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US President Barack Obama throws flower petals alongside Indian Minister of Power Piyush Goyal (L) at Raj Ghat, India's Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, in New Delhi. (AFP/SAUL LOEB)

The leader of Greece's left-wing Syriza party Alexis Tsipras waves as he leaves after voting at a polling station in Athens. (AFP/LOUISA GOULIAMAKI)

Egyptians shout slogans during the funeral of an Egyptian protester who was killed in clashes with the police, in Egypt's second city Alexandria. (AFP/TAREK ABDEL HAMID)

A girl wrapped in the Ukrainian flag stands next to a woman holding a placard that reads "Stop Russian Aggression" in Independence Square in Kiev, during a rally to remember those who died during shelling in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol. (AFP/SERGEI SUPINSKY)

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil (R) beats Brighton's Lewis Dunk to score a goal during the English FA Cup fourth round football match at the Amex Stadium, Brighton, England. (AP/Tim Ireland)

Bristol City's Luke Freeman (R) and West Ham United's James Tomkins battle for the ball during the English FA Cup fourth round football match at Ashton Gate, Bristol, England. (AP/PA, Andrew Matthews)

Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne (R) plays a shot as New Zealand's keeper Luke Ronchi fields during the sixth one-day international cricket match at the University Oval in Dunedin. (AFP/MARTY MELVILLE)

Alexis Pinturault of France competes during the men's slalom competition of the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup in Kitzbuehel, Austria. (AFP/SAMUEL KUBANI)

Kids do their homework inside the courtyard of an apartment building in Havana, Cuba.  (File photo: AP/Ramon Espinosa)

A total of 100 Robi prefabricated humanoid robots perform in a group during a promotional event of the third edition launch of its DIY weekly magazine that comes with the robot kits in Tokyo. The 34cm tall robot will be fully assembled with 70 volumes of the magazine. (AP/Eugene Hoshiko)

Nepalese Hindu women warm themselves around a fire after bathing in the Bagmati River at the Pashupatinath Temple during the month-long Swasthani festival in Kathmandu. Scores of women in the Himalayan nation are marking the month-long fast in the hope of a prosperous life. (AFP/Prakash Mathema)

Men carry the coffin of French municipal police officer Martinique Clarissa Jean-Philippe during her funeral in Sainte-Marie, on the French Caribbean island of Martinique. Jean-Philippe was shot dead by militant gunman Amedy Coulibaly in Montrouge, south of Paris on Jan 8. (AFP/Jean-Richard Alain)

Nepalese constituent assembly members scuffle with security officers at parliament in Kathmandu. Fighting broke out in Nepal's parliament, with Maoist lawmakers throwing chairs, as tensions ran high ahead of a deadline to complete a new national constitution. (AFP/Bikash Karki)

Protesters display placards during a demonstration against racism in New York. People took part in various demonstrations across the country coinciding with the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a holiday marking the influential American civil rights leader's birthday. (AFP/Jewel Samad)

Kenyan school pupils and activists challenge riot police during a protest against the removal of their school's playground, at the Langata Road Primary School, in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenyan police tear-gassed schoolchildren demonstrating against the removal of the school's playground. (AP/Brian Inganga)

Indigenous women from the Ixil and Quiche ethnic groups arrive for the trial of former police officer Pedro Garcia Arredondo in Guatemala City. Arredondo was found guilty for the murder of 37 people who died in the 1980 attack and burning of Spain's embassy in Guatemala. (AP/Moises Castillo)

The peloton race during stage one of the 2015 Tour Down Under cycling competition in Adelaide. The Tour Down Under is being held between Jan 18 to 25. (AFP/Mark Gunter)

Finland's Jarkko Nieminen plays a shot during his men's singles match against Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev on day two of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. (AFP/William West)

India's Stuart Binny plays a shot during the one-day International cricket match between England and India in Brisbane, Australia. (AP/Tertius Pickard)

Iran's Afshin Sadeghi Askari (L) attempts a shot on goal as Croatia's Jakov Gojun tries to block the ball during the 24th Men's Handball World Championships preliminary round Group B match between Croatia and Iran at the Duhail Handball Sports Hall in Doha. (AFP/Marwan Naamani)

US President Barack Obama speaks during the State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)

Nepalese campaigners demonstrate as they demand political leaders to keep their promise to complete the constitution within the Jan 22 deadline in Kathmandu. Nepal's Maoist chief apologised for his party's role in a parliament brawl that injured four security officers. (AFP/Prakash Mathema)

Iranian mourners carry the coffin of Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi, a commander of the Islamic republic's Revolutionary Guards killed in an Israeli air strike on the weekend on Syria, during his funeral procession in Tehran. (AFP/Atta Kenare)

An Israeli man is treated by medics after he was stabbed by a Palestinian who wounded at several others in a stabbing rampage. The attacker struck in the morning rush hour in the heart of Israel's commercial capital before being shot by a passing prison officer. (AFP/Yotam Ronen)

Outspoken media tycoon Jimmy Lai talks to the media after walking out of the Wanchai police station in Hong Kong. Lai have been summoned over offences relating to the mass protests that shut down parts of the city late in 2014. (AFP/Philippe Lopez)

A Bahraini anti-government protester prepares to kick away a tear gas canister fired by police during clashes following a march in support of jailed opposition leaders in Bilad al-Qadeem, Bahrain. (AP/Hasan Jamali)

A model displays fashion by German designer Rebekka Ruetz from the Autumn/Winter 2015 collection during the Berlin Fahion Week. German and international fashion designers will present their autumn/winter 2015 collections during the fair running from Jan 19 to 22, 2015. (AFP/John Macdougall)

People throw turnips at the Jarramplas during the Jarramplas Festival in Piornal, Spain. Jarramplas is a character that wears a costume made from strips of fabric and mask and beats a drum while residents throw turnips as a punishment for stealing cattle. (AP/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

Maria Sharapova of Russia makes a backhand return to compatriot Alexandra Panova during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia. (AP/Rob Griffith)

Miles Scotson (C) of Australia leads the peloton through the town of Handorf during stage two of the 2015 Tour Down Under cycling competition near Adelaide. The Tour Down Under is being held between Jan 18 to 25. (AFP/Mark Gunter)

Mali's midfielder Bakary Sako (L) heads the ball with Cameroon's midfielder Raoul Cedric Loe during the 2015 African Cup of Nations group D football match between Mali and Cameroon in Malabo. (AFP/Issouf Sanogo)

Miami Heat's Chris Bosh (L) reacts after a defensive play by Oklahoma City Thunder's Serge Ibaka (R) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Miami. (AP/J Pat Carter)

Anti-abortion activists stage a "die-in" in front of the White House in Washington. The anti-abortion movement is busy mobilising on behalf of bills in Congress and several state legislatures that would further curtail women's access to the procedure. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Phil Blackwood (C), a bar manager from New Zealand, is escorted by police as he arrives at a court for a hearing in Yangon. Blackwood is accused of insulting religion by using an image of Buddha to promote a cheap drinks night.  (AFP/Soe Than Win)

Ousted Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra (C) receives roses from her supporters after facing impeachment proceedings by the military-stacked National Legislative Assembly (NLA) at the parliament in Bangkok. (AFP/Pornchai Kittiwongsakul)

Afghan demonstrators chant slogans while holding placards that read "Muhammad" during a protest against the printing of satirical sketches of the Prophet Muhammad by French magazine Charlie Hebdo in front of French Embassy in Kabul. (AFP/Shah Marai)

Cambodia National Rescue Party's leader Sam Rainsy, (CL), gives a speech in the crowd where garment workers gather to mark the 11th anniversary of assassination of Chea Vichea, former head of Cambodia's Free Trade Union of Workers, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (AP/Heng Sinith)

President Obama shakes hands after speaking to a crowd of about 6,600 people inside the Caven Williams Sports Complex during a visit to Boise State University on Jan. 21, 2015 in Boise. It was President Obama's first visit to Idaho as president. (AP/The Idaho Press-Tribune, Adam Eschbach)

People wait their turn to enter the US Interests Section to apply for US travel visas, in Havana, Cuba. (AP/Ramon Espinosa)

A protester holds up a lit firework against Turkish police at Kadikoy in Istanbul after the judgement of two Turkish police sparked an uproar. Two Turkish police officers were jailed for at least 10 years over the killing of a teenage protester during 2013 demonstrations. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

Czech Republic's Denisa Allertova plays a shot during her women's singles match against France's Alize Cornet on day four of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. (AFP/William West) 

Andrew Bogut (C) of the Golden State Warriors goes up for a dunk against the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.  (AFP/Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

The peloton race through bush fire damaged terrain during stage three of the 2015 Tour Down Under cycling competition in Adelaide. The Tour Down Under is being held between Jan 18 to 25. (AFP/Mark Gunter) 

Goalie Semyon Varlamov (C) of the Colorado Avalanche makes a save on a shot by Dennis Seidenberg (2nd L) of the Boston Bruins as Jan Hejda (L) and Maxime Talbot (R) of the Colorado Avalanche follow the play at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.  (AFP/Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Firefighters work to put out a fire at the fan clubhouse of Dutch football club Ajax near the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam early on Jan 23, 2015. The fire was reportedly the result of arson. (Photo: AFP/ANP/Olim Bajmat)

Pro-life activists participate in the annual March for Life as they march up Constitution Avenue on Jan 22, 2015 in Washington, DC. The activists' march marks the 1973 Supreme Court Roe vs Wade decision that legalised abortion. (Photo: AFP/Alex Wong/Getty Images)

A member (C) of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) places his ballot into a box as he takes part in a vote on impeachment against ousted Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra at the parliament in Bangkok on Jan 23, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Pornchai Kittiwongsakul)

People lay down flowers and say prayers at a makeshift memorial in Yangon on Jan 23, 2015 for two school teachers found dead earlier this week in a remote village in Shan state. (Photo: AFP/Ye Aung Thu)

Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto (C), 52, is escorted by a Malaysian customs officer as she arrives at the Magistrate Court in Sepang, near Kuala  Lumpur. The Australian mother of four, charged with the capital crime of drug trafficking, was duped into carrying the drugs, her lawyer said. (Photo: AFP)

Supporters of Syriza radical leftist party attend a pre-election speech of party's leader in central Athens on Jan 22, 2015. Greeks go to the polls on Jan 25. (Photo: AFP/Aris Messinis) 

Afghan youth cross a stream on outskirts of Jalalabad in Nangarhar province. Over a third of Afghans are living in poverty, as those in power are more concerned about addressing their vested interests rather than the basic needs of the population, a UN report said. (Photo: AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)

Tourists walk past a statue made by Taiwanese sculptor Hung Yi to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year of the goat in Taipei. There are 101 sheep and goat statues displayed at Taipei 101 to mark the coming new year which will begin on Feb 18. (Photo: AFP/Sam Yeh)

Yulia Kozyreva, a circus artist, performs with a lion during a show in Ukraine's National Circus in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo: AP/Efrem Lukatsky)

Partners Jessica Calalang and Zack Sidhu compete in the Championship Pairs Short Program Competition during day 1 of the 2015 Prudential US Figure Skating Championships at Greensboro Coliseum on Jan 22, 2015 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo: AFP/Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

The peloton race during stage four of the 2015 Tour Down Under cycling competition in Adelaide on Jan 23, 2015. The Tour Down Under is being held between Jan 18 and Jan 25. (Photo: AFP/Mark Gunter) 

Romania's Simona Halep plays a shot during her women's singles match against Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the US on day five of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan 23, 2015.  (Photo: AFP/Greg Wood)

A visitor takes a photo at Snoopy 65th Exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo: AP/Chiang Ying-ying)

Students protest against the country's latest round of transport fares hike, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Amid a marked economic downturn and high inflation, bus fares went up in Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city, from 3 to 3.50 reals. (AFP/Miguel Schincariol)

Former Chinese basketball star Yao Ming (R) attends the opening of the Third Plenary Session of the 12th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Shanghai. The session is being held for five days. (AFP/Johannes Eisele)

Comoros' former president and candidate in the country's presidential election, Abdallah Sambi, speaks to supporters during his final campaign rally in the Badjanani area of Moroni, ahead of general elections. (AFP/Ibrahim Youssouf)  

Students protest against the country's latest round of transport fares hike, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (AFP/Miguel Schincariol)

Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro walks by a graffiti depicting Venezuelan late President Hugo Chavez during a rally to commemorate the 57th anniversary of the end of Venezuelan dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez's regime, in Caracas. (AFP/Federico Parra)

Demonstrators march against the government of Haitian President Michel Martelly in Port-au-Prince. Haiti announced on Jan 22 it was forming a new electoral council tasked with organizing elections by the end of the year amid a serious political crisis. (AFP/Hector Retamal)

Indonesian demonstrators from Islamic hardline group Hizbut Tahrir display placards reading 'Charlie Hebdo is evidence of decay of the freedom of democracy' during a rally in Medan, North Sumatra. (AFP/ Sutanta Aditya)

Indian activists of the Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) burn an effigy representing US President Barack Obama as they protest his upcoming visit to India, in Hyderabad.  (AFP/Noah Seelam) 

Serbia's Novak Djokovic plays a shot during his men's singles match against Spain's Fernando Verdasco on day six of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. (AFP/William West) 

Philadelphia 76ers' Nerlens Noel dunks against Toronto Raptors' Terrence Ross during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Philadelphia. Toronto won 91-86. (AP/Matt Slocum)

The break races in front of large crowds during stage five of the 2015 Tour Down Under cycling competition in Adelaide. The Tour Down Under is being held between Jan 18 to 25. (AFP/ Mark Gunter)  

A man conducts a Chinese military band during the Shanghai Municipal People's Congress (SMPC). The Shanghai New Year's Eve crush which left 36 dead showed "critical neglect", the mayor of the Chinese commercial hub said. (AFP/Johannes Eiseles)

Riot police take cover behind their shields during clashes with protesters in Pristina, Kosovo. Clashes with police broke out following a demonstration by several thousand people demanding that the government dismiss one of its three Serb ministers. (AFP/Armend Nimani)

Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro demonstrate in front of riot police in Caracas. With Venezuela's economy in crisis, President Nicolas Maduro announced a 15-per cent hike in the minimum wage, and plans to keep a multi-tiered exchange rate system in place. (AFP/Federico Parra)

U.S. President Barack Obama offers floral tribute at the site where Indian independence icon Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in New Delhi, India. Obama's arrival in the bustling capital of New Delhi marked the first time an American leader has visited India twice during his presidency. (AP)

Alexis Tsipras, leader of Greece's Syriza left-wing main opposition party surrounded by photographers reacts as he casts his vote at a polling station in Athens. Greeks were voting in an early general election crucial for the country's financial future. (AP/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Afghan children look on while playing hear their home on a hilltop overlooking Kabul. As winter continues across Central Asia, many Afghans struggle to provide adequate food and shelter for their families. (AFP/Wakil Kohsar)

People look at a cheese display during the inauguration of the first edition of the International Taste Biennial in the Croix Rousse tunnel in Lyon, central-eastern France, where a 1.7km buffet has been set up as part of the International Catering, Hotel and Food Show. (AFP/Jean-Philippe Ksiazek)

Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne plays a shot during the sixth one-day international cricket match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the University Oval in Dunedin. (AFP/Marty Melville)

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada makes a forehand return to Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia. (AP/Vincent Thian)

Rohan Dennis of Australia races during stage 6 of the 2015 Tour Down Under cycling competition in Adelaide. The Tour Down Under is being held between Jan 18 to 25. (AFP/Mark Gunter)

Abner Lopez (R) lands a punch on Aik Shakhnazaryan during a Super Lightweight match at First Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado. Lopez won the fight. (AFP/Getty Images/Justin Edmonds)

Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne plays a shot during the sixth one-day international cricket match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the University Oval in Dunedin. (AFP/Marty Melville)