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People pay their respects at the tribute area at Singapore General Hospital following the passing of Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew on March 23, 2015. Mr Lee passed away peacefully in hospital at the age of 91. (Photo: AFP/Mohd Fyrol) 

A woman cries as she reads condolence messages at the entrance to the Istana following the passing of Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew on March 23, 2015. Mr Lee passed away peacefully in hospital at the age of 91. (Photo: AFP/Mohd Rasfan)

The Singapore flag flies at half mast at the Istana following the passing of Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew on March 23, 2015. Mr Lee passed away peacefully in hospital at the age of 91. (Photo: AFP/Mohd Fyrol)

People queue up to pay tribute with messages and flowers at the entrance to the Istana following the passing of Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. Mr Lee passed away peacefully in hospital at the age of 91. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

Members of the media wait at the Istana's entrance for the hearse to arrive following the passing of Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew on March 23, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (C) visits the International Book Fair held at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre in Paris, on Mar 22, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Kenzo Tribouillard)

Indian members from the Border Security Force (BSF) perform during the closing ceremony of the Women Camel Safari expedition at Indian Pakistan Wagah Border post on Mar 22, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Narinder Nanu)

Kurdish Syrian girls are pictured among destroyed buildings in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on Mar 22, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Yasin Akgul)

Steam emissions of a factory in the industrial corridor in El Salto, Jalisco State on Mar 22, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Hector Guerrero)

Activists of Indian Hindu Shiv Sena organization shout slogans as they burn an effigy of Jammu and Kashmir separatist leaders during a protest outside the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi on Mar 23, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Money Sharma) 

Israeli and foreign peace activists join Palestinian protesters on Mar 22, 2015 in a demonstration in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem to support the Sub Laban family, who is under threat of eviction from their house by Israeli authorities. (Photo: AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

A parrot stands on the head of a child in the Kunming Zoo in Kunming, southwest China's Yunnan province. (AFP)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) and Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the end of a press conference at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, as the two countries sign an agreement on defence cooperation. Widodo is on a four-day visit to Japan. (AFP/POOL/FRANCK ROBICHON)

A police officer escorts alleged members of China's ethnic Uighur minority, charged with involvement in terrorism activities and using fake passports, as they walk toward the courtroom prior to the start of their trial hearing at North Jakarta District Court in Jakarta, Indonesia (AP/Achmad Ibrahim)

Young women wear masks and hold graphic pictures of a 27-year-old woman, Farkhunda, who was beaten to death by a mob, during a protest by the Solidarity Party of Afghanistan at the site of the attack in Kabu. (AP/Massoud Hossaini)

A Nasr missile is loaded on to a vehicle during the Pakistan National Day parade in Islamabad. Pakistan has also demonstrated its first locally-manufactured armed drone aircraft. (AP/Anjum Naveed)

Iraqis stand at the site of a car bomb explosion in the Shiite-majority Sadr City area of north Baghdad. The blast killed eight people and wounded more than 20. (AFP/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)

Troops belonging to the Yemeni special forces loyal to General Abdel Hafedh al-Sakkaf, protest at the entrance of their command in the southern city of Aden to demand their wages be paid and to merge them with security and military units in the city. (AFP/SALEH AL-OBEIDI)

People stage a protest with a banner calling for solidarity with Greece in front of the chancellery in Berlin prior to a meeting of the leaders of Greece and Germany. (AFP/JOHN MACDOUGALL)

In the aftermath of Cyclone Pam, homes of teaching staff and employees of the Manua Centre School are twisted around shattered trees on the island of Efate, Vanuatu. (AP/Nick Perry)

People climb on a damaged bridge across the Siversky Donets river near the village of Stanytsia Luhanska, Ukraine. (AFP/DIMITAR DILKOFF)

A campaign billboard of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in downtown Akure, Ondo State, southwestern Nigeria., Nigeria, holds general elections on Mar 28 - the fifth since civilian rule was restored in 1999. (AFP/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI)

An overturned vehicle is abandoned along I-99 South just past the Shiloh Road exit in Centre County, Pennsylvania. USA, during a snow storm. (AP/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

John Degenkolb of Germany reacts as he crosses the finish line to win the Milan-San Remo classic in San Remo, Italy, edging defending champion Alexander Kristoff on a wet and rainy course for the biggest win of his career. (AP/Daniel Dal Zennaro, Ansa)

Students protest in the streets of Tegucigalpa against the extension of the school hours, on Mar 17, 2015. Honduran authorities decided to extend each school day by five minutes per school hour. (Photo: AFP/Orlando Sierra)

Iraqi Sunni refugees return to the Al-Alam town, northeast of the Iraqi city of Tikrit, after the town was recaptured by Sunni and Shiite fighters from the Asaib Ahl al-Haq group, an Iranian-backed Shiite militia, from Islamic State fighters earlier in the month. (Photo: AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)

Members of the LGBT group, OUT@NBCUniversal, make their way up 5th Avenue during New York City's St Patrick's Day Parade.  (Photo: AFP/Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny (L) presents US President Barack Obama with a bowl of Shamrocks - used as a symbol of Ireland - during a St. Patrick’s Day reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo: AFP/Brendan Smialowski)

Assyrian Christians, who fled advancing Islamic State militants in the Syrian province of Hasakeh, receive humanitarian aid supplies outside the Assyrian diocese of Sid al-Boushriyeh, on the outskirts of Beirut, Lebanon. (Photo: AFP/Joseph Eid)

Local children playing in water amongst the debris of fallen trees just outside Vanuatu's capital Port Vila, after Cyclone Pam ripped through the island nation.  (Photo: AFP/Jeremy Piper)

Children play in an artificial waterfall on a hot day in Kuala Lumpur on Mar 18, 2015. Malaysia is currently experiencing a hot and dry weather spell. (Photo: AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)

Police and security staff tackle a pitch invader during the 2015 Cricket World Cup quarter-final match between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Sydney on Mar 18, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Indranil Mukherjee)

Support crew push Solar Impulse 2, the world's only solar powered aircraft, before it takes off from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in the Indian city of Ahmedabad on Mar 18, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Sam Panthaky)

A woman walks down the street as members of the Fire Brigade attempt to put out a burning police car on the opening day of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt, western Germany, on Mar 18, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Odd Andersen)

Raphael Diaz #33 of the Calgary Flames battles for the puck against Chris Porter #32 of the St Louis Blues during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on Mar 17, 2015 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo: AFP/Derek Leung/Getty Images)

US Steven Nyman competes during the FIS Men downhill alpine skiing World Cup training, on Mar 17 , 2015, in the French ski resort Meribel in the French Alps. (Photo: AFP/Philippe Desmazes)

A woman poses for a wedding picture at the Bund in front of the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai on a sunny day on Mar 19, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Johannes Eisele)

South Korea and US Marines in a tent during a joint command post exercise in the southeastern port city of Pohang. South Korea and the United States will launch a massive landing drill next week, the climax of an ongoing joint military exercise. (Photo: AFP/South Korean Defence Ministry) 

Nepalese acid attack survivor Sangita Magar (R), 16, takes her School Leaving Certificate exam from her hospital bed in Kathmandu on Mar 19, 2015, three weeks after an unidentified person threw acid at her and a friend.  (Photo: AFP/Prakash Mathema)

Newly-recruited employees of Japan's largest retail group Seven & I Holdings conduct group stretching exercises during an entrance ceremony for the company in Tokyo on Mar 19, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno) 

Honduran troops watch three UH-1H helicopters donated by Taiwan to the Honduran armed forces, in Tegucigalpa, on Mar 18, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Orlando Sierra) 

Indigenous of various tribes protest in front of Planalto Palace against changes in the law of demarcation of tribal lands, in Brasilia, on Mar 18, 2015.  (Photo: AFP/Evarosto Sa)

India's batsman Rohit Sharma (C) celebrates scoring his century against Bangladesh during their 2015 Cricket World Cup quarter-final match in Melbourne on Mar 19, 2015. (Photo: AFP/William West)

Rafael Nadal and Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain play Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini of Italy during day ten of the BNP Paribas Open on Mar 18, 2015 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo: AFP/Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors shoots the ball after he was fouled by Paul Millsap #4 of the Atlanta Hawks at ORACLE Arena on March 18, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo: AFP/Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Netherlands' Danny Van Poppel (L), Britain's Scott Thwaites (3rd R), Belgium's Kris Boeckmans (2nd R) and France's Justin Jules (R) race to the finish during the 70th edition of the 'Nokere Koerse - Danilith Classic' cycling race in Kruishoutem. (AFP/Belga/David Stockman)

Confiscated elephant tusks are displayed during a press conference at Royal Thai Police Bureau in Bangkok on March 19, 2015. Thai police seized more than 135kg of ivory tusks worth US$181,250 (5.8 million baht) which had arrived from Africa. (Photo: AFP/Pornchai Kittiwongsakul)

A woman carrying her baby walks past fallen trees in cyclone-hit Tanna in Vanuatu on March 18, 2015. (Photo: Reuters/Edgar Su)

An animal rights group "AnimaNaturalis" activist poses with fruit and vegetables painted on her naked body during a "World without meat day" event in Barcelona on Mar 20, 2015 to protest the eating of meat. The banner reads, "every day without meat reduces by 12% the emission of gases". (AFP)

People look at a partial solar eclipse of the sun from Midi peak in the southwestern Pyrenees mountains on Mar 20, 2015. (AFP/Laurent Dard)

A partial solar eclipse visible over a statue located at the rooftop of Austrian Art History Museum in Vienna on March 20, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Joe Klamar)

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II inspects the Guard of Honour as she arrives for a visit of the Royal Navy's HMS Ocean at Her Majesty's Naval Base Devonport, Plymouth, southwest England, on March 20, 2015. HMS Ocean is an amphibious assault ship and helicopter carrier. (AFP/Pool/ Geoff Caddick)

People stand in front of Turin's city hall for a minute of silence to remember the victims of the attack at Tunisia's Bardo national museum. The attack, claimed by Islamic State, killed 20 foreign tourists including 4 Italians and a policeman before the gunmen were killed by security forces. (AFP) 

Figurines from the studios of Aardman Animations during a press preview of an exhibition at the Le Musee Art Ludique in Paris. The exhibition, which features figures from many of the British animation house's creations, will run from Mar 21-Aug 30, 2015. (AFP/Joel Saget)

Rescue workers carry a young child from the mangled train carriages following the derailment of an express train at Bachrawan in the Raebarelli district, about 50km from Lucknow, capital of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. (AFP)

A protester holds a Mexican flag with the number "43" attached to it at a rally against the Mexican government outside the Organization of American States (OAS) on March 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. The protesters were demanding justice for the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico. (AFP)

Haji Firouz dolls are on display for Noruz, the Persian new year celebrations, at Tajrish square market in Tehran on March 20, 2014, on the eve of beginning of 1394 Persian solar calendar year. (AFP/BEHROUZ MEHRI)

Giant "Ogoh-ogoh" effigies, symbolising evil, are seen at a procession before they are burnt in a ritual to purify worshippers from evil, in Kuta on the resort island of Bali on March 20, 2015 on the eve of Nyepi, the Hindu new year. (AFP/Sonny Tumbelaka)

A general view shows the Roman Villa of the Mysteries (Villa dei Misteri) which was newly restored and re-opened to the public in the archaeological site of Pompeii, in Italy, on March 20, 2014. (AFP/Mario Laporta)

A Yemeni man inspects the damage following a bomb explosion at the Badr mosque in southern Sanaa on March 20, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Mohammed Huwais)

Solar Impulse 2 was met by dancers dressed in an elephant costume as it landed in Myanmar's second largest city Mandalay, completing the fourth leg of its landmark circumnavigation of the globe powered solely by the sun. (AFP/YE AUNG THU)

Rescuers work at the site of a train accident near Bachhrawan village in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, hoping to find trapped survivors after three coaches of a passenger train derailed. (AP/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, stand near a damaged car after a bomb attack in Sanaa, Yemen. Triple suicide bombers hit a pair of mosques crowded with worshippers in the Yemeni capital. (AP/Hani Mohammed)

People holds Tunisian flag as they demonstrate, two days after gunmen attacked a museum and killed scores of people, in Tunis. (AP/Christophe Ena)

People looking through telescopes to observe the partial solar eclipse in Sarajevo, Bosnia. (AFP/ELVIS BARUKCIC)

A pile of 6.1 tonnes of illegal elephant tusks, ivory trinkets, carvings and various forms of jewellery is burned on a wooden pyre that government officials set alight to discourage poaching and the ivory trade, in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (AP/Mulugeta Ayene)

A girl arrives with jerrycans to fetch water in Abobo, a suburb of Abidjan, ahead of World Water Day. The United Nations has warned that without reforms, the world will be plunged into a water crisis that could be crippling for hot, dry countries. (AFP/ISSOUF SANOGO)

Elche's goalkeeper Przemyslav Tyton (L) vies with Valencia's Paco Alcacer during the Spanish league football match at the Martinez Valero stadium in Elche. (AFP/JOSE JORDAN)

Paris Saint-Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (L) celebrates after scoring a penalty during the French L1 football match against Lorient at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. (AFP/THOMAS SAMSON)

Australia's spin bowler Glenn Maxwell (R) dives to stop a shot by Pakistan's batsman Umar Akmal (C) during the 2015 Cricket World Cup quarter-final match at the Adelaide Oval. (AFP/Saeed KHAN)

Germany's Laura Dahlmeier competes in the women's 7.5km sprint at the IBU Biathlon World Cup in the Siberian city of Khanty-Mansiysk. (AFP/VASILY MAXIMOV)

John Peterson of USA hits his third shot from a bunker on the sixth hole during the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Florida. (Michael Cohen/Getty Images/AFP)

Belarus' men, women and children take part in celebrations marking the arrival of spring during the "Spring welcome" festival in a village of Viazynka some 35km from Minsk on March 21, 2015. (AFP/Andrey Vasilevich)

A woman weeps as she prays in the rain at a well-wishing corner for Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at the Singapore General Hospital on March 22, 2015. (REUTERS/Edgar Su)

Mr Lee Hsien Loong and wife Ho Ching meeting some of the visitors at the area set up for messages of support for his father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, at SGH on Mar 22. Photo: Jack Board.

Gifts and cards left for Mr Lee Kuan Yew at the Singapore General Hospital (Photo: Jack Board)

A man pulls the ox's tail as he competes during an ox cart competition near U Bein bridge in Mandalay, the second largest city in Myanmar, on March 22, 2015. (AFP/Ye Aung Thu)

A Balinese couple embrace as they are doused in water during the kissing festival known as "Omed-Omedan" at Sesetan in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on March 22, 2015. The annual ritual is held one day after the Balinese Day of Silence or 'Nyepi'. (AFP/Sonny Tumbelaka)

Krystian Herba of Poland holds up his bike as he celebrates after climbing the steps of Taipei's landmark skyscraper, the Taipei 101 building, on his bike on March 22, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Benjamin Yeh)

Birds sit in cages hanging from poles during a bird-singing contest in the Rueso district of Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat on March 22, 2015. Hundreds of bird owners from Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia took part in the traditional contest held every year. (AFP)

Ethiopian Abebe Negewo Degefa crosses the finish line to win the 21th Marathon of Rome on March 22, 2015. (AFP/Vincenzo Pinto)

Runners take the start of the 21th Marathon of Rome under heavy rain on March 22, 2015. (AFP/Vincenzo Pinto)

Relatives (R with umbrellas) of victims of AirAsia flight QZ8501 at a ceremony to throw a flower wreath into the sea in Central Kalimantan on Mar 22, 2015. The hunt for the remaining 56 victims ended on Mar 17, nearly 3 months after the Surabaya-Singapore flight went down with 162 aboard. (AFP)

A Kurdish man jumps over a Newroz fire during celebrations marking the Kurdish New Year on March 22, 2015 in Istanbul. Newroz means "new day" in Kurdish and marks the first day of Spring. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)