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Members of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces walk in a field as smoke billows in the background, following clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants during a large operation southwest of the oil hub of Kirkuk on March 16, 2015. (Photo: AFP/MARWAN IBRAHIM)

A man places a picture depicting Russia's President Vladimir Putin in a navy uniform at an open-air political cartoons exhibition dedicated to the one-year anniversary of Crimea voting to leave Ukraine and join the Russian state in central Moscow on March 16, 2015. (AFP/ DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV)

Jake Allen #34 of the St. Louis Blues makes a save against Antoine Roussel #21 of the Dallas Stars in the third period at American Airlines Center on Mar 15, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo: AFP/Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Jordan Clarkson (L) and Wayne Ellington (R) of the Los Angeles Lakers try to block a shot by Dennis Schroder (C) of the Atlanta Hawks at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, Mar 15, 2015. The Hawks went on to win 91-86. (Photo: AFP/Mark Ralston)

South African cricketer AB de Villiers runs to take a catch during a training session at the Sydney Cricket Ground ahead of the 2015 Cricket World Cup quarter-final match between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Sydney on Mar 16, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Indranil Mukherje)

Armed fighters loyal to the Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn), an alliance of Islamist-backed militias, walk next to their vehicles  in Libya's coastal city of Sirte, which lies 500 kms east of the capital, Tripoli. (Photo: AFP/Mahmud Turkia)

Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Ashkenazi Jews gather in Jerusalem, in a show of force less than two days before general elections. (Photo: AFP/Ahmad Gharabli) 

Thousands of demonstrators protested on Sunday in several cities of Brazil against president Dilma who is facing a complex economic panorama and a political corruption scandal. (Photo: AFP/Nelson Almeida)    

Forensic staffers work at the site where three models were shot dead, in the Valle de Angeles municipality, in Tegucigalpa, on Mar 15, 2015. Two men accompanying the models were injured during the shooting. (Photo: AFP/Orlando Sierra) 

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks after receiving the decree powers law, in Caracas. Venezuela's National Assembly voted Sunday to give President Nicholas Maduro decree-making powers in defense and security affairs amid an escalating confrontation with Washington. (Photo: AFP/Juan Barreto)

Pro-police demonstrators protest outside the Ferguson police station in Ferguson, Missouri. The St. Louis County prosecutor announced Sunday that Jeffrey Williams, a black male, was arrested for the shooting of two police officers. (Photo: AFP/Scott Olson/Getty Images)

This aerial view shows homes damaged by Cyclone Pam, in Vanuatu's capital Port Vila, on Mar 16, 2015.  (Photo: AFP/Pool/Dave Hunt)

Members of forces loyal to Libya's Islamist-backed parliament General National Congress (GNC) prepare to launch attacks as they continue to fight Islamic State (IS) group jihadists on the outskirts of Libya's western city of Sirte on Mar 16, 2015.  (Photo: AFP/Mahmud Turkia)

Firefighters work on the roof of French chef Marc Veyrat's restaurant "La Maison des Bois" after a fire on March 17, 2015 at the Croix Fry pass in Manigod, central eastern France. (AFP/Jean-Pierre Clatot)

Pakistani Christians carry the coffin of a victim during a funeral ceremony for those killed in suicide bomb attacks on churches in Lahore on March 17, 2015. (AFP/Arif Ali)

Jeremy Lin #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers tries to steal the ball from Shaun Livingston #34 of the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on Mar 16, 2015 in Oakland, California.  (Photo: AFP/ Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan takes a catch during a training session ahead of their 2015 Cricket World Cup quarter-final match against Bangladesh, in Melbourne on Mar 17, 2015. (Photo: AFP/William West)

Two of the leading cyclists ride through a pine forest during the first full stage of the 2015 Cape Epic mountain bike stage race, in the mountains above Elgin, on Mar 16, 2015, in Grabouw, about 80k from the centre of Cape Town. (Photo: AFP/Rodger Bosch)

US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) rides past the Olympic Museum in Lausanne during a break from talks with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif over Tehran's nuclear programme. (Photo: AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)

A general view shows clothes drying on a roof as residents clean up their homes in Vanuatu's capital Port Vila on Mar 17, 2015 after Cyclone Pam ripped through the island nation.  (Photo: AFP/Jeremy Piper)

Pakistani relatives mourn beside an ambulance carrying the body of convicted murder Muhammad Faisal after his execution in Karachi on Mar 17, 2015. Pakistan hanged 10 convicted murderers from prisons across the country in a single day. (Photo: AFP PHOTO/ Rizwan Tabassum) 

Nurul Izzah, daughter of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, gestures after being released on bail at Dang Wangi police station in Kuala Lumpur on Mar 17, 2015. Nurul Izzah was freed on police bail, after being held overnight for alleged sedition. (Photo: AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)

New Zealand bar manager Philip Blackwood (C) sits in the back of a police vehicle after a court hearing in Yangon on Mar 17, 2015. Blackwood and his two Myanmar colleagues were sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail over using a Buddha image to promote a cheap drinks night. (AFP/Soe Than Win)

Protesters hold placards outside an employment agency in Hong Kong on Mar 17, 2015, following the death of Indonesian maid Elis Kurniasih, 33, after a concrete slab fell on her while she was sleeping on the balcony of a guesthouse run by the agency. (Photo: AFP/Philippe Lopez)

Students protest in the streets of Tegucigalpa against the extension of the school hours, on Mar 17, 2015. Honduran authorities decided to extend each school day by five minutes per school hour. (Photo: AFP/Orlando Sierra)

Iraqi Sunni refugees return to the Al-Alam town, northeast of the Iraqi city of Tikrit, after the town was recaptured by Sunni and Shiite fighters from the Asaib Ahl al-Haq group, an Iranian-backed Shiite militia, from Islamic State fighters earlier in the month. (Photo: AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)

Members of the LGBT group, OUT@NBCUniversal, make their way up 5th Avenue during New York City's St Patrick's Day Parade.  (Photo: AFP/Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny (L) presents US President Barack Obama with a bowl of Shamrocks - used as a symbol of Ireland - during a St. Patrick’s Day reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo: AFP/Brendan Smialowski)

Assyrian Christians, who fled advancing Islamic State militants in the Syrian province of Hasakeh, receive humanitarian aid supplies outside the Assyrian diocese of Sid al-Boushriyeh, on the outskirts of Beirut, Lebanon. (Photo: AFP/Joseph Eid)

Local children playing in water amongst the debris of fallen trees just outside Vanuatu's capital Port Vila, after Cyclone Pam ripped through the island nation.  (Photo: AFP/Jeremy Piper)

Children play in an artificial waterfall on a hot day in Kuala Lumpur on Mar 18, 2015. Malaysia is currently experiencing a hot and dry weather spell. (Photo: AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)

Police and security staff tackle a pitch invader during the 2015 Cricket World Cup quarter-final match between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Sydney on Mar 18, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Indranil Mukherjee)

Support crew push Solar Impulse 2, the world's only solar powered aircraft, before it takes off from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in the Indian city of Ahmedabad on Mar 18, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Sam Panthaky)

A woman walks down the street as members of the Fire Brigade attempt to put out a burning police car on the opening day of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt, western Germany, on Mar 18, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Odd Andersen)

Raphael Diaz #33 of the Calgary Flames battles for the puck against Chris Porter #32 of the St Louis Blues during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on Mar 17, 2015 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo: AFP/Derek Leung/Getty Images)

US Steven Nyman competes during the FIS Men downhill alpine skiing World Cup training, on Mar 17 , 2015, in the French ski resort Meribel in the French Alps. (Photo: AFP/Philippe Desmazes)

A woman poses for a wedding picture at the Bund in front of the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai on a sunny day on Mar 19, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Johannes Eisele)

South Korea and US Marines in a tent during a joint command post exercise in the southeastern port city of Pohang. South Korea and the United States will launch a massive landing drill next week, the climax of an ongoing joint military exercise. (Photo: AFP/South Korean Defence Ministry) 

Nepalese acid attack survivor Sangita Magar (R), 16, takes her School Leaving Certificate exam from her hospital bed in Kathmandu on Mar 19, 2015, three weeks after an unidentified person threw acid at her and a friend.  (Photo: AFP/Prakash Mathema)

Newly-recruited employees of Japan's largest retail group Seven & I Holdings conduct group stretching exercises during an entrance ceremony for the company in Tokyo on Mar 19, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno) 

Honduran troops watch three UH-1H helicopters donated by Taiwan to the Honduran armed forces, in Tegucigalpa, on Mar 18, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Orlando Sierra) 

Indigenous of various tribes protest in front of Planalto Palace against changes in the law of demarcation of tribal lands, in Brasilia, on Mar 18, 2015.  (Photo: AFP/Evarosto Sa)

India's batsman Rohit Sharma (C) celebrates scoring his century against Bangladesh during their 2015 Cricket World Cup quarter-final match in Melbourne on Mar 19, 2015. (Photo: AFP/William West)

Rafael Nadal and Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain play Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini of Italy during day ten of the BNP Paribas Open on Mar 18, 2015 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo: AFP/Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors shoots the ball after he was fouled by Paul Millsap #4 of the Atlanta Hawks at ORACLE Arena on March 18, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo: AFP/Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Netherlands' Danny Van Poppel (L), Britain's Scott Thwaites (3rd R), Belgium's Kris Boeckmans (2nd R) and France's Justin Jules (R) race to the finish during the 70th edition of the 'Nokere Koerse - Danilith Classic' cycling race in Kruishoutem. (AFP/Belga/David Stockman)

Confiscated elephant tusks are displayed during a press conference at Royal Thai Police Bureau in Bangkok on March 19, 2015. Thai police seized more than 135kg of ivory tusks worth US$181,250 (5.8 million baht) which had arrived from Africa. (Photo: AFP/Pornchai Kittiwongsakul)

A woman carrying her baby walks past fallen trees in cyclone-hit Tanna in Vanuatu on March 18, 2015. (Photo: Reuters/Edgar Su)

An animal rights group "AnimaNaturalis" activist poses with fruit and vegetables painted on her naked body during a "World without meat day" event in Barcelona on Mar 20, 2015 to protest the eating of meat. The banner reads, "every day without meat reduces by 12% the emission of gases". (AFP)

People look at a partial solar eclipse of the sun from Midi peak in the southwestern Pyrenees mountains on Mar 20, 2015. (AFP/Laurent Dard)

A partial solar eclipse visible over a statue located at the rooftop of Austrian Art History Museum in Vienna on March 20, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Joe Klamar)

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II inspects the Guard of Honour as she arrives for a visit of the Royal Navy's HMS Ocean at Her Majesty's Naval Base Devonport, Plymouth, southwest England, on March 20, 2015. HMS Ocean is an amphibious assault ship and helicopter carrier. (AFP/Pool/ Geoff Caddick)

People stand in front of Turin's city hall for a minute of silence to remember the victims of the attack at Tunisia's Bardo national museum. The attack, claimed by Islamic State, killed 20 foreign tourists including 4 Italians and a policeman before the gunmen were killed by security forces. (AFP) 

Figurines from the studios of Aardman Animations during a press preview of an exhibition at the Le Musee Art Ludique in Paris. The exhibition, which features figures from many of the British animation house's creations, will run from Mar 21-Aug 30, 2015. (AFP/Joel Saget)

Rescue workers carry a young child from the mangled train carriages following the derailment of an express train at Bachrawan in the Raebarelli district, about 50km from Lucknow, capital of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. (AFP)

A protester holds a Mexican flag with the number "43" attached to it at a rally against the Mexican government outside the Organization of American States (OAS) on March 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. The protesters were demanding justice for the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico. (AFP)

Haji Firouz dolls are on display for Noruz, the Persian new year celebrations, at Tajrish square market in Tehran on March 20, 2014, on the eve of beginning of 1394 Persian solar calendar year. (AFP/BEHROUZ MEHRI)

Giant "Ogoh-ogoh" effigies, symbolising evil, are seen at a procession before they are burnt in a ritual to purify worshippers from evil, in Kuta on the resort island of Bali on March 20, 2015 on the eve of Nyepi, the Hindu new year. (AFP/Sonny Tumbelaka)

A general view shows the Roman Villa of the Mysteries (Villa dei Misteri) which was newly restored and re-opened to the public in the archaeological site of Pompeii, in Italy, on March 20, 2014. (AFP/Mario Laporta)

A Yemeni man inspects the damage following a bomb explosion at the Badr mosque in southern Sanaa on March 20, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Mohammed Huwais)

Solar Impulse 2 was met by dancers dressed in an elephant costume as it landed in Myanmar's second largest city Mandalay, completing the fourth leg of its landmark circumnavigation of the globe powered solely by the sun. (AFP/YE AUNG THU)

Rescuers work at the site of a train accident near Bachhrawan village in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, hoping to find trapped survivors after three coaches of a passenger train derailed. (AP/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, stand near a damaged car after a bomb attack in Sanaa, Yemen. Triple suicide bombers hit a pair of mosques crowded with worshippers in the Yemeni capital. (AP/Hani Mohammed)

People holds Tunisian flag as they demonstrate, two days after gunmen attacked a museum and killed scores of people, in Tunis. (AP/Christophe Ena)

People looking through telescopes to observe the partial solar eclipse in Sarajevo, Bosnia. (AFP/ELVIS BARUKCIC)

A pile of 6.1 tonnes of illegal elephant tusks, ivory trinkets, carvings and various forms of jewellery is burned on a wooden pyre that government officials set alight to discourage poaching and the ivory trade, in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (AP/Mulugeta Ayene)

A girl arrives with jerrycans to fetch water in Abobo, a suburb of Abidjan, ahead of World Water Day. The United Nations has warned that without reforms, the world will be plunged into a water crisis that could be crippling for hot, dry countries. (AFP/ISSOUF SANOGO)

Elche's goalkeeper Przemyslav Tyton (L) vies with Valencia's Paco Alcacer during the Spanish league football match at the Martinez Valero stadium in Elche. (AFP/JOSE JORDAN)

Paris Saint-Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (L) celebrates after scoring a penalty during the French L1 football match against Lorient at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. (AFP/THOMAS SAMSON)

Australia's spin bowler Glenn Maxwell (R) dives to stop a shot by Pakistan's batsman Umar Akmal (C) during the 2015 Cricket World Cup quarter-final match at the Adelaide Oval. (AFP/Saeed KHAN)

Germany's Laura Dahlmeier competes in the women's 7.5km sprint at the IBU Biathlon World Cup in the Siberian city of Khanty-Mansiysk. (AFP/VASILY MAXIMOV)

John Peterson of USA hits his third shot from a bunker on the sixth hole during the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Florida. (Michael Cohen/Getty Images/AFP)

People gather to watch waves breaking on the dyke in Wimereux, as France's northern coast braces for "the tide of the century". (AFP/PHILIPPE HUGUEN)

Japanese FM Fumio Kishida (L), South Korean FM Yun Byung-se (C) and Chinese FM Wang Yi make a toast during a banquet at the South Korean Foreign Minister's residence in Seoul. (AP/Kim Hong-ji, Pool)

Pakistani nomad women get drinking water from a tap set up at a slum on the outskirts of Lahore, as the UN warns that the world could suffer a 40 per cent shortfall in water by 2030. (AP/K.M. Chaudary)

Indian women participate in a silent procession protesting the gang rape of a nun at a convent at Ranaghat, in Kolkata. (AP/ Bikas Das)

Immigrants living in Greece shout slogans as they hold banners during an anti-racism rally in Athens. (AP/Panayiotis Tzamaros)

Rescue workers prepare to pull a bus out of a canal in Marioutiya, west of Cairo, Egypt. Over 10 workers were killed when their bus plunged into the canal. (AP/Ahmed Ramadan)

Uruguayan navy divers work to recover bodies of victims of the Argentine twin-engine Beechcraft aircraft that crashed shortly after taking off from the Laguna del Sauce airport, near Punta del Este, some 120km east of Montevideo, killing all its 10 passengers on board. (AFP/Pablo PORCIUNCULA)

Firefighters leave the scene of an overnight fire in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The fire raged through a residence, killing seven children and leaving two other people in critical condition. (AP/Mary Altaffer)

Manchester City's Wilfried Bony (2nd L) scores the opening goal during the English Premier League football match against West Bromwich Albion at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England. (AFP/STEVE PARKIN)

Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane scores a penalty during the English Premier League football match against Leicester City at White Hart Lane, London. (AP/Tim Ireland)

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor (C) plays a shot watched by West Indies' keeper Denesh Ramdin (R) and Chris Gayle (L) during the 2015 Cricket World Cup quarter-final match in Wellington. (AFP/MARTY MELVILLE)

Belarus' Darya Domracheva competes to win during the women's 10km pursuit event of the IBU Biathlon Word Cup in the Siberian city of Khanty-Mansiysk. (AFP/VASILY MAXIMOV)