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Buddhist monks of the Dhammakaya sect sit anticipating police raid outside the Dhammakaya sect temple in Pathum Thani, north of Bangkok, Thailand. Police spent three days searching the vast Buddhist temple for a prominent monk accused of financial wrongdoings. (AP/Dake Kang)

Muslim women protest against US President Donald Trump in Chicago, Illinois. (Joshua LOTT/AFP)

A Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Leopard tank is displayed at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

Adolf Hitler's personal telephone, which the Fuehrer used to dictate many of his deadly World War II commands, sold at auction for US$243,000, the US house selling it announced. (HO/Alexander Historical Auctions/AFP)

Tottenham Hotspur's striker Harry Kane (R) scores his and Tottenham Hotspur's second goal past Fulham's goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli (C) during the English FA Cup fifth round football match at Craven Cottage in London. (Glyn KIRK/AFP)

Andile Phehlukwayo of South Africa (R) bats as New Zealand's Tom Latham watches during the one-day international (ODI) cricket match at Seddon Park in Hamilton. South Africa pulled off a four-wicket win over New Zealand. (MICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP)

Austria's Marcel Hirscher competes in the first run of the men's slalom race at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St Moritz. Hirscher sped to victory in the slalom to add to his triumph in the giant slalom and silver in the combined. (Fabrice COFFRINI/AFP)

Second-placed Susan Dunklee (C) of USA leaves the shooting range during the women's 12.5km mass start competition at the Biathlon World Championships in Hochfilzen, Austrian province of Tyrol , Austria. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)


Buddhist monks scuffle with Thai policemen outside the Dhammakaya sect temple in Pathum Thani, north of Bangkok, as police unsuccessfully search for a prominent monk accused of financial wrongdoings. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Soldiers and police officers stand guard in the departure hall at the KLIA2 budget terminal in Sepang, Malaysia, following the killing of Kim Jong-nam, the exiled half brother of North Korea's ruler Kim Jong-un. (AP Photo/YC Hiam)

Demonstrators rally in Dupont Circle prior to marching to the White House during a 'Not My President Day' protest against US President Donald Trump on Presidents' Day in Washington, DC. (SAUL LOEB/AFP)

Protesters pose for a photograph with flags from England, European Union, Poland, France and Germany in front of Big Ben, near the Houses of Parliament during a 'Flag Mob' demonstration as part of a national day of action in support of migrants in the UK. (Justin TALLIS/AFP)

Iraqi security forces evacuate wounded comrades in an explosives-laden vehicle attack claimed by the Islamic State group. Troops advance towards the village of Husseinyah, south of Mosul, during an offensive to retake the western side of Mosul. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP)

Arsenal's Rob Holding (L) gets his head to the ball during the English FA Cup fifth round football match against Sutton United at the Borough Sports Ground, Gander Green Lane, in south London. Arsenal won 2-0 to advance to the quarter-finals. (Glyn KIRK/AFP)

Japan's Takumi Miyazawa crashes in the men's snowboard slalom at the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, northern Japan. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

Ana Konjuh of Croatia returns the ball to Zhang Shuai of China during the WTA Dubai Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Konjuh beat Zhang 6-0, 6-1 in the first round. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)


A civilian plants a white flag in the berm as he arrives at the defence line of Iraqi federal police forces in the town of Abu Saif after escaping Islamic State territory. (AP/Bram Janssen)

Malaysian Ambassador to North Korea Mohamad Nizan Mohamad speaks to journalists as he arrives at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, China, from Pyongyang after being recalled by Malaysian government. (AP/Andy Wong)

A policeman stands next to the body of a bodyboarder killed by a shark, covered by a white cloth next to his bodyboard on a beach in Saint-Andre, on the French Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. (AFP/Richard Bouhet)

Riot police clash with taxi drivers during a demonstration in Rome. A week-long strike by taxi drivers that has crippled transport in Rome, Milan and Turin is heating up, with cabbies marching through the city to protest legislation they say will favour Uber. (Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP)

An officer checks the positions of Chinese paramilitary guards before the welcome ceremony of French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Cazeneuve is on a three-day visit to China until Feb 23. (AFP/Fred Dufour)

Kim Chol Gwang of North Korea competes as fans of the North Korean team chant during the men's 500 meters heat of short track speed skating competition at the Asian Winter Games at Makomanai Indoor Skating Rink in Sapporo, northern Japan. (AP/Eugene Hoshiko)

India's Harmanpreet Kaur celebrates after defeating South Africa in their ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier final one-day international cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (AP/Eranga Jayawardena)

US skipper Rich Wilson, placing 13th in his second participation to the Vendee Globe around-the-world solo sailing race, celebrates aboard his Imoca 60 monohull "Great America IV" as he arrives in Les Sables-d'Olonne, western France. (AFP/Jean-Sebastien Evrard)


A Palestinian man from the Abu Ramouz family stands next to his belongings outside their house that was demolished by Israeli army bulldozers in the Arab east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Beit Hanina on the grounds that it was built without a construction permit. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

An Afghan refugee man gives a haircut to a friend in an abandoned warehouse where they have taken refuge in Belgrade, Serbia. Hundreds of migrants have been sleeping rough in freezing conditions in central Belgrade looking for ways to cross the heavily guarded EU borders. (AP/Muhammed Muheisen)

A member of a nationalist group march through a smoke in the Ukrainian capital to mark the third anniversary of the Maidan protests in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP/Efrem Lukatsky)

People walk in the snow at the Forbidden City after a visit by French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve in Beijing. Cazeneuve is on a three-day visit to China until Feb 23. (AFP/Fred Dufour/Pool)

Pigment powders lie in baskets in the historical Karakoy district in Istanbul. (AFP/Ozan Kose)

Ricardo Goulart (L) of Guangzhou Evergrande challenges Jaimes McKee of Eastern FC during their AFC Champions League group stage football match in Guangzhou, in China's Guangdong province. (AFP/STR)

Tajikistan's Barakatullo Zokirov competes in the alpine skiing men's giant slalom at the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, northern Japan. (AP/Shuji Kajiyama)

Japan's Kei Nishikori smashes his racket after losing the first set during their ATP World Tour 500 Rio Open against Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci at Jockey Club in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AFP/Yasuyoshi Chiba)


Smoke billows as Iraqi forces attack Mosul airport during an offensive to retake the western side of the city from Islamic State militants. Iraqi forces entered Mosul airport, which lies on the southern edge of the city, for the first time since IS overran the region in 2014. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)

A Palestinian Bedouin school girl walks at her school in the village of Khan al-Ahmar in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The UN raised concerns over newly announced demolition plans in a Palestinian Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank that threaten a primary school. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)

African refugees and migrants, mostly from Sudan and Senegal, look at the sea aboard Golfo Azurro, the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms rescue ship, after being rescued from a boat out of control at 25 miles north of Sabratha, off the Libyan coast, early in the morning. (AP/Santi Palacios)

Plain-clothes policemen arrest a young man following clashes between demonstrators and riot-police during a protest of students against police brutality, following the alleged rape of Theo in Paris. (AFP/Lionel Bonaventure)

Rural Hindu women queue to cast their votes at a polling station on the outskirts of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh state, India. Uttar Pradesh and four other Indian states are having state legislature elections in February-March, a key mid-term test for Narendra Modi's government. (AP/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Russia's Daniil Medvedev returns the ball to Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff during the ATP Marseille Open 13 tennis match in Marseille, southern France. (AFP/Bertrand Langlois)

Sloven Nika Kriznar soars during the women normal hill individual trial of the 2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland. The FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2017 in Lahti will take place until Mar 5. (AFP/Christof Stache)

Mark Cavendish from Dimension Data cycling team celebrates as he crosses the finish line in Madinat Zayed to win the opening stage of the 2017 Abu Dhabi Tour. (AFP/Nezer Balout)


An Indian Hindu devotee holds a human skull and bone during a procession for Maha Shivaratri, dedicated to the Hindu god Lord Shiva, in Allahabad. Hindus mark the Maha Shivaratri festival by offering prayers and fasting to worship Lord Shiva, the god of destruction. (AFP/Sanjay Kanojia)

Philippine Senator Leila De Lima, a former human rights commissioner, waves to supporters after appearing at a court in Muntinlupa City, suburban Manila. The critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war was arrested on charges supporters said were meant to silence her. (AFP/Noel Celis)

A Palestinian demonstrator throws an old shoe at a poster of US President Donald Trump as they protest against his support of Israel, near a Jewish settler enclave in the heart of the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron. (AFP/Hazem Bader)

A police officer fires rubber bullets at anti-immigrant protesters in Pretoria, South Africa. Police fired stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannon as the latest wave of anti-immigrant protests broke out in the capital, while President Jacob Zuma appealed for calm. (AP/Themba Hadebe)

UK Independence Party (UKIP) member Mark Childs wears a party rosette on a Union Flag suit outside the campaign office for UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall following the result of the by-election for the Stoke-on-Trent Central constituency in Stoke-on-Trent, central England. (AFP/Oli Scarff)

Japan's Naoki Nakamura soars through the air in his second round jump at the ski jumping men's large hill individual at the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, northern Japan. (AP/Shuji Kajiyama)

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark returns the ball to Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia during their third semi final women's WTA Tennis Championship in Dubai. (AFP/Karim Sahib)

Kai Lenny of Hawaii, USA, competes in the 2017 APP World Tour at Sunset Beach in Oahu, Hawaii. (AFP/Brian Bielmann)


A woman holds a fake hundred guilder note, the Dutch currency before the introduction of the Euro, bearing the portrait of firebrand anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders during an election campaign stop in Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam, Netherlands. (AP/Peter Dejong)

A security guard standing outside a shopping mall on the north side of Lima, Peru, is seen through a bullet hole on a stairway rail guard after a gunman killed three people. The alleged killer, identified later as 32-year-old Eduardo Romero, was shot dead by the police. (AFP/Luka Gonzales)

Damaged cars and apartments on which Turkish flags are displayed are seen at the blast site at Viransehir in Sanliurfa, after an explosion struck the district of Viransehir overnight, killing a 10-year-old and a neighbourhood watch guard. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)

Inspectors examine a sinkhole in Studio City, north of Los Angeles, California. Two vehicles fell into the 20-foot sinkhole on Friday night and firefighters had to rescue one woman who escaped her car but was found standing on her overturned vehicle. (AP/Ringo H W Chiu)

Demonstrators dressed as custom officials set up a mock customs checkpoint at the border crossing in Killeen, near Dundalk to protest against the potential introduction of border checks following the decision by the UK to leave the EU. (AFP/Paul Faith)

Burnley's English defender James Tarkowski (L) tackles Lincoln City's English striker Matt Rhead during the English FA Cup fifth round football match between Lincoln City and Burnley at Turf moor stadium in Burnley, northwest England. (AFP/Anthony Devlin)

United States's Mikaela Shiffrin competes during a women's slalom, at the alpine ski World Championships, in St. Moritz, Switzerland. (AP/Alessandro Trovati)

Riders fall to the ground during the fifth stage of the 2017 cycling Tour of Oman between Samail to Jebel Akhdhar (Green Mountain). (AFP/Mohammed Mahjoub)