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Police form a line near the main site of pro-democracy demonstrators in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong. Hong Kong police started removing street barricades at sites where pro-democracy demonstrators have been holding more than two weeks of rallies. (Photo: AFP/Ed Jones)

A pro-democracy demonstrator sets up a new barricade near a protest site in Hong Kong. Hong Kong has been plunged into its worst political crisis as pro-democracy activists take over the streets following China's refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage. (Photo: AFP/Philippe Lopez)

Sri Lankan Tamils rush towards the train "Queen of Jaffna," after it arrived at Jaffna. The once-popular train linking the ethnic Tamil's northern heartland to the rest of Sri Lanka arrived in Jaffna, 24 years after its suspension due to the country’s civil war. (Photo: AP/Eranga Jayawardena)

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (front R) and Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo (front L) visit a traditional market in Jakarta. Zuckerberg held a meeting with Indonesia president-elect Joko Widodo and attended an internet.org campaign in his visit to Indonesia. (Photo: AFP/Rama)

US soldiers and Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack on the Jalalabad road in Kabul. A suicide bomber targeted an NATO convoy in Afghanistan's capital Kabul killing an Afghan civilian but causing no casualties among foreign troops. (Photo: AFP/Wakil Kohsar)

An Indian fisherman walks near the anchored fishing boats as strong winds blow a day after a powerful cyclone pounded the Bay of Bengal coast in Gopalpur, Orissa. Cyclone Hudhud that slammed into India's eastern seaboard weakened as it moved inland. (Photo: AP/Biswaranjan Rout)

People set up candles to form the words "Glory to Ukraine, Glory to Heroes" during a gathering at the Independence square in Kiev to support Ukrainian servicemen in eastern Ukraine and to pay homage to the victims of recent anti-government protests in early 2014. (Photo: AFP/Genya Savilov)

High waves surge toward a port of Kawaminami town in Miyazaki prefecture, Japan's southern island of Kyushu while fishing boats evacuate in the port. Powerful typhoon Vongfong barrelled into Japan, with at least one person missing and dozens injured. (Photo: AFP/Jiji Press)

Belgium's cyclist Jelle Wallays (R) of team Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise looks back next to French cyclist Thomas Voeckler as they sprint for the finish line of the 108th edition of the Paris-Tours one-day cycling race over 237.5km, in Tours, central France. (Photo: AFP/Guillaume Souvant)

Competitors of the Men World Cup Triathlon Series take part in the penultimate stage in Cartagena, Colombia. French Piere Le Corre finished in first place, Swiss Sven Riederer finished in second place and French Dorian Coninx in third place. (Photo: AFP/Joaquin Sarmiento)

Bae Sang-moon, of South Korea, hits from the seventh tee of the Silverado Resort North Course during the final round of the Frys.com PGA Tour golf tournament in Napa, California. Bae won the tournament. (Photo: AP/Eric Risberg)

Zhang Chunsong of China performs during the men's horizontal bar final at the Gymnastics World Championships in Nanning, in China's southern Guangxi province. (Photo: AFP/Greg Baker)

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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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Riot police officers stand guard at a main road in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong. New scuffles broke between riot police and pro-democracy activists in a district where police cleared protesters earlier in the day. (AP/Vincent Yu)

Super heated giant ash cloud spew from the crater of Mount Sinabung volcano threatening villages during an eruption as seen from Simpang Empat district on Sumatra island. (AFP/ Sutanta Aditya)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko (R) talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) as French President Francois Hollande listens during a meeting in Milan, Italy. The leaders signalled cautious optimism over a peace deal for Ukraine. (AP/Luca Bruno)

Workers from the All India AIADMK party celebrate the successful bail application of AIADMK head, Jayalalithaa Jayaram in Chennai. India's top court granted bail to a south Indian film star-turned-politician jailed for corruption, a ruling that sparked jubilation in her home state. (AFP)

A worker examines ballot papers for parliamentary elections as they are being printed in Kiev. Early parliamentary elections in Ukraine will be held on October 26. (AFP/Anatoli Stepahnov)

People collect plastic bottles at a garbage dump in Abidjan. A decree of the Ivorian government will ban the production, import and marketing of plastic bags from November 8, 2014. (AFP/Issouf Sanogo)

Researchers and academics protest as part of the movement "Sciences en Marche" asking for a better use of the budget dedicated to research in Paris. (AFP/Patrick Kovarik)

Relatives carry a coffin through the National Cemetery in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Cemetery overcrowding is an issue that resonates around the world, particularly in its most cramped cities and among religions that forbid or discourage cremation. (AP/Dieu Nalio Chery)

Myanmar's Than Paing (C) fights for the ball during the AFC U-19 Championship quarter-final football match between Myanmar and the United Arab Emirates at Thuwanna stadium in Yangon. (AFP/Ye Aung Thu)

Spain's Fernando Verdasco returns a bal to Australia's Bernard Tomic during their ATP Stockholm Open tennis tournament match in Stockholm. (AFP/Jonathan Nackstrand)

San Francisco Giants' Michael Morse reacts as he crosses home after hitting a home run during the eighth inning of Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the St Louis Cardinals in San Francisco. (AP/David J Phillip)

New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) goes out of bounds just short of the goal line next to New England Patriots outside linebacker Jamie Collins (91) in the second half of an NFL football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (AP/Charles Krupa)

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A Turkish tank and Kurdish people look at the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, from a hill at the Turkish-Syrian border, in the Turkish village of Mursitpinar. Kurdish fighters halted a thrust by the Islamic State towards the heart of Kobane. (Photo: AFP/Aris Messinis)

Cambodian workers (top) march as police officers block a street during a protest to demand higher wages in Phnom Penh. Cambodian trade unionists and hundreds of garment workers marched to demand a pay rise for their monthly minimum wages. (Photo: AFP/Tang Chhin Sothy)

Afghan Solidarity members hold posters and chant slogans during a rally against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and the US presence in Afghanistan. Around 200 people, the demonstrators mostly women, chanted anti-IS and anti-US slogans as they rallied through downtown Kabul. (Photo: AFP/Wakil Kohsar)

Police officers look at an altar set up at a barricade built by pro-democracy protesters on a main road in Hong Kong's Mongkok district. Protesters in Hong Kong issued an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping, urging him to consider political reforms in the city. (Photo: AP/Kin Cheung)

The crater of Mayon volcano spews smoke as seen from the observation post in Legazpi City, Albay province, southeast of Manila. Lava is again flowing out of Mayon, the Philippines' most active volcano, raising fears an eruption could be imminent. (Photo: AFP/Phivolcs)

A cyclist pedals through flood water after heavy rain in Dimapur, in the Indian state of Nagaland. Hundreds of people were rendered homeless after heavy monsoon rains which continue to hit the state. (Photo: AFP/Caisii Mao)

Rioben Vivero does a backflip on his skimboard at the shoreline of the coastal town of Tanauan, Leyte province, central Philippines. Skimboarding is gaining popularity in this coastal town that was badly hit by Typhoon Haiyan last year. (Photo: AP/Aaron Favila)

A paraglider flies over Medellin, Colombia, during the National Urban Paragliding championship. (AFP/Raul Arboleda)

Simone Biles of the US performs during the women's balance beam final at the gymnastics world championships in Nanning. Biles won the event. (Photo: AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi

Spain's Marc Marquez rides his Honda tailed by Italy's rider Valentino Rossi on Yamaha during the Japanese Grand Prix at Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Motegi, north of Tokyo. (Photo: AP/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Shanshan Feng of China kisses her trophy after winning the LPGA Malaysia golf tournament at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo: AP/Lai Seng Sin)

Jarrett Jack (C) of the Brooklyn Nets shoots against Carl Landry (R) of the Sacramento Kings during the 2014 NBA Global Games at the Mercedes-Benz Arena at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China. (Photo: AFP/NBAE via Getty Images/Nathaniel S Butler)

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