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

File photo: Riot police stand guard at the occupied area in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong. (AP/Kin Cheung)

A pro-democracy protester sleeps atop a barricade in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong. (AFP/Nicolas ASFOURI)

A policeman puts on his helmet during a stand-off with pro-democracy protesters in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong. (AFP/Nicolas ASFOURI)

Incoming Indonesian President Joko Widodo (L) stands next to outgoing president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (R) during a visit at the presidential palace in Jakarta. (AFP/POOL/WEDA)

A Nepalese soldier searches for avalanche victims at Thorong La pass area in Nepal (AP/Nepalese Army)

Supporters of the independence of the Catalonia region of Spain, carry pro-independence flags as they gather in Catalonia square during a rally in Barcelona. (AP/Manu Fernandez)

Residents talk in a damaged room of their house, after shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. (AP/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Liverpool's Raheem Sterling (C) runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road in London. Liverpool won the game 3-2. (AFP/ADRIAN DENNIS)

Swansea City's Wilfried Bony scores a penalty during the English Premier League football match against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, central England. (AFP/OLI SCARFF)

MotoGP rider Stefan Bradl of Germany (R) crashes as Pol Espargaro of Spain rounds turn four during the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island, Australia. (AP/Glenn Nicholls)

Euginie Bouchard of Canada attend a press conference ahead of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) championships in Singapore. (AFP/ROSLAN RAHMAN)

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Pro-democracy protesters sit together on a kerb after police removed most of the barricades surrounding the area they were occupying in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong. (Photo: AFP/Ed Jones)

Police remove barricades that protesters have set up to block off main roads in Central district in Hong Kong. Hong Kong police removed some barricades from the edge of pro-democracy protest zones signalling their growing impatience with the student-led demonstrators. (Photo: AP/Vincent Yu)

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (centre, standing) laying a wreath at the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Turkey's first president. (Photo: Wong Siew Ying)

Afghans look at a broken windshield of a civilian vehicle damaged by a roadside bomb in Kabul. The Afghan interior ministry said that several Afghan civilians have been killed in the bomb blast in the western part of the country’s capital. (Photo: AP/Massoud Hossaini)

A convoy escorting United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon drives through a street in Shejaiya neighbourhood in Gaza city. The UN chief's visit came a day after a Cairo conference at which international donors pledged US$5.4 billion to rebuild the Gaza Strip. (Photo: AFP/Mohammed Abed)

A shopper passes by TV monitors displaying a news programme at a shop in Seoul, South Korea, showing a photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un smiling, reportedly during his first public appearance in five weeks in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Photo: AP/Ahn Young-joon)

An Iraqi soldier inspects the site of a car bomb explosion at a checkpoint in the mostly Shiite Sadr City district of Baghdad. The United Nations said more than 1,110 people were killed in acts of violence across Iraq in September. (Photo: AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)

Firefighters extinguish the flames after the state capital building was set on fire by protesting college students in Chilpancingo, Mexico, after protesters demanding answers about the 43 students who went missing during a confrontation with police, clashed with police. (Photo: AP/Felix Marquez)

This long exposure photograph taken before dawn shows sparks of lightning, scorching lava flow and giant ash clouds released from the crater during the eruption of Mount Sinabung volcano as seen from Karo district located in Sumatra island, Indonesia. (Photo: AFP/Sutanta Aditya)

A German tourist plays with bubbles at sunset, at Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo: AFP/Christophe Simon)

Sergey Karasev #10 of the Brooklyn Nets participates in the NBA Cares Basketball Skills Clinic as part of the 2014 NBA Global Games at the MasterCard Centre in Beijing, China. (Photo: AFP/NBAE via Getty Images/Randy Belice)

Bulgaria's coach, Ljuboslav Penev (L) clashes with Norway's Stefan Johansen during the Euro 2016 Group H qualifying football match between Norway and Bulgaria at Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo. (Photo: AP/NTB Scanpix, Hakon Mosvold Larsen)

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A large explosion is seen at a Syrian army military outpost in the southern part of the city of Maarat al-Numan in the Idlib province. The explosion was reportedly caused by rebels who dug a tunnel underneath the outpost and loaded it with explosives. (Photo: AFP/Al-Maarra Today/Ghaith Omran)

Pro-Russian rebels fire artillery toward Ukrainian position at Donetsk Sergey Prokofiev International Airport outskirts the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. (Photo: AP/Dmitry Lovetsky)

A pro-democracy protester takes photos of obstacles made with concrete slabs in a tunnel near the central government offices in Hong Kong. Pro-democracy activists took over the streets following China's refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage. (Photo: AFP/Alex Ogle)

A protester rests at a main road in Mongkok district in Hong Kong. Hundreds of Hong Kong police officers drove protesters from a tunnel in the dead of night in the worst violence since the street demonstrations for greater democracy began more than two weeks ago. (Photo: AP/Vincent Yu)

Coffins of men who were killed in a suicide bombing in central Sanaa, line the street during their mass funeral in Sanaa, Yemen. Two suicide bombings killed nearly 70 people last Thursday, with one targeting an anti-government rally by followers of the Houthi Shiite group. (Photo: AP/Hani Mohammed)

Egyptians inspect the site where a bomb exploded in the centre of the Egyptian capital Cairo, wounding 13 people. The explosive device was placed near the entrance of a metro station close to the court house, apparently targeting policemen standing guard. (Photo: AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)

Cambodian government officials pay their respects in front of a statue of former King Norodom Sihanouk at a park in Phnom Penh during the second anniversary of his death. Sihanouk died of a heart attack in Beijing on October 15, 2012 aged 89. (Photo: AFP/Tang Chhin Sothy)

A visitor (R) looks out on rough seas at Bondi beach in Sydney. Emergency crews were mopping up after gale force winds, torrential rain and snow wreaked havoc across Sydney and surrounding areas overnight. (Photo: AFP/Peter Parks)

An employee of Japan's toy maker Tomy enjoys a conversation with a robot "Robi jr." which can speak some 1,000 phrases and makes gestures, at a press preview at the Japan Robot Week exhibition in Tokyo. Tomy will put the robot on the market in January next year. (Photo: AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)

An Indian potter prepares to burn dried earthen lamps in an oven to make them durable ahead of the Deepavali festival at the Basantpur village on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar. The lamps are in demand during the festival when people buy them to light up their homes. (Photo: AP/Biswaranjan Rout)

Costa Rica defender Oscar Duarte (C-top) heads a goal against South Korean goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu (C-bottom) during a friendly football match in Seoul. Costa Rica won the match 3-1. (Photo: AFP/Jung Yeon-je)

New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon (L) reacts after being fouled by Houston Rockets guard Trevor Ariza during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in New Orleans. (Photo: AP/Bill Haber)

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A pro-democracy protester adopts a confrontational stance as Hong Kong police officers move in to disperse protesters at barricaded sites. (AFP/ALEX OGLE)

A Hong Kong police officer sprays a pro-democracy protester in the face with pepper spray after police officers move in to disperse protesters at barricaded sites. (AFP/ALEX OGLE)

Civic Party member Ken Tsang, one of Hong Kong's pro-democracy political groups, is taken away after police officers move in to disperse protesters at barricaded sites. (AFP/Philippe Lopez)

South Korean civic group members wave their national flags in front of the government complex in Seoul, as they support sending balloons with anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets to North Korea. (AP/Lee Jin-man)  

Protesters march towards the Department of Foreign Affairs at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, to demand justice for the killing of Filipino transgender Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude with a US Marine as a possible suspect. (AP/Bullit Marquez)

Syrian Kurdish refugees children who had fled fighting in Kobane, Syria, receive fruit from a man outside a mosque where their families had found refuge, in Suruc at the Turkey-Syria border. (AP/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Iraqi families fleeing Islamic State (IS) militants' advance in their towns arrive to take refuge in a Kurdish-controlled area in Mullah Abdullah, some 25km west of Kirkuk. (AFP/MARWAN IBRAHIM)

Damaged utility poles in the aftermath of hurricane Gonzola on the French Caribbean island of Saint Martin. (AFP/LE PELICAN/STRINGER)

Children look at candles during a rally in memory of civilians killed in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine. (AP/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Barcelona's Luis Suarez, from Uruguay, poses to the media after receiving the Golden Boot award for scoring the most goals in Europe's domestic leagues last season shared with Cristiano Ronaldo in Barcelona, Spain. (AP/Manu Fernandez)

China's Li Xuerui returns to Thailand's Porntip Buranaprasertsuk during the women's preliminary single match at the Denmark Open 2014 championships in Odense. (AFP/Scanpix Denmark/CLAUS FISKER)

Indian boxing champion and Asian Games 2014 gold medalist Mary Kom poses for a photograph with a punch-bag during a press conference in Bangalore. Kom was announcing the eight edition of the Bengaluru Midnight Marathon. (AFP/Manjunath KIRAN)

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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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