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A woman offers biscuits to honour guard soldiers before a commemoration at the Revolution Heroes Cemetery in Bucharest, Romania. (AP/Vadim Ghirda)

The uncle and cousin of injured student Mohammad Baqair (C) comfort him as he mourns the death of his mother who was a teacher at the school which was attacked by Taliban in Peshawar, Pakistan, Dec 16, 2014. (AP/Mohammad Sajjad)

Palestinians await permission to enter Egypt as they gather inside the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza. Egypt is set to reopen the Rafah border crossing with Gaza for the second time in two months to allow those stranded in Egypt to enter the Palestinian territory. (AFP/Said Khatib)

A man walks near the recently damaged Savur Mogila monument to Red Army soldiers fallen during World War II near the eastern Ukrainian city of Snizhnee. The memorial was reduced to rubble after battles between Ukrainian forces and the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic. (AFP/Vasily Maximov)

Syrian children look on as they wait for treatment following a reported air stike by regime forces at a makeshift clinic in the besieged rebel town of Douma, 13km (eight miles) northeast of Damascus. (AFP/ Abd Douman)

An unidentified young woman marches on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. Protesters gathered in downtown Cleveland for the second day in a row to voice opposition to excessive use of police force. (AFP/Getty Images/Angelo Merendino)

Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) seal the muzzles of their guns with tape in Manila, to prevent any stray gunfire that has plagued the country every New Year's Day. (AFP/Noel Celis)

Japan's automaker Suzuki Motor president and chairman Osamu Suzuki displays the company's new wagon Alto in Tokyo. The new Alto has a 660cc economy efficiency engine getting 37km per litre. (AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)

Pharrell Williams performs onstage during Y100's Jingle Ball 2014 at BB&T Center in Miami, Florida. (AFP/Larry Marano/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Commuters use a stairway to a rail station near floral tributes left in Sydney's Martin place, one week after a siege at the Lindt cafe which saw two hostages and the gunman killed. (AFP/William West) 

After 2,600 miles of racing, Spain's Antonio de la Rosa crossed the finish line on Dec 21 in Kourou to win the Atlantic Solo Rowing Race Rames Guyane between Senegal and French Guiana in 64 days, 3 hours and 26 minutes.  (AFP/Jody Amiet)

Tyreke Evans of the New Orleans Pelicans goes up for a shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. (AFP/Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Guns and gloves of India's Air Force soldiers lie on a road during rehearsals for the upcoming Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India. India marks Republic Day on Jan 26 with military parades across the country. (AP/Tsering Topgyal)

A protester participates in a demonstration against police violence in Grand Central Station in New York City. The demonstration was held in response to the deaths of police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos who were killed on a Brooklyn street corner. (AFP/Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

A youth passes a car damaged by a bomb explosion outside a house belonging to a Shiite Houthi man in Sanaa Yemen. Houthi rebels in September seized control of the capital, Sanaa, and are allied with loyalists of former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. (AP/Hani Mohammed)

Undocumented Indonesian workers walk on the tarmac towards an Indonesian military C-130 aircraft at Subang Air Force base in Subang, outside Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia deported nearly 500 undocumented Indonesian workers as part of a push to clamp down on illegal labour. (AFP/Mohd Rasfan)

Kashmiri polling officials count the votes on an electronic voting machine check inside the counting centre in Srinagar, India. Counting for all the 87 assembly seats in Jammu and Kashmir state began on Tuesday. (AP/Mukhtar Khan)

Taiwan navy sailors and officers wave as Taiwan made patrol guard corvette Tuo Jiang sets sail during the handover ceremony at Suao port in Yilan county, northeast of Taiwan. (AP/Chiang Ying-ying)

A baby lion named Dominjun (C) and a baby tiger named Jangbori (L) wear Santa Claus hats during a Christmas event at the Everland amusement park in Yongin, south of Seoul. Everland, South Korea's largest amusement park, organised the event to mark the 100th day of the cats' birth. (AFP/Jung Yeon-je)

A Palestinian man dressed up as Santa Claus distributes Christmas trees along the wall of Jerusalem's Old City as Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the holy day. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

Choristers rehearse during a photocall in St Paul's Cathedral in central London. It is estimated that on 23, 24 and 25 December alone, more than 10,000 people will come through the doors of St Paul's for Christmas services. (AFP/BEN Stansall)

Digital images are projected for on the cathedral of Nantes, western France. The show, called illumi'Nantes, is inspired by the work of French painter Alain Thomas, native of Nantes and considered to be the leader of the so-called "primitive naive" painting. (AFP/Jean-Sebastien Evrard)

France's Jean-Baptiste Grange competes in the Men's Slalom event during the FIS Ski World Cup in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy. (AFP/Olivier Morin)

Los Angeles Clippers forward Glen Davis (R) shoots against San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili during the first half an NBA basketball game in San Antonio. San Antonio won 125-118. (AP/Darren Abate)

A Palestinian protester dressed in a Santa Claus costume argues with members of the Israeli security forces during a demonstration demanding for free movement for the Palestinians during the Christmas period near a checkpoint in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. (AFP/Musa Al-Shaer)

Afghan children collect material to burn for warmth as winter sets in on the outskirts of Herat. Afghans are busy preparing for winter, as high unemployment and the high cost of living have increased the vulnerability to the weather for large sections of the population. (AFP/Aref Karimi)

Nepalese activists participate in a human chain demanding equal citizenship rights in the new constitution in Kathmandu. Nepal's parliament is proposing to bar all single parents from passing on their citizenship to their children in a new national constitution. (AFP/Prakash Mathema)

Activists protest against attacks on villagers by militants, at Biswanath Chariali in the Sonitpur district of northeastern Assam state. At least 56 people died in a series of militant attacks in Assam, as rebels intensified a long-running separatist campaign in the tea-growing state. (AFP)

Anti-NYPD protesters march through Midtown Manhattan in New York City. Despite calls from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to curb protests until after the funerals of slain NYPD officers, demonstrators took to the streets to exercise their first amendment rights. (AFP/Getty Images/Michael Graae)

Members of the Libyan army stand on a tank as heavy black smoke rises from the city's port in the background after a fire broke out at a car tyre disposal plant during clashes against militants in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. (AFP/Abdullah Doma)

Indian commuters make their way in dense fog, over a railroad crossing in Amritsar. Heavy fog has disrupted road, rail and air traffic across northern India. (AFP/Narinder Nanu)

Members of Indonesian Police bomb squad search for suspicious materials in order to prevent terror attacks prior to the Christmas Eve mass at the Messiah Cathedral (Katedral Mesias) in Jakarta, Indonesia. (AP/Achmad Ibrahim)

A man wearing a Santa Claus costume waves from his sleigh as he carried over the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris in Paris. (AFP/Kenzo Tribouillard)

A young Indian girl, dressed as an angel, poses in front of the illuminated Golak Nath church in Jalandhar. Despite Christians forming a little over two per cent of the billion plus population in India, Christmas is celebrated with fanfare and zeal throughout the country. (AFP/Shammi Mehra)

Volunteers clad in Santa Claus costumes throw their hats in the air as they gather to deliver gifts for the poor in downtown Seoul, South Korea. (AP/Ahn Young-joon)

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (L) combines with forward Paul Pierce (R) to defend Chicago Bulls guard Aaron Brooks during the second half of an NBA basketball in Washington. The Bulls won 99-91. (AP/Alex Brandon)

A diver dresses in a pink Santa suit feeding fish at a celebration of the naming of a baby pink dolphin at the Underwater World Singapore (UWS) on Dec 18, 2014. The first male baby pink dolphin was born on July 15 and has been named Splish. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

Visitors look at a sea of flowers at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal siege in the heart of Sydney's financial district on Dec 18, 2014.  (Photo: AFP/Peter Parks)

An area on the west coast of Indonesia's Aceh province, worst hit by the 2004 tsunami disaster, is seen empty with people afraid to built houses near the shore. Almost 170,000 people were killed in Indonesia, when waves up to 35 metres high flattened coastal communities. (Photo: AFP/Bay Ismoyo)

People attend a candlelight vigil for the 132 students killed in a terror attack in Pakistan on Dec 17, 2014 in the Midwood neighbourhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo: AFP/Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Cuban President Raul Castro (R) receives freed Cuban prisoners Ramon Labanino (C) and Gerardo Hernandez (L).  (Photo: AFP/Cuban TV)

Tourists take a few beers at the Hotel National, with view of Morro Castle behind them in Havana, Cuba. (Photo: AP/Desmond Boylan)

Hundreds of residents of Ayutla and parents of 43 missing students take part in a march on the Ayutla-Cruz Grande road in Ayutla, Guerrero State, Mexico, on Dec 17, 2014 to request the withdrawal of the army from the municipality. (Photo: AFP/Pedro Pardo)

Commuters walk toward their office on a snow covered sidewalk in Nagoya in Aichi prefecture, central Japan on Dec 18, 2014 as heavy snow hit wide areas of Japan. (Photo: AFP/Jiji Press)

Afghan residents stand near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Dec 18, 2014. An Afghan official said a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle as it was being followed by police, killing a police officer and wounding several. (Photo: AP/Massoud Hossaini)

Artists perform during the opening night of "Cirque Dreams Holidaze" at The Chicago Theatre on Dec 17, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo: AFP/Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)

Dallas Stars' Colton Sceviour, Shawn Horcoff, Travis Morin and Alex Goligoski (from L) celebrate Sceviour's goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Dec 17, 2014, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Photo: AP/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

Cody Doolin #45 of the UNLV Rebels is pressured by Alec Wintering #2 and Volodymyr Gerun #52 of the Portland Pilots during their game at the Thomas & Mack Center on Dec 17, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UNLV won 75-73 in overtime. (Photo: AFP/Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

This photo shows the police (R) at the scene outside a house where eight children were found dead in the northern Australian city of Cairns on Dec 19, 2014. (Photo: AFP/Catherine Shaw)

Russian police officers detain protesters who were planning to ask Vladimir Putin their own questions at a news conference in Moscow, Russia on Dec 18, 2014.  (Photo: AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd R) being welcomed by children at Macau Int'l Airport as Macau Chief Executive Fernando Chui (R) looks on. Xi flew into Macau on Dec 19 as China puts pressure on the gambling hub to diversify away from casinos as part of an anti-corruption drive. (Photo: AFP/GCS)

Lee Jung-Hee (C), the leader of South Korea's Unified Progressive Party (UPP), speaks to the party members during a rally on a street near the the Constitutional Court in Seoul on Dec 19, 2014 after the court ruled on the government's petition to disband the party. (Photo: AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)

Activists hold up signs with names of local homeless people who have passed away this year as they participate in a march in Washington, DC. The People for Fairness Coalition held the event in observance of Homeless Persons Memorial Day. (Photo: AFP/Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Anti-government protesters perform a voodoo ceremony prior to marching through the commune of Petion Ville in Port-au-Prince on Dec 18, 2014, calling for Haitian President Michel Martelly's resignation. (Photo: AFP/Hector Retamal)

Afghan men and vehicles crowd the exit of an open air animal market on the outskirts of Kandahar City. (Phoro: AFP/Roberto Schmidt) 

Supporters of Zaman daily newspaper demonstrate outside Istanbul's courthouse during a protest against the hugely controversial raids targeting Zaman newspaper and television channel linked to US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen in Istanbul. (Photo: AFP/Ozan Kose)

Relatives of missing students protest in front of the entrance to the 27th Infantry Battalion base in Iguala, Mexico on Dec 18, 2014. (Photo: AP/Felix Marquez)

A woman waits in a classic American car that is used as a shared taxi by commuters in Havana, Cuba, Dec 18, 2014. After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the US and Cuba abruptly moved on Wednesday (Dec 17) to restore diplomatic relations. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Badminton player Wang Shixian of China plays a shot to Sung Ji Hyun of Korea during the women's singles match at the BWF Destination Dubai World Superseries Finals at Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai on Dec 19, 2014. (Photo: AFP/Marwan Naamani) 

Shaun Livingston #34 of the Golden State Warriors takes a shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec 18, 2014 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo: AFP/Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Thai villagers hold bags containing relief goods and food provided by the Thai king following heavy rains in Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat. Parts of southern Thailand have experienced floods in recent days after heavy rains hit the region. (AFP/Madaree Tohlala)

Performers dance and sing during an official meeting marking the 70th anniversary of the Vietnam People's Army at the National Convention Center in Hanoi. The Vietnam People's Army (VPA) was founded on Dec 22, 1944. (AFP/Hoang Dinh Nam)

Pakistani children make their way to school in Peshawar on Dec 20, 2014, after the three day mourning for children and teacher killed by Taliban militants on an army-run school. (AFP/A Majeed)

Police corden off the scene where eight children ranging from babies to teenagers were found dead in a house (R) in the northern Australian city of Cairns. (AFP/Peter Parks)

Residents and photojournalists take cover during the controlled explosion of abandoned explosives in the area where five soldiers were killed by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas, in a rural area of Santander de Quilichao, Department of Cauca. (AFP/Luis Robayo)

A protester throws a firework at Acapulco's Mayor Luis Walton's van after classmates and relatives of the 43 missing students intercepted it in Acapulco, Guerrero State, Mexico. The graffiti on the van read "It was the state", "The people organized" and "Revenge". (AFP/Pedro Pardo)

Cubans wait near the US Interest Office in Havana to apply for visas. (AFP/Yamil Lage)

Constance Malcolm, mother of fatal police shooting victim Ramarley Graham (L) stands with protesters demanding that the US Dept of Justice convene a grand jury and prosecute the NYPD officer involved in Graham's death as they rally in front of the US Attorney's office in NY. (AP/Jason DeCrow)

People prepare to release paper lanterns in the Panama City Bay as part of a public event held as a tribute to the victims of the US invasion of Panama one day before the 25th anniversary of the military operation in Panama City.  (AP/Tito Herrera)

Australia's Julian Wilson surfs in the finals of the Billabong Pipeline Masters event of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing at Ehukai Beach Park in Haleiwa, Hawaii. (AFP/Kent Nishimura)

LeBron James (3rd L) of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots the ball against the Brooklyn Nets during the game at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (AFP/David Liam Kyle/NBAE/Getty Images)

Slovenia's Rok Ticar (R) vies with France's Vincent Llorca (L) during a friendly ice hockey match between France and Slovenia at an ice rink in Bordeaux, southwestern France. (AFP/Nicolas Tucat)

Thousands of protesters from the group "Black Lives Matter" disrupt holiday shoppers at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. (AFP/Getty Images/Adam Bettcher)

Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers inspect a damaged army ranger vehicle at the site of a remote-controlled bomb blast in Jalalabad. Two remote-controlled bombs hit a military vehicle in Jalalabad city in the east of Afghanistan, killing two and wounding two others. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)

Police use water cannon to disperse a rally making its way to Kizilay Square in the Turkish capital of Ankara, as mainly teachers demonstrated against the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government's education policy. (AFP/Adem Altan)

Mourners stand at attention as the bodies of two fallen NYPD police officers are transported from Woodhull Medical Center in New York. An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire, killing both officers. (AP/John Minchillo)

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (C) visiting the Kim Jong-suk Pyongyang Textile Mill in Pyongyang. (AFP/KCNA via KNS)

A capybara bathes in the hot spring water at the Saitama Children's zoo in Higashi Matsuyama city, Saitama prefecture. Seven capybaras in the zoo, originally from South America, enjoyed the hot spring water on the chilly winter day in Japan. (AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura)

Clad in traditional attire, ethnic Karen artists perform traditional “Done-Yane” dance during the celebration of Karen's new year at a pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP/Khin Maung Win)

A woman poses for photographers with the part of the 1,600 paper pandas, created by French artist Paulo Grangeon, in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building during the month-long "1600 Pandas World Tour" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (AP/Lai Seng Sin)

Poland's Dawid Kubacki soars through the air during the men's FIS Ski Jumping World Cup competition in Engelberg, central Switzerland. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)

Los Angeles Clippers' Glen Davis (L) pulls in a rebound against Milwaukee Bucks' Zaza Pachulia during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. (AP/Danny Moloshok)

West Ham United's English striker Andy Carroll (C) attempts an overhead kick during the English Premier League football match against Leicester City at the Boleyn Ground, Upton Park, in east London. West Ham won the game 2-0. (AFP/Justin Tallis)

Atletico de Kolkata player Luis Garcia lifts the trophy as he celebrates with teammates after winning the Indian Super League (ISL) final football match against Kerala Blasters at The D Y Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai. (AFP/Punit Paranjpe)