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An Air Canada Airbus A-320 skids off the runway at Halifax International Airport in Halifax, Nova Scotia, injuring at least 23 people. (AFP/HANDOUT/CANADA TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD)

Forensic experts of the French gendarmerie disaster victim identification unit (UGIVC) working under a tent near the site of the Mar 24 crash of a Germanwings Airbus A320 in which all 150 people on board were killed. (AFP/GENDARMERIE NATIONALE/F.BALAMO)

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) waits to start a meeting with Iranian officials at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland. (AP/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

Myanmar activists hold placards in Yangon as they march to commemorate the 28th month anniversary of a crackdown on protesters occupying Letpadaung copper mine. (AP/Khin Maung Win)

Unionised civil servants hold their union flags during a rally to oppose the government's bid to overhaul the public pension system near the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea. (AP/Ahn Young-joon)

Residents queue for food to be distributed to them as a health worker makes an announcement. Sierra Leone enters a three-day nation-wide lockdown on movement of people due to the Ebola virus in the city of Freetown. (AP/Michael Duff)

A rescue worker stretches his hand to help a resident cross a mud-covered street in Chanaral, Chile, as unusually heavy thunder storms, torrential rains and overflowing rivers leave tonnes of mud covering communes of northern Chile desert. (AP/Pablo Sanhueza)

Nigerian election officials tally the ballots received from polling stations in Kaduna, as Nigerians go to the polls to vote in presidential elections. (AP/Jerome Delay)

Australian players celebrate after winning the 2015 Cricket World Cup final against New Zealand in Melbourne. (AFP/SAEED KHAN)

Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel (C) celebrates on the podium next to second-placed Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton (L) and Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg (R) after the F1 Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang. (AFP/Greg BAKER)

Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel drives out of the pitlane during the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang. (AFP/POOL/VINCENT THIAN)

K. Srikanth (R) of India holds his gold medal next to silver medallist Viktor Axelsen of Denmark after the men's singles final match at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2015 at the Siri Fort Sports complex in New Delhi. (AFP/SAJJAD HUSSAIN)

Leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), Nigel Farage announces his party's key election pledges during a photocall in central London. (AFP/NIKLAS HALLE'N)

A Kashmiri villager walk near damaged houses following landslides due to heavy rainfall in the village of Laden at Chadoora some 40km west of Srinagar. (AFP/Tauseef MUSTAFA)

Anti-war protesters hold a banner outside of the military drill area as South Korean Marine and US Marine take their position for their landing exercises as a part of the annual joint military exercise Foal Eagle in Pohang, south of Seoul. (AP/Lee Jin-man)

(L to R) British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and US Secretary of State John Kerry walk during a break during Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland. (AFP/FABRICE COFFRINI)

Supporters greet a US army convoy upon its arrival in Prague, Czech Republic. The "Dragoon Ride" convoy started last week from Estonia and passed through Latvia, Lithuania and Poland before entering the Czech Republic on a return journey to a German base. (AP/Petr David Josek)

Palestinian protesters run to take cover from tear gas during clashes with Israeli security forces following a protest marking Land Day in the West Bank village of Silwad, north of Ramallah. (AFP/ABBAS MOMANI)

Iraqi government forces keep watch from a position on the southern outskirts of Tikrit during a military operation to retake the city from Islamic State group militants. (AFP/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)

Pope Francis arrives for a Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. (AP/L'Osservatore Romano, Pool)

A soldier stands next to a tear gas canister as it sprays gas into traffic during a protest by members of the All Progressives Congress party against voting irregularities in the presidential election in Port Harcourt , Nigeria. (AP Photo)

French Gendarme Bruno Hermignies stands by a bulldozer clearing a path to the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 near Seyne-les-Alpes, France. (AFP/POOL/CLAUDE PARIS)

Yemenis chant slogans during a protest against Saudi-led airstrikes on Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, in Sanaa, Yemen. (AP/Hani Mohammed)

CiCi Bellis returns the ball to Serena Williams (unseen) during their match at the Miami Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Florida, USA. (AP/J Pat Carter)

US President Barack Obama, VP Joe Biden and members of the national security team participating in a secure video teleconference from the Situation Room of the White House in Washington DC, with Secretary of State John Kerry in Switzerland to discuss the P5+1 negotiations with Iran. (Photo: AFP)

Pope Francis kisses a child as he arrives for his weekly general audience at St Peter's square on Apr 1, 2015 at the Vatican. (Photo: AFP/Alberto Pizzoli)

Environmentalists hold a banner reading "Prohibit fracking properly" as they demonstrate in front of the Chancellery in Berlin where is taking place the weekly cabinet meeting on Apr 1, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Tobias Schwarz)

Shiite fighters from the Popular Mobilisation units celebrate on a truck inside the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit on Mar 31, 2015 during a military operation to retake it from the Islamic State (IS) group.  (Photo: AFP/Str) 

Nigerian president-elect Muhammadu Buhari (R) reads his acceptance speech in Abuja on Apr 1, 2015. Muhammadu Buhari praised the "statesmanship" of the country's outgoing leader Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat in a vote for the first time in the nation's history. (Photo: AFP/Stringer)

Members of a group United Front for Security and Development of the State of Guerrero search the scene at San Juan del Reparo, Guerrero State, Mexico one day after clashes with another rival vigilante group, the Union of Villages and Organizations of the State of Guerrero. (Photo: AFP/Pedro Pardo)

A barber cuts the hair of a man in Shanghai on Apr 1, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Johannes Eisele)

South Korean protesters hold placards showing portraits of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during an anti-Japan rally outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul on Apr 1, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)

Jeremy Stravius competes in the men's 100m backstroke event at the French Swimming Championship in Limoges on Apr 1, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Jean - Pierre Muller)

The Webb Ellis Cup visits Niagara Falls as part of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour, delivered in partnership with Land Rover and DHL in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. (Photo: AFP/Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images for England Rugby 2015)

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors and Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers on the court during a foul shot at Staples Center on Mar 31, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: AFP/Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers scores the winning goal against Ondrej Pavelec #31 of the Winnipeg Jets in third period action in an NHL game at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photos: AFP/Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

Thailand’s former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra returns her books to a reader after signing her name, at the National Book Fair in Bangkok. (AP/Sakchai Lalit)

A Kashmiri man moves household goods to a safer area as flood waters surround his house in Srinagar, India. (AP/Mukhtar Khan)

Leader of the opposition Labour Party Ed Miliband (L) greets supporters during a general election campaign visit in Huddersfield, northern England. (AFP/PAUL ELLIS)

Supporters of newly-elected Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari celebrate his victory in Lagos. (AFP/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI)

Yemeni supporters of the Shiite Huthi militia attend a demonstration in the second largest city of Taiz to protest against the Saudi-led coalition's Operation Decisive Storm against the Huthi rebels in Yemen. (AFP/ABDEL RAHMAN ABDALLAH)

A man holds a portrait of prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz during a funeral ceremony outside the Eyup Sultan Mosque in Istanbul, a day after Kiraz was killed in a bloody hostage standoff at Istanbul's courthouse. (AFP/OZAN KOSE)

In anti-crime raids, police commandos patrol the Praia da Ramos and Roquette Pinto communities, part of the Mare Complex shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AFP/CHRISTOPHE SIMON)

Emergency services tackle an electrical fire under the pavement near Holborn in London, as people have been evacuated from nearby buildings. (AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr (L) and Germanwings CEO Thomas Winkelmann lay a wreath in memory of victims of the Germanwings Airbus A320 crash, in the small village of Le Vernet, French Alps. (AFP/JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT)

Shareholders learn about the features of the company's AMG GTS Mercedes car at the annual general meeting of Daimler AG in Berlin, Germany. (AP/dpa,Wolfgang Kumm)

China's Lin Dan (L) greets Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto over the net after their match at the Malaysian Open Badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur. Tommy withdrew from the match due to injury. (AP/Vincent Thian)

John Isner of USA returns the ball to Milos Raonic of Canada during the Miami Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Florida. (AP/Luis M. Alvarez)

Members of the public queue to pay their respects to Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew outside Parliament House where he will lie in state for public viewing ahead of his funeral in Singapore on Mar 25, 2015. (AFP/ROSLAN RAHMAN)

Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra signs a condolence book for Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at the Singapore embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. Mr Lee died at the age of 91 on Mar 23. (AFP/Christophe ARCHAMBAULT)

A Palestinian gunman fires his weapon during the funeral of a man in the Jalazoun refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah. The victim was shot during a confrontation with the Israeli military in the refugee camp. (AP/Majdi Mohammed)

Paraguay's poor peasants protest against the government during XXII annual march of the National Peasants Federation in Asuncion. Some of 4,000 of them demand that the government enact measures to give economic support to poor farmers and peasants. (AP/Jorge Saenz)

A firefighter walks through the tornado-damaged River Oaks Estate mobile home park in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, USA, after powerful storms rumble across the state and produce tornadoes and flat-line winds that led to widespread damage. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

British Gurkha band members play bagpipes to commemorate 200 years of service in the British Army in Kathmandu on March 26, 2015. The Gurkhas first served as part of the Indian army in British-run India in 1815. (AFP/PRAKASH MATHEMA)

An Orthodox priest blesses the Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome Launch pad in Kazakhstan, before its launch to the International Space Station. (AP/NASA, Bill Ingalls)

Australia's batsman James Faulkner (L) sweeps a ball as India's wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (R) looks on during their 2015 Cricket World Cup semi-final match in Sydney. (AFP/William WEST)

India's batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni plays a shot off Australia's Mitchell Johnson during the Cricket World Cup semi-final at Sydney Cricket Ground. (AFP/Saeed KHAN)

Fans watch the Cricket World Cup semi-final match between India and Australia on the street in the old quarters of New Delhi. Australia will play fellow co-hosts New Zealand in the World Cup final on Mar 29 after they beat defending champions India in Sydney. (AFP/ALEX OGLE)

Kento Momota of Japan returns a shot against K. Srikanth of India during the women's singles badminton match at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2015 at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi. (AFP/PRAKASH SINGH)

Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier of USA perform during the Pairs Free Skating in the ISU World Figure Skating Championship 2015 held at the Oriental Sports Centre in Shanghai, China. (AP/Ng Han Guan)

Mourners bow to pay their respects to Singapore's late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew where he lies in state at Parliament House in Singapore. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew is one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics. (AFP/Roslan Rahman)

New York City firefighters work the scene of a large fire and a partial building collapse in the East Village neighborhood of New York. Orange flames and black smoke are billowing from the facade and roof of the building near several New York University buildings. (AP/John Minchillo)

A Bangladeshi Hindu devotee cries as she holds the body of her relative who was killed in a stampede during a Hindu bathing ritual in Langalbandh, southeast of capital Dhaka, Bangladesh. The local police chief said the stampede took place on the banks of the Brahmaputra river. (AP/A M Ahad)

A stele and flowers laid in memory of the victims are placed in the area where the Germanwings jetliner crashed in the French Alps, in Le Vernet, France. Flight 9525's crash into an Alpine mountain has raised questions about the co-pilot's mental state. (AP/Christophe Ena)

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama stands behind a window as he arrives to attend the Shotan festival at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in Dharmsala, India. The Dalai Lama watched the first day of the ten-day “Shoton” festival. (AP/Ashwini Bhatia)

Members attend a Security Council Meeting on "The Victims of Attacks and Abuses on Ethnic or Religious Grounds in the Middle East" at the United Nations in New York. (AFP/Jewel Samad)

Pakistani protestors chant slogans in support of Saudi Arabia at a rally in Karachi. Pakistan is ready to defend Saudi Arabia's "territorial integrity" but has not yet decided to join Riyadh's coalition fighting Yemen rebels, the defence minister said. (AFP/Arif Ali)

Volunteers prepare electoral material for distribution in a warehouse of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. President Goodluck Jonathan urged Nigerians to vote in the presidential election, calling for calm in the face of rising tensions and violence. (AFP)

Japan's Takuma Ueda returns a shot against India's K Srikant during the men's singles badminton quarter final match at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2015 at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi. (AFP/Prakash Singh)

Jeff Louis (L) of Haiti national football team vies for the ball with Cai Huikang of China national football team during their match in Helong stadium in Changsha, central China's Hunan province. (AFP)

Denis Ten of Kazakhstan performs during the men's short program of the 2015 ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Shanghai Oriental Sports Centre in Shanghai. (AFP/Johannes Eisele)

San Jose Sharks centre Joe Pavelski (8) is checked by Detroit Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall (55) as goalie Petr Mrazek stops a shot during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit. (AP/Paul Sancya)

Supporters of Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim demand his release in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian police arrested three leading opposition politicians in a bid to thwart a protest march demanding the release of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, his party said. (AFP/Mohd Rasfan)

Hundreds gathered next to the Hong Kong government headquarters to commemorate the half-year anniversary of mass democracy protests, as the city continues to push its controversial plan to elect the next leader. (AFP/Aaron Tam)

Iraqi security forces launch rockets against Islamic State extremist positions in Tikrit, 130 kilometres north of Baghdad, Iraq. The Iraqi troops pressed their push in the city against IS militants holed up in the center of the city. (AP/Khalid Mohammed)

People watch the PSLV-C27 take off carrying India's fourth navigational satellite, in Sriharikota, India. The fourth satellite, IRNSS-1D, will provide navigation, tracking and mapping services. (AP/Arun Sankar K)

An elderly Nigerian woman arrives to validate her voting card using a fingerprint reader, prior to casting her vote later in the day, in Daura, Nigeria. Nigerians went to the polls in presidential elections which analysts say will be the most tightly contested in Nigeria's history. (AP/Ben Curtis)

Armed members of Shiite Huthi militia, wearing military fatigue, patrol the Sanaa International Airport after the third day of Saudi-led coalition airstrikes against Huthis. At least 200 UN staff and other expatriates were evacuated from Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)

Demonstrators hold an "SOS" made from tree branches in Thessaloniki as they protest against gold mine extensions in the northern Greek peninsula of Halkidiki. (AFP/Sakis Mitrolidis)

Members of the Lebanese Red Cross and Civil Defence assist a volunteer acting as a victim during a disaster response drill simulating an earthquake in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayyat)

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) falls in front of Charlotte Hornets guard Mo Williams (7) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Washington. The Wizards won 110-107 in double overtime. (AP/Alex Brandon)

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car in the rain during the qualifying session for the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia. (AP/Andy Wong)

Oyonnax's wing Dug Codjo (L) vies with Brive's centre Riaan Swanepoel (R) during the French Top 14 rugby union match between Oyonnax and Brive at the Charles-Mathon Stadium in Oyonnax, France. (AFP/Jean-Philippe Ksiazek)

Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan competes in the men free skating of the 2015 ISU World Figure Skating Championships at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Centre in Shanghai. (AFP/Goh Chai Hin)