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Supporters of Indonesian President Joko Widodo carry a large Indonesian flag during a parade following his inauguration in Jakarta. Widodo was cheered through the streets following his inauguration by tens of thousands of ordinary Indonesians. (AP/Achmad Ibrahim)

Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures to the crowd during a street parade following his inauguration in Jakarta. (AP/Achmad Ibraham)

Shiite Iraqi fighters, loyal to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, fire missiles from a launcher during clashes with the Islamic State militant group's fighters in Jurf al-Sakher, north of the Shiite shrine city of Karbala. (AFP/Mohammed Sawaf)

Kurdish people walk in a refugee camp early in the morning in the town of Suruc, Turkey's Sanliurfa province. US President Barack Obama called his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan and they pledged to step up the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

Pro-democracy protesters stand guard behind a barricade at the occupied area in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong. (AP/Kin Cheung)

College students in graduation attire carry yellow umbrellas - symbols of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong - as they pose for photos in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong. (AFP/Alex Ogle)

Firemen work to extinguish a fire in a slum area of Manila, Philippines. More than 100 families were affected by the fire, according to local media reports. (AFP/Noel Celis)

Indian students of Delhi Public School perform yoga in Hyderabad. Nearly 5000 students including teachers perform seven yogic postures, with religious prayers for world harmony and peace. (AFP/Noah Seelam)

Toulon's fly-half Matt Giteau dives to score a try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Toulon and Llanelli Scarlets at the Mayol stadium in Toulon, southeastern France. (AFP/Bertrand Langlois)

Ivan Rybarik of the Czech Republic (R) leads Yoki Ikeda of Japan (C) and Ondrej Slezak of Australia during stage two of the 20th Crocodile Trophy 2014 near Atherton, Australia. The race is the oldest World Cycling Union international mountain bike stage race. (AFP/Crocodile Trophy/Kenneth Lorentsen)

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Anthony Morrow (L) tries to take the ball away Minnesota Timberwolves centre Gorgui Dieng in the fourth quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Minnesota won 112-94. (AP/Sue Ogrocki)

Swansea City's Welsh defender Neil Taylor (R) vies for the ball with Stoke City's Senegalese striker Mame Biram Diouf during their English Premier League football match at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, central England. (AFP/Oli Scarff)

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Oscar Pistorius sits in court in Pretoria. The Olympic and Paralympic sprinter was sentenced to five years' jail for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. He was also given a 3-year suspended sentence on a separate gun charge. (Photo: AP/Mujahid Safodien, Pool)

A man protests outside the Pretoria High Court before South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to 5 years' jail for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. He was also given a 3-year suspended sentence on a separate gun charge. (Photo: AFP)

A woman carries her son as they look at Japanese lanterns during the "MT" (Masking Type) Expo in Taipei on Oct 21. More than 80 different material types are on display during the MT Expo in Taipei. (Photo: AFP/Sam Yeh)

A man takes photographs of Perch Rock lighthouse during a storm at New Brighton near Liverpool, north west England on Oct 21. The remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo blew into Britain, causing rush-hour travel disruption. (Photo: AFP/Paul Ellis)

Australian surfer Mick Fanning competes during the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal surf contest in Supertubos beach, Peniche, central coast of Portugal on Oct 20. (Photo:AP/Francisco Seco)

A woman draws a picture in front of an artwork made by umbrellas and barricades at an occupied area by pro-democracy protesters outside the gate of government headquarters in Hong Kong's Admiralty district. (Photo: AP/Vincent Yu)

An umbrella - which has become an icon of the protest - with pro-democracy messages is seen at a student-led protest site in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong. (Photo: AP/Wally Santana)

Megan Huntsman, accused of killing six of her newborn babies and storing their bodies in her garage, appears in court in Provo, Utah. Huntsman made a brief court appearance as attorneys set December 11 for a hearing where a judge will hear a review of the evidence. (Photo: AP/Rick Bowmer, Pool)

Statues by a Palestinian artist stand among the ruins of buildings destroyed in conflict between Israel and Hamas last summer in Gaza. The statues are made of fibreglass and covered with clay. They depict Palestinians who fled from Israeli shelling during the most recent conflict. (Photo: AFP)

A child sits among statues of Hindu Goddess Lakshmi, who represents wealth, at a roadside stall ahead of Diwali, the Festival of Lights, in Hyderabad on Oct 21. (AFP/Noah Seelam)

Smoke and flames rise after an explosion in the Syrian town of Kobane on Oct 20. Turkey dropped its refusal to allow Kurdish fighters over the border to defend the besieged Kobane, saying it was now helping Iraqi peshmerga to cross the frontier in a major policy shift. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

Asian Para Games: Bowlers Mohamed Ismail Bin Hussain, Anuar Bin Saaid and Robert Ong took bronze in the Tenpin Bowling Men’s Team (TPB8+TPB2/3+TPB2/3) event with a total score of 1881 pins. (Photo: Singapore Disability Sports Council)

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Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam (L) and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II stand during a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in central London on Oct 21, 2014. (AFP/Dominic Lipinski/Pool)

View of the state banquet hosted by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in honour of Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam at Buckingham Palace in central London on Oct 21. (Photo: AFP/Dominic Lipinski/Pool)

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2nd R) and the Duke of Edinburgh (L) pose for a photograph with Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam (R) and his wife Mary (2nd L), before a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in London on Oct 21. (Photo: AFP/Justin Tallis/Pool)

The head of a sphinx found in the largest tomb ever unearthed in Amphipolis in the Macedonian region of northern Greece. The sphinx is more than half-a-metre high and was marked by "traces of red", according to the Greek Culture Ministry. (Photo: AFP/Greek Culture Ministry)

An Indian Hindu devotee dressed as the monkey god Hanuman dances during a religious procession as part of the Hindu festival of Hanuman Jayanti in Allahabad on Oct 22. Hanuman Jayanti commemorates the birth of the Hindu God Hanuman. (Photo: AFP/Sanjay Kanojia)

Moroccan horsemen perform during the 7th edition of the "Salon du Cheval" in the port city of El Jadida on Oct 21. (Photo: AFP/Fadel Senna)

An Indian "newara" (gold dust scavenger) sweeps an alleyway drain near jewellery workshops in search of flecks of the precious metal in Kolkata. (Photo: AFP/Dibyangshu Sarkar)

Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers is defended by P J Tucker #17 of the Phoenix Suns in the second half at Honda Centre on Oct 21 in Anaheim, California. The Suns defeated the Lakers in overtime 114-108. (Photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images/AFP)

A chalk message is seen on a street at the pro-democracy protesters' camp site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong. (Photo: AFP/Nicolas Asfouri)

Pro-democracy protesters in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong watch on giant screens a live transmission of talks between Hong Kong authorities and pro-democracy protest leaders on Oct 21. (Photo: AFP/Nicolas Asfouri)

Pope Francis is offered a hat as he salutes the crowd while arriving for his weekly general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican on Oct 22. (Photo: AFP/Filippo Monteforte)

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A South Korean Coast Guard member saves a mock sufferer off Incheon port in a ferry rescue operation as part of a nationwide anti-disaster drill. The drill came amid repeated calls for better safety measures after April's ferry sinking and last week's deadly pop concert accident. (AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)

A large pro-democracy banner is displayed on the Lion Rock Hill in Hong Kong on Oct 23. Major intersections in the southern Chinese city have been paralysed by mass rallies demanding free elections for more than three weeks. (Photo: AFP/Philippe Lopez)

Wax doubles of Mr and Mrs Lee Kuan Yew at Madame Tussauds Singapore. (Photo: Xabryna Kek) 

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong with a wax double (Photo: @leehsienloong/Twitter)

MediaCorp star Zoe Tay with her wax figure at Madame Tussauds Singapore. (Photo: Xabryna Kek)

A truck and a tour bus with 33 Singaporeans on board collided in Hokkaido's Nanae Town on Oct 23, reports Japan's NHK. According to NHK, the drivers of both vehicles have died.  (Photo: Ann News) 

Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf (C) poses with Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam (L) and his wife Mrs Mary Tan (R) ahead of a banquet at the Guildhall in central London on Oct 22. (Photo: AFP/Leon Neal)

Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska hits a return against Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) finals round robin match in Singapore on Oct 23. Wozniacki beats Radwanska 7-5, 6-3 to take top position in White Group of the season finale. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

Fruit bats hang from a tree. Australia's New South Wales state is set to unveil tougher measures to tackle bats after three flying foxes were found to be carrying the deadly lyssavirus. The government fears transmission of the potentially fatal Australian bat lyssavirus to humans. (AFP/File)

Oxfam activists dressed as fossil fuel companies corporate lobbyists stage a demonstration, demanding that EU leaders must resist pressure by the fossil fuel industry and agree to an EU 2030 climate and energy package that puts Europe on track to a clean energy future. (AFP/Emmanuel Dunand)

Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic reacts after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia in the first set during the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) finals round robin match in Singapore on Oct 23. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

An installation by Argentina's artist Alejandro Propato, titled "permanent sunrise", is seen on Sydney's Tamarama Beach, as artists from 16 countries prepare their works for the upcoming Sculpture by the Sea exhibition. (Photo: AFP/William West)

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Clever's Pittarich mask and packaging. Japanese small-sized mask maker Clever donated 10,000 highly functioning masks to Ebola-hit African countries and is now receiving calls from New York, which has confirmed the first Ebola case in the city. (Photo: AFP/Clever)

People look at books in a library on a street in France's Bel Air district in the city of Rennes. (Photo: AFP/Georges Gobet)

Russia's Maria Sharapova (pictured) crashes out of the WTA Finals in Singapore after she lost the second set of her final group match against Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska on Oct 24. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)  

NGM Forward Racing Aleix Espargaro of Spain (R) and Cardion AB Motor-racing rider Karel Abraham of Czech Republic (L) take a corner during the second practice session of the Malaysian Grand Prix MotoGP motorcycling race at the Sepang International Circuit on Oct 24. (Photo: AFP/Mohd Rasfan)

Pedestrians enter the Bedford Avenue L Subway station in the Williamsburg neighbourhood of Brooklyn that was visited by Craig Spencer, a Doctors Without Borders physician who tested positive for the Ebola virus, on Oct 23. (Photo: AP/John Minchillo)

Swedish minesweeper HMS Kullen (L) and a guard boat in Namdo Bay, Sweden, hunting for a suspected foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago. Sweden said it appeared that at least one foreign vessel had likely operated in waters near its capital in recent days. (AP/TT News Agency/ Fredrik Sandberg)

Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete (L) shakes hands with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang before a meeting in Beijing. China and 20 other countries moved forward towards setting up an Asian infrastructure lender seen as a counterweight to Western-backed international development banks. (Photo: AFP/Pool)

Visitors watch a rebuilt synagogue ceiling during an exhibition in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. The Museum of the History of Polish Jews will be officially opened on Oct 28, 2014. (Photo: AFP/Janek Skarzynski)

Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam (L) and his wife Mrs Mary Tan pose for a photo after being presented with a keepsake by Peter Lord (2nd L) and David Sproxton (R), co-founders of Aardman Animations, at their head office in Bristol on Oct 23. (AFP/Adrian Dennis)

YouTube screengrab shows an axe-wielding man. The man, said to have "extremist leanings", attacked police officers in New York with a hatchet on Thursday (Oct 24), injuring two before being shot dead, police and a monitoring group said.

Slovakia's rider Peter Sagan of Cannondale (front R) writes "fast" in Chinese character with a huge brush during a calligraphy performance event, ahead of the Saitama criterium races. Cyclists will compete at criterium races in Saitama, suburban Tokyo on Oct 25. (Photo: AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)

Besiktas' Colombian defender Pedro Franco (front) vies with Partizan Belgrade's forward Petar Skuletic during the UEFA Europa League Group C match between FK Partizan and Besiktas JK in Belgrade on Oct 23. (Photo: AFP/Andrej Isakovic)

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People place flowers in rememberance of Cpl Nathan Cirillo during a ceremony at the National War Memorial on Oct 24, 2014 in Ottawa, Canada. Two days ago, a gunman killed Cpl Cirillo, a Canadian Army soldier guarding the memorial. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images/Andrew Burton)

Students from Marysville-Pilchuck High School and community members during a vigil at the Grove Church on Oct 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington, after a shooting at the high school left at least two dead, including the gunman, with several more wounded. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images/David Ryder)

US President Barack Obama hugs Ebola survivor Nina Pham in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Friday, Oct 24, 2014. Pham, diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected man at a Dallas hospital, is free of the virus. (Photo: AP/Evan Vucci)

A newly married couple poses with a yellow umbrella for their wedding photograph at the site where pro-democracy demonstrators camp in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on Oct 25, 2014.  (Photo: AFP/Nicolas Asfouri)

A general view shows pro-democracy protesters' camp site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on Oct 25, 2014. A United Nations rights watchdog pressed Hong Kong to enact democratic reforms, saying moves so far fell short of what was needed. (Photo: AFP/Nicolas Asfouri)

Lebanese armed forces stand behind an armoured personal carrier (APC) during an assault on Islamic State gunmen's makeshift positions inside a historic area of the northern city of Tripoli on Oct 25, 2014, a day after clashes erupted there. (Photo: AFP/Ibrahim Chalhoub)

Steve Ward and Donna Workman add pumpkins to a display as work on Ric Griffith's Pumpkin House continues on Friday, Oct 24, 2014, in Kenova, West Virgina. (Photo: AP/The Herald-Dispatch, Sholten Singer)

Street entertainers dressed as movie characters pose for photos with tourists on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. (Photo: AFP/Mark Ralston)

Vernice White, Chaka Khan and Ray Parker Jr perform at the 13th annual "A Great Night in Harlem" gala concert, presented by The Jazz Foundation of America to benefit The Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund, at The Apollo Theater on Friday, Oct 24, 2014 in New York. (Photo: AP/Mark Von Holden)

Serena Williams of the US makes a backhand return to Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki during their semifinal match at the WTA Finals in Singapore, on Saturday, Oct 25, 2014. Williams defeated Wozniacki 2-6, 6-3, 7-6. (Photo: AP/Mark Baker)

Sacramento Kings guard Darren Collison (C) goes up for a shot against Los Angeles Lakers forward Wesley Johnson (L) and guard Jeremy Lin (R) during an NBA pre-season basketball game on Friday, Oct 24, in Las Vegas. The Kings won 93-92. (Photo: AP/John Locher)

MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo of Spain leans in for the second corner with his Yamaha during the third free practice session ahead of Sunday's Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in Sepang, Malaysia, on Saturday, Oct 25. Lorenzo took third. (Photo: AP/Joshua Paul)

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) inspects troops during a review ceremony at the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's Hyakuri air base at Omitama in Ibaraki prefecture. 80 military aircraft, 25 vehicles and 740 troops participated in the review. (AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI)

People herd a flock of sheep as the Syrian city of Kobane is engulfed in smoke, following airstrikes by the US-led coalition. Kobane and its surrounding areas have been under assault by the Islamic State group since mid-September. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Doctors and nurses from South Korea's National Medical Center, wearing anti-contamination suits against Ebola, participate in a drill in Seoul, South Korea. The virus has killed 4,922 people, the vast majority of them in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. (AP Photo/National Medical Center)

A man casts his ballot during parliamentary elections in a polling station in Volnovakha, eastern Ukraine. Voters headed to the polls to elect a new parliament, overhauling a legislature tainted by its association with ousted President Viktor Yanukovych. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Tunisians queue up outside a polling station in Tunis' Sukra neighbourhood cast to their vote in the country's first post-revolution parliamentary election. The election is seen as pivotal to establishing democracy in the cradle of the Arab Spring uprisings. (AFP PHOTO / FADEL SENNA)

A child in a disguise depicting Sulley from movie Monsters, Inc, participates in a Halloween costume festival in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Participants in costumes pose for pictures before the Halloween Parade in Kawasaki, suburban Tokyo. More than 100,000 visitors watched the street costume parade, which about 2,500 people participated in. (AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA)

A dog dressed as US President Teddy Roosevelt participates in the 24th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York City. Thousands of spectators gather in Tompkins Square Park to watch masquerading dogs in the country’s largest Halloween Dog Parade. (AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. Clary)

Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao (C) takes a selfie as he meets Filipino fans in a public park in Hong Kong. Pacquiao is touring Hong Kong ahead of his World Boxing Organization title defence against Chris Algieri of the US, to be held in Macau on Nov 22. (AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez)

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) kicks the ball past Barcelona opponents during the Spanish league Clasico football match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Real Madrid won 3-1. (AFP PHOTO/ GERARD JULIEN)

Sweden's Simon Sandin drives his motorcycle through the muddy waters during the Gotland Grand National 2014 competition at the Gotland island in the Baltic sea. (AFP PHOTO /TT NEWS AGENCY/ MAJA SUSLIN)

Moto2 world champion Marc VDS Racing Team rider Esteve Rabat of Spain celebrates with his team after finishing third in the 2014 Malaysian MotoGP Moto-2 class at Sepang. (AFP PHOTO/ MANAN VATSYAYANA)

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