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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (L) and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong pose for a photo after signing a joint declaration on a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between Australia and Singapore on June29, 2015 at the Istana, or Presidential Palace in Singapore.(AP/Wong Maye-E)

Pakistani police cordon off a house on the outskirts of Lahore on Jun 29, 2015, following a raid on property allegedly used by Taliban militants. Pakistani police and counter terrorism forces raided a house near the city of Lahore and killed four Taliban militants, officials said. (AFP/Rif Ali)

South Korean Marines come out from a landing craft during a landing exercise on the beach in Taean, South Korea on Jun 29, 2015. South Korean Navy and Marine held a joint landing drill on the west coast improving their military readiness to protect the Korean Peninsula. (Photo: AP/Ahn Young-joon)

Civilians, army soldiers and police queue to vote in the opposition stronghold of Musaga in Bujumbura on Jun 29, 2015. Voting in Burundi's controversial elections opened despite a string of grenade attacks in polling stations. (Photo: AFP/Phil Moore)

An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier walks on the outskirts of Herat on Jun 29, 2015. At least 11 Afghan soldiers were killed in a Taliban ambush in western Afghanistan, officials said, as security forces face their first fighting season without NATO combat support. (Photo: AFP/Aref Karimi)

An Israeli naval battle ship sails in the Mediterranean sea back to Ashdod port in Israel on Jun 29, 2015. Israel’s navy intercepted a vessel attempting to breach a naval blockade of Gaza early Monday and was redirecting it to an Israeli port, the military and the activists said. (AP/Ariel Schalit)

Elderly people, who usually get their pensions at the end of the month, wait outside a closed bank in Athens on Jun 29, 2015 as Greece cabinets decided that Greek banks remains shut for six business days and restrictions would be imposed on cash withdrawals. (Photo: AP/Petros Giannakouris)

Pope Francis celebrates a mass where he bestowed the Pallium, a woolen shawl symbolizing their bond to the pope, to new Metropolitan Archbishops, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Jun 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Sri Lankan batsman Dimuth Karunaratne bats against Pakistan during the fifth day of their second cricket test match in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Jun 29, 2015. Sri Lanka won the match by 7 wickets. (Photo: AP/Eranga Jayawardena)

A diver holds a Greek flag as other sit on the MS Zenobia shipwreck, a Swedish built ferry that capsized and sank off the coast of the Cypriot port city of Larnaca in 1979, as they participate in a "Mass Dive" event, consisting of over 120 divers, on Jun 28, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Emily Irving-Swift)

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, leads AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Kingsford Charcoal Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on Jun 28, 2015 in Sonoma, California. (Photo: Jonathan Moore/Getty/AFP)

New York Mets' Steven Matz reacts after hitting a two-run single during the sixth inning of the baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field on Jun 28, 2015, in New York. (Photo: AP/Seth Wenig)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) poses with photos of his father and former Japanese Foreign Minister Shintaro Abe visiting South Korea in July 1984, presented to him by South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se (L) at the start of their meeting in Tokyo. (Issei Kato/Pool Photo via AP)

South Korean police officers, wearing masks as a precaution against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), patrol as protesters stage a rally marking the 50th anniversary of the normalisation between South Korea and Japan in front of Japanese Embassy in Seoul. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Afghan lawmakers leave the main hall after a suicide attack in front of the main gate of parliament, during clashes with Taliban fighters in Kabul. (Dr Naqibullah Faiq via AP)

A woman leaves flowers on a memorial in front of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church after a mass shooting at the church killed nine people. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP)

Communist supporters holding a banner depicting Joseph Stalin gather in central Simferopol to mark the 74th anniversary of the 1941 Nazi Germany invasion of the Soviet Union. (AFP PHOTO/MAX VETROV)

Turkish police officers arrest protesters in front of the Education Ministry in Ankara, as students demonstrate against the complex exams system. (AFP PHOTO/ADEM ALTAN)

A man rides his bicycle under heavy rain in the neighbourhood of Koumassi, in Abidjan. The high rain fall this month has killed at least 16 people in Abidjan. (AFP PHOTO/SIA KAMBOU)

Law enforcement officers walk along a road as the search continues for two escaped prisoners from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, in Owls Head, New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team skippered by British Ian Walker arrives in Gothenburg at the end of Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Lorient (France) to Gothenburg (Sweden) to win the overall race in west Sweden. (AFP PHOTO/JONATHAN NACKSTRAND)

Athletes attend a training session in the men's archery individual competition at the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova returns the ball to Britain's Harriet Dart during the women's International tennis at Devonshire Park, Eastbourne. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)

Georgia's Maiko Gogoladze competes in the women's long jump at the athletics event of the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. (AFP PHOTO/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV)

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh leave for Bellevue Palace in Berlin on Jun 24, 2015, is in Germany for a three-day visit, including meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a visit at the former Nazi camp Bergen-Belsen. (AFP/Robert Michael)

Iran's First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri (C-L) and education minister Ali Asghar Fani (C-R) attend a parliament session to impeach Fani in Tehran on Jun 24, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Behrouz Mehri) 

Palestinians hold their national flag as they ride boats during a rally to show support for activists aboard a flotilla of boats who are soon to set sail for Gaza in a fresh bid to break Israel's blockade of the territory, at the seaport of Gaza City on Jun 24, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Mahmud Hams)

Indonesian bomb-squad police escort four Turks as they arrive to attend a trial at North Jakarta court on Jun 24, 2015. The four Turkish nationals were arrested in Sulawesi island and are suspected to be linked to the jihadist Islamic State group, police spokesman said. (Photo: AFP/Bay Ismoyo)

Workers from the Lands Department remove protesters' belongings outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on Jun 24, 2015. Hong Kong authorities clear out a protest camp outside the city's government headquarters and legislature complex. (Photo: AP/Kin Cheung)

A corn vendor heats up the grill to roast corn at el-Moez Street in historical Fatimid Cairo, Egypt, early hours on Jun 24, 2015. Muslims around the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar during which devotees fast from dawn till dusk. (Photo: AP/Amr Nabil)

A senior nun pays tribute as others gather for a mass prayer ceremony near the casket of Sister Nirmala Joshi, 81, at the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, India on Jun 24, 2015. The Indian nun who replaced Mother Teresa as head of the Missionaries of Charity died on Jun 23. (Photo: APBikas Das)

A foreign delegate photographs damaged buildings at the Basantapur Durbar Square heritage site in Kathmandu, Nepal on Jun 24, 2015. Delegates representing some 53 nations will attend the International Donors’ Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction on Jun 25. (Photo: AP/Niranjan Shrestha)

Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma plays a shot during the third one day international (ODI) cricket match between Bangladesh and India at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on Jun 24, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Munir uz Zaman)

Ireland's Katie Taylor (R) lands a punch on Sweden's Ida Lundblad during their women's light (57-60kg) boxing quarterfinal bout at the 2015 European Games in Baku on Jun 24, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Tobias Schwarz)

San Diego Padres' Alexi Amarista hits an RBI single off San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland in the 11th inning of their baseball game on Jun 23, 2015, in San Francisco. (Photo: AP/Eric Risberg)

San Diego Padres' Alexi Amarista hits an RBI single off San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland in the 11th inning of their baseball game Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

This NASA handout photo taken by astronaut Scott Kelly currently on a one-year mission to the International Space Station, shows an aurora seen from the ISS. (AFP/Handout/NASA/Scoot Kelly)

Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighters wave their movement's flag as they parade in the northeastern Syrian town of Qamishli after returning from battling Islamic State (IS) group militants in Tal Abyad on the border with Turkey. (AFP/Delil Souleiman)

Afghan women wait with a child to get food from distribution scheme held during Ramadan in Herat. Across the Muslim world, the faithful fast from dawn to dusk and strive to be more pious during the holy month, which ends with the Eid holiday. (AFP/Aref Karimi

A Russian WWII veteran takes part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the tomb of Unknown Soldier at the Kremlin wall in Moscow. Russian veterans laid flowers at tomb of Unknown Soldier to mark the 70th anniversary of the Moscow parade that celebrated victory over Nazi Germany. (AP/Ivan Sekretarev)

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles as a little robot waves to the her during a reception at the 'Technische Universitaet' (Technical University) in Berlin, Germany. Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip are on an official visit to Germany. (AP/Michael Sohn/Pool)

People pay their last respect near the body of Sister Nirmala Joshi on its way to Mother House in Kolkata. Sister Nirmala Joshi, who succeeded Mother Teresa as head of her Missionaries of Charity in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, died at the age of 81 . (AFP/Dibyangshu Sarkar)

An Indonesian farmer stands at a farm where she works as Sinabung spews volcanic ash in Karo, North Sumatra. More than 1,200 Indonesian villagers were evacuated from their homes close to a rumbling volcano on Sumatra island, an official said. (AFP/Sutanta Aditya)

A reveller jumps over a bonfire during the night of San Juan in Alcobendas near Madrid, Spain. This celebration takes place during the shortest night of the year in almost all cities and towns of Spain. (AP/Andres Kudacki)

Bulgaria's Todor Aleksiev (top) jumps to return the ball during the men's quarter-final volleyball match Turkey vs Bulgaria at the 2015 European Games in Baku. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

In this underwater picture athletes dive during the men's 1500m freestyle event at the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. (AP/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov returns the ball during his men's singles exhibition match against France's Richard Gasquet at The Hurlingham Tennis Classic tournament at the Hurlingham Club in London. (AFP/Adrian Dennis)

France's Nacer Bouhanni (R) of Cofidis celebrates as he crosses the finish-line to win the 68th edition of the Halle-Ingooigem cycling race, UCI 1-1 race of 198.8km from Halle to Ingooigem. (AFP/BELGA/David Stockman)

Indonesian Muslim men pray during Friday prayer at a market in Jakarta, Indonesia on Jun 26, 2015. During Ramadan, Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk. (Photo: AP/Achmad Ibrahim)

Indian school students hold placards during an event to mark International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Kolkata on Jun 26, 2015. International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1987. (AFP/Dibyangshu Sarkar)

Piles of seized drugs burn after being set on fire during a ceremony to mark the UN's "International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking" in Yangon on Jun 26, 2015. Officials from both Thailand and Myanmar were to torch tonnes of seized narcotics. (Photo: AFP/Ye Aung Thu)

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi answers questions during a European Union summit at the EU Headquarters in Brussels on Jun 26, 2015. (Photo: AFP/John Thys)

Thai officials check packs of confiscated narcotics before destroying them marking the UN's International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking in Ayutthaya province on Jun 26, 2015. More than 9,000 kg of confiscated narcotics with an estimated value of US$588 million. (AFP/Pornchai Kittiwongsakul)

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is cheered by children waving British flags as she walks across the Pariser Platz near Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate on Jun 26, 2015 on her way to leave Berlin. British Queen Elizabeth II ends her three-day visit to Germany. (Photo: AFP/Pool/John Macdougall)

Supporters hold up the party flag as Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza addresses a crowd during the official start of the 2015 electoral campaign by the The National Council for the Defense of Democracy–Forces for the Defense of Democracy party in Bujumbura on Jun 26, 2015. (AFP/Landry Nshimiye)

Andrea Iannoner of Italy powers his Ducati during the free practice of the Dutch MotoGP Grand Prix, in Assen, northern Netherlands on Jun 25, 2015. (Photo: AP/Vincent Jannink)

Palestinian men walk past a section of Israel's separation barrier to cross the Qalandia checkpoint on their way to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem on the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Jun 26, 2015.(AP/Majdi Mohammed)

A windmill is decorated with yellow banners as notice of the Tour de France in Montfoort, on Jun 25, 2015. The second stage of the cycling race comes along this city as the Grand Depart of the 102nd Tour de France cycling race will start off on Jul 4, 2015 in Utrecht. (AFP/ANP/Bas Czerwinski)

Sri Lankan cricketer Kaushal Silva (L) runs between wickets during the second day of the second Test cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the P. Sara Oval Cricket Stadium in Colombo on Jun 26, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Lakruwan Wanniarachchi)

Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros runs to first base after hitting a double in the eighth inning of their game against the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park on Jun 25, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images/AFP)

Mount Sinabung spews hot molten lava from its crater in this photo taken using long exposure in Perteguhan, North Sumatra, Indonesia on Jun 27, 2015. The volcano has spewed hot lava almost daily since its alert status was raised early this month to the highest level. (Photo: AP/Binsar Bakkara)

A Sri Lankan vendor displays newspapers for sale at a stall in Colombo on Jun 27, 2015. Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena ordered the immediate dismissal of parliament, clearing the way for a snap election 10 months ahead of schedule. (Photo: AFP/Ishara S. Kodikara)

Guests prepare for the start of the Coronation Taumafa Kava ceremony for King Tupou VI of Tonga in Nuku'alofa on Jun 27, 2015. Tonga mark the celebration of the upcoming coronation with an ancient ceremony involving the mildly narcotic drink kava. (Photo: AFP/Pesi Fonua/Matangi Tonga)

Nepalese people release balloons in memory of those who died in the Apr 25 and May 12 earthquakes, at a damaged area of Durbar Square in Kathmandu on Jun 27, 2015. Nepalese citizens released over 8,800 balloons honoring the victims of the devastating earthquake two months ago. (AFP/ Prakash Mathema)

A Chinese policeman points with his handheld radio as another policeman escorts a demonstrator onto a bus outside the municipal government headquarters in Shanghai on Jun 27, 2015. Authorities are trying to prevent protest by deploying heavy police force and hauling away demonstrators. (Photo: AP)

A girl tags colorful strips of paper messages to bamboo branch at Zojoji temple during the celebration of Tanabata in Tokyo on Jun 27, 2015. According to legend, deities Orihime (Vega) and her lover Hikoboshi (Altair), separated by Milky Way allowed to meet only once a year Jul 7. (AP/Koji Sasahara)

A man grabs the barrel of the weapon from a Burundi policeman during a scuffle with residents angered by a search operation in the of the Cibitoke neighbourhood of Bujumbura on Jun 27, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Marco Longari)

Tourists comfort each other after the mass shooting in the resort town of Sousse on Jun 26, 2015. At least 3 people, including foreigners, were killed at a Tunisian beach resort packed with holidaymakers, in the North African country's worst attack in recent history. (Photo: AFP/Fethi Belaid)

Pakistan cricketer Ahmed Shehzad (L) plays a shot as Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal and teammate Angelo Mathews look on during the third day of the second Test match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the P. Sara Oval Cricket Stadium in Colombo on Jun 27, 2015. (AFP/Lakruwan Wanniarachchi)

San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey swings and misses during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Jun 26, 2015, in San Francisco. Rockies catcher Nick Hundley is at right. (Photo: AP/George Nikitin)

Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska in action during her victory over Sloane Stephens of the United States during day seven of the international women's tournament at Eastbourne, England on Jun 26, 2015. (Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA via AP) 

Carmelita Jeter is helped up by Jeneba Tarmoh and Tianna Bartoletta after an injury in the Women's 100 Meter Dash Final during day two of the 2015 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field on Jun 26, 2015 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP)

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (C) lays a small cross with Jordan Scott, 10 (L)and Ary White, 11 (2nd-R) both of Australia, at a grave as he pays his respects to the war dead of both WWI and WWII at the Kranji Commonwealth War Memorial on Jun 28, 2015 in Singapore. (Photo: AP/Joseph Nair)

Cambodian Prime Minister and president of the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) Hun Sen (L) speaks to Interior Minister and Vice president of CPP Sar Kheng (R) during a Cambodian People's Party (CPP) ceremony marking the 64th founding anniversary in Phnom Penh on June 28, 2015. (AFP/Tang Chhin Sothy)

This frame grab from video footage provided by Apple Daily from reader Miss Huang on Jun 28, 2015 shows revelers being engulfed by flames at the Formosa Fun Coast water park in Pali district, in New Taipei City, on Jun 27, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Apple Daily/Miss Huang)

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou shakes hands with a recuperating patient at a local hospital in Taipei on Jun 28, 2015 following a fireball at a water park that injured hundreds. Witnesses described the scene at a Taiwan water park as "hell" after a ball of fire ripped through a crowd. (AFP/CNA/POOL)

An exile Tibetan child (C) in a traditional attire joins elders to perform a dance as part of their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday celebrations, in Bangalore, India on Jun 28, 2015. (Photo: AP/Aijaz Rahi)

Neighbours and relatives gather at the home of Abdul Masumbuko, a man allegedly killed when the grenade he was handling exploded in his hands, in the Jabe neighbourhood of Bujumbura on Jun 28, 2014. (Photo: AFP/Marco Longari)

Kenyan Muslim children are taught verses of Quran, Islam's holy book, by a religious teacher on the 11th day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at a Madrassa (Religion School), in Nairobi, Kenya on Jun 28 2015. Muslims throughout the world are celebrating the holy month of Ramadan. (AP/Sayyid Azim)

A man playing spinning top during a public sport campaign to promote exercise organized by the city government at Garden Expo Park in Beijing on Jun 28, 2015. The campaign is to encourage people exercise to support Beijing’s bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. (Photo: AP/Andy Wong)

Boxer Rodney Hernandez (L) fights Julian Pollard (R) during BKB 3, Big Knockout Boxing, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Jun 27, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The campionship fight ended with Julian Pollard as victor by unanimous decision. (Photo: Scott McDermott/Getty Images/AFP)

San Diego Padres center fielder Will Venable (R) and shortstop Alexi Amarista come up short while trying to catch a bloop-single hit by Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb in the second inning of a baseball game on Jun 27, 2015, in San Diego. (Photo: AP/Lenny Ignelzi)

Ryan Briscoe (L) flips through the infield grass near Ryan Hunter-Reay on Jun 27, 2015, during the IndyCar auto race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. (Photo: AP/Will Lester)

In this image provided by Benoit Photo, Prize Exhibit, with Santiago Gonzalez aboard, wins the Grade III US$100,000 Senorita Stakes horse race on Jun 27, 2015, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. (Photo: Benoit Photo via AP)