bin Hussain, Anuar Bin Saaid and Robert Ong took bronze in the Tenpin Bowling Men’s Team (TPB8+TPB2/3+TPB2/3) event with a total score of 1881 pins. (Photo: Singapore Disability Sports Council)

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Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam (L) and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II stand during a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in central London on Oct 21, 2014. (AFP/Dominic Lipinski/Pool)

View of the state banquet hosted by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in honour of Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam at Buckingham Palace in central London on Oct 21. (Photo: AFP/Dominic Lipinski/Pool)

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2nd R) and the Duke of Edinburgh (L) pose for a photograph with Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam (R) and his wife Mary (2nd L), before a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in London on Oct 21. (Photo: AFP/Justin Tallis/Pool)

The head of a sphinx found in the largest tomb ever unearthed in Amphipolis in the Macedonian region of northern Greece. The sphinx is more than half-a-metre high and was marked by "traces of red", according to the Greek Culture Ministry. (Photo: AFP/Greek Culture Ministry)

An Indian Hindu devotee dressed as the monkey god Hanuman dances during a religious procession as part of the Hindu festival of Hanuman Jayanti in Allahabad on Oct 22. Hanuman Jayanti commemorates the birth of the Hindu God Hanuman. (Photo: AFP/Sanjay Kanojia)

Moroccan horsemen perform during the 7th edition of the "Salon du Cheval" in the port city of El Jadida on Oct 21. (Photo: AFP/Fadel Senna)

An Indian "newara" (gold dust scavenger) sweeps an alleyway drain near jewellery workshops in search of flecks of the precious metal in Kolkata. (Photo: AFP/Dibyangshu Sarkar)

Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers is defended by P J Tucker #17 of the Phoenix Suns in the second half at Honda Centre on Oct 21 in Anaheim, California. The Suns defeated the Lakers in overtime 114-108. (Photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images/AFP)

A chalk message is seen on a street at the pro-democracy protesters' camp site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong. (Photo: AFP/Nicolas Asfouri)

Pro-democracy protesters in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong watch on giant screens a live transmission of talks between Hong Kong authorities and pro-democracy protest leaders on Oct 21. (Photo: AFP/Nicolas Asfouri)

Pope Francis is offered a hat as he salutes the crowd while arriving for his weekly general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican on Oct 22. (Photo: AFP/Filippo Monteforte)

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A South Korean Coast Guard member saves a mock sufferer off Incheon port in a ferry rescue operation as part of a nationwide anti-disaster drill. The drill came amid repeated calls for better safety measures after April's ferry sinking and last week's deadly pop concert accident. (AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)

A large pro-democracy banner is displayed on the Lion Rock Hill in Hong Kong on Oct 23. Major intersections in the southern Chinese city have been paralysed by mass rallies demanding free elections for more than three weeks. (Photo: AFP/Philippe Lopez)

Wax doubles of Mr and Mrs Lee Kuan Yew at Madame Tussauds Singapore. (Photo: Xabryna Kek) 

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong with a wax double (Photo: @leehsienloong/Twitter)

MediaCorp star Zoe Tay with her wax figure at Madame Tussauds Singapore. (Photo: Xabryna Kek)

A truck and a tour bus with 33 Singaporeans on board collided in Hokkaido's Nanae Town on Oct 23, reports Japan's NHK. According to NHK, the drivers of both vehicles have died.  (Photo: Ann News) 

Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf (C) poses with Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam (L) and his wife Mrs Mary Tan (R) ahead of a banquet at the Guildhall in central London on Oct 22. (Photo: AFP/Leon Neal)

Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska hits a return against Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) finals round robin match in Singapore on Oct 23. Wozniacki beats Radwanska 7-5, 6-3 to take top position in White Group of the season finale. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

Fruit bats hang from a tree. Australia's New South Wales state is set to unveil tougher measures to tackle bats after three flying foxes were found to be carrying the deadly lyssavirus. The government fears transmission of the potentially fatal Australian bat lyssavirus to humans. (AFP/File)

Oxfam activists dressed as fossil fuel companies corporate lobbyists stage a demonstration, demanding that EU leaders must resist pressure by the fossil fuel industry and agree to an EU 2030 climate and energy package that puts Europe on track to a clean energy future. (AFP/Emmanuel Dunand)

Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic reacts after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia in the first set during the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) finals round robin match in Singapore on Oct 23. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

An installation by Argentina's artist Alejandro Propato, titled "permanent sunrise", is seen on Sydney's Tamarama Beach, as artists from 16 countries prepare their works for the upcoming Sculpture by the Sea exhibition. (Photo: AFP/William West)

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Syrian Kurdish refugees that fled the Syrian town of Kobane walk past tents in a refugee camp in the town of Suruc, in the Turkish Sanliurfa province. Kurdish fighters backed by of US-led air strikes were holding out against a two-month Islamic State offensive in Kobane. (Photo: AFP/Aris Messinis)

Members of the Serbian army march during a military parade in Belgrade. Tens of thousands came to see the parade, attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, which marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Serbian capital from Nazi German occupation. (Photo: AP/Marko Drobnjakovic)

Pro-democracy protesters hold their ground in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong. Police swooped at dawn to clear the democracy protest site in Mongkok district hours after the city's embattled leader reopened his offer of talks to end weeks of disruptive demonstrations. (Photo: AFP/Philippe Lopez)

A pro-democracy protester holds a shield between some local residents at a main street in Mong Kok district in Hong Kong. Riot police cleared an pro-democracy protest zone in a dawn raid but left the city's main thoroughfare still in the hands of the activists. (Photo: AP/Vincent Yu)

Students shout anti-US slogans during a protest inside the state university campus in Manila to condemn the murder of  a Filipino transgender allegedly by a US marine. Relatives of the victim demanded that the accused be thrown in a Philippine prison. (Photo: AFP/Ted Aljibe)

Indonesia's president-elect Joko Widodo (L) is embraced by his political rival Prabowo Subianto during a meeting in Jakarta. The rivals met for the first time since the bitterly contested polls in a sign that tensions might be thawing ahead of Widodo's inauguration. (Photo: AP/Tatan Syuflana)

Japanese lawmakers follow a Shinto priest (R) during a visit to the controversial Yasukuni shrine. More than 100 Japanese lawmakers visited the Tokyo shrine condemned by China and Korea as a symbol of Japan's militarist past. (Photo: AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)

French street artist JR explains his artwork to journalists inside the Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital during a media tour in New York. The abandoned 1902 hospital, open to the public for the first time in 60 years, now has a photographic installation by JR. (Photo: AFP/Jewel Samad)

An Ariane 5 rocket, carrying two Latin American telecoms satellites, lifts off from the launch pad at the European Space Agency ESA base in Kourou, French Guiana.  The two satellites, Intelsat 30 and Arsat-1, were successfully placed on a geostationary transfer orbit. (Photo: AFP/ESA/Jm Guillon)

Denver Nuggets forward Quincy Miller (R) drives past Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game in Des Moines, Iowa. Golden State won 104-101. (Photo: AP/Charlie Neibergall)

MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy controls his bike on turn 11 during free practice ahead of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island, Australia. (Photo: AP/Glenn Nicholls)

Kang Hae-ji of South Korea tees lines up a putt at the 6th hole during the second round of the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship golf event at the Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon, west of Seoul. (Photo: AFP/Jung Yeon-je)

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A local journalist collapses after being hit with pepper spray by police in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong. Fresh clashes broke out in Hong Kong as pro-democracy demonstrators attempted to take back a protest camp that had been partially cleared by police earlier in the day. (AFP/Alex Ogle)

Palestinian protesters take cover after Israeli security forces (unseen) fired tear gas during clashes close to the Israeli Ofer military prison, near the West Bank village of Betunia, following a protest after Israeli authorities restricted access to the Al-Aqsa mosque. (AFP/Abbas Momani)

People march in protest in Acapulco, Mexico's Guerrero state. Thousands of protesters marched in Acapulco to demand the safe return of 43 students who went missing in southern Mexico after an attack by gang-linked police last month. (AFP/Pedro Pardo)

Dr Marius Kruger (2nd L) and members of the Kruger National Park keep the head of a rhino up during a white rhino relocation operation. The park relocated four rhinoceros from a high risk poaching area to a safer area as part of ongoing strategic rhinoceros management plan. (AFP/Stefan Heunis)

World War I graves are illuminated by candles at the Tyne Cot Commonwealth cemetery in Zonnebeke, Belgium. The event, known as the "Light Front", was organised around several WWI battle sites in Belgium to commemorate 100 years since the start of the First World War. (AP/Virginia Mayo)

Shinto priests walk at the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo to greet an imperial envoy as Japanese Emperor Akihito presents an offering for the shrine's autumn festival. Three Japanese ministers visited the shrine seen by China and Korea as a symbol of Japan's wartime aggression. (AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)

A police officer avails himself of organically-grown fruits and vegetables following a post-World Food Day event by Greenpeace at a park at Quezon city, Philippines. The event is aimed at raising awareness on the many health and nutritional benefits of traditional farming. (AP/Bullit Marquez)

An Indian customer looks at decorative items outside a shop ahead of Deepavali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Amritsar. Flowers and decorative items are in high demand ahead of the Hindu festival of Deepavali, which falls on October 23. (AFP/Narinder Nanu)

Harlequins' centre from Wales Matt Hopper (R) is challenged by Castres' full back from France Geoffrey Palis (C) during their European Rugby Champions Cup match between at Twickenham Stadium, southwest of London. (AFP/Adrian Dennis)

MotoGP rider Marc Marquez takes part in the third practice session for the Australian MotoGP Grand Prix at Phillip Island. (AFP/Peter Parks)

Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (C), passes the ball under Los Angeles Clippers forward Spencer Hawes (L), in front of guard Jordan Farmar during the second half of an NBA pre-season basketball game in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 101-97. (AP/Alex Gallardo)

Suzann Pettersen of Norway watches her shot on the 17th hole during the third round of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship golf tournament at Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea. (AP/Ahn Young-joon)

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A US bomber flies above the Syrian town of Kobane as seen from the Turkish border town of Suruc. Turkey is turning a deaf ear to pressure to take a more pro-active stance in the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants, adding to existing strains with the West. (AFP/Aris Messinis)

A woman reads on a road barricaded by pro-democracy protesters in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong. Police clashed with protesters with the government saying 20 people were injured in a fourth night of violence after nearly three weeks of largely peaceful pro-democracy rallies. (AFP/Alex Ogle)

Riot police advance on a pro-democracy protest encampment in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong. Hong Kong riot police battled with thousands of pro-democracy protesters for control of the city's streets, using pepper spray and batons to hold back defiant activists. (AP/Vincent Yu)

Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro are seen during a demonstration in Caracas. Thousands took to the streets of the Venezuelan capital in separate demonstrations supporting and opposing the government of Nicolas Maduro. (AFP/Juan Barreto)

Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack targeting an Afghan army convoy on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province. The attack killed several Afghan security force troops. (AP/Abdul Khaliq)

 Rubber boots are seen at the NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) Ebola treatment centre in the Liberian capital Monrovia The death toll in the world's worst-ever Ebola outbreak has shot past 4,500, killing at least half of the more than 9,000 people infected. (AFP/Zoom Dosso)

A man uses a solar oven to cook during the first edition of the "Morocco Solar Festival" in Ouarzazate. The development of renewable energy will lead to a new industrial paradigm for electricity production, as it should expand by 70 per cent globally between 2011 and 2030. (AFP/Fadel Senna)

A skateboader performs on a sculpture installed for the Urban Art Festival "Arte Core" at the Rio de Janeiro Museum of Modern Art (MAM Rio) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The first edition of Art Core will display street culture expressions such as graffiti, music and skateboading. (AFP/Yasuyoshi Chiba)

A runner, wearing a mask to protect herself from pollutants, looks at her smartphone as she and others jog past Chang'an Avenue near Tiananmen Square shrouded in haze at the start of 2014 Beijing International Marathon in Beijing, China. (AP/Andy Wong)

MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy leads team mate Jorge Lorenzo of Spain (R) during the Australian MotoGP Grand Prix at Phillip Island. (AFP/Peter Parks)

Australian Nathan Haas (R) of Trek Factory racing climbs a mountain during the Japan Cup cycle road race in Utsunomiya in Tochigi prefecture. Haas won the 150km race with a time of 4 hours 6 minutes 48 seconds. (AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)

Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin of Kazakhstan (L) throws a punch against Marco Antonio Rubio of Mexico in the second round the WBC Interim Middleweight Title bout at StubHub Centre in Los Angeles, California. (AFP/Getty Images/Jonathan Moore)

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