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German Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel (L) speaks alongside Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh during a press conference in Tehran on Jul 20, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Atta Kenare)

Migrants sleep in Omonia square in downtown Athens on Jul 20, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Angelos Tzortinis)

Song Jae-Hoon (L), the head of Samsung Medical Center, guides Seoul Mayor Park Won-Soon (C) as he visits Samsung Medical Center in southern Seoul on Jul 20, 2015. The hospital at the epicenter of South Korea's deadly MERS outbreak started to resume normal operations. (Photo: AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)

Indian Hindu devotees offer prayers before a Shiva Lingam at The Shivala Temple in Amritsar on Jul 20, 2015, on the occasion of first Sawan Somvar. Sawan is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar and is considered the holiest month of the year. (Photo: AFP/Narinder Nanu)

Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-17M that will carry a new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) is transported from hangar to the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan on Jul 20, 2015. (Photo: AP/Pavel Golovkin)

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter (R) and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon are photographed as they shake hands as they meet at Israel's Defense Force headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel on Jul 20, 2015. (Photo: AP/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama speaks to a group of Buddhist monks at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmsala, India on Jul 20, 2015. Tibetan NGOs based in India and Nepal organized a special Long-life Prayer for their spiritual leader. (Photo: AP/Ashwini Bhatia)

Participants carry a portable shrine into the sea during a purification rite at the annual Hamaori Festival in Chigasaki, Tokyo on Jul 20, 2015. The festival originated from an old times' story about a shrine that was washed away by flood and later found by fishermen. (Photo: AP/Koji Sasahara)

Pitcher Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch in the second inning during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on Jul 19, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo: Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images/AFP)

Abdul Hakim Sani Brown of Japan in action during the Boys 200 Meters Final on day five of the IAAF World Youth Championships, Cali 2015 on Jul 19, 2015 at the Pascual Guerrero Olympic Stadium in Cali, Colombia. (Photo: Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images for IAAF/AFP)

Britain's Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, rides in the pack during the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 183 kilometers (113.7 miles) with start in Mende and finish in Valence, France on Jul 19, 2015. (Photo: AP/Laurent Cipriani)

Phoenix Suns’ Mike James drives toward the basket against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game on Jul 19, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo: AP/John Locher)

A man deploys a banner in front of the US Embassy in Havana. The United States and Cuba formally resumed diplomatic relations as the Cuban flag was raised at the US State Department in a historic gesture toward ending decades of hostility between the Cold war foes. (AFP/Adalberto Roque)

A protester fires fireworks at Turkish riot police during a demonstration in Istiklal avenue in Istanbul, after a suicide bombing in the Turkish town of Suruc near the border with Syria killed at least 31. (AFP/Yasin Akgul)

Captured men lie face down and tied up after rival taxi unions fighting for permits clashed in the city of Chilpancingo, Mexico. Several taxi drivers were injured and dozens of vehicles were destroyed. (AP/Alejandrino Gonzalez)

Fighters loyal to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, stand next to a destroyed rocket-launcher belonging to Huthi rebels, following clashes in Aden's Tawahi neighbourhood. (AFP/Saleh Al-Obeidi)

Rebel fighters fire home-made mortar rounds towards Syrian regime forces on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Idlib. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)

Haitian sugar cane workers march to the National Palace in Santo Domingo, to request the Dominican government for a pension increase, which is currently at 5,000 pesos (US$110 a month), medical insurance and documents of permanent residence in the country. (AFP/Erika Santelices)

Soldiers wounded in combat take part in a military parade held to celebrate Colombia's 205th Anniversary of Independence, in Bogota. (AFP/Guillermo Legaria)

Election observers sit in an empty polling station for the presidential elections in Bujumbura, Burundi. A low turnout was experienced in several polling stations in the Burundi’s capital at the start of voting in the country’s presidential election. (AP/Jerome Delay)

South African cricketer Faf du Plessis plays a shot during the first day of the first Test match between Bangladesh and South Africa at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong. (AFP/Munir uz Zaman)

Erika Lang of USA competes in the Women's Waterski Tricks preliminary round at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. (AFP/Hector Retamal)

US golfer Zach Johnson poses for a photograph with the Claret Jug, the trophy for the Champion golfer of the year after winning the three-way playoff on day five of the 2015 British Open Golf Championship on The Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland. (AFP/Glyn Kirk)

Patricia Bezzoubenko of Canada performs in the clubs rotation in Rhythmic Gymnastics at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. (AFP/Kevin van Passen)

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (L) accompanied by First Lady Iriana Widodo (2L) welcomes Education Minister Anies Baswedan (R) during the Eid al-Fitr ceremony at the presidential palace in Jakarta on Jul 22, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Romeo Gacad)

Defendant Zaw Lin (C) arrives in the prison bus for his ongoing trial with Win Zaw Tun (not pictured), both accused of killing a pair of British backpackers in September 2014, at the Koh Samui court on the Thai resort island on Jul 22, 2015. (Photo: AFP)

Clothes of migrant workers and other people living in the street are left to dry on a police barricade kept on a roadside in New Delhi, India on Jul 22, 2015. (Photo: AP/Bernat Armangue)

A South Korean soldier stands at the Military Armistice Committee meeting room at the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, South Korea on Jul 22, 2015. (Photo: AP/Lee Jin-man)

Japanese sushi chef Okitsugu Kado displays his cucumbers carved with the faces of tennis player Kei Nishikori (L) and figure skater Mao Asada (R) during a promotional event to promote cucumbers as a good food for rehydration on hot summer days in Tokyo on Jul 22, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)

Iraqi men gather outside a burnt shop in Baghdad on Jul 22, 2015 following two late night car bombs which killed at least 19 people in mostly Shiite neighbourhoods of the Iraqi capital, according to police. (Photo: AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter boards E4-B military aircraft at Queen Alia Airport in the Jordanian capital Amman on Jul 22, 2015, en route to King Abdulaziz Airport in Saudi Arabia. Carter sought to reassure anxious Middle East allies over the Iran nuclear deal. (Photo: AFP/POOL/Carolyn Kaster)

A crowd gathers at the site of a body, locals saying was a victim of a robbery in Bujumbura on Jul 22, 2015. Vote counting was underway the day after presidential election marred by violence and international condemnation that is expected to see Pierre Nkurunziza win third term. (AFP/Carl De Souza)

South Africa cricketer Dean Elgar celebrates with teammates after the dismissal of unseen Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal during the second day of the first cricket Test match between Bangladesh and South Africa at The Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Jul 22, 2015. (AFP/ Munir uz Zaman)

Mexico's Oribe Peralta takes a shot during a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer practice on Jul 21, 2015, in Atlanta. Mexico will face Panama in a semifinal-playoff game Wednesday night in Atlanta's Georgia Dome. (Photo: AP/John Bazemore)

Justin Grimm #52 of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on Jul 21, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP)

Venezuela’s Juan Mendez competes in the men's wakeboard semifinal during the Pan Am Games in Toronto on Jul 21, 2015. (Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Residents look on from trucks during the evacuation of several villages by local authorities near Mount Gamalama volcano in Ternate. Some 800 villagers were evacuated as steam and ash blanketed several villages in Ternate, the volcano island located in eastern Indonesia. (AFP Photo)

Activists of India's opposition Congress party's youth wing shout slogans as they stand on barricades erected by police during a protest in New Delhi. The activists were protesting against various corruption charges against key leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

Some 200 Taiwanese high school students held a protest outside the education ministry in the capital Taipei against what they call a "China-centric" version of history taught in the island's schools. (AFP PHOTO/Sam Yeh)

Customers walk past a cardboard cutout of President Barack Obama along the entrance way of the Cafe Deli coffee shop in downtown Nairobi, Kenya. In his first trip to Kenya since he was a US senator in 2006, Obama is scheduled to arrive in Kenya on Jul 24. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

A mechanic steps out of his closed motorcycle repair shop, as a 'For Sale' sign is posted on the front window, next to Syriza's governing party local office in Athens. Uncertainty over Greece's bailout and recent capital controls have led to a new spate of store closures. (AP/Thanassis Stavrakis)

People try to clear damages at the scene a day after a car bomb hit the eastern neighbourhood of New Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

A resident carrying a television set wades along a flooded street in Villa Rica, Gravatai, Brazil. The number of people hit by heavy rain in Rio Grande do Sul in the past 15 days increased to 47,271, according to data released by the Civil Defence. (AFP PHOTO/Jefferson BERNARDES)

Migrants wait to disembark from Italian Coast Guard ship Diciotti, at the harbour of Messina, Sicily, Italy. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi)

Manchester United forward James Wilson (C) takes the ball past San Jose Earthquakes midfielders Fatai Alashe (L) and Marc Pelosi (R) during their International Champions Cup football match in San Jose, California, USA. Manchester United won 3-1. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Luis Suarez (L) of FC Barcelona and Leonardo (R) of the Los Angeles Galaxy collide as Suarez tries to get off a shot in the International Champions Cup 2015 at Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images/AFP)

Pakistan cricketer Ahmed Shehzad (R) is watched by Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal (L) as he plays a shot during the fourth One Day International (ODI) cricket match at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo. (AFP PHOTO/LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI)

Spain's Alberto Contador waves as he rides towards the start of the 161km 17th stage of the 102nd edition of the Tour de France cycling race, between Digne-les-Bains and Pra Loup, southeastern France. (AFP PHOTO/LIONEL BONAVENTURE)

A United States Forces Korea 2nd Infantry Division soldier gets ready to take part in an air assault training session at Camp Casey in Dongducheon, South Korea on Jul 24, 2015. About 200 U.S. soldiers took part in the 12-day course focused on combat assault operations. (Photo: AP/Ahn Young-joon)

Protesters are blocked by riot police officers as they march toward the Senate building during a vote on the civil society law in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Jul 24, 2015. (Photo: AP/Heng Sinith)

Copies of Japan's Nikkei newspapers, top row, are piled at a kiosk in Yokohama, south of Tokyo on July 24, 2015. Japanese media company Nikkei Inc. is buying the Financial Times as part of an 844 million-pound (US$1.3 billion) deal with Britain's Pearson PLC. (Photo: AP/Shuji Kajiyama)

A handout picture released by the Cypriot government's Press and Information Office (PIO) on Jul 24, 2015 shows Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades (L) meeting with European Union Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini at the presidential palace in the capital Nicosia. (AFP/PIO/Stavros Ioannides)

Japan's telecom Softbank's humanoid robot Pepper demonstrates working as a beauty adviser during a press preview at the Loft department store in Tokyo on Jul 24, 2015. Loft is hiring Pepper robots as beauty advisers at the cosmetic counter in its Shibuya and Yokohama shops. (AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura)

Chinese dissident Wuer Kaixi speaks during a press conference in Taichung on Jul 24, 2015. Wuer Kaixi, a leading dissident who fled China after pro-democracy protests were crushed in 1989, announced his bid to stand in Taiwan's 2016 parliamentary election. (Photo: AFP/Sam Yeh)

Felix Manalo, younger brother of Church leader Eduardo Manalo, speaks to reporters from the gate of his house in Manila on Jul 24, 2015, two days after he alleged in a YouTube post that their lives were in danger and that some of the ministers were being held against their will. (AFP/Noel Celis)

The Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service forces participate in a training exercise as U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter observes at the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service Academy on the Baghdad Airport Complex in Baghdad, Iraq on Jul 23, 2015. (Photo: AP/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg (L) arrives at the paddock of the Hungaroring racetrack prior to the first practice session of the Hungarian Grand Prix Formula One race on Jul 24, 2015 in Mogyorod. (Photo: AFP/Ferenc Isza)

Uruguay’s Juan Luzardo falls off his horse as he competes in the equestrian team jumping during the Pan Am Games in Caledon, Ontario on Jul 23, 2015. (Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canada's Gordan Johnston celebrates after scoring a goal during the penalty shootout competition in the Men's Field Hockey semifinal match Brazil vs.Canada Jul 23, 2015 at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Canada won on penalty shootout 5-3 (0-0). (Photo: AFP/Eva Hambach)

Houston Astros' Jose Altuve connects for a double against the Boston Red Sox in the fifth inning of a baseball game on Jul 23, 2015, in Houston. (Photo: AP/Pat Sullivan)

Civic group members stage an anti-government rally outside the National Diet to protest against the controversial security bills. Opponents say the bills will undermine 70 years of pacifism and could see Japanese troops fighting abroad for the first time since World War II. (AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)

Kashmiri villagers make their way through the mud following flash floods triggered by heavy rainfall at Kullan village, northeast of Srinagar. Flash flood and cloudbursts in Indian Kashmir killed several people and damaged dozens of residential houses and shops. (AFP/Tauseef Mustafa)

Relatives and friends of the MH17 flight victims speak during the commemoration ceremony for the people who died in the crash of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in Nieuwegein, near the city of Utrecht. (AFP/Pool/Frank van Beek)

A helicopter flies over a fire on the mountain of Ymittos in the eastern suburbs of Athens. Greek firefighters battled the large brush fire burning across Ymittos hill, as strong winds helped the flames devour parts of the verdant hillside popular with day-trippers. (AP/Petros Karadjias)

A fire truck patrols in an area entirely burnt in Saint-Maurice-de-Gourdans near Lyon during a heat wave with temperatures hitting nearly 40 degrees in eastern France. (AFP/Philippe Desmazes)

Hundreds of people hold portraits of victims of the terrorist bombing attack against the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) institute that killed 85 people and injured 300 during the commemoration of its 21st anniversary, in Buenos Aires. (AFP/Alejandro Pagni)

Exiled Tibetan protesters shout slogans against China during a protest outside the Chinese embassy in New Delhi. Tibetans were protesting over the untimely death of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, a prominent Tibetan spiritual teacher in a Chinese prison. (AFP/Prakash Singh)

Lucia Popian, president of G&L Popian, cleans and polishes the crucifix on the main altar as part of the of the ongoing US$177 million restoration of St Patrick's Cathedral in New York. The renovation is slated to be finished before the Pope's visit in September 2015. (AP/Mary Altaffer)

United States’ Harris English drives a ball from the 12th tee during the second round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Old Course, St Andrews, in Scotland. (AP/Alastair Grant)

Zimbabwe batsman Prosper Utseya reacts during the first of two Twenty20 international cricket matches between Zimbabwe and India at the Harare Sports Club in Harare. (AFP/Jekesai Njikizana)

Brazil's Adenizia Da Silva (C) and Fernanda Rodrigues (L) react as a strike from Puerto Rico goes out of bounds, in one of the five set's final points during their volleyball preliminary match at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. (AP/Rebecca Blackwell)

Brazil's Joice Souza celebrates her gold medal win after defeating Cuba's Yakelin Estornell in the women's freestyle 58kg wrestling finals during the Pan Am Games in Toronto. (AP/Nathan Denette)

Protesters display placards during an anti-government rally outside the National Diet in Tokyo. Controversial security bills that opponents say will undermine 70 years of pacifism and could see Japanese troops fighting abroad for the first time since World War II. (AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)

A child walks on a dirt road near his home as people paint shacks with white fire retardant paint as part of their contribution to International Nelson Mandela day celebrating former South African president Mandela birth day in the township of Nomzamo , South Africa. (AP/Schalk van Zuydam)

A new fire, being dubbed the Pine Fire, is seen in the distance as a landscape of embers burns in the wake of the North Fire, which caused people to abandon their vehicles and flee as flames jumped the 215 freeway near Victorville, California. (AFP/David McNew)

A civilian inspects the site of a deadly suicide car bombing at a busy market in Khan Beni Saad, northeast of Baghdad, Iraq. The attack by the Islamic State group killed over 100 people, mostly-Shiite victims. (AP/Karim Kadim)

A firefighter stands by a burned shop in the town of Neapoli, southern Greece. Firefighters were battling 49 fire fronts, mainly in southern Greece and near the Greek capital. (AP/Petros Karadjias)

Demonstrators known as "indignados" and supporters of the leftist Libre party march in demand of the resignation of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez over an ongoing corruption scandal, towards the US embassy where a group is holding a hunger strike, in Tegucigalpa. (AFP/Orlando Sierra)

People protest in Staten Island on the one year anniversary of the death of Eric Garner in New York City. Garner, who was killed in a controversial choke-hold by a Staten Island police officer, had been approached by police for selling loose cigarettes. (AFP/Spencer Platt)

Railway inspectors and emergency personnel stand near the site of a train crash in Johannesburg. At least 150 passengers were injured in a train crash outside Johannesburg, South African officials said, adding that there were no confirmed fatalities. (AFP/John Wessels)

Los Angeles Galaxy's Steven Gerrard (bottom) of England, collides with San Jose Earthquakes's Fatai Alashe during the first half of an MLS football match in Carson, California. (AP/Jae C Hong)

Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan returns a ball to Johanna Larsson of Sweden during their semi final at the WTA Swedish Open in Bastad, Sweden. (AFP/TT News Agency/Adam Ihse)

England’s captain Alastair Cook plays a shot on the third day of the second Ashes cricket test match between England and Australia at Lord's cricket ground in London. (AFP/Ian Kington)

Cuba's Oyanaisy Gelis (top) drives against Venezuela's Cleyder Blanco Pinango in the first half of a women's preliminary round basketball game at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. (AP/Mark Humphrey)