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Iraqi army tanks get into position on the outskirts of Baiji refinery north of Tikrit, during a joint operation between the army and popular mobilisation units to retake the remaining area of the Baiji oil refinery from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists, on May 24, 2015.(Photo: AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)

Saudis hold placards during a protest outside a mosque in Kudeih, in the mainly Shiite Saudi Gulf coastal town of Qatif, 400 kms east of Riyadh, on May 24, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Hussein Radwan)

Runners and their pets participate in Managua, on May 24, 2015 in the PerroCross Nicaragua (DogCross Nicaragua) cross country race, a competition that aims to support social causes and respect for animals. (Photo: AFP/STR)

Young Turkmen men and women take part in an opening ceremony of the first monument to Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov in Ashgabat on May 25, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Igor Sasin)

Passengers disembark a Syrian airplane, coming from the northern Syrian province of Qamishli, upon their arrival at al-Basel International Airport in the coastal city of Latakia on May 24, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Youssef Karwashan)

Pakistani paramedics treat injured blast victims at a hospital in Karachi on May 25, 2015. Three people were killed and four others injured when Baluch separatists targeted a convoy carrying the Pakistani president's son in the southwestern province of Baluchistan on May 25. (Photo: AFP/Asif Hassan)

Customers fill their cars at a petrol station in the Iranian capital Tehran on May 25, 2015. The Iranian government has lifted the quota of 60 litres of subsidised fuel for individuals, reported Iranian medias. (Photo: AFP/Atta Kenare)

The Rolling Thunder First Amendment Demonstration Run arrives in Washington, DC, on May 24, 2015. The Rolling Thunder First Amendment Demonstration Run is an annual event to pay tribute to current and former US military members. (Photo: AFP/Chris Kleponis)

A Malaysian policeman inspects a car a day after the government announced the discovery of camps and graves, the first such sites found in Malaysia since a regional human-trafficking crisis erupted earlier this month, near Malaysia-Thailand borders in Wang Kelian. (Photo: AFP/Mohd Rasfan)

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (2nd L), accompanied by his wife Rosmah Mansor (L),being greeted by Japanese Emperor Akihito (3rd L) and Empress Michiko (front R) upon their arrival for an audience at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.  (Photo:  AFP/Imperial Household Agency)

Ryan Blaney, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, is involved in an on-track incident the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 24, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo: AFP/Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers vies for position with Paul Millsap #4 of the Atlanta Hawks and DeMarre Carroll #5 of the Atlanta Hawks during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo: AFP/Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Rohingya migrants queue up for food at a temporary shelter in Bayeun, Aceh province, Indonesia. Thousands of migrants have landed ashore in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Thousands more are believed to be trapped at sea in boats abandoned by their captains. (AP/Binsar Bakkara)

A Nepalese man walks past damaged houses one month after the deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. Two powerful earthquakes devastated Nepal. Aftershocks also triggered many landslides in the Himalayan nation. (AP/Niranjan Shrestha)

Supporters of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hang onto various vantage points as they listen to him address the crowd at a rally venue in Mathura. Modi has promised non-stop power and better irrigation for farmers, as he battles to win approval for a controversial land bill. (AFP/Money Sharma)

The eruption of the volcano Wolf on Isabela Island, Galapagos, Ecuador. (AFP/HO/Diego Paredes)

Yemeni soldiers, loyal to the Huthi Shiite militia, patrol vehicles in a street in the capital Sanaa. Rebel forces and loyalist fighters were locked in fierce fighting in Yemen as hopes of a political solution faded after the UN postponed peace talks. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)

A protestor opposed to the Burundian President's third term is snatched by members of the Imbonerakure, the youth wing of the ruling party, armed with sticks in the Kinama neighborhood of Bujumbura. (AFP/Carl de Souza)

A girl floats in the air, supported by a rig of hidden metal rods, during a parade on the outlying Cheung Chau island in Hong Kong to celebrate the Bun Festival. The festival is held annually to placate the spirits of people killed by pirates. (AP/Vincent Yu)

A shaven-headed young boy yawns during a special service to celebrate the 2,559th birthday of Buddha at the Chogye Temple in Seoul. Buddhists prayed for the unification between South and North Korea at the service. (AP/Ahn Young-joon)

Middlesbrough's midfielder Emilio Nsue (R) plays the ball under pressure from Norwich City's midfielder Bradley Johnson (L) during the English Championship play off final football match between Middlesbrough and Norwich City at Wembley Stadium in London. (AFP/Ben Stansall)

Russia's Maria Sharapova serves in the first round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Estonia's Kaia Kanepi at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. (AP/Christophe Ena)

Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka returns the ball to Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych during the men's first round at the Roland Garros 2015 French Tennis Open in Paris. (AFP/Miguel Medina)

New Zealand’s Bradley-John Watling hits a shot on the fifth day of the first cricket Test match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London. (AFP/Ian Kington)

Guardsmen form a guard of honour as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh ride in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach as they leave Buckingham Palace for the Palace of Westminster in London on May 27, 2015 for the State Opening of Parliament. (Photo: AFP/Justin Tallis)

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama (L), walks with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, the first Serbian leader to visit the nation after a troubled past, at the Palace of Brigades, in Tirana, Albania on May 27, 2015. (Photo: AP/Hektor Pustina)

Disabled people lie on a street next to riot policemen as they demonstrate for a better accessibility of public buildings on May 27, 2015 near the Elysee presidential palace in Paris. (Photo: AFP/Charly Triballeau)

Indonesian Muslim protesters hold defaced posters of Myanmar's radical Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu during a protest demanding an end to the violence against ethnic Rohingyas in Rakhine State, outside the Embassy of Myanmar in Jakarta, Indonesia on May 27, 2015. (Photo: AP/Achmad Ibrahim)

A dinghy overcrowded with Afghan immigrants arrived on a beach on the Greek island of Kos, after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece on May 27, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Angelos Tzortzinis)

South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Hwang Joon-kook (C), answers reporters' questions after a meeting about North Korea with leaders from U.S. and Japan in Seoul, South Korea on May 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

A visitor tries a racing game on the Xbox One from Microsoft on the last day of the first Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Asia in Shanghai on May 27, 2015. More than 200 technology companies from 15 countries around the world are showcasing their consumer technology innovations. (Photo: AFP)

Afghan security officers stand guard near a guesthouse targeted in an attack by the Taliban, in Kabul, Afghanistan on May 27, 2015. An all-night siege ended in the early hours on Wednesday with the deaths of four heavily armed Taliban attackers, an Afghan official said. (Photo: AP /Rahmat Gul)

Russia's Maria Sharapova returns the ball to Russia's Vitalia Diatchenko during the women's second round of the Roland Garros 2015 French Tennis Open in Paris on May 27, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Dominique Faget)

Mongolian sumo wrestler Terunofuji (C) smiles as he holds up a sea bream to celebrate his promotion to sumo's second highest rank of "ozeki", or champion, in Tokyo on May 27, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Jiji Press)

A helicopter hovers near the Team Brunei yacht as it sails up the Tagus river to cross the finish line at Lisbon harbour winning the Volvo Ocean Race seventh leg between Newport and Lisbon, on May 27, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Jose Manuel Ribeiro)

(L-R) Genk's chairman Herbert Houben, new head coach Peter Maes, technical director Dimitri De Conde and general director Patrick Janssens take part in a press conference of soccer team KRC Genk to present their new head coach, on May 27, 2015 in Genk. (Photo: AFP/ Belga/Yorick Jansens)

Water from the Dan river submerging a quay in Leishan county in the Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous region, in southwest China's Guizhou province, after heavy rainstorms hit the area. (AFP PHOTO/STR)

Indonesian policeman extinguish a burning effigy of a Buddhist monk during a protest in support of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar by hardline Muslim group Front Pembela Islam (FPI) together with Forum Umat Islam (FUI) outside the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta. (AFP/ADEK BERRY)

A protester confronts a police officer outside the Houses of Parliament during an anti-austerity demonstration in London, following the State Opening of Parliament. (AFP/BEN STANSALL)

Activists of the international campaigning and advocacy organisation ONE install illuminated balloons with portraits of the G7 heads of state in front of the Frauenkirche cathedral (Church of Our Lady) prior the G7 Finance Ministers meeting in Dresden, eastern Germany. (AP/Jens Meyer)

A man rests next to his car destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen. (AP/Hani Mohammed)

Afghan migrants arrive on a beach on the Greek island of Kos, after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece. (AFP/Angelos Tzortzinis)

Riot police wrestle with a protester as she tries to take away a sign that reads in Spanish "No more deaths" during an anti-mining protest in Arequipa, Peru. (AP/Rodrigo Abd)

Tyler Berndt, 12, of West Palm Beach, Florida, yawns during the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (AP/Andrew Harnik)

Sevilla's Benoit Tremoulinas (L) and Dnipro's Artem Fedetskiy vie for the ball during the UEFA Europa League final football match at the Narodowy stadium in Warsaw, Poland. (AFP/PIOTR HAWALEJ)

Spain's Alberto Contador, wearing the pink jersey of the overall leader, sprays sparkling wine as he celebrates on the podium after completing the 16th stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race from Pinzolo to Aprica, Italy. (Claudio Peri/ANSA via AP)

China's Jiujing Xu (R) in action against Dutch's Yvon Belien (front) during the game between China and the Netherlands at the Montreux Volleyball Masters women tournament in Montreux, Switzerland. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)

Japan's Misaki Doi celebrates after winning a point against Serbia's Ana Ivanovic during the women's second round of the Roland Garros 2015 French Tennis Open in Paris. (AFP/PATRICK KOVARIK)

North Korean defectors wearing North Korean military uniforms dance in Gwanghwamun square during a 'unification expo' in central Seoul on May 29, 2015. The expo aims to raise awareness about inter-Korean unification. (Photo: AFP/Ed Jones)

Former Thai prime minister Somchai Wongsawat (C) leaves the Supreme Court in Bangkok on May 29, 2015. A former Thai prime minister and key member of the embattled Shinawatra family pleaded not guilty to charges of abuse of power over a crackdown on a 2008 protest. (Photo: AFP/Nicolas Asfouri)

Chinese officials watch as workers prepare to destroy 660 kilograms of ivory products that was seized after being smuggled into the country, for destruction during a ceremony in Beijing on May 29, 2015. (Photo: AP/Ng Han Guan)

Indians sleep on the roof of a house to beat the heat that gets trapped in concrete houses in severely congested colonies, in New Delhi, India on May 29, 2015. With the irregular electric supply and sometimes to escape the heat, people sleep outside during the night. (Photo: AP/Tsering Topgyal)

A Sri Lankan motorcyclist travels with children on his bike in Colombo May 29, 2015. The number of motorcycle fatalities has increased from 354 in 2014 to 370 in 2015 following a flood of subsidised motorcycles given by the government to public servants.(Photo: AFP/Lakruwan Wanniarachchi)

Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz (R) welcomes her British counterpart David Cameron upon his arrival at Lazienki palace in Warsaw on May 29, 2015. Cameron is on a two-day tour of European capitals in a bid to secure EU reforms. (Photo: AFP/Janek Skarzynski)

This image taken from a surveillance camera observed from Yakushima Nagata, as a column of smoke rises from Mount Shindake, Japan on May 29, 2015. The volcano erupted about 10a.m. local time spewing black clouds of ash and rock towering into the sky. (Photo: Japan Meteorological Agency/AP) 

French President Francois Hollande (L) welcomes Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane on May 29, 2015 prior to a meeting at the Elysee presidential Palace in Paris. (Photo: AFP/Thomas Samson)

Steven Bowditch hits from the sand to the 16th green during the first round of the Byron Nelson golf tournament on May 28, 2015, in Irving, Texas. (Photo: AP/LM Otero)

Tottenham Hotspur player Christian Eriksen (C) stretches with teammates during a football training session in Sydney on May 29, 2015. The English Premier League team take on local team Sydney FC on May 30. (Photo: AFP/Saeed Khan)

Covers are seen on the pitch as rain falls before play on the first day of the second Test cricket match between England and New Zealand at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds, England on May 29, 2015. (Photo: AP/Jon Super)

WBC heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder works out with trainer Mark Breland at Skyy Boxing Gym on May 28, 2015, in Northport, Ala. Wilder is preparing for his first title defense, when he takes on Eric Molina on Saturday, June 13 in Birmingham. (Photo: AP/Brynn Anderson)

An Egyptian woman talks to journalists outside the police academy in Cairo on May 30, 2015 during the retrial of her relative along with other defendants over a 2012 stadium riot in the canal city of Port Said that left 74 people dead. (Photo: AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)

A newly wed couple Nilesh (R) and Meenal Bhagat stand in front of a fan to cool themselves after an hour-long ritual on a hot summer day in Mumbai, India on May 30, 2015. Heat-related conditions have killed more than 1,000 people in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. (Photo: AP/Rajanish Kakade)

Pope Francis (C) smiles after receiving a kite as he meets with participants in the Children's Train event at the Vatican on May 30, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Vincenzo Pinto)

A photographer is attacked by a right-wing demonstrator during protest in Madrid, Spain on May 30, 2015. Protesters unhappy with the recent election results in which two new parties have carved out a kingmaker role in many Spanish cities and regions. (Photo: AP/Paul White)

The city of Pokhara, Kathamndu, is seen from an ultra light aircraft on May 30, 2015. More than 8,600 people died in the two earthquakes that hit Nepal on Apr 25 and May 12, destroying nearly half a million houses and leaving thousands without food or water. (Photo: AFP/Prakash Mathema)

Pro-democracy activists march to police headquarters in Hong Kong on May 30, 2015 to protest against the Beijing-backed election reform package where the proposals include Beijing-backed restrictions facing stiff resistance from the city's pro-democracy lawmakers. (Photo: AP/Kin Cheung)

Russian riot policemen detain gay and LGBT rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev (C) during an unauthorized gay rights activists rally in central Moscow on May 30, 2015. Moscow city authorities turned down demands for a gay rights rally. (Photo: AFP/Dmitry Serebryakov)

Members of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia wave flags during a rally in Jakarta, Indonesia on May 30, 2015. Thousands of followers of the hard-line group took part in the rally calling for the creation of Islamic caliphate and the implementation of sharia law. (Photo: AP/Tatan Syuflana)

England's captain Alastair Cook takes a run off the bowling of Trent Boult on the second day of the second Test match between England and New Zealand at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds, England on May 30, 2015.(Photo: AP/Jon Super)

French Arnaud Demare of FDJ and Austrian Matthias Brandle of IAM Cycling wait at the start of the third stage on the fourth day of the Baloise Belgium Tour cycling race, 157,5 km with start and finish at Lac de l'Eau d'Heure in Cerfontaine  on 30 May 2015. (Photo: AFP/Belga/David Stockman)

Serbia's Novak Djokovic serves to Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis during the men's third round at the Roland Garros 2015 French Tennis Open in Paris on May 30, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Pascal Guyot)

Viktor Axelsen of Denmark returns a shot during his men's singles semifinal match against compatriot Jan O Jorgensen at the Australian Open Badminton tournament in Sydney on May 30, 2015.(Photo: AP/Rob Griffith)

Filipinos participate in creating a huge peace sign in an event called "Handshake for peace" in Manila on May 24, 2015. The event commemorates the 70th years since World War II ended and to inspire people in many countries to condemn war and to continuously crusade for peace. (Photo: AFP/Noel Celis)

US feminist Gloria Steinem (C) speaks to the media as her group of peace activists arrives at the inter-Korea transit office after they crossed the border line through the demilitarised zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas in Paju on May 24, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)

Rohingya migrants have their breakfast at a temporary shelter in Aceh province, Indonesia on May 24, 2015. Thousands of migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar have landed ashore in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand since May 10 and more are believed to be trapped at sea. (Photo: AP/Binsar Bakkara)

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) and his wife Rosmah Mansor (R) arrive at the airport in Tokyo on May 24, 2015. Najib is on a three day visit to Japan. (Photo: AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno

US actress Susan Sarandon (L) speaks with Nepalese resident Saili Tamang as she visits an area damaged in an earthquake at Ramkot, Kathmandu on May 24, 2015. Nearly 8,500 people have now been confirmed dead in two earthquakes that have destroyed million homes. (Photo: AFP/Ishara S. Kodikara)

Indian children play in a pond near India Gate amid soaring temperatures in New Delhi on May 24, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Sajjad Hussain)

Cardinals attend a papal mass on the Solemnity of Pentecost at St Peter's basilica on May 24, 2015 in Vatican. (Photo: AFP/Andreas Solaro)

The "Wind Surf" yacht sails in the Mediterranean sea off the coast of Monaco on May 24, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Jean Christophe Magnenet)

This handout photo taken and released by OneAsia on May 24, 2015 shows Choi Jin-ho of South Korea hitting a shot during the final round of the 2015 SK Telecom Open at the Sky72 Golf Club's Ocean Course in Seoul. He claims his first OneAsia win with birdie finish. (Photo: AFP/Paul Lakatos/OneAsia)

Ali Khademi of Iran (R) leads the pack during the 18th Tour of Japan cycling road race in Tokyo on May 24, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura)

Colorado Rockies catcher Michael McKenry, left, applies the tag to put out San Francisco Giants' Casey McGehee at home plate during the fifth inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader on May 23, 2015, in Denver. (Photo: AP/David Zalubowski)

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) fouls Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals on May 23, 2015, in Houston. (Photo: AP/David J. Phillip)