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Members of FPI (Front Pembela Islam) or the Islamic Defender Front theatrically stab an effigy of Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama alias Ahok during a protest outside of the governor's office in Jakarta. (Photo: AFP/Adek Beerry)

Pro-democracy protesters gather at Tamar, near the government headquarters in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong. Police unleashed pepper spray at students who tried to storm HK's government headquarters, as tensions soared in the third month of pro-democracy protests. (Photo: AFP/Dale de la Rey)

Workers block the Skaldenpark in Gent, part of a strike in the East Flanders province. Several unions called for strikes in provinces East and West Flanders and Namur to protest against austerity measures taken by the government led by PM Louis Michel. (Photo: AFP/Belga/Nicolas Maeterlinck)

A man who randomly joined demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown in St Louis, Missouri, kneels in the middle of an intersection as he is surrounded by police officers in riot gear and is taken away. (Photo: AFP/Joshua Lott/Getty Images North America)

A pedestrian battles with an umbrella during strong winds and snowfall in Seoul on Dec 1, 2014. Seoul experienced its first snowfall of the year as morning commuters made their way through intermittent blizzards with temperatures falling just below freezing. (Photo: AFP/Ed Jones)

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London(C) rides a bicycyle on a city-tour in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 1, 2014. Johnson is in Malaysia as part of his six-day trade mission to the Far East which includes Jakarta and Singapore. (Photo: AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)

Indian PM Narendra Modi, (3rd R), dressed in Naga attire hits a traditional musical instrument to inaugurate the Hornbill festival in Kisama village in Nagaland, India, on Dec 1 2014. (Photo: AP/Anupam Nath)

Japanese telecom giant Softbank's humanoid robot Pepper introduces Nestle's coffee machines at an electric shop in Tokyo. Nestle Japan has employed a fleet of chirpy robots to sell its coffee machines in Japanese stores. (Photo: AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)

US pop diva Madonna sits among Malawian children during a visit to the Mkoko Primary School, one of the schools Madonna's Raising Malawi organisation has built jointly with US organisation BuildOn in the Kasungu District, Central Malawi. (Photo: AFP/Amos Gumulira)

A man dressed as Santa Claus (R) from Finland shakes hands with children as part of his visit to the Hinomoto nursery school in Tokyo on Dec 1, 2014. The Santa is here as a goodwill ambassador of Finnair until Dec 24. (Photo: AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)

France's Adrien Theaux skis down the course during the men's World Cup Super G ski race in Lake Louise, Alberta, on Nov 30, 2014. (Photo: AP/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

Boyd Exell, of Australia, celebrates winning the FEI World Cup Driving event during the Sweden International Horse Show at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden on Nov 30, 2014. (Photo: AP/TT, Maja Suslin) 

Police throw a protester on the main road outside government HQ in Hong Kong. The three original founders of Occupy movement announced on Dec 2 they will "surrender" by turning themselves in to police and urged protesters still on the streets to retreat. (Photo: AP)

An injured protester lies on the ground during a police operation to remove protesters in Hong Kong. The three original founders of Occupy movement tearfully announced on Dec 2 they would "surrender" by turning themselves in to police and urged protesters still on the streets to retreat. (Photo: AP)

A man wearing Santa Claus outfits holds a banner denouncing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his stumping tour for the Dec 14 general election in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture. Official campaigning kicked off on Dec 2 for a snap national poll in two weeks. (Photo: AFP/Toru Yamanaka)

Sri Lankan cricketer Thisara Perera bowls during a practice session. England and Sri Lanka play the third One Day International (ODI) match on Dec 3. (Photo: AFP/Ishara S Kodikara)

France's Kristina Mladenovic of the UAE Royals returns a shot against Serbia's Ana Ivanovic of Indian Aces during their women's singles at the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) competition in Singapore on Dec 2. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

Forensic police officers carry out investigations at the site where a man was shot dead, in Villeurbanne, near Lyon, eastern central France. A 62-year-old man was killed and three other seriously injured on Dec 1 in a shootout. (Photo: AFP/Philippe Desmazes) 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) walks to welcome Russian President Vladimir Putin (unseen) during the official welcoming ceremony at Turkey's Presidential Palace in Ankara, on December 01, 2014. (Photo: AFP/Turkish Presidential press office)

People rally in New York's Times Square after marching through the streets to protest the Ferguson grand jury decision to not indict officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown case. Brown, a black man, was killed by Darren, a white police officer. (AFP/Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

A molotov cocktail hurled by demonstrators is seen during a protest in Mexico City demanding justice in the case of the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa. (Photo: AFP/Alfredo Estrella)

Ukrainian soldiers fire missiles with man-portable air-defence systems during exercises near the city of Shchastya, north of Lugansk. (Photo: AFP/Anatolii Stepanov)

A man walks past a pile of autumn leaves in the shape of a pyramid at China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang province on Dec 2. The pyramid sculpture was made by students who wanted to make use of fallen leaves to create an art piece. (Photo: AFP)

Los Angeles Clippers' Glen Davis (R) is defended by Minnesota Timberwolves' Jeff Adrien during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Dec 1 in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 127-101. (Photo: AP/Jae C Hong)

Benny Tai (R), an original founder of the pro-democracy Occupy movement, hugs a supporter in Hong Kong. The original founders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Occupy movement prepared to surrender to police in a move they said was to show their commitment to the rule of law. (AFP/Johannes Eisele)

Anti Occupy Central movement protesters hold placards and shout slogans in Hong Kong. The original founders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Occupy movement prepared to surrender to police n a move they said was to show their commitment to the rule of law. (AFP/Johannes Eisele)

Yemeni security forces inspect the scene of a car bomb which struck the residence of Iran's ambassador in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, killing at least one person and wounding 17 others. Ambassador Hassan Sayed Nam was not in the house when the attack took place. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)

Destroyed apartments are seen following a night of shelling in the Petrovskiy district, of the Ukrainian city of Donetsk which is controlled by separatist rebels. Ukraine and pro-Russian rebel leaders agreed a truce around the airport in the eastern rebel stronghold of Donetsk. (AFP/Eric Feferberg)

Japan's H-IIA rocket lifts off from the launch pad of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Tanegashima Space Centre at Takegashima island in Kagoshima prefecture, on Japan's southern island of Kyushu. The rocket carried the space probe Hayabusa2 destined for a distant asteroid. (AFP/Jiji Press)

An employee of Japanese doll maker Kyugetsu displays an ornamental wooden racket or hagoita decorated with a depiction Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy in Tokyo. A hagoita is a wooden paddle used to play the new year hanetsuki game. (AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)

Naga tribesmen in traditional attire perform a folk dance during the Hornbill festival at Kisama village in the Indian state of Nagaland. The 10-day festival is one of the biggest festivals of India’s northeast, showcasing the tradition and cultural heritage of the indigenous Nagas. (AP/Anupam Nath)

The last rays of the sun are seen at dusk at a cemetery in Yungay, Peru. (AP/Rodrigo Abd)

The coffin of Phillip Hughes is carried down the aisle during the funeral service at Macksville High School Stadium. Cricketing greats bid an emotional farewell to Phillip Hughes at a funeral service in his home town, as Australia stopped to remember the batsman. (AFP/POOL)

Mourners gather for a memorial service at the Sydney Cricket Ground and look at 63 bats with inscriptions detailing the career of cricketer Phillip Hughes in Sydney. Hughes died last Thursday, two days after he was hit in the head during a domestic cricket match. (AP/Rick Rycroft)

Minnesota's DeAndre Mathieu (C) is fouled as he drives between Wake Forest's Madison Jones (L) and Aaron Rountree III during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Minnesota won 84-69. (AP/Chuck Burton)

Padraig Harrington of Ireland teeing off during a practice round at the BANK BRI Indonesia Open 2014 at the the Damai Indah Golf course in Jakarta. The US$750,000 Asian Tour event will be held from Dec 4 to Dec 7. (AFP/Khalid Redza/Asian Tour)

Demonstrators march in the street during a protest against a New York grand jury in Washington, DC. The grand jury decided not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of an unarmed black man, Eric Garner, after putting him in a chokehold. (AFP/Getty Images/T J Kirkpatrick)

Ukrainian servicemen load a belt with shells of a quick-firing gun onto the back of a lorry in the village of Pisky, close to the airport of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. (AFP/Anatolii Stepanov)

(L-R) Hunger strikers, Eddie Ng, Gloria Cheng, Joshua Wong, Isabella Lo and Prince Wong of the student group Scholarism attend a press conference at the pro-democracy movement's main protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong. (AFP/Isaac Lawrence) 

Young Corsican nationalists are pictured during clashes with riot police, as part of a demonstration in the streets of Corte, Northern Corsica, to protest against government's policy in Corse. (AFP/Pascal Pochard Casabianca)

Residents stock up on food supplies from a grocey store in the city of Tacloban, central Philippines, ahead of the landfall of Typhoon Hagupit. (AFP/Lito Bagunas)

Tobacconists of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region hold signs and flags as they demonstrate against a new increase of the price of the cigarette packs and the standardisation of cigarette packaging in France in Mouscron, at the French-Belgium border. (AFP/Philippe Huguen)

Israeli police officers check the situation inside a supermarket where a Palestinian teen stabbed two Israelis in "an apparent terror attack" in the West Bank settlement of Mishor Adumim. (AFP/Thomas Coex)

Chinese carpenter Liu Fulong working on his wooden electric vehicle in Shengyang, northeast China's Liaoning province. It took Liu four months to build and cost nearly 20,000 yuan (US$3250), as he claimed the vehicle can be equipped with missiles and a radar. (Photo: AFP)

In this image provided by NASA a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket with NASA’s Orion spacecraft mounted atop is seen after the Mobile Service Tower was finished rolling back at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. (AP/NASA, Bill Ingalls)

Members of the public shopping in the 'St Nicholas Fair' Christmas market in the city centre of York, Northern England. (AFP/Oli Scarff)

Jonathan Copete, of Colombia's Atletico Nacional (L), challenges for the ball against Leonardo Pisculichi, of Argentina's River Plate, during the Copa Sudamericana first leg final football match, in Medellin, Colombia. (AP/Fernando Vergara)

Steve McClellan (L) of the Cal State Fullerton Titans grabs a rebound from Kevon Looney (C) and Tony Parker of the UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. UCLA won 73-45. (AFP/Getty Images/Harry How)

Police arrest a demonstrator during a protest in New York City against a decision by a Staten Island grand jury not to indict a police officer who used a chokehold on Eric Garner, who subsequently died. (Photo: AFP/Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

Malaysian boys are doused with water before a mass-circumcision ceremony at the Khalid Al-Wahid mosque in Kuala Lumpur. Over 100 children participated in the event, organised by the Ministry of Defence for children of defence personnel. (Photo: AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)

Tents at a pro-democracy protest site in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong. Protest leader Benny Tai on Friday (Dec 5) urged protesters to turn to new methods of civil disobedience to push for electoral reform. (Photo: AFP/Johannes Eisele)

Men wait as women queue to receive humanitarian aid goods distributed by the Red Cross on Dec 3 in Yola after fleeing Boko Haram attacks in their native regions. To minimize the risk of conflict during those distributions, only women can take part in them. (Photo: AFP/Florian Plaucheur)

Natives from the Xerente tribe shoot arrows at an image of President Dilma Rousseff and Senator Katia Abreu during a protest outside the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on Dec 4. (Photo: AFP/Evaristo SA)

Several thousand participants march on the oldest Hungarian bridge, the Chain Bridge (Lanchid) in Budapest on Dec 4 during the latest demonstration challenging the government of controversial Prime Minister Viktor Orban. (Photo: AFP/Attila Kisbenedek)

Some 700 Peruvian children prepare to form a large image of a tree in Lima’s Miraflores beach to send a message to the world about the climate change on the sidelines of the UN COP20 and CMP10 conferences in the Peruvian capital. (Photo: AFP/Eitan Abramovich)

Steve Blake #25 of the Portland Trail Blazers goes up for a shot against the Indiana Pacers on December 4, 2014 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. (Photo: AFP/Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Residents queue for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in Tacloban City, central Philippines on December 5, 2014, ahead of the landfall of Typhoon Hagupit. (Photo: AFP/Marlon Tano)

Tampa Bay Lightning's Cedric Paquette (13) fights with Buffalo Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons (28), of Latvia, during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Tampa, Florida. The Lightning won 5-0. (Photo: AP/Mike Carlson)

Nathan Adrian pushes off the starting block on his way to the fastest time in a 50-yard freestyle preliminary heat of the Winter National Swimming Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina on Dec 4. (Photo: AP/Bob Leverone)

People inspect the wreckage, a day after a car bomb explosion in the Iraqi Shiite enclave of Sadr city in Baghdad on Dec 4. A string of car bomb attacks across Iraq killed dozens of people on Thursday, Iraqi officials said. (Photo: AP/Karim Kadim)

An Egyptian supporter of former president Hosni Mubarak waves as the helicopter carrying the former leader leaves the Maadi military hospital en route to the court in Cairo for his trial on Nov 29, 2014. (Photo: AFP/Khaled Desouki)

Police confront demonstrators outside the police station Nov 28, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the Aug 9 shooting of Michael Brown, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. (Photo: AFP/Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Police and customs officers inspect some of the seized drugs in one of the largest drug busts in the country's history, worth up to US$1.28b. Six men were charged over their involvement in the attempted importation of almost 3 tonnes of MDMA and methamphetamine into Sydney. (Photo: AFP/William West)

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (C) leaves a polling station after voting in Taipei. Millions of voters go to the polls in Taiwan for the island's largest ever local elections, with the Beijing-friendly ruling party facing a rout in a key test ahead of the presidential race. (Photo: AFP/Sam Yeh)

People take part in a demonstration to urge the French govt to recognise Palestine as a state in Paris.The Palestinians are planning to formally submit to the UN Security Council a draft resolution calling for an Israeli withdrawal from all occupied territory in 2016. (Photo: AFP/Kenzo Tribouillard)

People cross a bridge which has a span about to fall into a river because of flash floods that hit southern of Morocco on Nov 28, 2014, at Ait Ourir in the region of Marrakesh. (Photo: AFP/Fadel Senna)

A National Police officer slips while trying to kick a burning tire at a barricade set up by protesters demanding the resignation of President Michel Martelly, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. (Photo: AP/Dieu Nalio Chery)

New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum (L) plays a shot as Pakistani wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed looks on during the third day of the third and final Test match between New Zealand and Pakistan at the Sharjah cricket stadium in Sharjah.(Photo: AFP/Aamir Qureshi)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland (C) walks after hitting his ball out of the rough during the third round of the Australian Open at the Australian Golf Club in Sydney on November 29, 2014. (Photo: AFP/Peter Parks)

Carolina Hurricanes' Andrej Nestrasil (15) slides into the boards after being hit by Pittsburgh Penguins' Olli Maatta (3) in the third period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Nov 28, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Maata was penalized for tripping. The Hurricanes won 4-2. (Photo: AP/Keith Srakocic)

Duke's Kendall Cooper (21) and Lynee Belton, right, fall to the floor with Stony Brook's Sabre Proctor during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Friday, Nov 28, 2014. Duke won 72-42. (Photo: AP/Gerry Broome)

Ivan Righini of Italy performs during the men’s short program of the NHK Trophy figure skating in Osaka, western Japan, Friday, Nov 28, 2014. (Photo: AP/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Supporters of newly-elected independent Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je celebrate after winning the elections in Taipei on Nov 29, 2014. (Photo: AFP/Sam Yeh)

Police charge into a group of protestors after they blocked a road preventing a National Guard vehicle from getting through on Nov 29, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images/Scott Olson)

Police dig in the sand dunes after children playing at a Sydney beach on Nov 30, 2014 stumbled across the body of a baby buried under the sand, Australian investigators said, just a week after a newborn was found crying at the bottom of a roadside drain. (Photo: AFP/William West)

Isatu Salia (2nd L) carries the cremated remains of her husband, Dr Martin Salia, while their sons Maada Martin (3rd L) and Hinwaii Sakatty (L), walk with her on Nov 29 during the funeral mass for Dr Salia, who died of Ebola earlier this month. (AP/Cliff Owen)

Sri Lankan opposition party workers erect a cutout of presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena in the town of Polonnaruwa on Nov 30, 2014. The opposition is launching its bid to topple President Mahinda Rajapakse in the forthcoming Jan 8 election. (Photo: AFP/Lakruwan Wanniarachchi)

Madonna (2nd R) is welcomed by Lucy Chipeta (R), Director of Home of Hope children's home in Mchinji, about 150km west of the capital Lilongwe, Malawi on Nov 29. Madonna was accompanied by his son David (2nd L), who she had adopted from the home in 2006. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

History enthusiasts dressed in regimental costumes take part in a re-enactment of Napoleon's famous battle of Austerlitz, celebrating its 209th anniversary, near Slavkov u Brna, Czech Republic, on Nov 29, 2014. (Photo: AP/Petr David Josek)

A tattooist makes a tattoo on a man's back during the Second Edition of the Warsaw Tattoo Convention in Warsaw, Poland on Nov 29, 2014. (Photo: AP/Alik Keplicz)

View of fireworks during the inauguration of an 85m-high floating Christmas tree at Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The world's highest floating Christmas tree registered by the Guinness World Records was inaugurated for 19th time on Nov 29, 2014. (AFP/Yasuyoshi Chiba)

A visitor takes a photo in a tunnel of lights as people admire the seasonal illumination displays "Canyon d'Azur" with 250,000 LED lights in Tokyo's Shiodome business district. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Li Zijun of China performs during the gala exhibition at the NHK Trophy ISU Grand Prix figure skating 2014 in Osaka on Nov 30, 2014. (Photo: AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura)

Quarterback Devin Combs (#13) of the Nevada Wolf Pack scores a rushing touchdown against Mike Horsey (#32) of the UNLV Rebels during their game at Sam Boyd Stadium on Nov 29, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nevada won 49-27. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images/Ethan Miller)