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Pope Francis (L) waves to the crowd beside Philippine President Benigno Aquino III before boarding his plane as he departs Manila, Philippines. (Photo: AP/Aaron Favila)

Chechen Muslims march in downtown regional capital of Grozny to take part in a protest rally. Tens of thousands of people have marched in the Russian region of Chechnya to rally against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. (AP/Musa Sadulayev)

Cambodia's Prince Norodom Ranariddh (L) greets party's members during the Royalist FUNCINPEC party congress in Phnom Penh. Cambodian Prince Norodom Ranariddh was officially named the head of the royalist party, seen as a tactic by Hun Sen to divide the opposition. (AFP/Tang Chhin Sothy)

People unload relief aid from a Malawi military helicopter as it arrive at M'bwazi Primary School in Malawi's southern Nsanje District. Torrential rains have wreaked havoc across half the impoverished southern African country's 28 districts. (AFP/Amos Gumulia)

Members of the National Search and Rescue Agency carry coffins containing bodies of the victims aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 to transfer to Surabaya at the airport in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia. (AP/Achmad Ibrahim)

Cameramen take images of a prison bus carrying Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-ah as she arrives at a court in Seoul. The trial opened of Cho, charged with aviation safety violations following a now notorious "nut rage" incident that triggered a national uproar. (AFP/Jung Yeon-je)

Lorry drivers from the French workers' union CGT and the CFTC block access roads to the Gennevilliers port, outside Paris,, at the start of a lorry drivers' strike to demand higher salaries. (AFP/Kenzo Tribouillard)

A woman walks through an art installation decorating the Granroof, the upper deck of Yaesu gate of the Tokyo Station, marking the 100th anniversary of the station's opening in Tokyo. (AP/Koji Sasahara)

Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer hits a return against Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova during their women's singles match on day one of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. (AFP/Paul Crock)

Bath's players take part in a scrum during the European Rugby Union Champions Cup match between Toulouse and Bath, at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse, southern France. (AFP/Pascal Pavani)

Russia's Dmitry Kovalev (L) scores past Germany's Silvio Heinevetter during the 24th Men's Handball World Championships preliminary round Group D match between Germany and Russia at the Lusail Sports Arena in Lusail in Doha. (AFP/Marwan Naamani)

Manchester City's Fernandinho (C) challenges Arsenal's Olivier Giroud (R) for the ball during their English Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England. (AP/Jon Super)

Kids do their homework inside the courtyard of an apartment building in Havana, Cuba. Cuba has so far offered a guardedly positive reception to President Barack Obama's loosening of the trade embargo on Cuba, saying it welcomes the full package of new economic ties on offer. (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)

Indian soldiers perform a stunt on motorcycles during the Army Day parade in New Delhi. The Indian army celebrated the 67th anniversary of the formation of its national army with soldiers from various regiments and artillery taking part in a parade. (AFP/Chandan Khanna)

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (in car) takes Japanese automaker Toyota's first commercial fuel cell vehicle for a ceremonial test drive at the prime minister's office in Tokyo. (AFP/Pool/Eugene Hoshiko)

French cartoonist Renald Luzier (R) and editor-in-chief of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo Gerard Briard (2L) arrive to attend the funeral of Elsa Cayat, a psychoanalyst and contributor at the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo at the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris. (AFP/Dominique Faget)

A police officer checks on a wrecked car, while two other vehicles are carted off by wreckers in the background, along westbound Interstate 540 at the Glenwood Ave. interchange in Raleigh, North Carolina. (AP/The News & Observer, Chris Seward)  

Soldiers in 16 former Turkish States' military uniforms are seen before Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomes Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev at the Presidential Palace in Ankara. (AFP/Adem Altan)

Members of a Malaysian fire and rescue team stand near bodies lined up after a bus they were on swerved to avoid hitting a tyre in the road and plunged into a ditch near the Malaysian town of Tapah on the country's main north-south highway.  (AFP)

US President Barack Obama, greets employees and guests at the Cedar Falls Utilities office in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Obama laid out new steps to increase access to affordable, high-speed broadband across the country. (AFP/Steve Pope/Getty Images)

Estelle, Gladys Knight and Martina McBride perform during the "Skyville Live" Launch Featuring Martina McBride, Gladys Knight And Special Guest Estelle at Skyville Live studios in Nashville, Tennessee. (AFP/Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

French actress Sylvie Testud walks to the stage during the opening ceremony of the 18th Comedy Film festival in the French resort of l'Alpe d'Huez. (AFP/Jeff Pachoud)

James Ward of Britain hits a backhand return during his match against John Isner of the US at the Kooyong Classic tennis event in Melbourne. (AFP/William West)

Spencer Hawes of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers during the game at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. (AFP/Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Maxwell James #20 of Tri-City Americans attempts a wrap around goal on Jackson Whistle #1 as Leon Draisaitl #29 of Kelowna Rockets checks from behind the net during second period at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. (AFP/Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Members of a rescue team (in orange) look at a section of the hull (front) of a tugboat which sank on a trial voyage in Jingjiang, east China's Jiangsu province on Jan 16, 2015. More than 20 people were missing after the tugboat sank on the vast Yangtze river. (Photo: AFP)

Policemen stand guard at Colline street in Verviers, eastern Belgium, on Jan 16, 2015. Police shot dead two suspects in a gun battle after they opened fire on officers with heavy weapons, and arrested a third man.  (Photo: AFP/John Thys)

Indian Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel marched through the streets of Amritsar on Jan 16, 2015. Security forces are on high alert in anticipation of the upcoming Republic Day parade on Jan 26.  (Photo: AFP/Narinder Nanu)

French Justice minister Christiane Taubira (C) attends the funeral ceremony of French cartoonist and Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane "Charb" Charbonnier, on Jan 16, 2015 in Pontoise, outside Paris. (Photo: AFP/Pool/Martin Bureau)

Demonstrators chant slogans during an anti-government protest in Lima, Peru. Thousands of young men and women marched through the streets of Lima to protest the government's new Youth Labor Law. (Photo: AFP/Ernesto Benavides) 

Police investigators inspect a crime scene where the bodies of a woman and four men were found in Manigua neighbourhood, Plan del Pino, on the outskirts of Ciudad Delgado near San Salvador, on Jan 15, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Marvin Recinos) 

Demonstrators protesting in demand of justice and clarification for the disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa, in Chilpancingo, Guerrero State, fight a man for allegedly posting criticisms about them on social media. (Photo: AFP/Pedro Pardo) 

Displaced Iraqi people from the Yazidi community, who fled violence between Islamic State (IS) group militants and Peshmerga fighters in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, prepare food at a refugee camp set up on Mount Sinjar. (Photo: AFP/Safin Hamed)

Switzerland's Mauro Caviezel competes in the first race of the FIS Ski World Cup Men's Alpine Combined in Wegen on Jan 16, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Olivier Morin)

Martin Kaymer of Germany plays a shot during the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in the capital of the United Arab Emirates on Jan 16, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Karim Sahib)

Spain's Rafael Nadal and Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki talk during a promotional event ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia on Jan 16, 2015. (Photo: AP/Mark Baker)

England bowler Moeen Ali (C) is congratulated by England captain Eoin Morgan (L) and Jos Buttler (R) after taking the wicket of Australian batsman Steve Smith in the Tri-Series one day cricket match played at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Jan 16, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Peter Parks)

Indonesia's mational disaster agency officers load debris of the AirAsia flight 8501 onto a truck in Surabaya, eastern Java island, on Jan 17, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Juni Kriswanto)

Airport staff provide help after a plane, carrying top aides of Philippine President Benigno Aquino that was following Pope Francis, overshot a runway as it tried to take off in stormy weather in Tacloban on Jan 17, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Johannes Eisele)  

Staff from the Animal Disease Control Center use sticks to gather birds at a geese farm as they work to help prevent the spread of avian flu in the northern area of Taoyuan on Jan 17, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Sam Yeh)

Swimmers are seen in the water despite shark warning signs posted on the beach in the northern New South Wales city of Newcastle on Jan 17, 2015.  (Photo:  AFP/Peter Parks) 

Protesters hold placards during a demonstration denouncing security policies by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in front of the National Diet on Jan 17, 2015. Several hundred people, mainly women, took part in the demonstration by forming a human chain and surrounding the Diet. (Photo: AFP/Toru Yamanaka)

This view taken on Jan 17, 2015 from a boat at sea shows frigate birds flying as steam and gas rise from the eruption of a volcano, some 65km northwest of the South Pacific nation Tonga's capital Nuku'alofa. (Photo: AFP/Matangi Tonga/Mary Lyn Fonua)

Protesters perform a voodoo ceremony before a march against the government of Haitian President Michel Martelly in Port-au-Prince, on Jan 16, 2015. Protesters marched through the streets calling for the resignation of the Haitian leader. (Photo: AFP/Hector Retamal)

Police officers block the way of demonstrators in front of the City Hall during a march against the country's latest round of transport fare hikes, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Jan 16, 2015.  (Photo: AFP/Yasuyoshi Chiba) 

Demonstrators hold up a sign reading "I am not Charlied" as thousands took to the streets of the Malian capital Bamako on Jan 16, 2015 to protest the publication of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed in the latest edition of the French satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo. (Photo: AFP/Habibou Kouyate)

Carolina Hurricanes' Andrej Nestrasil (15), of the Czech Republic, collides with Vancouver Canucks' Derek Dorsett (51) and Jannik Hansen (36), of Denmark, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C, on Jan 16, 2015. ((Photo: AP/Karl B DeBlaker)

(L-R) Switzerland's Roger Federer is greeted by Canada's Eugenie Bouchard (C) and Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis (R) as he arrives for a "Kids Exhibition Match" promotional event ahead of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan 17, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Mal Fairclough)

Detroit Pistons centre Andre Drummond (0) celebrates in front of teammate Greg Monroe after hitting the game-winning basket against the Indiana Pacers in the final second of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, on Jan 16, 2015. The Pistons defeated the Pacers 98-96. (Photo: AP/Michael Conroy)

Pope Francis (R) embraces two children, including 12-year-old Glyzelle Palomar (2nd R), during his visit to the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on Jan 18. Glyzelle , asking how God could allow children to become prostitutes, moved the Pope to hug her. (Photo: AFP/Giuseppe Cacace)

Pope Francis (top L) greets worshippers as he arrives to celebrate a mass at a park in Manila on January 18, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Ted Aljibe)

Pope Francis (R) prays in front of a cross during his visit to the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on January 18, 2015 (Photo: AFP/Giuseppe Cacace)

Protesters project messages on the wall of a police station after an anti-police brutality march in Oakland on January 17, 2015. Protesters disrupted traffic and chanted as they made their way to Oakland Police Station where at least five people were arrested. (Photo: AFP/Josh Edelson)

Fans of the British comedy group Monty Python perform their skills during the International Silly Walk Day in Brno, Czech Republic. Around 50 participants in costumes presented the Silly Walk, based on a sketch from the Monty Python troupe. (Photo: AFP/Michal Cizek)

Iraqi visitors pull their sleds up to the hill at Korek Mountain resort near the city of Rawanduz in the Arbil Governorate of Iraqi Kurdistan. The resort is located on top of Korek Mountain, 100km north of Arbil, and is the first resort of its kind in Kurdistan and Iraq. (Photo: AFP/Safin Hamed)

A participant, wearing a mask of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, holds a broom to join a countrywide campaign to clean parks, public building and streets, during the Mumbai Marathon in Mumbai, India. Thousands of city residents alongside athletes took part in the event. (Photo: AP/Rafiq Maqbool

Servicemen of the Azov Battalion (a volunteer paramilitary battalion) take an oath during a ceremony outside a church in Kiev, Ukraine, before leaving to the east of the country to take part in operations against pro-Russian fighters. (Photo: AFP/Sergei Supinsky)

Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan hits a return during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. The Australian Open runs from January 19 to February 1. (Photo: AFP/William West)

Deontay Wilder wears a mask during his ring entrance for a title fight against WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wilder took the title by unanimous decision. (Steve Marcus/Getty Images/AFP)

Indian fans cheer on their team during the one-day international (ODI) cricket match between Australia and India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on January 18, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Theo Karanikos) 

Brazil's Gideoni Monteiro (L) and Tim Veldt of the Netherland fall during the UCI Cycling World Cup men's Omnium elimination race at Alcides Nieto Patino velodrome on January 17, 2015 in Colombia. (Photo: AFP/Luis Robayo)