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A Malaysian man removes plastic flooring in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad building slightly obscured with haze in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Oct 5, 2015. Malaysia on Monday shut most schools nationwide for two days to protect children from haze. (Photo: AP/Joshua Paul)

Soldiers hold Indonesian national flags during a parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Indonesian National Armed Forces in Bali, Indonesia on Oct 5, 2015. (Photo: AP/Firdia Lisnawati)

The wife of a Muslim man who was shot dead reacts as Thai police officers inspect his body in the Rangae district of Thailand's restive southern province of Narathiwat on Oct 5, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Madaree Tohlala)

Donald Tsang, center, former leader of Hong Kong talks to reporters with his wife Selina as they leave a magistrate's court in Hong Kong on Oct 5 2015. Tsang faces misconduct charges over a luxury apartment rental in mainland China, authorities said Monday. (Photo AP/Vincent Yu)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) walks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel as they arrive for meetings at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Oct 5, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Roberto Schmidt)

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (3rd L) and French Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital affairs Emmanuel Macron (L) visit the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo on Oct 5, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura)

Refugees rush to the beach as they arrive on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos on Oct  5, 2015. (Photo: AP/Muhammed Muheisen)

Families Roseburg's Green Community Church and Lutheran Church Charities pause to pray at a memorial in front of Snyder Hall on the campus of Umpqua Community College on Oct 4, 2015 in Roseburg, Oregon. (Photo: Getty Images/AFP/Scott Olson)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France hits a return during his first round men's singles match against Andreas Haider-Maurer of Austria at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on Oct 5, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Greg Baker)

United States team player Rickie Fowler watches his tee shot during a practice round ahead of the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea on Oct 5, 2015. (Photo: AP/Lee Jin-man)

Khiry Robinson #29 of the New Orleans Saints runs the ball as Damien Wilson #57 of the Dallas Cowboys defends during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Oct 4, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images/AFP)

Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin (L) shoots over Toronto Raptors' Patrick Patterson during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game on Oct 4, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Photo: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Motorists ride on a road as thick haze from wildfires blanket the city in Pekanbaru, Riau province, Indonesia. (AP Photo)

Donald Tsang, former leader of Hong Kong, is surrounded by reporters after he leaves a magistrate's court. Tsang faces misconduct charges over a luxury apartment rental in mainland China, setting the stage for the city's most high-profile corruption trial. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

A cleaner working on a flooded street after typhoon Mujigae swept the area in Zhanjiang, south China's Guangdong province. Tornadoes spawned by a typhoon that battered southern China have left at least seven people dead and more than 200 injured. (AFP Photo)

Palestinian stone throwers stand next to burning wood during clashes with Israeli security forces in the Palestinian refugee camp of Shuafat in east Jerusalem, as violence spiked in east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank. (AFP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI)

Russian military support crew attach a satellite-guided bomb to SU-34 jet fighter at Hmeimim airbase in Syria. Russia has insisted that the airstrikes are targeting the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliates. (AP Photo/Alexander Kots, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Photo via AP)

Tanks of the Ukrainian forces ride from the front line near the village of Crymske in the Lugansk region. Moscow-backed rebels and government forces have this week agreed to withdraw tanks as well as light weapons from a buffer zone to shore up the brittle ceasefire. (AFP PHOTO/ALEXANDER GAYUK)

The flood-swollen Congaree River is seen near Columbia, South Carolina, as relentless rainstorms leave large areas of the US southeast under water. (AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV)

Firefighters help to clean up the train station of Antibes, southeastern France, after floods swept through the French Riviera leaving 17 people dead. (AFP PHOTO/JEAN-CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET)

Migrants carry a raft at a naval base near the capital Tripoli after being rescued by Libyan coastguard. (AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD TURKIA)

Kei Nishikori of Japan returns a shot to Borna Coric of Croatia during their first round match of the Japan Open tennis tournament in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Belinda Bencic of Switzerland returns a ball against Madison Brengle of USA during their first round of the China Open tennis tournament at the National Tennis Stadium in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

United States team player Rickie Fowler watches his tee shot during a practice round ahead of the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

A fisherman walks along the bay as gantry cranes in the container terminal port (background) are barely visible in haze-choked Singapore on Sep 30, 2015.  (Photo: AFP/ Roslan Rahman)

Members of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party dance during an election campaign Wednesday, Sept 30, 2015, in Yangon, Myanmar. Banner on truck read, " to change people's live, let's vote NLD." (Photo: AP/Khin Maung Win)

A Chinese paramilitary policeman stands watch behind a barrier leading to a side road outside the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. China is holding two Japanese men on suspicion of spying, Japanese media reported Wednesday. (Photo: AP/Ng Han Guan)

An Indian prisoner, convicted of involvement in the 2006 Mumbai train blasts, is escorted to a police van on his way to a special court in Mumbai on Sep 30, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Punit Paranjpe)

Family members of Abdul Ghani, who is reportedly missing after a crush during the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, sit at their home waiting for information in Karachi, Pakistan on Sep 29, 2015. (Photo: AP/Shakil Adil)

Palestinian men check the damage following an Israeli air strike on a Hamas police facility along the beach north of Gaza City on September 30, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Mohammed Abed)

Ukrainian jailed military officer Nadezhda Savchenko smiles in a glass cage during a court hearing in a town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. (Photo: AP)

Pope Francis gives his weekly general audience at St Peter's square on Sep 30, 2015 at the Vatican. (Photo: AFP/Andreas Solaro)

Dynamo Kiev’s Derlis Gonzalez controls the ball in from of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Eliazer Dasa, center, and Nikola Mitrovic during a group G Champions League soccer match in Haifa, Israel on Sep 29, 2015. (Photo: AP/Ariel Schalit)

Ana Ivanovic of Serbia returns a shot to Garbine Muguruza of Spain during their women's singles match on day three of the Wuhan Open tennis tournament in Wuhan, in China's Hubei province on September 30, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Fred Dufour)

Rickard Rakell #67 of the Anaheim Ducks skates with the puck against the Los Angeles Kings during preseason at Staples Center on Sep 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo: Getty Images/AFP/Stephen Dunn)

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Tropeano throws during a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Sep 29, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo: The Orange County Register/AP/Kevin Sullivan)

Philippine and US marine officials, led by US marine Brigadier General Paul Kennedy (back, L) and Philippine Major General Alexander Labutan (back R), salute during the opening ceremony of the annual Philippine-US naval exercise (PHIBLEX) in Manila on October 1, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Ted Aljibe)

A paramilitary policeman stands guard in front of the portrait of late communist leader Mao Zedong on Tiananmen Gate in Beijing on China's National Day on Oct 1, 2015. China is marking the 66th anniversary of Mao's founding of the People's Republic of China on Oct 1, 1949. (Photo: AFP/Greg Baker)

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, center, signs the national anthem during a flag raising ceremony to celebrate China's National Day in Hong Kong on Oct 1, 2015. At left is former Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa and at right is Leung Chun-ying's wife, Regina. (Photo: AP/Vincent Yu)

South Korean army cadets attend the 67th Armed Forces Day at Gyeryongdae, South Korea's main compound in Gyeryong, South Korea on Oct 1, 2015. (Photo: Pool Photo/AP/Kim Hee-chul)

A Sri Lankan family takes photos at Sri Lanka's main zoo in Colombo on Oct 1, 2015. Sri Lanka is marking International Children's Day with a series of state-sponsored events to focus on eradicating child labour and the sexual abuse of children. (Photo: AFP/Lakruwan Wanniarachchi)

A burnt-out police pick-up truck stands in the street after Afghan security forces retook control of Kunduz city from the Taliban militants in northeastern Kunduz province, on Oct 1, 2015. (Photo: AFP)

On Sep 30, 2015, a Nepalese policeman tries to put off the burning effigy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a protest by Nepalese youth in Kathmandu, Nepal.  (Phpto AP/Niranjan Shrestha)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a meeting of the German Federal Parliament, Bundestag, at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany on Oct 1, 2015. (Photo: AP/Michael Sohn)

Los Angeles Angels' Garrett Richards sits in the dugout during a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Sep 30, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo: The Orange County Register/AP/Kyusung Gong)

Mike Leake #13 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by teammates after they beat the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park on Sep 30, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Getty Images/AFP/Ezra Shaw)

French skipper Philippe Legros sails aboard the Class Imoca monohull "Maitre Coq" on Sep 30, 2015 between Port-la-Foret and Lorient, western France. (Photo: AFP/Jean-Sebastien Evrard)

South Africa's Bismarck Du Plessis holds his leg during a training session at the Gateshead International Stadium, Newcastle England on Sep 30, 2015. South Africa will play Scotland in their next rugby World Cup match on Saturday. (Photo: PA/AP/Owen Humphreys)

Serbia's Novak Djokovic, who is in Bangkok for an exhibition game against Spain's Rafael Nadal, visits the Erawan Shrine in central Bangkok, Thailand on Oct 2, 2015. Djokovic visited the shrine where a bomb exploded on Aug 17, killing 20 people and injuring more than 120. (Photo: AP/Mark Baker)

Protesters shout slogans of Hong Sok Hour a senator from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party in Phnom Penh court on Oct 2, 2015. The Cambodian court rejected the senator's request for bail and opened a trial against him on charges for comments he posted on Facebook. (Photo: AP/Heng Sinith)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tributes at the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his birth anniversary in New Delhi, India on Oct 2, 2015. (Photo: AP/Manish Swarup)

Members of a Syrian family stand in a street as migrants and refugees are evicted by French police from a camp at the Porte de Saint-Ouen in Paris on Oct 2, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Joel Saget)

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Oct 2, 2015 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) visiting the Jongsong Pharmaceutical General Factory. (Photo: AFP/KCNA)

An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier stands guard outside Jalalabad Airport where a US C-130 military transport plane crashed in Jalalabad on Oct 2, 2015. The Taliban claimed to have shot down a US military transport plane in a crash that killed 11 people. (Photo: AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)

Saudi Arabia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel Ahmed Al-Jubeir, speaks during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Oct 1, 2015, at U.N. headquarters. (Photo: AP/Julie Jacobson)

People pray during a candlelight vigil in Roseburg, Oregon on Oct 1, 2015, for ten people killed and seven others wounded in a shooting at Umpqua Community College in the western US state of Oregon. (Photo: AFP/Cengiz Yar Jr.)

Feng Tianwei of Singapore plays a shot against Chen Meng of China during the women's single's semi-final round of the 22nd ITTF Asian Table Tennis Championships in Pattaya on Oct 2, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Pornchai Kittiwongsakul)

Croatia's Ivo Karlovic serves against Australia's Nick Kyrgios during their men's singles quarter-final match of the 2015 Malaysian Open tennis tournament in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 2, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)

Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton connects for a sacrifice fly off a pitch from Los Angeles Angels' Fernando Salas that scored Adrian Beltre in the seventh inning of a baseball game on Oct 1, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo: AP/Tony Gutierrez)

Dallas Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak (5) battles with Tampa Bay Lightning center Alex Killorn (17) for the puck during the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game on Oct 1, 2015, in Tampa, Florida. (Photo: AP/Chris O'Meara)

Motorists commute on a road shrouded in haze in Gombak on Oct 3, 2015. Malaysia, Singapore and large expanses of Indonesia have suffered for weeks from acrid smoke billowing from fires on Indonesian plantations and peatlands that are being illegally cleared by burning. (Photo: AFP/Mohd Rasfan)

People watch as missiles are launched from an Indonesia military ship for a rehearsal for the upcoming parade held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Indonesia Armed Forces in Cilegon, Banten province, Indonesia on Oct3, 2015. (Photo: AP/Tatan Syuflana)

Migrants walk along a highway towards the Eurotunnel site in Coquelles, France on Oct 3, 2015. Traffic through the Channel Tunnel connecting Britain and France was suspended after around 100 migrants entered the French side of the tunnel complex. (Photo: AFP/Philippe Huguen)

(L-R) Frankfurt mayor Peter Feldmann, German President Joachim Gauck, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Hesse state governor Volker Bouffier, walk along a street during the celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the German Unification in Frankfurt, Germany on Oct 3, 2015. (Photo: AP/Michael Probst)

Members of the non-profit organization 'Save the Elephants' demonstrate in the streets, during an anti-poaching march in Nairobi on Oct 3, 2015. 'Save The Elephants' said last year that 100,000 elephants were killed in Africa between 2010 and 2012. (Photo: AFP/Simon Maina)

Afghan security forces take a wounded civilian man to the hospital after Taliban fighter's attack, in Kunduz city, Afghanistan on Oct 3, 2015. Three staff from Doctors Without Borders were killed and 30 were missing after an explosion that may have been caused by a US airstrike. (Photo: AP/Dehsabzi)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and other top officials pray over the caskets of 104 Iranian pilgrims, killed in a stampede at the annual hajj, during a repatriation ceremony upon their arrival on Oct 3, 2015 at Tehran's Mehrabad Airport.  (Photo: AFP/Atta Kenare)

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau arrives for a French-language debate in Montreal on Oct 2, 2015. (Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Venus Williams of the US returns against Garbine Muguruza of Spain during the women's singles final at the Wuhan Open tennis tournament in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province on Oct 3, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Fred Defour)

Ashley Wagner of the US performs during the women's free skating at the Japan Open figure skating event in Saitama, suburb of Tokyo, on Oct 3, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Toru Yamanaka)

Arizona Coyotes left wing Matthias Plachta (43) shields San Jose Sharks left wing Barclay Goodrow in the third period during a preseason NHL hockey game on Oct 2, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo: AP/Rick Scuteri)

Cincinnati Reds' Tyler Holt (R) dives for second on a steal as Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer leaps to reach the throw from catcher Francisco Cervelli in the fourth inning of a baseball game on Oct 2, 2015, in Pittsburgh. Holt went to third on the throw. (Photo: AP/Keith Srakocic)

A fleet of AirAsia planes are shrouded in haze at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 in Malaysia on Sep 27, 2015. Wildfires caused by illegal land clearing in Indonesia's Sumatra often spread choking haze to neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore. (Photo: AP/Joshua Paul)

South Korean Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo burns incense during a ceremony to mark Thanksgiving Day, at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea on Sep 27, 2015 with over 30 million people expected to join the throngs of travelers this year nationwide. (Photo: AP/Ahn Young-joon)

Tourists sail boats in Pitan, a popular area in Xindian district in New Taipei City on Sep 27, 2015 as Typhoon Dujuan approaches the northeast of Taiwan. Almost 3,000 people were evacuated from outlying islands off Taiwan as it looks set to bring heavy rains and high tides. (Photo: AFP/Sam Yeh)

Voters go to the polls at a polling station in Barcelona, Spain on Sep 27, 2015 to elect regional lawmakers, with pro-secession parties saying they will push for independence within 18 months if they win a majority in the 165-seat parliament. (Photo: AP/Manu Fernandez)

A handout picture released by the official website of the Centre for Preserving and Publishing the Works of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, shows him (R) delivering a speech in Tehran on Sep27, 2015. (Photo: AFP/HO/Khamenei)

All India Anti Terrorism Front members hold a portrait of independence fighter Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh who was hung in 1931 for throwing a hand grenade in protest of British colonial rule, at the Jallian Wala Bagh in Amritsar on Sep 27, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Narinder Nanu)

Migrants disembark from a ferry after their arrival from the Greek island of Lesbos to the Athens' port of Piraeus on Sep 27, 2015. More than 260,000 asylum-seekers have arrived in Greece so far this year on flimsy rafts or boats from the nearby Turkish coast. (Photo: AP/Yorgos Karahalis)

Police experts examine the site of a blast outside the security service (SBU) regional building in central Odessa on Sep 27, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Alexey Kravtsov)

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton crosses the finish line to win the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, central Japan on Sep 27, 2015. Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was second and Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany third. (Photo: AP/Rob Griffith)

Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania returns a ball to Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus during the final match of the Korea Open tennis championships in Seoul, South Korea on Sep 27, 2015. Begu won 6-3, 6-1. (Photo: AP/Lee Jin-man)

Runners start the 42nd Berlin Marathon in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany on Sep 27, 2015. Some 40,000 runners took part in the event. (Photo: AP/Michael Sohn)

Lamar Dawson #55 of the Southern California Trojans tackles Kody Kohl #83 of the Arizona State University Sun Devils during the first half at Sun Devil Stadium on Sep 26, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo: Norm Hall/Getty Images/AFP)