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A worker looks at wine bottles that were thrown from the shelves at Van's Liquors following an earthquake in Napa, California. The 6.0 earthquake that rocked the San Francisco Bay Area was the strongest to hit the region in a quarter of a century. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP)

Anti-corruption protesters march on the first year anniversary of an anti-graft street protest in Manila. Protesters gathered at the Philippine capital's central park to hold a rally against "pork barrel" government spending, with criticism aimed at President Benigno Aquino. (AFP/Ted Aljibe)

Palestinian men stand in the rubble of a mosque targeted in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City. An Israeli air raid in Gaza left two Palestinians dead overnight, taking the number of killed Palestinians in the seven-week conflict to 2,122, Palestinian sources said. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)

A Ukrainian girl waves the national flag sitting on her father's shoulders during celebration of Ukraine's 23rd Independence Day in Kiev. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko announced a US$3-billion boost to defence spending to combat pro-Russian rebels.(AP/Efrem Lukatsky)

A car sits atop an embankment after losing control and skidding up the concrete retaining wall on South La Brea Ave in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles. The driver and his passenger escaped injury. (AFP/Mark Ralston)

A Yemeni officer, who is a member of Shiite Hawthi rebels, chants slogans demanding the government step down during a demonstration on a street in Sanaa. Yemen's Shiite rebel group are demanding a new government and a review of the country's economic policies. (AP/Hani Mohammed)

An Indian artist works on a statue of the Hindu god Lord Ganesh ahead of the forthcoming Ganesh Chaturthi festival at a workshop in Hyderabad. The statues are being prepared for the Ganesh festival, a popular Hindu religious festival in India which will be celebrated on August 29. (AFP/Noah Seelam)

Singer-songwriter Usher performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, California. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

A piece of wing flys over Mercedes-AMG's German driver Nico Rosberg after a collision with teammate Mercedes-AMG's British driver Lewis Hamilton at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Spa during the Belgium Formula One Grand Prix. (AFP/John Thys)

This picture taken with an underwater camera shows first placed France Florent Manaudou competing in the 50m freestyle final event at the 32nd LEN European swimming championships in Berlin. (AFP/Damien Meyer)

USA Pro Challenge bike race leader Tejay van Garderen (C) of BMC Racing Team wears the yellow race leader jersey as he rides in formation with teammates between Boulder and Golden, Colorado. Van Garderen won the 2014 USA Pro Challenge, and his team won overall. (AP/Brennan Linsley)

France's Michel Bourez rides a wave during the third day of the 14th edition of the Billabong Pro Tahiti surf event, part of the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) world tour, in Teahupoo, on the French Polynesian island of Tahiti. (AFP/Gregory Boissy)

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Spectators attend the finale of the 14th edition of the Billabong Pro Tahiti surf event, part of the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) world tour, on August 25, 2014 in Teahupoo, on the French Polynesian island of Tahiti. (AFP/Gregory Boissy)

Palestinian children demonstrate near an Israeli checkpoint in the centre of the West Bank city of Hebron after they couldn't pass the checkpoint to get to school as it was closed off by Israeli security forces on August 26, 2014. (AFP/Hazem Bader)

Israelis and emergency services gather at the site of a damaged house in the Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon, 13 kilometres from the border with the Gaza Strip, after it was hit by a rocket launched from Hamas militants in the Palestinian enclave on August 26, 2014. (AFP/David Buimovitch)

This general view shows the main stadium for the upcoming 2014 Asian Games in Incheon on August 26, 2014. The 2014 Asian Games will take place between September 19 and October 4, with Asia's top athletes competing across 36 sports. (AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)

Mascots named Barame (L), Vichuon (C) and Chumuro (R) pose on the flag plaza of the Athletes' Village for the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon on Aug 26. The 2014 Asian Games will take place between Sep 19 and Oct 4, with Asia's top athletes competing across 36 sports. (AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)

Peshmerga fighters guard a post in the strategic Jalawla area in Diyala province, which is a gateway to Baghdad, as battles with Islamic State (IS) jihadists continue on August 25, 2014. (AFP/Ali Al-Saadi)

Coloured houses in Burano, an island in the Venetian lagoon. Burano is known for its small, brightly painted houses. The colours of the houses follow a specific system originating from the golden age of its development. (AFP/Gabriel Bouys)

Australia's Owen Wright rides a wave during the finale of the 14th edition of the Billabong Pro Tahiti surf event, part of the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) world tour, on August 25, 2014 in Teahupoo, on the French Polynesian island of Tahiti. (AFP/Gregory Boissy)

Indian nuns from the Catholic Order of the Missionaries of Charity take part in a mass to commemorate the 103rd birth anniversary of Mother Teresa at the Indian Missionaries of Charity house in Kolkata on August 26, 2014. (AFP/Dibyangshu Sarkar)

A woman taking a photo of an artwork in the exhibition hall of China's second international cultural trade base, the National Base for International Cultural Trade in Beijing. The base is a collection of cultural trade enterprises and institutions, exhibitions and logistics centres. (AFP)

A boy (L) plays behind a passenger "jeepney" in a flooded street caused by overnight heavy rains in Manila on Aug 26, 2014. The weather bureau issued a "yellow" rain warning in the metropolis early on Aug 26, due to a low pressure area in the region of Bicol, southeast of Manila. (AFP/Ted Aljibe)

Actors Aaron Paul (L), Anna Gunn (C) and Bryan Cranston (R) pose in the press after winning various awards for "Breaking Bad" during the 66th Emmy Awards. (AFP/Mark Ralston)

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A group of Palestinian boys, one carrying the national flag, walk past destroyed houses in the Shejaiya neighbourhood of Gaza City following the long-term truce agreed between Israel and the Palestinians. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)

A resident of Gaza City's Shejaiya neighbourhood walks in a street lined by destroyed homes. A long-term ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians took hold after 50 days of the deadliest violence in a decade. (AFP/Roberto Schmidt)

Fans of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the Turkish Republic’s founder, gather to form a giant Ataturk portrait at Ataturk's mausoleum during the week of Turkish Victory Day (August 30), in Ankara, Turkey. (AFP/STR)

A Ukrainian serviceman walks past a trench on the front line near Lugansk during shelling. Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko began a bilateral meeting in Minsk to discuss the conflict raging in eastern Ukraine, officials said. (AFP/Oleksandr Ratushniak)

Afghan election commission workers wait to begin the audit of the presidential run-off vote in the country's general election at a counting centre in Kabul. Afghanistan's election teetered on the brink of collapse as one of the two candidates boycotted the UN-supervised vote audit. (AFP/Shah Marai)

A Kashmiri pilgrim hugs a relative on her departure to Mecca for the annual haj pilgrimage, in Srinagar. Some 26,300 haj travel applications were received for this year's pilgrimage season, with 7,007 pilgrims selected for the journey. (AFP/Rouf Bhat)

Pope Francis is greeted by the faithfull gathered at St Peter's Square prior to his weekly general audience in Vatican City. (AFP/Vincenzo Pinto)

Airbus employees throw flower petals to welcome Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (C) during his visit to their facility in Bangalore, India. Clegg is on a three-day visit to India to strengthen bilateral and economic ties. (AP/Aijaz Rahi)

Ana Lopera and Julio Montoya, from Colombia, compete during the 2014 Tango World Championship Stage category final, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP/Natacha Pisarenko)

Taylor Townsen, returns a shot to Serena Williams during the first round of the US Open tennis tournament in New York. (AP/Darron Cummings)

Martin Zuniga (L) of Mexico's America vies for the ball with goalkeeper David Guerra of Comunicaciones FC from Guatemala during the CONCACAF Champions League at Cementos Progreso Stadium in Guatemala city. (AFP/Johan Ordonez)

Chicago Sky's Elena Delle Donne (L) and Tamera Young (C) battle Atlanta Dream's Jasmine Thomas (R) for a rebound in the first half of Game 3 of the WNBA basketball Eastern Conference semi-finals in Atlanta. Chicago won 81-80. (AP/John Bazemore)

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Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (front L) and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Tun Razak (front R) cut the ribbon during the launch of Malaysia's 'Agrobazaar' in Singapore. (AFP/ROSLAN RAHMAN)

Malaysia's PM Najib Tun Razak (2nd L) presents Singapore's PM Lee Hsien Loong (L) with a painting of both of them eating durian, a tropical fruit, during the launch of Malaysia's 'Agrobazaar' in Singapore. (AFP/ROSLAN RAHMAN)

A Palestinian family returns to their destroyed home with their belongings in the northern Gaza Strip city of Beit Hanun. The skies over Gaza remain calm as a long-term ceasefire took hold. (AFP/MOHAMMED ABED)

A man dives into a puddle of squashed tomatoes during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, 50km outside Valencia, Spain. (AP/Alberto Saiz)

Sayaka Takahashi of Japan plays against Petya Nedelcheva (not pictured) of Bulgaria during the women's singles match in Badminton World Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark. (AFP/KELD NAVNTOFT)

Australian batsman Steve Smith in action during the match between Australia and South Africa in the one-day international tri-series which includes Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club. (AFP/JEKESAI NJIKIZANA)

Russia's judoka Musa Mogushkov (blue) competes with Kazakhstan's Yertugan Torenov during the under 73kg category repechage competition at the IJF World Judo Championship in Chelyabinsk, Russian Federation. (AFP/VASILY MAXIMOV)

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Malaysian soldiers carry a body of a victim of the downed MH17 flight at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia. The bodies of 20 victims of the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down over eastern Ukraine last month, returned home from Amsterdam. (AP/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia Airlines flight attendants cry during the arrival of the bodies of Malaysians who perished aboard flight MH17 that was downed in eastern Ukraine outside Bunga Raya complex in Sepang. (AFP/Mohd Rasfan)

Mohamed Salleh (C), father of Nur Shazana, a crew member who was killed in the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, touches his daughter's coffin during a burial ceremony at Taman Selatan Muslim cemetery in Putrajaya, Malaysia. (AP/Lai Seng Sin)

Riot police arrest a teacher during a protest to demand Chilean President Michelle Bachelet's government to improve the quality of public education in Santiago. Bachelet expressed her willingness to have free-of-charge college for 2016, as part of an education reform. (AFP/Martin Bernetti)

Defence personnel search for victims in mud two days after a landslide hit a residential area in Hiroshima, western Japan. The death toll from catastrophic landslides in western Japan could more than double as fears of a fresh collapse halted the search for 51 people still missing. (AFP/Jiji Press)

A girl holds a sign as she protests the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Crowds continue to gather to march along Florissant Road after Brown was fatally shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on August 9. (AFP/Joshua Lott)

Children wear the Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets at the experience hall of SK Telecom's Information and Communications Technology in Seoul, South Korea. SK Telecom opened the centre where children can learn about the latest information and communications technology. (AP/Ahn Young-joon)

A Portuguese forcado of the group of Alcochete catches a bull during a Portuguese-style bullfight in Campo Pequeno bullring, in Lisbon. Unlike bullfights in other countries, the bull in Portugal is not killed in the bullring. (AP/Francisco Seco)

Athletes compete during the Women's 3000m Steeplechase event during the IAAF Diamond League DN Galan meeting at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium in Sweden. (AFP/Jonathan Nackstrand)

Russia's Tatiana Kosheleva spikes the ball over Turkey's players during their volleyball match of the FIVB Women's World Grand Prix finals in Tokyo, Japan. (AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)

The peloton races into the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs during the first of four laps through the park for Stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge cycling race in Colorado. (AP/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)

Kenta Hirai of Japan competes during the 100m freestyle heat at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre in Gold Coast, Australia. The Pan Pacific swimming championships continues until August 24. (AFP/Patrick Hamilton)

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Members of the Mexican National Gendarmerie, a new group of the Federal Police, take part at its beginning of operations, on August 22, 2014 in Mexico City. (AFP/Ronaldo Schemidt)

An Israeli soldier and emergency workers examine the damage done to a synagogue after it was hit by a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip, on August 22, in the southern costal Israeli city of Ashdod. (AFP/David Buimovitch)

Two woman stand over a makeshift memorial to Michael Brown on August 22 in Ferguson, Missouri. Crowds continue to gather to march along Florissant Road after Brown was fatally shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on August 9. (AFP/Joshua Lott)

Defence personnel and rescue workers search for victims in mud on Aug 23, three days after a landslide hit a residential area in Hiroshima, Japan. (AFP/Jiji Press)

Trucks marked as being from a disputed aid convoy to Ukraine, return to Russia as people wait to enter Ukraine at the border post at Izvaryne. The checkpoint on the Ukrainian side was being operated by separatist rebels, who inspected the trucks. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

An aerial view of the Nepalese national flag, formed by over 35,000 people, is seen at the Tudikhel open ground in central Kathmandu on August 23, 2014. More than 35,000 Nepalese came together to form the world's largest “human national flag” in a bid to set a new world record. (AFP/Prakash Mathema)

Eric Singer, Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer of the band KISS participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at Klipsch Music Center on August 22, 2014 in Noblesville, Indiana. (Michael Hickey/Getty Images/AFP)

Liang Liang, a female giant panda from China, celebrates its eighth birthday at the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Two giant pandas are on loan to Malaysia from China to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the countries. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

Storm clouds gather over St Mary's lighthouse in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, England. Rain is expected to bring what is set to be unpleasant weather on Bank Holiday Monday. (AP Photo/PA, Owen Humphreys) 

Chicago Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen (8) falls just short of the goal line as he comes down between Seattle Seahawks' Brock Coyle (45) and Terrance Parks in the second half of a pre-season NFL football game, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during the third practice session ahead of Sunday's Belgian Formula One Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Turkey's Gizem Karadayi, Naz Aydemir Akyol, and Neriman Ozsoy miss the ball during their Women's Volleyball World Grand Prix final round in Tokyo, Japan.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

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Palestinian men look on as a bomb from an Israeli air strike hits a house in Gaza City. Israel kept up the pressure on Hamas in Gaza, carrying out multiple air strikes as Egypt prepared to convene new truce talks. (AFP/Roberto Schmidt)

Palestinian children line up in the courtyard of a UN school during a morning activity in Gaza City. An Israeli air strike killed two Palestinians in Gaza as militants kept up rocket fire, a day after an Egyptian call for an open-ended ceasefire to enable new truce talks. (AFP/Roberto Schmidt)

Local residents visit a landslide site three days after the disaster at a residential area in Hiroshima, western Japan. The death toll from devastating midweek landslides in Hiroshima rose to 50 as fresh rain stoked fears of more disasters and hampered the search for survivors. (AFP/Jiji Press)

File photo: Trucks from the Russian aid convoy to Ukraine wait in line as they return to Russia at the border post at Izvaryne, eastern Ukraine. (AP/Sergei Grits)

A Shiite Muslim fighter trains near the city of Najaf before joining government forces to fight Islamic State jihadists in the Jurf al-Sakhr area, south of Baghdad. Iraqi officials worked to calm soaring tensions after the killing of 70 people at a Sunni mosque. (AFP/Haidar Hamdani)

Panda cub Bao Bao hangs from a tree in her habitat at the National Zoo in Washington on her first birthday. The National Zoo is celebrating with a traditional 'Zhuazhou' ceremony, a Chinese birthday tradition symbolising long life. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Malaysian soldiers carry the coffin of Malaysia Airlines in-flight supervisor Mohd Ghafar Bin Abu Bakar, a Malaysian who perished aboard the flight MH17 that was downed in eastern Ukraine, during a ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang. (AFP/Mohd Rasfan)

Police mounted on horses ride through counter-demonstrators protesting against an election meeting arranged by the neo-nazi party "Svenskarnas Parti", at a square in central Malmo, Sweden. Two people were reportedly injured. (AP/TT News Agency, Drago Prvulovic)

This picture taken with an underwater camera shows first placed Spain Mireia Belmonte Garcia competing in the 1500m freestyle women final event at the 32nd LEN European swimming championships in Berlin, Germany. (AFP/Damien Meyer)

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain steers his car during the qualifying session ahead of Sunday's Belgian Formula One Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. (AP/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Russia's Tatiana Kosheleva (top) spikes the ball over China's Yuan Xinyue (L) and Wang Na (bottom, R) during their volleyball match of the FIVB Women's World Grand Prix finals in Tokyo. Russia won the match. (AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)

Argentina's Agustin Creevy (R) tackles South Africa's Frans Malherbe during their Rugby Championship match in Salta, Argentina. (AP/Victor R Caivano)

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