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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.  (File photo: 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)

Anti-abortion activists stage a "die-in" in front of the White House in Washington. The anti-abortion movement is busy mobilising on behalf of bills in Congress and several state legislatures that would further curtail women's access to the procedure. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Phil Blackwood (C), a bar manager from New Zealand, is escorted by police as he arrives at a court for a hearing in Yangon. Blackwood is accused of insulting religion by using an image of Buddha to promote a cheap drinks night.  (AFP/Soe Than Win)

Ousted Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra (C) receives roses from her supporters after facing impeachment proceedings by the military-stacked National Legislative Assembly (NLA) at the parliament in Bangkok. (AFP/Pornchai Kittiwongsakul)

Afghan demonstrators chant slogans while holding placards that read "Muhammad" during a protest against the printing of satirical sketches of the Prophet Muhammad by French magazine Charlie Hebdo in front of French Embassy in Kabul. (AFP/Shah Marai)

Cambodia National Rescue Party's leader Sam Rainsy, (CL), gives a speech in the crowd where garment workers gather to mark the 11th anniversary of assassination of Chea Vichea, former head of Cambodia's Free Trade Union of Workers, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (AP/Heng Sinith)

President Obama shakes hands after speaking to a crowd of about 6,600 people inside the Caven Williams Sports Complex during a visit to Boise State University on Jan. 21, 2015 in Boise. It was President Obama's first visit to Idaho as president. (AP/The Idaho Press-Tribune, Adam Eschbach)

People wait their turn to enter the US Interests Section to apply for US travel visas, in Havana, Cuba. (AP/Ramon Espinosa)

A protester holds up a lit firework against Turkish police at Kadikoy in Istanbul after the judgement of two Turkish police sparked an uproar. Two Turkish police officers were jailed for at least 10 years over the killing of a teenage protester during 2013 demonstrations. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

Czech Republic's Denisa Allertova plays a shot during her women's singles match against France's Alize Cornet on day four of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. (AFP/William West) 

Andrew Bogut (C) of the Golden State Warriors goes up for a dunk against the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.  (AFP/Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

The peloton race through bush fire damaged terrain during stage three 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) 

Goalie Semyon Varlamov (C) of the Colorado Avalanche makes a save on a shot by Dennis Seidenberg (2nd L) of the Boston Bruins as Jan Hejda (L) and Maxime Talbot (R) of the Colorado Avalanche follow the play at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.  (AFP/Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Firefighters work to put out a fire at the fan clubhouse of Dutch football club Ajax near the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam early on Jan 23, 2015. The fire was reportedly the result of arson. (Photo: AFP/ANP/Olim Bajmat)

Pro-life activists participate in the annual March for Life as they march up Constitution Avenue on Jan 22, 2015 in Washington, DC. The activists' march marks the 1973 Supreme Court Roe vs Wade decision that legalised abortion. (Photo: AFP/Alex Wong/Getty Images)

A member (C) of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) places his ballot into a box as he takes part in a vote on impeachment against ousted Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra at the parliament in Bangkok on Jan 23, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Pornchai Kittiwongsakul)

People lay down flowers and say prayers at a makeshift memorial in Yangon on Jan 23, 2015 for two school teachers found dead earlier this week in a remote village in Shan state. (Photo: AFP/Ye Aung Thu)

Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto (C), 52, is escorted by a Malaysian customs officer as she arrives at the Magistrate Court in Sepang, near Kuala  Lumpur. The Australian mother of four, charged with the capital crime of drug trafficking, was duped into carrying the drugs, her lawyer said. (Photo: AFP)

Supporters of Syriza radical leftist party attend a pre-election speech of party's leader in central Athens on Jan 22, 2015. Greeks go to the polls on Jan 25. (Photo: AFP/Aris Messinis) 

Afghan youth cross a stream on outskirts of Jalalabad in Nangarhar province. Over a third of Afghans are living in poverty, as those in power are more concerned about addressing their vested interests rather than the basic needs of the population, a UN report said. (Photo: AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)

Tourists walk past a statue made by Taiwanese sculptor Hung Yi to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year of the goat in Taipei. There are 101 sheep and goat statues displayed at Taipei 101 to mark the coming new year which will begin on Feb 18. (Photo: AFP/Sam Yeh)

Yulia Kozyreva, a circus artist, performs with a lion during a show in Ukraine's National Circus in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo: AP/Efrem Lukatsky)

Partners Jessica Calalang and Zack Sidhu compete in the Championship Pairs Short Program Competition during day 1 of the 2015 Prudential US Figure Skating Championships at Greensboro Coliseum on Jan 22, 2015 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo: AFP/Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

The peloton race during stage four of the 2015 Tour Down Under cycling competition in Adelaide on Jan 23, 2015. The Tour Down Under is being held between Jan 18 and Jan 25. (Photo: AFP/Mark Gunter) 

Romania's Simona Halep plays a shot during her women's singles match against Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the US on day five of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan 23, 2015.  (Photo: AFP/Greg Wood)

A visitor takes a photo at Snoopy 65th Exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo: AP/Chiang Ying-ying)

Students protest against the country's latest round of transport fares hike, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Amid a marked economic downturn and high inflation, bus fares went up in Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city, from 3 to 3.50 reals. (AFP/Miguel Schincariol)

Former Chinese basketball star Yao Ming (R) attends the opening of the Third Plenary Session of the 12th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Shanghai. The session is being held for five days. (AFP/Johannes Eisele)

Comoros' former president and candidate in the country's presidential election, Abdallah Sambi, speaks to supporters during his final campaign rally in the Badjanani area of Moroni, ahead of general elections. (AFP/Ibrahim Youssouf)  

Students protest against the country's latest round of transport fares hike, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (AFP/Miguel Schincariol)

Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro walks by a graffiti depicting Venezuelan late President Hugo Chavez during a rally to commemorate the 57th anniversary of the end of Venezuelan dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez's regime, in Caracas. (AFP/Federico Parra)

Demonstrators march against the government of Haitian President Michel Martelly in Port-au-Prince. Haiti announced on Jan 22 it was forming a new electoral council tasked with organizing elections by the end of the year amid a serious political crisis. (AFP/Hector Retamal)

Indonesian demonstrators from Islamic hardline group Hizbut Tahrir display placards reading 'Charlie Hebdo is evidence of decay of the freedom of democracy' during a rally in Medan, North Sumatra. (AFP/ Sutanta Aditya)

Indian activists of the Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) burn an effigy representing US President Barack Obama as they protest his upcoming visit to India, in Hyderabad.  (AFP/Noah Seelam) 

Serbia's Novak Djokovic plays a shot during his men's singles match against Spain's Fernando Verdasco on day six of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. (AFP/William West) 

Philadelphia 76ers' Nerlens Noel dunks against Toronto Raptors' Terrence Ross during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Philadelphia. Toronto won 91-86. (AP/Matt Slocum)

The break races in front of large crowds during stage five 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)  

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)