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A golden eagle attacks a fox during the hunting festival "Salburun" in Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledko)

Syrian government forces gather on the Fatima hill overlooking the town of Kfar Shams, north of the southern Syrian city of Deraa after they regained control of the hill the day before. (AFP/STR)

Indonesian crews and workers remove the fuselage of AirAsia QZ8501 from a vessel at the Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, Indonesia has retrieved the final major part of the fuselage of an AirAsia jet that crashed into the Java Sea in December. (AFP/Adek Berry)

A Yemeni activist holds a placard bearing portrait of kidnapped interpreter Sherine Makkaoui during a gathering demanding her release in Aden. Unidentified gunmen seized Makkaoui and French Isabelle Prime - a consultant working on a World Bank-funded project. (AFP/STR)

Bertrand Piccard, one of the two Swiss pilots of the solar-powered plane Solar Impluse 2, lands at the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi's small Al-Bateen airport during the third test flight. (AFP/Marwan Naamani)

An anti-Israel demonstrators wearing masks bearing the likeness of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and holding up "bloody" hands protest Mar 1, 2015 outside the Washington Convention Center. (AFP/Michael Mathes) 

A general view of the atmosphere at the World Premiere of Disney’s “Cinderella”, Kenneth Branagh’s breathtaking live-action feature, at the legendary El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Blvd.  (AFP/Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Participants jumping for a photo during the "Half-Naked Marathon" at a park in Beijing. Hundreds of runners joined the annual running event which required them to run half-naked as a way to promote environmentally friendly lifestyles. (Photo: AFP)

Trey McDonald (L) and D'Angelo Russell (R) of the Ohio State Buckeyes reach for a rebound over Rapheal Davis (bottom C) of the Purdue Boilermakers during the first half of the game at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (AFP/Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Taylor Gold competes during the FIS Snowboard World Cup 2015 Men's Snowboard Halfpipe Final during the U.S. Grand Prix at Park City Mountain in Park City, Utah. (AFP/Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Boca Juniors' forward Jonathan Calleri (R) celebrates after scoring a goal against Atletico de Rafaela during their Argentina First Division football match, at La Bombonera stadium, in Buenos Aires, on Mar 1, 2015. (AFP/Alejandro Pagni)

Curtis McElhinney (R) of the Columbus Blue Jackets makes a save on Maxim Lapierre (L) of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (AFP/Justin K Aller/Getty Images)

Police officers examine the newly-recovered remains of the fuselage of the ill-fated AirAsia Flight 8501 on the deck of rescue ship Crest Onyx at Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, Indonesia. (AP/Dita Alangkara)

Residents fill water containers from a tanker in the eastern Ukrainian city of Avdiivka, in the Donetsk region controlled by Ukrainian forces , as a shaky two-week-old ceasefire between the government and pro-Russian rebels was still largely holding. (AFP/ANATOLII STEPANOV)

Signs are seen with his portraits and flowers placed at the site where Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down near the Kremlin against a backdrop of St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow. (AP/Ivan Sekretarev)

People gather as firefighters work to bring under control a fire on the middle floor of a plaza at Idumota market in Lagos, Nigeria. A building housing mostly imported textiles was gutted destroying goods worth thousands of dollars. (AFP/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI)

South African firefighters battle to control a wildfire near the town of Hout Bay that has burned down five homes in Cape Town's southern peninsula. (AP/Schalk van Zuydam)

Protesters stand outside tents erected for a sit-in against the high cost of housing at the Rothschild Boulevard in the Israeli city of Tel Avi, Israel. (AFP/JACK GUEZ)

Icicles hanging from a tarp at the White House begin to melt after an ice storm in Washington, DC. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)

A visitor tests a Samsung Gear VR during the opening day of the 2015 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain. Phone makers will seek to attract new buyers with even smarter internet-connected watches and other wireless gadgets as they wrestle for dominance. (AFP/JOSEP LAGO)

Roma's Seydou Keita (down) falls with Juventus' Stephan Lichtsteiner during the Italian Serie A football match at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. (AFP/FILIPPO MONTEFORTE)

Phil Mickelson plays his second shot on the 12th hole during the continuation of the fourth round of The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa - Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (David Cannon/Getty Images/AFP)

England's centre Jonathan Joseph (R) is tackled by Ireland's flanker Peter O'Mahony during the Six Nations international rugby union match at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. Ireland won the game 19-9. (AFP/PAUL ELLIS)

Fifth placed Elena Curtoni of Italy competes during an alpine ski World Cup women's super-G event in Bansko, Bulgaria. (AP/Pier Marco Tacca)

View of the Volcano Villarrica in southern Chile which began erupting on Mar 03, 2015, forcing the evacuation of some 3,000 people in nearby villages. (AFP/FRANCISCO NEGRONI/AGENCIAUNO)

Iraqi government forces and allied militias fire weaponry from a position in the northern part of Diyala province, bordering Salaheddin province, as they take part in an assault to retake the city of Tikrit from militants of the Islamic State group. (AFP/YOUNIS AL-BAYATI)

Rescue workers check the area around a Turkish Airlines plane after it slid off the tarmac at Kathmandu's international airport. The plane with 224 passengers onboard made the emergency landing at the airport after missing the runway and skidding on to nearby grassland. (AFP/Prakash Mathema)

Indonesian police armoured vehicles carrying Australians on death row Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran leave the maximum security prison in Nusa Kambangan island, in Cilacap in central Java island after they dropped them. (AFP/Bay Ismoyo)

Myanmar riot police take position as they block a march by students and Buddhist monks in Letpadan town, some 130km north of Myanmar's main city of Yangon. (AFP/ Ye Aung Thu)

New Indian military recruits take an oath during a passing-out parade at an Indian Army base on outskirts of Srinagar. Some 179 recruits were formally inducted into the Indian Army's Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment (JKLIR) after completing 49 weeks of training. (AFP/Rouf Bhat)

Attendants line up for a group photo on Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Thousands of delegates from all over the country are in the Chinese capital this week to attend the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the National People's Congress. (AP/Mark Schiefelbein)

Japan's security company Central Security Patrol shows a demonstration of a guardman robot, using Softbank's humanoid robot Papper, at the annual Security Show in Tokyo. (AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)

UAE's Shaiman Anwar plays a shot watched by Pakistan's Umar Akmal (L) during the Pool B Cricket World Cup match between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Pakistan at McLean Park in Napier. (AFP/Michael Bradley)

Colombian professional golf player Camilo Villegas plays during an exhibition at the Karibana Golf Resort in Cartagena, Colombia. (AFP/Joaquin Sarmiento)

Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol (R) keeps the ball from Washington Wizards forward Nene during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago. (AP/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Hull City's Dame N'Doye (R) scores during the English Premier League match against Sunderland at the KC Stadium, Hull, England. (AP/PA, Lynne Cameron)

Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado is hounded by the press during a march of protest for the death of a student occured during a demonstration in the state of Tachira on the eve, in Caracas, on Feb 25, 2015. (AFP/Federico Parra)

View of flooded streets following heavy rains in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Feb 25, 2015. (AFP/Miguel Schincariol)

Haitian protesters carry a placard in front of the Consulate General of the Dominican Republic during a march in Port-au-Prince on Feb 25, 2015, calling for the end of what they said was anti-Haitian sentiment in the Dominican Republic. (AFP/Hector Retamal)

German Human Rights Commissioner Christoph Strässer looks at school chairs of the 43 missing students during a meeting at the Rural school of Ayotzinapa, in Tixtla community, Guerrero State, Mexico on Feb 25, 2015.  (AFP/Jesus Guerrero)

French actress Marion Cotillard (C) leaves after a ceremony with French President Francois Hollande in Manila on Feb 26, 2015.  (AFP/Alain Jocard)

Visitors pose with exhibits displayed at a "love museum" in Seoul. South Korea's Constitutional Court on Feb 26 struck down a 60-year-old statute outlawing adultery under which violators faced up to two years in prison. (AFP/Ed Jones)

Laos President Choummaly Sayasone (centre L) and his wife Keosaychay Sayasone (centre R) walk past a band and honour guard as they pay their respects to a statue of late former king Norodom Sihanouk during their visit in Phnom Penh on Feb 26, 2015. (AFP/Tang Chhin Sothy) 

An Afghan policeman adjusts his weapon as he stands at the scene of a suicide attack on a Turkish diplomatic vehicle in front of the Iranian embassy in Kabul on Feb 26, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Wakil Kohsar)

Janne Korpi of Finland competes during qualifying for the FIS Snowboard World Cup 2015 Men's Slopestyle during the US Grand Prix at Park City Mountain on Feb 25, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (AFP/Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara (R) plays a shot as Bangladesh's Mushfiqur Rahim (L) looks on during the Pool A 2015 Cricket World Cup match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Feb 26, 2015. (AFP/Mal Fairclough)

Zach Randolph (C) of the Memphis Grizzlies shoots and makes a full-court shot right before halftime of their game against Ray McCallum #3 and the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena on Feb 25, 2015 in Sacramento, California. (AFP/Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Jiri Sekac #46 of the Anaheim Ducks in action against the Ottawa Senators at Honda Center on Feb 25, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (AFP/Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Acrobatic pilots perform on the first public day of the Australian International Airshow at the Avalon Airfield near Lara southwest of Melbourne on Feb 27, 2015. Some 180,000 patrons were expected through the gates over three public days of the event. (AFP/Paul Crock)

Members of the Homeless Workers Movement take part in a protest in Sao Paulo, Brazil against the rationing of water in the outskirts of the city. The supply of water to many cities in the state of Sao Paulo has been hampered by the worst drought of the area in recent years. (AFP/Nelson Almeida)

Students are arrested by police during a protest in Mexico City, as they demand justice and clarification for the disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa.  (AFP/Alfredo Estrella)

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (C) and Lewis Moeau, a government official, watch a Maori warrior (R) perform during a welcome ceremony at Government House in Auckland on Feb 27, 2015. Abbott is in New Zealand for a two day official visit. (AFP/Michael Bradley)

Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers training in the snow in Heihe, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. China's military training this year will focus on "improving fighting capacity" to win "local wars", the defence ministry said. (Photo: AFP)

Former Indonesian domestic helper Erwiana Sulistyaningsih (C) reacts as she speaks to the press in front of the District Court following the sentencing of her former employer Law Wan-tung in Hong Kong on Feb 27, 2015. (AFP/Anthony Wallace)

French President Francois Hollande (2nd R) looks at a fishing net during a visit to the seaport in Guiuan, Eastern Samar province on Feb 27, 2015. Hollande visited a remote Philippine town devastated by one of the world's strongest typhoons. (AFP/Ted Aljibe)

Catapult operators take a rest on the deck of the aircaft carrier Charles de Gaulle operating in the Gulf. French warplanes carried out their first strikes on February 25, 2015 since the warship joined the fight against jihadists in Iraq. (AFP/Patrick Baz)

Andre Iguodala (C) of the Golden State Warriors looks for a pass while under pressure from LeBron James (R) of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena on Feb 26, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Warriors 110-99. (AFP/Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Austrian Stefan Kraft soars during the first round of the men Ski Jumping competition at the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden. (AFP/Christof Stache)

Cyclists of the team LottoNL-Jumbo ride their bicycles during a track reconnaissance in Brakel, ahead of the 'Omloop Het Nieuwsblad', the first cycling race of the season in Belgium to be held on Feb 28. (AFP/Belga/Yorick Jansens)

Brugge's Boli Bolingoli Mbombo celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Europa League Club Brugge KV vs Aalborg BK football match in Brugge. Club Brugge won the match 3-1.  (AFP/Belga/Bruno Fahy)

Indonesian police commandos secure 'mock prisoners' during a simulation exercise in Danpasar in preparation for the transfer of two Australian drug smugglers on death row. (AFP)

Bangladeshi secular activists take part in a torch-lit protest against the killing of US blogger of Bangladeshi origin and founder of the Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog site, Avijit Roy, who was hacked to death by unidentified assailants, in Dhaka. (AFP/Munir uz Zaman)

People's Protection Units (YPG) fighters drive at sunset on the outskirts of Tal Hamis after they retook parts of the town following six days of clashes with Islamic State group extremists in Syria's Hasakeh province. (AFP/Delil Souleiman)

Survivors wait to receive food donations near the site of an avalanche in the Paryan district of Panjshir province, Afghanistan. The death toll from severe weather that caused avalanches and flooding has jumped to over 200 people, and the number is expected to climb. (AP/Rahmat Gul)

Ukrainian servicemen sit atop armored vehicles with canons in tow and Ukrainian flags, on a road in the village of Fedorivka, Ukraine. Ukrainian and Russian-backed separatist forces have begun drawing back heavy weapons in compliance with a cease-fire deal agreed in Belarus. (AP/Evgeniy Maloletka)

A young boy carries his dog as he walks along a flooded street, in Tudela, northern Spain. Heavy rain has lead to widespread flooding in northern Spain over the past few days, especially in Navarra province. (AP/Alvaro Barrientos)

African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) soldiers record details at the wreckage of a car bomb in the Wardhigley District south of Mogadishu. The bomb killed one person and injured another. (AFP/Mohamed Abdiwahab)

Hindu men from the village of Nandgaon throw coloured powder at each other as they play holi at the Ladali or Radha temple before taking out a procession for the Lathmar Holi festival at the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Hindu God Krishna, in Barsana, India. (AP/Saurabh Das)

Croatia's Borna Coric retruns the ball to Switzerland's Roger Federer during their ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships semi final match in Dubai. (AFP/Marwan Naamani)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the second hole during the first round of The Honda Classic on the Champions Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (AFP/David Cannon)

Wilson Morelo of Colombia's Independiente Santa Fe, lies on the pitch next to the corner flag as teammates celebrate his third goal against Chile's Colo Colo during a Copa Libertadores Group 1 soccer match in Bogota, Colombia. (AP/Fernando Vergara)

France's Adrien Backscheider competes in the men's 4x10 km cross-country relay at the 2015 FIS Nordic Skiing World Championships in Falun, Sweden. (AFP/Jonathan Nackstrand)

Volunteer Shiite fighters who support the Iraqi government forces in the combat against the Islamic State (IS) group fire a cannon in the village of Awaynat near the city of Tikrit. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)

Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro take part in a ceremony commemorating the 26th anniversary of El Caracazo in Caracas. Maduro announced he was implementing a mandatory visa system for all US citizens visiting the country, as a way to "control" US interference. (AFP/Federico Parra)

A family member of a passenger on board the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 cries after praying at a temple in Kuala Lumpur. (AP/Vincent Thian)

Small screens show South Korean President Park Geun-hye as participants listen to her speech during a ceremony to celebrate the March First Independence Movement Day, the anniversary of the 1919 uprising against Japanese colonial rule, in Seoul, South Korea. (AP/Ahn Young-joon)

Britain's Prince William (C) is greeted by Japanese well-wishers as he visits a hill top in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture to look over significant land clearance after the Mar 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster. (AFP/Pool/Kazuhiro Nogi)

A damaged Ukrainian army tank is immobilised in a wrecked petrol station outside the eastern Ukrainian city of Debaltseve in Donetsk region. The price of petrol has doubled in the past two weeks as the Ukrainian currency has taken a plunge. (Photo: AFP/John Macdougall)

Bangladeshi mourners pay their last respects to US blogger of Bangladeshi origin and founder of the Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog site Avijit Roy in Dhaka after he was hacked to death by unidentified assailants in the Bangladeshi capital. (Photo: AFP/Munir uz Zaman)

Competitors run through an underpass during Hong Kong's first inner city ultra marathon. Hundreds of runners competed in Hong Kong's first inner city ultra marathon on Mar 1 despite a repetitive two-kilometre course which has been criticised as simply too boring. (AFP/Anthony Wallace)

Zimbabwe's Sikandar Raza avoids a bouncer as he bats during the Pool B Cricket World Cup match against Pakistan in Brisbane, Australia. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)

Anna Nordqvist of Sweden plays a shot during the final round of the Honda LPGA Thailand 2015 golf tournament in Pattaya. (AFP/Pornchai Kiitwongsakul)

Spanish tennis player David Ferrer wears a traditional Mexican mariachi hat while holding the winning trophy after defeating Japan's tennis player Kei Nishikori during their Mexico ATP Open men's single final tennis match in Acapulco, Guerrero state. (AFP/Pedro Pardo)

World champion Carl Frampton (L) lands a punch on Chris Avalos of the US during their IBF super bantamweight world boxing title fight at the Odyssey arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (AP/Peter Morrison)