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A South Korean soldier takes position during an anti-terror drill as part of an annual joint military drill outside a tunnel in Seoul. South Korea and the United States launched the military drill despite condemnation by North Korea which has threatened a retaliatory strike. (AFP/Jung Yeon-je)

An armed Yemeni boy loyal to the Shiite Houthi movement poses during a tribal gathering against Al-Qaeda militants in the Bani al-Harith area, north of Sanaa. Yemen faces multiple domestic problems, including insurgencies posed by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)

Pope Francis holds the pastoral staff as he celebrates a Mass of reconciliation at Seoul's main cathedral, in South Korea. Pope Francis wrapped up his first trip to Asia by challenging all Koreans to reject the "mindset of suspicion and confrontation" that cloud their relations. (AP/Gregorio Borgia)

Israeli supporters of the right-wing Organisation for Prevention of Assimilation in the Holy Land (LEHAVA) scuffle with police during a demonstration outside a wedding hall where an Arab-Israeli and a Jewish-Israeli got married in the coastal city of Rishon Letzion. (AFP/Gali Tibbon)

Police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd during a protest for Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager who was killed by a police officer last Saturday in Ferguson, Missouri. Another peaceful protest quickly deteriorated, prompting police to fire tear gas. (AP/Charlie Riedel)

File photo: A Kurdish peshmerga fighter prepares his weapon near the Mosul Dam at the town of Chamibarakat outside Mosul, Iraq. (AP/Khalid Mohammed)

A Russian armoured personnel carrier moves in a field in about 10 kilometres from the Russia-Ukrainian border control point at the Russian town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region. (AP/Pavel Golovkin)

Indian forest rangers ride on an elephant as they patrol in the flood affected Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary at Morigaon some 60 kilometres east of Guwahati. Heavy rainfall has claimed at least 24 lives in India. (AFP/Biju Boro)

Ireland's players tackle France's Scrumhalf Jennifer Troncy (C) during the IRB Women's Rugby World Cup third place play-off match between France and Ireland at the Jean Bouin Stadium in Paris. (AFP/Kenzo Tribouillard)

Great Britain's Greg Rutherford competes to win the Men's Long Jump final during the European Athletics Championships at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich, Switzerland. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)

Repsol Repsol Honda Team's Spanish rider Dani Pedrosa (L) and Yamaha Factory Racing's Spanish rider Jorge Lorenzo compete during the Moto P race at the Czech Grand Prix in Brno. (AFP/Michal Cizek)

Kyle Larson exits his car after catching fire after a crash in Turn 4 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. (AP/Dave Frechette)

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Law enforcement officers look on amid tear gas during a protest in Ferguson, Missouri. Two people were shot and 31 arrested in the latest night of unrest in Ferguson where a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed African-American teenager, Michael Brown. (AFP/Michael B Thomas)

A Shiite fighter loyal to Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, holds a position as they back the Iraqi army in the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants after re-taking control of an area in the Jurf al-Sakher district about 65 kilometres south of Baghdad. (AFP/ALI AL-SAADI)

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's Type-89 armored combat vehicles flare up a smoke screen during an annual live firing exercise at Higashi Fuji range in Gotemba, southwest of Tokyo. (AP/Shizuo Kambayashi)

A Ukrainian soldier talks with children in Popasna, recently freed by Ukrainian forces from pro-Russia militants. Kiev accused pro-Russian rebels of killing "many" civilians trying to leave a conflict-torn area by shelling them with equipment provided by Moscow. (AFP/ANATOLII STEPANOV)

Supporters of anti-government cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri  (images seen at the background) take part in a protest, in Islamabad, Pakistan. Qadri led massive rallies in Pakistan’s capital, demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif step down over alleged fraud in last year’s election. (AP/Muhammed Muheisen)

A Palestinian boy makes his way through the rubble of the destroyed terminal of Gaza's former international airport in the southern city of Rafah. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have agreed to extend a five-day truce by 24 hours. (AFP/THOMAS COEX)

A man walks with an upside down flag in a protest for Michael Brown, an African-American teenager who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson. Brown's shooting has sparked more than a week of protests, riots and looting in the St Louis suburb. (AP/Charlie Riedel)

Workers hang outside the clock face as they clean the Big Ben clocktower of the Houses of Parliament in London. (AP/Sang Tan)

An actress rehearses a scene from the Chinese opera "A Dream of Red Mansions" at the National Theater in Taipei, Taiwan. "A Dream of Red Mansions," written by Chinese author Cao Xueqin, is known as one of the greatest achievements in Chinese literature. (AP/Wally Santana)

USA's C J Hobgood rides a wave during 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 Tahiti. (AFP/GREGORY BOISSY)

This picture taken with an underwater camera shows gold medallist Hungary's Katinka Hosszu competing in the 400m medley women final event at the 32nd LEN European swimming championships in Berlin. (AFP/DAMIEN MEYER)

Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez fields the throw as New York Mets Matt den Dekker slides into second in the fourth-inning of a baseball game at Citi Field in New York. (AP/Kathy Willens)

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This aerial view shows the damage caused by a landslide after heavy rains hit the city of Hiroshima, western Japan. At least 32 people were killed and another nine were still missing after a huge landslide engulfed homes in western Japan, reports said. (AFP/Jiji Press)

A Palestinian woman walks along a street covered in debris following an Israeli airstrikes on the Jabalia Palestinian refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. Hamas said that an Israeli air strike killed the wife and child of its Gaza military chief, as Cairo truce talks froze. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)

People evacuate from a building during a civil defence drill part of the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise in Seoul, South Korea. The US-South Korean military exercises are described by the allies as routine and defensive, but Pyongyang sees them as invasion preparation. (AP/Ahn Young-joon)

Police officers charge into a group of demonstrators to make an arrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Violent outbreaks have taken place in Ferguson since the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9th. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP)

Members of the Iraqi anti-terrorism forces wave the national flag in celebration after securing a checkpoint from Sunni militants in the village of Badriyah, 15 kilometres west of Mosul. Iraqi forces launched a string of attacks on Sunni militants. (AFP/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)

Supporters of Pakistani religious cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri rest in front of the parliament building, after tens of thousands of protesters entered Islamabad's high-security Red Zone the night before, in Islamabad. (AP/Muhammed Muheisen)

Afghan honour guard soldiers stand in formation during the Independence Day ceremony in Kabul. King Amanullah won the country's independency from Britain in 1919. (AP/Massoud Hossaini)

Lorries of the Russian humanitarian convoy wait not far from a checkpoint at the Ukrainian border some 30km outside the town of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky in the Rostov region. Ukrainian authorities fear the lorries may be used to smuggle in arms to the pro-Kremlin insurgents. (AFP/Dmitry Serebryakov)

Villagers sail on a boat through a flood-affected area in Ashigarh village, about 70 kilometres (44 miles) east of Gauhati, India. Heavy rainfall for the past few days has affected several districts of Assam state, flooding dozens of villages and displacing thousands. (AP/Anupam Nath)

Brazil's Thaisa Menezes spikes the ball against Turkey during the Women's Volleyball World Grand Prix final round in Tokyo, Japan. (AP/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Brazil's Miguel Pupo rides a wave during the second 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)

Atletico Madrid's midfielder Raul Garcia celebrates after scoring during the Spanish Supercup first-leg football match Real Madrid CF vs Club Atletico de Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. (AFP/Gerard Julien)

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New Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan–ocha pays homage to the late King Nares during an establishment anniversary of the 21st Infantry Regiment, Queen's Guard in Chonburi Province. (AP/Sakchai Lalit)

Supporters of losing Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, some wearing military uniforms, march to the Constitutional Court in Jakarta. The Indonesian court will rule on ex-general Prabowo Subianto's bid to overturn the results of last month's presidential election. (AFP/Romeo Gacad)

Protesters stand in the street as lightning flashes in the night sky in Ferguson, Missouri. A grand jury has begun hearing evidence as it weighs possible charges against the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. (AP/Jeff Roberson)

Ukrainian forces stand on armoured vehicles in the centre of Kiev, during a rehearsal ahead of the Ukraine's Independence Day. Fighting intensified as Kiev appeared to ramp up a deadly offensive to crush the ailing rebellion in the east. (AFP/Sergei Supinsky)

Demonstrators walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, while protesting against Israel's continued military campaign in Gaza, in New York City. Rocket fire from Gaza broke a cease-fire resulting in airstrikes from Israel which killed the wife and child of a Hamas commander. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP)

Coloured water from a police water cannon is sprayed at Kashmiri government employees during a protest in Srinagar, India. Police used force to disperse Kashmiri government employees during the protest demanding regularisation of contractual jobs and a hike in salary. (AP/Mukhtar Khan)

Indian villagers use a makeshift bridge to cross floodwater at Buraburi village in the Morigaon district of the state of Assam. Floods and landslides in Nepal and northern India have killed nearly 200 people and scores more are missing. (AFP/Biju Boro)

Shops remain closed in Monrovia's West Point slum as part of quarantine measures to contain the spread of Ebola. Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia's capital as authorities struggled to contain the epidemic. (AFP/Zoom Dosso)

Austria's Lisa Zaiser starts in the 200m Medley Women semi-final event at the 32nd LEN European swimming championships in Berlin, Germany. (AFP/Tobias Schwarz)

Tom Danielson of the United States riding for Garmin Sharp sets the pace for the yellow jersey group on the first climb of Monarch Mounatin during stage three of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge from Gunnison to Monarch Mountain in Monarch, Colorado. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images/AFP)

Russia's libero Svetlana Kryuchkova eyes the ball during their women's volleyball World Grand Prix final round second day match against Belgium in Tokyo, Japan. (AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura)

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, of Spain, reacts after defeating Donald Young 6-7 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (6) in a match at the Winston-Salem Open tennis tournament in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. (AP/Chuck Burton)

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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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Catholic worshippers gather to watch Pope Francis lead a mass at Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul. Pope Francis beatified 124 early Korean martyrs at a mass in Seoul and challenged the massive crowd to ask what values they might be willing to die. (AFP/POOL/Lee Jin-man)

Pope Francis gestures during his visit to the rehabilitation centre for disabled people at Kkottongnae in Eumseong, South Korea. (AP/Ahn Young-joon, Pool)

A masked Palestinian boy wearing a Hamas headband holds up a toy gun during a rally in the West Bank city of Nablus to support people in the Gaza Strip and against Egypt's policy on Gaza, which Hamas says favours Israel. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)

Demonstrators raise their hands as they protest the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael Brown was killed in broad daylight with witnesses and law enforcement providing conflicting accounts of how the 18-year-old lost his life. (AFP/Joshua Lott)

Pakistani supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan gather on a bridge as they wait for Khan prior to joining the protest march to Islamabad, in Ghakhar area in eastern Punjab province. (AFP/Asif Hassan)

A Russian military truck carries supplies on a road outside the town of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky in Rostov region, some 30km from the Russian-Ukrainian border, Russia. Ukraine said it destroyed part of a Russian armoured column that entered onto its territory. (AFP/Dmitry Serebryakov)

Spanish bullfighter Rafael Cerro performs with an El Torero ranch fighting bull during a bullfight at Las Ventas bullring, in Madrid. Bullfighting is an ancient tradition in Spain. (AP/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

Participants covered in soap bubbles enjoy a summer event to cool them off at Toyosu Magic Beach in Tokyo, Japan. (AP/Koji Sasahara)

A rainbow enlightens the sky prior to the Men's 400m final during the European Athletics Championships at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich, Switzerland. (AFP/Olivier Morin)

Sweden's Emma Green competes in the Women's High Jump qualifying round during the European Athletics Championships at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich, Switzerland. (AFP/Franck Fife)

Cyclists ride during the 207km second stage of the Arctic Race of Norway between Honningsvag and Alta in Norway. (AFP/Jonathan Nackstrand)

Sailboats race downwind with the Manhattan skyline for a backdrop in New York. Amateur sailors on 19 teams from more than a dozen countries competed in the sixth "Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge" races in New York Harbour. (AFP/Don Emmert)

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Indonesian combat aircraft, F16 and Hawk of the US, M50 of South Korea and Sukhoi of Russia fly over Indonesia's presidential palace during a ceremony marking the 69th Indonesian Independence Day in Jakarta. (AFP/Adek Berry)

A supporter of anti-government cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri sleeps on the ground under a truck during a protest in Islamabad, Pakistan. Qadri led massive rallies in Pakistan’s capital, demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif step down over alleged fraud in last year’s election. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

An Indian villager pushes his bicycle along a submerged road in the flood-affected village of Ashigarh. Heavy rainfall in India's states of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam has submerged more than 100 villages and affected more than 150,000 people. (AFP PHOTO/STR)

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community settle at the Qandil mountains near the Turkish border. Militants shot 80 Yazidi men to death in Iraq before abducting their wives and children, officials and eyewitnesses reported. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

The coffin of Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos arrives on a fire truck at the Palacio do Campo das Princesas, where his wake will be held. Campos died when his campaign jet slammed into houses in the city of Santos in bad weather. (AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDA)

Law enforcement officers stand guard while people protest the shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown's shooting following a suspected robbery of a box of cigars has sparked a week of protests and looting in the St Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

A participant takes a selfie as she runs through a "colour station" during the five-kilometre Color Run event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. During the race, participants are doused with coloured powder after every kilometre covered. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

Nepalese Hindu devotees gather to celebrate the birth of Hindu lord Krishna at Lalitpur. Nepalese Hindus mark the occasion with traditional dances, worship and merry-making. (AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA)

Festival-goers carrying a portable shrine are splashed with water during the summer festival of Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine in downtown Tokyo. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

A woman and her dog attend mass during Dog Day, in El Alto, Bolivia. Bolivian households celebrate the Feast of San Roque, who is the patron saint of dogs and take this opportunity to provide extra special attention to their pets. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Riders compete during the "Palio" horse race in Siena, Italy. The Palio medieval race is held twice a year in Siena with jockeys riding bareback round a makeshift race course set up in the city's central square. (AFP PHOTO/ FABIO MUZZI)

Photo taken with an underwater camera shows Italy competing in the synchronised swimming team free routine final event at the 32nd LEN European swimming championships in Berlin. (AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER)

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