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Filipino firefighters walk on the roof of a house as a huge fire rages through a slum area in Manila. Almost 1,000 families were affected by the fire according to local media reports. (AFP/Noel Celis)

Members of the national police confront demonstrators during a protest against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. Hundreds of Venezuelans marched in Caracas for the "resurrection of democracy" in a new day of protests against the government. (AFP/Federico Parra)

A volunteer stands before messages and flowers left at a makeshift memorial at the main gate of Danwon high school in Ansan where many of the schoolchildren missing from the sunken South Korean ferry "Sewol" attended. (AFP/Kim Doo-Ho)

A man lays flowers by a portrait of democracy activist Win Tin before a memorial ceremony in Yangon. The co-founder of Myanmar's pro-democracy opposition and the nation's longest-serving political prisoner has died at the age of 84. (AFP/Soe Than Win)

Afghan officials look at the body of Taliban militant Dr Abdul Wasi, the group's "governor for Kandahar province", in Lashkar Gah, the capital of southern Helmand province. Dr Abdul Wassi and three other militants were killed during an operation by Afghan security forces. (AFP/Noor Mohammad)

Women sing the Russian national anthem during a pro-Russia rally outside the secret service building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk. US Vice President Biden was to begin a visit to Ukraine amid Russian "outrage" over a deadly weekend shootout in the rebel east. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei (L) poses with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for photographers prior to a meeting at the Istana in Singapore. The Sultan is in Singapore for a three-day state visit from 21 to 23 April 2014. (AP/Wong Maye-E)

Spanish bullfighter Curro Diaz performs with a Gavira ranch fighting bull during a bullfight at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid. Bullfighting is an ancient tradition in Spain and the season runs from March to October. (AP/Andres Kudacki)

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi (L) duels for the ball against Athletic Bilbao's Mikel San Jose during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona won 2-1. (AP/Manu Fernandez)

Washington Wizards forward Nene (L) guards against Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer during the first half of Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Chicago. (AP/Nam Y Huh)

Benfica's Uruguayan defender Maxi Pereira raises the trophy as he celebrates their 33rd Portuguese title league at their end of their football match against Olhanense at Luz stadium in Lisbon. Benfica won 2-0. (AFP/Francisco Leong)

Matt Kuchar plays a shot on the 18th green during the final round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Link in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Kuchar won the tournament with a 11-under total of 273. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP)

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An injured Pakistani blast victim reacts at a hospital after a bomb attack in Charsadda bazaar, some 30 kilometres north of Peshawar. At least one person was killed and 33 injured in a bomb attack on a police van in Pakistan's troubled northwest, police said. (AFP/A Majeed)

Anti-nuclear protesters sit behind a quilt outside Parliament during a demonstration in Taipei. Former Taiwanese opposition leader and anti-nuclear activist Lin Yi-hsiung launched an indefinite hunger strike in protest at a nearly completed nuclear facility. (AFP/Sam Yeh)

A woman arranges flower baskets in front of a portrait of Win Tin, a senior leader of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party, a day ahead of his funeral in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP/Khin Maung Win)

South Korean rescue members carry the body of a victim recovered from the "Sewol" ferry to an ambulance at a harbour in Jindo. Dive teams, under growing pressure from bereaved relatives, accelerated the grim task of recovering hundreds more bodies from the submerged vessel. (AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)

A pro-Russian militant sits on top of an armoured vehicle in front of the occupied Ukraine Security Service building in Slovyansk, Ukraine. Pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings in the city and are demanding independence from Ukraine. (Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP)

Visiting Thai army, air force and police personnel pray as they hold their newly-issued monk's robes during a ritual at the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, India. The Thai defence personnel are spending two weeks at the temple as practicing Buddhist monks. (AFP/STR)

Aceh students coated in mud roll a globe symbolising the Earth during an Earth Day celebration in Banda Aceh, capital of Aceh province. The protesters were demanding the preservation of Indonesia's forests that are rapidly being converted into agricultural plantations. (AFP/Chaideer Mahyuddin)

A protester is confronted by police at the US Embassy during a rally in Manila, Philippines, to protest US President Obama's visit next week. The US and Philippine governments are rushing to finalise an agreement which will allow a larger US military presence in the country. (AP/Bullit Marquez)

Nigerian women dance during a procession at the yearly Lagos carnival to mark the Easter holiday. The carnival was held with processions combining elements of a circus, displays of fabulous costumes by the participants, and public street parties at various locations. (AFP/Pius Utomi Ekpei)

Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin protects the ball against Golden State Warriors Draymond Green (R) during Game Two of their first-round NBA Western Conference playoff game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles California. Clippers won 138-98. (AFP/Robyn Beck)

Spanish players Rafael Nadal (L) and David Ferrer pose inside the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona ahead of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament Conde de Godo. (AFP/Josep Lago)

French surfer Alizee Arnaud competes during the 30th edition of the Biarritz Quiksilver Maider Arosteguy in Biarritz, southwestern France. Arnaud won the competition. (AFP/Gaizka Iroz)

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A Brazilian Police Special Forces member takes position during a violent protest in a favela near Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Violent protests broke out in Copacabana following the death of a resident last weekend during clashes with the Army in a nearby favela. (AFP/Christophe Simon)

Visitors stand in front of a newly opened group memorial altar for the victims from the sunken South Korean ferry "Sewol" at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall just down the street from Danwon high school where many of the schoolchildren, lost in the accident, attended. (AFP/Kim Doo-Ho)

Police use their water cannon against protesters trying to get to the US Embassy for a rally against next week's visit of US President Obama's in Manila, Philippines. Activists rallied to oppose Obama's visit and a pact that will increase US military presence in the Philippines. (AP/Bullit Marquez)

Anti-nuclear protesters (R) standoff with police at a demonstration outside the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party headquarters in Taipei. Former Taiwanese opposition leader and anti-nuclear activist Lin Yi-hsiung launched a hunger strike in protest at a nearly completed nuclear facility. (AFP/Sam Yeh)

A stork flies by a woman looking for recyclable items at a garbage dump on the outskirts of Gauhati, India, on Earth Day. On Earth Day, people across the globe hold events to celebrate the Earth's environment and spread awareness on how to conserve its natural resources. (AP/Anupam Nath)

Members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance march in Washington as they protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, part of "Reject and Protect," a week-long series of actions by farmers, ranchers and tribes against the tar sands oil pipeline from Canada to the US. (AFP/Nicholas Kamm)

Thai anti-government protesters wave clappers as they rally in Bangkok. Negotiations on a roadmap to elections in Thailand following months of political turmoil suffered a major setback as the opposition pulled out of rare multi-party talks at the last minute. (AFP/Pornchai Kittiwongsakul)

Religious images are placed into containers as demolition crew tear down the shanties of informal settlers at Manila's Tondo district in the Philippines. More than a hundred shanties were demolished to pave the way for the widening of the busy road along Manila's north harbour. (AP/Bullit Marquez)

Flowers sit next to a portrait of Myanmar democracy activist Win Tin during his funeral ceremony in Yangon. Hundreds of mourners gathered to mark the funeral of Win Tin in an outpouring of grief for one of the country's best loved champions of freedom. (AFP/Soe Than Win)

Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Ramires (L) vies with Atletico de Madrid's Brazilian defender Filipe Luis during their UEFA Champions League first leg semi-final football match at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. (AFP/Javier Soriano)

Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls lands on top of Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards in Game Two of the Eastern Conference quarter-finals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Wizards won 101-99. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP)

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr works out with his trainer and uncle Roger Mayweather at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather will face Marcos Maidana in a 12-round world championship unification bout in Las Vegas on May 3. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP)

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A polling official marks the index finger of a voter during the sixth phase of polling of the Indian parliamentary elections in Gauhati, India.The multi-phase voting across the country runs until May 12, with results for the 543-seat lower house of parliament expected on May 16. (AP/Anupam Nath)

US astronaut Rick Mastracchio takes a "selfie" during a repair mission outside the International Space Station. Mastracchio and US astronaut Steve Swanson stepped out on a brief spacewalk to install a backup computer after one failed earlier this month. (AFP/NASA/Rick Mastracchio)

Ukrainian special forces take position in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. Ukraine's military launched an assault on the flashpoint rebel-held town of Slavyansk, sending in armoured vehicles and a helicopter, AFP journalists in the town reported. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavstev)

US President Barack Obama (2nd L) watches a horseback archery demonstration at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. Obama vowed to defend Japan if China attacks over a tense territorial dispute, but also urged Beijing to help stop North Korea from forging ahead with its nuclear programme. (AFP/Jim Watson)

Bangladeshi garment workers take part in a protest marking the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Dhaka. The Rana Plaza building collapsed on April 24, 2013, killing 1138 workers in the world's worst garment factory disaster. (AFP/Munir uz Zaman)

Armenian women carry torches to commemorate the 99th anniversary of the Ottoman Turkish massacre of Armenians in Yerevan. Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan offered condolences over the massacre of Armenians almost 100 years ago, describing the events of WWI as "our shared pain". (AFP/Karen Minasyan)

Hamas prime minister in the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniya (C) celebrates in Gaza City after Palestinian leaders agreed to form a unity government within five weeks as peace talks with Israel face collapse. (AFP /Said Khatib)

A mourner pays tribute to the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry Sewol near condolence flowers during a temporary memorial at the auditorium of the Olympic Memorial Museum in Ansan, south of Seoul, South Korea. (AP/Lee Jin-man)

Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado leads a tour of his exhibition "Genesis" at the National Museum of Singapore. His latest collection of 245 black-and-white photographs taken around the world, untainted by modern life, is part of Salgado's premiere solo showcase in Asia. (AP/Wong Maye-E)

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender and captain Thiago Silva (R) is tackled by Evian's French midfielder Olivier Sorlin during their French L1 football match at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. Paris won 1-0. (AFP/Franck Fife)

Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Pepe (R) heads the ball next to fellow defender Sergio Ramos during their UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg football match against Bayern Munchen at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. Real Madrid won 1-0. (AFP/Dani Pozo)

James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets goes up for the layup against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The Trail Blazers won 112-105. (Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images/AFP)

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Indian Catholic devotees enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ during a 'passion play' tableau at The Mount Caramel Church in Hyderabad as part of Good Friday celebrations. Christians mark the Holy Week of Easter in celebration of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (AFP/ Noah Seelam)

People gather at Danwon High School in Ansan to mourn and pray with candles for students of the school who are among the missing passengers of a South Korean capsized ferry. Around 300 people -- mostly schoolchildren -- are still missing after a South Korean ferry capsized. (AFP/Truth Leem)

An employee wipes a TV screen in a shop in Moscow during the broadcast of President Vladimir Putin's televised question and answer session with the nation. Putin said that dialogue was the only way out of the intensifying Ukraine crisis. (AFP/Alexander Nemenov)

Anti-government protesters shield themselves as they launch a firework at the Bolivarian National Police during clashes in Caracas, Venezuela. Opposition protesters are demonstrating against high crime, high inflation and shortages of basic goods. (AP/Ramon Espinosa

Supporters of Algerian President and candidate to the presidential elections Abdelaziz Bouteflika (poster in the background) celebrate in Algiers. Ailing incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika was poised to clinch a fourth presidential term despite chronic health problems. (AFP/Patrick Baz)

Girls in traditional clothes react as boys throw water in Kalocsa, Hungary, during a traditional Easter celebration rehearsal. Locals from south Hungary celebrate Easter with the "watering of the girls", a fertility ritual rooted in Hungary's tribal pre-Christian past. (AFP/Attila Kisbenedek)

Honda Motors demonstrates its Asimo robot during a media preview of the 2014 New York International Auto Show in New York. The show opens with a sneak preview to the public April 18 and runs through April 27. (Eric Thayer/Getty Images/AFP)

A painting of Britain's Prince George is held up in the crowd as they await Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at Manly beach, on Sydney. Britain's Prince William, Kate and their son Prince George are on a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia. (AFP/William West)

A girl poses in a sea of tulips at Keukenhof , in Lisse, near Amsterdam, Netherlands. Keukenhof, one of the best known international attractions, is a showcase of the Dutch floricultural industry, with a special emphasis on flowering bulbs. (AP/Peter Dejong)

Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov serves to Spain's David Ferrer during their Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament tennis match in Monaco. Ferrer won 6-4, 6-2. (AFP/Jean-Christophe Magnenet)

Infiniti Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany waits in his car during the first practice session of the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai. (AFP/Goh Chai Hin)

Ryo Ishikawa of Japan hits out of a bunker to the ninth green during the first round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. (AP/Stephen B Morton)

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Mother of a Nepalese guide killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest cries while she waits for his body at Sherpa Monastery in Kathmandu. Rescuers were searching on the slopes of Mount Everest for four Sherpa guides who were buried by an avalanche that killed 12 other guides. (AP/Niranjan Shrestha)

A relative of a passenger aboard the sunken ferry Sewol weeps as she waits for her missing loved one at a port in Jindo, South Korea. Fresh questions emerged about whether quicker action by the captain of the ship could have saved lives. (AP/Ahn Young-joon)

Former Ukrainian prime minister and presidential hopeful Yulia Tymoshenko speaks to journalists after her press conference in Donetsk, Ukraine. Tymoshenko arrived in Donetsk in a bid to defuse the tensions and hear "the demands of Ukrainians who live in Donetsk". (AP/Sergei Grits)

Britain's Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, bow in prayers after planting a tree at the RAAF Amberley Memorial Garden in Brisbane, Australia. The royal couple is on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand with their son, Prince George. (AP/Dan Peled, Pool)

US President Barack Obama receives a jersey from the US Naval Academy football team during the Commander-in-Chief Trophy presentation at the White House. The trophy is given annually to the winner of a football series among the Army, Navy and Airforce Service Academies. (AFP/Chris Kleponis)

Turkish miners protest near riot police forces against the government's energy privatisation plans during a rally in Ankara. (AFP/ADEM ALTAN)

Firefighters control a fire set on a car by 58 employees of auto manufacturer Bosal as they denounce their dismissal conditions, in Beine-Nauroy, central France. Workers have occupied the factory since February asking for an extra-legal premium of 40,000 euros per person. (AFP/FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI)

Supporters of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood take part in a rally to protest against the death penalties for the members of the radical group in Egypt, near the Egyptian embassy in Ankara. (AFP/ADEM ALTAN)

Penitents take part in the "Jesus del Gran Poder" procession during Holy Week celebrations in Quito, Ecuador. Christians around the world mark Holy Week with a series of rituals commemorating Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection three days later on Easter Sunday. (AFP/RODRIGO BUENDIA)

An archer shoots an arrow to a target during a Yabusame demonstration of samurai martial arts in the 13th century in Tokyo. Yabusame is a form of mounted archery in traditional Japanese archery, with an archer on a running horse shooting three arrows at wooden targets. (AFP/TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA)

Andy Sullivan of England tees off on the eighth hole during the third round of the Malaysian Open golf tournament at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (AP/Lai Seng Sin)

Angelique Kerber of Germany plays a shot in her match against Casey Dellacqua of Australia during the Fed Cup semi-finals between Australia and Germany in Brisbane, Australia. Kerber beat Dellacqua with a score of 6-1, 6-0. (AP/Tertius Pickard)

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South Korea Coast Guard members transfer the bodies of passengers from the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' to a ship at sea off Jindo. (AFP/JUNG YEON-JE)

South Korean relatives of a victim of a capsized ferry react in Jindo as divers retrieved more bodies from inside the submerged ferry. (AFP/TRUTH LEEM)

Two men conducting pre-deployment checks on the Phoenix Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Artemis off the deck of Australian Defence vessel "Ocean Shield" to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean. (AFP/AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE/LSIS BRADLEY DARVILL)

Fans dressed in gothic-inspired "Lolita" outfits pose with Japan's Lolita-style fashion leader Misako Aoki (front-3rd L) during an autograph session to celebrate the publication of Aoki's "Lolita Fashion Book", at her shop in Tokyo. (AFP/TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA)

Aztec dancers perform to celebrate Easter at the La Placita square in Los Angeles, USA. (AFP/JOE KLAMAR)

Decorative painted Easter eggs are seen at the Ao Baptist Church on Easter Day in Dimapur in the north eastern state of Nagaland, India. (AFP/Caisii Mao)

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge (R), holds her son Prince George as they visit with her husband, Britain's Prince William (L), the enclosure for the Australian animal called a bilby at Sydney's Taronga Zoo. (AFP/POOL/David Gray)

An armed man in military fatigues stands guard at a barricade outside the regional administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk which is occupied by pro-Russian separatists. (AFP/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV)

Williams driver Felipe Massa of Brazil (center left) and Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany (centre right) collide into turn one at the start of the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai. (AP/Eugene Hoshiko)

Michelle Wie (C) dances the hula after winning the 2014 LPGA LOTTE Championship golf tournament at Ko Olina Golf Club in Kapolei, Hawaii. (AP/Eugene Tanner)

Bernard Hopkins (R) of USA exchanges blows with Beibut Shumenov (L) of USA during their WBA & IBA Light-heavyweight title fight at the DC Armory in Washington. (AFP/Nicholas KAMM)

Germany's Angelique Kerber hits a return against Australia's Sam Stosur during their tennis match in the Fed Cup semi-final tie between Australia and Germany at Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane, Australia. (AFP/Patrick HAMILTON)

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