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Former Naha mayor Takeshi Onaga (front C) and his supporters celebrate as Onaga wins the Okinawa gubernatorial election in Naha, the capital of Japan's southern island of Okinawa. (AFP/JIJI PRESS)

Protesters march through a street in a rally for Aboriginal rights in coincidence with the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia. (AP/Dean Saffron)

Afghan security forces carry the body of a civilian after a suicide attack in Kabul. (AP/Rahmat Gul)

Korean businessman Lee Tae Kyun faces reporters after buying Napoleon's hat at its auction in Fontainebleau, south of Paris. Napoleon Bonaparte's famous bicorn hat was sold US$2.2 million.(AP/Remy de la Mauviniere)

Dutch experts supervise a crew from the emergency ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic as they load parts of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 onto the back of a lorry at the crash site near the village of Grabove, in eastern Ukraine. (AFP/MENAHEM KAHANA)

Rescuers walk near the area where a landslide buried a building in the village of Davesco-Soragno near Lugano Switzerland. (AP/Keystone/TI-Press/Gabriele Putzu)

Italian residents work near damaged cars after floods in Voltri, Genoa. (AFP/MARCO BERTORELLO)

The exterior of a poultry farm in the village of Hekendorp, where a a strain of bird flu that can jump the species barrier to humans was identified. Dutch authorities banned the transport of poultry throughout the Netherlands after finding the strain. (AFP/ANP/BAS CZERWINSKI)

A girl holds a banner that reads Depontaminare, an analogy with the Romanian term for decontamination, during celebrations for the victory of opponent Klaus Iohannis in a presidential runoff in Bucharest, as Prime Minister Victor Ponta conceded defeat. (AP/Marius Dumbraveanu, Mediafax)

K. Srikanth (R) of India celebrates as he stands with Lin Dan of China (L) during the awards ceremony after beating Lin to win the men's singles title at the Badminton China Open in Fuzhou, China's Fujian province. (AFP Photo)

Russia's Yevgeny Seryaev (C) falls on the ice during the men's mass start Division A at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating competition in Obihiro, Japan. (AFP/KAZUHIRO NOGI)

Finnish rally driver Mikko Hirvonen and his co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen drive their Ford Fiesta RS WRC in the Alwen Forest special stage of the 2014 Wales Rally GB, the final round of the FIA World Rally Championship, in LLandudno, Wales. (AFP/GEOFF CADDICK)

Demonstrators protest against fuel price rise in East Java on Nov 18, 2014, a day after Indonesian President Joko Widodo unveiled a hefty increase in the price of subsidised fuel, taking a bold, first step towards fixing the tattered finances of SE Asia's top economy. (Photo: AFP/Aman Rochman)

Ultra-orthodox Jews watch the scene on Nov 18, 2014, after two Palestinians attacked a synagogue in the ultra-Orthodox Har Nof neighbourhood in Jerusalem. The attack killed four Israelis. (Photo: AFP/Gali Tibbon)  

Indian women hold latrines as they participate in the opening ceremony of the three-day International Toilet Festival in New Delhi on Nov 18, 2014, the eve of World Toilet Day. (Photo: AFP/Roberto Schmidt)

Fans for the Gonzaga Bulldogs cheer for their team during the game against the SMU Mustangs at McCarthey Athletic Center on Nov 17, 2014 in Spokane, Washington. (William Mancebo/Getty Images/AFP)

Chinese crew of the Chinese scientific survey ship Xue Long applaud during the visit of China's President Xi Jinping (not pictured) to Hobart on Nov 18, 2014. Xi is visiting the Australian state of Tasmania after attending the G20 Summit in Brisbane over the weekend. (Photo: AFP/POOL/Rob Blakers)

Swans are being round up on the river Alster in the city centre of Hamburg, northern Germany, on Nov 18, 2014. The swans are being moved to their ice-free winter home on the Eppendorfer Muehlenteich. (Photo: AFP/DPA/Christian Charisius) 

A Bantam Softfeather Light poses with its trophies at the National Poultry Show, hosted by 'The Poultry Club of Great Britain' and held at The International Centre in Telford, Shropshire, in the West Midlands. (Photo: AFP/Oli Scarff)

A close look into a tree mold on a recently active portion of the June 27 lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano in Pahoa, Hawaii. US President Barack Obama signed a major disaster declaration on Nov 3 to unlock federal resources to help local emergency protective measures. (AFP/handout/ USGS)

Security staff members, assisted by bailiffs, remove a barricade outside the CITIC Tower building near a protest site in Hong Kong's Admiralty district on Nov 18 as pressure grows on demonstrators to leave. (Photo: AFP/Philippe Lopez)

A replica of the famous Wall Street bronze bull on the Bund in Shanghai. Investors largely ignored the link-up between the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchanges on Nov 18, a day after it launched to much fanfare and hopes of billions of dollars in daily cross-border transactions. (Photo: AFP)

Customers walk out from an apparel shop in Tokyo. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Nov 18 he will delay a fresh sales tax hike and call snap elections, a day after data showed the economy had slipped back into recession. (Photo: AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)

French tennis player Gilles Simon serves during a training session of the French Davis Cup team on Nov 18, 2014. The French team will play against Switzerland for the Davis Cup final from Nov 21-23. (Photo: AFP/Philippe Huguen)

Ultra-Orthodox Jews mourn over the bodies of three of the victims of an attack by two Palestinians on Jewish worshippers killing four Israelis at a synagogue in the Ultra-Orthodox Har Nof neighbourhood in Jerusalem. The attack was the city's deadliest in years. (AFP/Gali Tibbon)

A masked Palestinian youth wearing a Hamas headband uses a sling-shot to throw back a tear gas canister towards Israeli forces during clashes outside the Israeli-run Ofer military prison, near the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AFP/Abbas Momani)

Broken glass is seen after protesters broke into the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. Protesters clashed with police after they tried to break into Hong Kong's Legislative Council building. (AP/Vincent Yu)

Students of the Ayotzinapa school and parents of the 43 missing students take part in a protest in Guadalajara City. A caravan of students and relatives of the missing students came to Jalisco State as part of its journey to the Mexican capital. (AFP/Hector Guerrero)

Protesters aid a man who was shot in the leg and another who was shot in the neck after clashes at an anti-government protest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The march began peacefully but President Michel Martelly's critics and pro-government residents began attacking each other. (AP/Dieu Nalio Chery)

Indian school students participate in an awareness Campaign against Child Sex Abuse (CSA) in Hyderabad, the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse. More than 53 per cent of children in India have faced sexual abuse, according to reports. (AFP/Noah Seelam)

A handout image made available by Oman News Agency (ONA) shows Britain's Prince Harry being welcomed by Omani Minister of Culture and Heritage Sayyid Haitham Bin Tariq Al Said upon his arrival in Oman. (AFP/HO/ONA)

Chinese President Xi Jinpin's wife Peng Liyuan (C) and Kerryn Baird (front R), wife of Premier of New South Wales Mike Baird, walk through the Ravenswood School for Girls in Sydney, Australia. (AP/Rob Griffith/Pool)

An Indonesian couple poses for a photo session atop the Corcovado Hill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AFP/Yasuyoshi Chiba)

Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns (C), Kansas's Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (L) and Kansas's Jamari Traylor dive for a loose ball in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Indianapolis. (AP/Michael Conroy)

France forward Andre-Pierre Gignac (L) fights for the ball with Sweden defender Pontus Jansson during a friendly football match at the Velodrome stadium in the southern French city of Marseille. (AFP/Boris Horvat)

Pakistani batsman Younis Khan plays a shot during the third day of the second Test match against New Zealand at Dubai International Stadium in Dubai. (AFP/Aamir Qureshi)

A vehicle, with a large chunk of snow on its top, drives along Route 20 after digging out after a massive snow fall in Lancaster, New York. Another two to three feet of snow is expected in the area. (AP/Gary Wiepert)

Picture released by the Colombian Defence Ministry's press office shows troops boarding a helicopter in Quibdo. The Colombian Army mounted a search for a general captured by FARC guerrillas, a kidnapping that has derailed two years of peace. (AFP/MINDEFENSA/Mauricio Orjuela)

Police stand guard outside a Starbucks outlet as they clash with protesters after a march against university fees in London. The demonstration organised by the Student Assembly Against Austerity demands free education and an end to tuition fees, education cuts and student debt. (AFP/Justin Tallis)

China's President Xi Jinping (L) receives a Hongi, a traditional Maori greeting, from a Maori elder during a welcoming ceremony at Government House in Wellington. Xi is on a two-day state visit to New Zealand for talks with the government and business leaders. (AFP/Marty Melville)

Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack in Kabul. Four Taliban militants targeting a compound housing foreign workers in the Afghan capital were killed in a failed assault there, police said, the latest violence targeting foreigners in the country. (AP/Rahmat Gul)

Indian police peer through a window of the ashram of self-styled guru Rampal Maharaj in Hisar. Police arrested a guru after a violent stand-off with thousands of followers at his sprawling ashram in northern India, where the bodies of four women and a child have been found. (AFP/Sajjad Hussain)

The 2015 Chrysler 300C is introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles. The annual event is open to the public beginning Nov 21. (Photo: AP/Jae C Hong)

Japanese wine drinkers toast the 2014 vintage Beaujolais Nouveau wine at an event in Tokyo, after an embargo on the wine was removed at midnight. A total of seven million bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau wine are expected to be imported to Japan this year. (AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)

Ayanna Williams displays her 23 inch (58cm) nails at a book launch in London. The 56-year-old stars in a book entitled "Ripley's Believe it or Not! 2015 Annual, Reality Shock", a compendium of strange but true facts and stories. (AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

(From R) Sailing Yachts SCA, Abu Dhabi and Dongefeng sail in the Cape Town Table bay as they start the new leg of the Volvo Ocean Race to Abu Dhabi in Cape Town, South Africa. (AFP/Gianluigi Guercia)

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (R) drives against San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. The Spurs defeated the Cavaliers 92-90. (AP/Tony Dejak)

Orlando Berrio (L) of Colombia's Atletico Nacional, vies for the ball with Alvaro Pereira, of Brazil's Sao Paulo, during their Copa Sudamericana semi-final football match, at the Atanasio Girardot Satadium in Medellin. (AFP/Luis Acosta)

A child wears a face mask while walking along a street as thick smog covers Beijing. Beijing on Nov 20 issued its first yellow pollution alert since the APEC summit ended on Nov 11. (Photo: AFP/Fred Dufour)

Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori (pictured) enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in 2014 as he reached his maiden Grand Slam final at the US Open and became the first Asian singles player to qualify for the season-ending Tour Finals after climbing to 5th in world rankings. (AFP/Toru Yamanaka)

People arrive in a Yangon church to attend the 500th Jubilee Year of the presence of Catholic Church in Myanmar. (Photo: AFP/Ye Aung Thu)

People sunbath at a swimming pool in front of HMAS Canberra, the Royal Australian Navy's latest warship. HMAS Canberra is the Royal Australian Navy's largest and most expensive warship and will be commissioned into service on Nov 28, 2014. (Photo: AFP/Peter Parks)

Dragon Racing Formula-E team crew push a car in the pit-lane at the Formula-E race venue in Putrajaya on Nov 21, 2014. Malaysia will host the second race of the inaugural Formula-E electric car race championship on Nov 22. (Photo: AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)

A fisherman arranges dried fish at Manila Bay. World Fisheries Day is marked every Nov 21 and was established to draw attention to overfishing, habitat destruction and other serious threats to the sustainability of marine and freshwater resources. (Photo: AFP)

New Zealand bowler Trent Boult delivers the ball during the 5th and final day of the second Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand in Dubai on Nov 21. Pakistan need 261 runs to win the second Test after New Zealand declared their second innings on 250-9. (Photo: AFP/Aamir Qureshi)

People in protective gear work at a poultry farm in Ter Aar, just east of The Hague, where 43,000 hens are being culled to prevent any possible spread of infection. Dutch officials have detected a second case of bird flu in a southern Netherlands farm, officials said. (Photo: AFP/ANP/Jeroen Jumelet)

Protesters march under a giant net and with their hands painted red in Mexico City on Nov 20. Mexico officially lists more than 22,000 people as having gone missing since the start of its drug war in 2006, and the search for the missing students has turned up other, unrelated mass graves. (AP)

Workers hang up the painting ‘Skull’ (1976) by Andy Warhol during the setting of the exhibition ‘Death and Disaster’ in Chemnitz, Germany. The Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz will present this group of works by Andy Warhol for the first time in a European museum. The exhibition starts on Nov 23. (AP)

South Korean farmers stage a protest in central Seoul against a planned opening of a local rice market to imports and the recent conclusion of a free trade deal with China. (Photo: AFP/Ed Jones)

Pro-democracy protesters stage a protest outside the British consulate in Hong Kong. HK's pro-democracy protesters are at a crossroads as public support fades after nearly two months of glacial traffic and street clashes, with activists split on whether to retreat or ramp up their campaign. (AFP)

Armenian and Karabakh armed forces hold joint military exercises at a training ground near the town of Tigranakert in the unrecognized Republic of Karabakh. (AFP/Karen Minasyan)

Thousands of Yemenis from the south perform Friday prayers following a demonstration demanding for separation from the north in the southern city of Aden. Thousands rallied for independence in the main southern city of Aden waving the flags of the former South Yemen. (AFP)

Costumed pro-environment protesters stage a rally in Brisbane, Australia. Protesters staged rallies to coincide with the G20 event, on everything from inequality to corporate tax evasion to Aboriginal rights. (AP/Dean Saffron)

Protesters carry clocks to show time is running out during an Ebola protest event in Brisbane, Australia. Several protests have been organised in connection with the G20 summit. (AFP/Greg Wood)

Residents and tourists push a whale to try to return it to the ocean from Popoyo beach in Rivas, Nicaragua. They were unable to help the beached whale. (AP/Esteban Felix)

Palestinian youths practice their Parkour skills over the ruins of houses, which were destroyed during the 50-day Gaza war between Israel and Hamas-led militants in the Gaza Strip, in Khan Yunis' Khuzaa neighbourhood in the southern Gaza Strip near the Israeli border. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)

The solar car of the Chilean team Esus competes during the second stage of the Atacama Solar Challenge, a solar car race in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, in Calama, 1500km north of Santiago. Twenty teams from five countries are participating in the five-day 1200km race. (AFP/Martin Bernetti)

An Afghan shop owner carries a water container as he attempts to extinguish a raging fire at the central market of Mazar-i-Sharif. More than 200 shops were destroyed with no casualties reported as a fire swept through a clothes market in the northern Afghan city. (AFP/Farshad Usyan)

 Serbia's Novak Djokovic kisses the ATP World No 1 Award trophy after it was presented to him following his Group A singles match win against Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych on day six of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London. (AFP/Glyn Kirk)

British rally driver Elfyn Evans and his British co-driver Daniel Barritt in their Ford Fiesta RS WRC compete in the Hafren Sweet Lamb special stage of the 2014 Wales GB Rally in the final round of the FIA World Rally Championship, in Newtown, Wales. (AFP/Geoff Caddick)

South Korea's Rebeka Kim and Kirill Minov perform during their short ice dance at the ISU Grand Prix Figure skating Rostelekom Cup in Moscow, Russia. (AFP/Yuri Kabobnov)

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (C) drives to the basket against the Boston Celtics during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston. (AP/Charles Krupa)

Israelis and Palestinian activists hold giant puppets during a rally for Palestinian independence in Jerusalem. Israel has accused Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of fuelling tensions in Jerusalem. (AP/Tsafrir Abayov)

Members of the municipality of Rivas bury a whale that got stranded on the eve in the small beach town of Popoyo, Rivas Department, in southwestern Nicaragua. (AFP/Inti Ocon)

Supporters of Serbian nationalist politician Vojislav Seselj attend an anti-government rally in Belgrade. Seselj is spearheading an anti-government rally but as he fights cancer and awaits judgement on war crimes charges, he is as beleaguered as his once formidable party. (AFP/Andrej Isakovic)

Afghan security forces carry the body of a civilian after a suicide attack in Kabul. A suicide bomber tried to assassinate Shukria Barakzai, a prominent female member of Afghanistan's parliament, killing several people and wounding the lawmaker, a senior official said. (AP/Rahmat Gul)

An orthodox priest leaves a booth coloured in Romanian national flag colours at a polling station in Bucharest city to choose the next president. Social-liberal Prime minister Victor Ponta faces liberal Klaus Iohannis, from the German-speaking minority, in a second round.(AFP/Daniel Mihailescu)

A jockey displays an Arabian stallion during the 16th International Arabian Horse Championships at El Zahraa Arab Horse Stud Farm in Cairo, Egypt. Many of the purest Arabian horses were imported to Egypt at the start of the 19th century by Mohammed Ali, founder of modern Egypt. (AP/Amr Nabil)

Racing pigeons are released from a truck by the Metro Manila Fanciers Club as they start training tosses for south races at the outskirts of Manila, Philippines. Pigeon racing is a popular pastime in some communities in the country. (AP/Aaron Favila)

Colombian pole dancer Lisbeth Cabrera competes during the South America Pole Cup Colombia 2014 in Cali. (AFP/Luis Robayo)

New Zealand's lock Jeremy Thrush (C) is tackled by Scotland's scrum half Greig Laidlaw (L) and Scotland's centre Alex Dunbar (R) during their Autumn International rugby union Test match at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland. (AFP/Ian Macnicol)

South Africa's David Miller throws the ball at the wicket in an attempted run out during their second one day international cricket match against Australia in Perth, Australia. (AP/Theron Kirkman)

Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (L) blocks the shot of San Antonio Spurs centre Aron Baynes (C) as Kings centre DeMarcus Cousins looks on during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, California. (AP/Rich Pedroncelli)

Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts to breaking Japan's Kei Nishikori's serve during their semi-finals doubles match on day seven of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London. (AFP/Leon Neal)