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People walk on a path lined by yellow ginkgo trees in Tokyo on Nov 24, 2014. Local residents came out to admire some 150 ginkgo trees displaying their autumnal colours along the tree-lined promenade. (Photo: AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)

Actors, playing South Korean imperial guards, attend a 4th anniversary event marking the bombing of Yeongpyeong island by N Korea in 2010. Two South Korean soldiers were killed and a dozen injured after North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells onto the South Korean island. (Photo: AFP/Ed Jones)

An Afghan resident buys silk yarn. Afghanistan must not sacrifice women's rights to secure peace with the Taliban as US-led NATO troops pull out, the Oxfam aid group said on Nov 24, revealing that not a single woman has taken part in talks with the militants since 2005. (Photo: AFP/File)

Young boys break dance near the Michael Brown memorial on Nov 23, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Ferguson is struggling to return to normal after Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, on Aug 9. (Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP)

A girl in traditional dress visits Tokyo's Meiji Shrine to mark the Shichi-Go-San Festival (7-5-3 festival), celebrated when children reach 3, 5 and 7 years old. Many Japanese families who have 3- and 7-year-old girls and 5-year-old boys visit Shinto shrines to wish for healthy growth. (Photo: AFP)

(L-R) Recording artists Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan of One Direction perform onstage at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Nov 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP)

A van and people being ferried over the river in Myanmar. About 70% of Myanmar's population still does not have access to power. The country, which already relies on hydropower to generate half of its electricity, is again turning to its rivers in new plans to harness energy from dams. (Photo: AFP)

Recording artist Jennifer Lopez (L) and host Pitbull perform onstage at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Nov 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP)

Drivers and a truck are stranded in flood waters on Nov 22 in the southern region of Ouarzazate in Morocco. At least eight people were killed and 24 missing as heavy storms lashed southern Morocco, causing flash floods, the authorities said. (Photo: AFP/STR)

Relatives of those who died in a fire at the Tazreen garment factory in Bangladesh's Savar and workers take part in a rally on Nov 24 to mark the two-year anniversary of the disaster. At least 124 people died in the fire on Nov 25, 2012. (Photo: AFP/Munir uz Zaman)

West Virginia forward Devin Williams (C) and teammate forward Jonathan Holton (L) battle for a rebound against UConn centre Amida Brimah during a NCAA college basketball game in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Nov 23, 2014. (Photo: AP/Ricardo Arduengo)

Monks holding bowls sit before people drop food into the bowls in Bangkok on Nov 23. Thousands of monks took part in the event aimed to collect supplies and dried foods for monks and civil servants working in the troubled southern provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla. (Photo: AP)

A pro-democracy protester arranges Chinese characters on a display board as she sits under a yellow umbrella at a protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong. (AFP/ANTHONY WALLACE)

Police officers stand guard near tents set up by pro-democracy protesters in the occupied area of the Mongkok district in Hong Kong. (AP/Vincent Yu)

Visitors view a boat carried by the 2004 tsunami waves in Banda Aceh that is now a permament memorial ground showing the massive devastation in the capital of Aceh province located in Indonesia's western Sumatra island. (AFP/AHMAD ARISKA)

A Ukrainian serviceman stands in front of an armoured personnel carrier destroyed after recent mortar shelling on positions in Donetsk region. (AFP/ANATOLII STEPANOV)

Palestinian girls walk past destroyed homes from recent conflict between Israel and Hamas in Shijaiyah, neighbourhood in Gaza City. (AP/Adel Hana)

A man throws rubber tyres onto a fire during a demonstration in the Port of Antwerp in Antwerp, Belgium. Trade unions open a month of intermittent strike actions by paralysing the port and slowing train traffic through much of Belgium. (AP/Virginia Mayo)

Health workers demonstrate as they take part in a four-hour strike over pay outside the Manchester Royal Infirmary in north west England. (AFP/PAUL ELLIS)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo walks along a watery driveway while surveying the aftermath of last week's lake-effect snowstorms in West Seneca, New York. (AP/Mike Groll)

A car is carried away by floodwaters in the southern region of Quarzazate in Morocco. At least eight people were killed and 24 were missing as heavy storms lashed southern Morocco. (AFP Photo)

Police officers secure an area in front of the Buzz Westfall Justice Centre in Clayton, Missouri, where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict a white Ferguson police officer who shot and killed an 18-year-old black teenager, Michael Brown. (AFP/Jewel Samad)

Southampton's Irish striker Shane Long (C-R) and Aston Villa's Ivorian-born Danish defender Jores Okore (L) tumble after vying for the ball during the English Premier League football match at Villa Park in Birmingham. (AFP/ADRIAN DENNIS)

Portland Trail Blazers' Robin Lopez (R) and Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk battle for a loose ball in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston. (AP/Michael Dwyer)

Ultra-Orthodox Jews mourn over the bodies of three of the victims of an attack by two Palestinians on Jewish worshippers killing four Israelis at a synagogue in the Ultra-Orthodox Har Nof neighbourhood in Jerusalem. The attack was the city's deadliest in years. (AFP/Gali Tibbon)

A masked Palestinian youth wearing a Hamas headband uses a sling-shot to throw back a tear gas canister towards Israeli forces during clashes outside the Israeli-run Ofer military prison, near the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AFP/Abbas Momani)

Broken glass is seen after protesters broke into the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. Protesters clashed with police after they tried to break into Hong Kong's Legislative Council building. (AP/Vincent Yu)

Students of the Ayotzinapa school and parents of the 43 missing students take part in a protest in Guadalajara City. A caravan of students and relatives of the missing students came to Jalisco State as part of its journey to the Mexican capital. (AFP/Hector Guerrero)

Protesters aid a man who was shot in the leg and another who was shot in the neck after clashes at an anti-government protest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The march began peacefully but President Michel Martelly's critics and pro-government residents began attacking each other. (AP/Dieu Nalio Chery)

Indian school students participate in an awareness Campaign against Child Sex Abuse (CSA) in Hyderabad, the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse. More than 53 per cent of children in India have faced sexual abuse, according to reports. (AFP/Noah Seelam)

A handout image made available by Oman News Agency (ONA) shows Britain's Prince Harry being welcomed by Omani Minister of Culture and Heritage Sayyid Haitham Bin Tariq Al Said upon his arrival in Oman. (AFP/HO/ONA)

Chinese President Xi Jinpin's wife Peng Liyuan (C) and Kerryn Baird (front R), wife of Premier of New South Wales Mike Baird, walk through the Ravenswood School for Girls in Sydney, Australia. (AP/Rob Griffith/Pool)

An Indonesian couple poses for a photo session atop the Corcovado Hill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AFP/Yasuyoshi Chiba)

Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns (C), Kansas's Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (L) and Kansas's Jamari Traylor dive for a loose ball in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Indianapolis. (AP/Michael Conroy)

France forward Andre-Pierre Gignac (L) fights for the ball with Sweden defender Pontus Jansson during a friendly football match at the Velodrome stadium in the southern French city of Marseille. (AFP/Boris Horvat)

Pakistani batsman Younis Khan plays a shot during the third day of the second Test match against New Zealand at Dubai International Stadium in Dubai. (AFP/Aamir Qureshi)

A vehicle, with a large chunk of snow on its top, drives along Route 20 after digging out after a massive snow fall in Lancaster, New York. Another two to three feet of snow is expected in the area. (AP/Gary Wiepert)

Picture released by the Colombian Defence Ministry's press office shows troops boarding a helicopter in Quibdo. The Colombian Army mounted a search for a general captured by FARC guerrillas, a kidnapping that has derailed two years of peace. (AFP/MINDEFENSA/Mauricio Orjuela)

Police stand guard outside a Starbucks outlet as they clash with protesters after a march against university fees in London. The demonstration organised by the Student Assembly Against Austerity demands free education and an end to tuition fees, education cuts and student debt. (AFP/Justin Tallis)

China's President Xi Jinping (L) receives a Hongi, a traditional Maori greeting, from a Maori elder during a welcoming ceremony at Government House in Wellington. Xi is on a two-day state visit to New Zealand for talks with the government and business leaders. (AFP/Marty Melville)

Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack in Kabul. Four Taliban militants targeting a compound housing foreign workers in the Afghan capital were killed in a failed assault there, police said, the latest violence targeting foreigners in the country. (AP/Rahmat Gul)

Indian police peer through a window of the ashram of self-styled guru Rampal Maharaj in Hisar. Police arrested a guru after a violent stand-off with thousands of followers at his sprawling ashram in northern India, where the bodies of four women and a child have been found. (AFP/Sajjad Hussain)

The 2015 Chrysler 300C is introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles. The annual event is open to the public beginning Nov 21. (Photo: AP/Jae C Hong)

Japanese wine drinkers toast the 2014 vintage Beaujolais Nouveau wine at an event in Tokyo, after an embargo on the wine was removed at midnight. A total of seven million bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau wine are expected to be imported to Japan this year. (AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)

Ayanna Williams displays her 23 inch (58cm) nails at a book launch in London. The 56-year-old stars in a book entitled "Ripley's Believe it or Not! 2015 Annual, Reality Shock", a compendium of strange but true facts and stories. (AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

(From R) Sailing Yachts SCA, Abu Dhabi and Dongefeng sail in the Cape Town Table bay as they start the new leg of the Volvo Ocean Race to Abu Dhabi in Cape Town, South Africa. (AFP/Gianluigi Guercia)

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (R) drives against San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. The Spurs defeated the Cavaliers 92-90. (AP/Tony Dejak)

Orlando Berrio (L) of Colombia's Atletico Nacional, vies for the ball with Alvaro Pereira, of Brazil's Sao Paulo, during their Copa Sudamericana semi-final football match, at the Atanasio Girardot Satadium in Medellin. (AFP/Luis Acosta)

A child wears a face mask while walking along a street as thick smog covers Beijing. Beijing on Nov 20 issued its first yellow pollution alert since the APEC summit ended on Nov 11. (Photo: AFP/Fred Dufour)

Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori (pictured) enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in 2014 as he reached his maiden Grand Slam final at the US Open and became the first Asian singles player to qualify for the season-ending Tour Finals after climbing to 5th in world rankings. (AFP/Toru Yamanaka)

People arrive in a Yangon church to attend the 500th Jubilee Year of the presence of Catholic Church in Myanmar. (Photo: AFP/Ye Aung Thu)

People sunbath at a swimming pool in front of HMAS Canberra, the Royal Australian Navy's latest warship. HMAS Canberra is the Royal Australian Navy's largest and most expensive warship and will be commissioned into service on Nov 28, 2014. (Photo: AFP/Peter Parks)

Dragon Racing Formula-E team crew push a car in the pit-lane at the Formula-E race venue in Putrajaya on Nov 21, 2014. Malaysia will host the second race of the inaugural Formula-E electric car race championship on Nov 22. (Photo: AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)

A fisherman arranges dried fish at Manila Bay. World Fisheries Day is marked every Nov 21 and was established to draw attention to overfishing, habitat destruction and other serious threats to the sustainability of marine and freshwater resources. (Photo: AFP)

New Zealand bowler Trent Boult delivers the ball during the 5th and final day of the second Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand in Dubai on Nov 21. Pakistan need 261 runs to win the second Test after New Zealand declared their second innings on 250-9. (Photo: AFP/Aamir Qureshi)

People in protective gear work at a poultry farm in Ter Aar, just east of The Hague, where 43,000 hens are being culled to prevent any possible spread of infection. Dutch officials have detected a second case of bird flu in a southern Netherlands farm, officials said. (Photo: AFP/ANP/Jeroen Jumelet)

Protesters march under a giant net and with their hands painted red in Mexico City on Nov 20. Mexico officially lists more than 22,000 people as having gone missing since the start of its drug war in 2006, and the search for the missing students has turned up other, unrelated mass graves. (AP)

Workers hang up the painting ‘Skull’ (1976) by Andy Warhol during the setting of the exhibition ‘Death and Disaster’ in Chemnitz, Germany. The Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz will present this group of works by Andy Warhol for the first time in a European museum. The exhibition starts on Nov 23. (AP)

South Korean farmers stage a protest in central Seoul against a planned opening of a local rice market to imports and the recent conclusion of a free trade deal with China. (Photo: AFP/Ed Jones)

Pro-democracy protesters stage a protest outside the British consulate in Hong Kong. HK's pro-democracy protesters are at a crossroads as public support fades after nearly two months of glacial traffic and street clashes, with activists split on whether to retreat or ramp up their campaign. (AFP)

Activists shout slogans during a rally in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukraine marked the first anniversary of demonstrations known as Euromaidan which were sparked by then President Viktor Yanukovych's decision in Nov 2013 to freeze ties with the West and tilt toward Moscow. (Photo: AP/Sergei Chuzavkov)

Indonesian President Widodo (C) and his wife Iriana, (Centre L) helps a student graduate take a selfie with a smartphone after attending a graduation ceremony for the Int'l Baccalaureate Diploma Programme of his son Kaesang Pangarep (top R) at the ACS (Int'l), in Singapore. ((Photo: AP/Wong Maye-E)

Members of the Indian National Cadet Corps (NCC) participate in a march past during the 66th NCC day celebrations in Secunderabad. (Photo: AFP/Noah Seelam)

Members of the Indian National Cadet Corps (NCC) perform an acrobatic manouvre known as 'Mallakhamb' during the 66th NCC day celebrations in Secunderabad. (Photo: AFP/Noah Seelam)

Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown walk near the spot where he was shot in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown, an 18-year-old African-American, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, on Aug 9. (Photo: AFP/Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A policewoman sits next to Elton Hinz, one of the two German nationals arrested in Singapore for vandalism, as they arrive in a police car to the State Court on Nov 22, 2014. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

Mascots of Japan's Self Defence Force, Saitama Provincial Cooperation Office, "Saipon Sora" (L) "Saipon Umi" (C) and "Saipon Riku" (R) pose for photographers at World Character Summit in Hanyu, Saitama prefecture, north of Tokyo. (Photo: AP/Eugene Hoshiko)

Dancer Derek Hough and host Goldie Hawn perform at Goldie Hawn's inaugural "Love In For Kids" in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for The Hawn Foundation/AFP)

Japan's Kei Nishikori (R) returns a shot next to Andre Agassi of the US (L) during their doubles exhibition tennis match in Tokyo. (Photo: AFP/Toru Yamanaka)

Virgin Racing driver Sam Bird of Britain powers his car during the 2014 Formula E Putrajaya ePrix race in Putrajaya. (Photo: AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)

Miami's Angel Rodriguez (L) falls as he passes the ball up-court against Akron's BJ Gladden (R) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Charleston Classic tournament in Charleston, SC. (Photo: AP/Mic Smith)

Jessie Vargas (L) of the US and Antonio DeMarco of Mexico look at each other during the weigh-in for their WBA world super lightweight boxing title match at the Venetian Macao in Macau. Vargas and DeMarco are scheduled to fight at the casino on Nov 23. (Photo: AP/Kin Cheung)

This undated photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on Nov 23, 2014 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) inspecting a combined joint military drill of the units under North Korean People's Army at an undisclosed location. (KNS/KCNA/AFP)

Gravestones lie in a pile at a burial ground after they were toppled from a strong earthquake which hit the area the night before, in Hakuba, Nagano prefecture. A 6.2-magnitude quake left 39 people injured, seven seriously, and wrecked homes in a popular ski resort. (AFP/Jiji Press)

A mother tries to put her crying baby on the starting line during the Baby Super Crawl Dash at an event for young parents in Yokohama. Ten babies took part in the four-metre race, with some 800 babies in total in the overall event, after being selected to join by the promoters. (AFP/Toru YAMANAKA)

A student outside the Tehran Research Reactor in the capital Tehran showing support to Iran's nuclear programme. Iran and six world powers are holding talks in Vienna to reach a lasting agreement on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme before Nov 24. (AFP/ATTA KENARE)

A voter at a polling station in the capital Tunis during Tunisia's first presidential election since the 2011 revolution. The favourite is former premier Beji Caid Essebsi, an 87-year-old veteran whose anti-Islamist Nidaa Tounes party won parliamentary elections last month. (AFP/FETHI BELAID)

Activists carry flowers during a protest against Myanmar's army heavy weapons strike in the strife-torn northern Kachin state, in Yangon. Myanmar's powerful army has admitted a heavy weapons strike in strife-torn northern Kachin state that rebels say killed over 20 people. (AFP/SOE THAN WIN)

Workers climb to enter India's first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant to dismantle it at a ship-breaking yard in Mumbai. The iconic naval vessel, that was purchased from Britain in 1957, played a key role during the India-Pakistan war of 1971 and was decommissioned in 1997. (AP/Rajanish Kakade)

Indian Christians pay their respects to the remains of St Francis Xavier at the Se Cathedral in Goa. The 17th exposition of the body of St Francis Xavier will be held from Nov 22 to Jan 4, 2015 in Goa, for veneration by pilgrims. (AFP/Punit Paranjpe)

An Indian pilgrim holds cardboard cutouts prior to a canonization mass for Indian Carmelite nun Euphrasia Eluvathingal (Cutout at R) and Indian priest Kuriakose Elias Chavara (Cutout at L) to be celebrated by Pope Francis at St Peter's square at the Vatican. (AFP/GABRIEL BOUYS)

Demonstrators block a street near a police station in Ferguson, Missouri, to protest the death of 18-year-old black teenager Michael Brown, who was shot dead by a white police officer. Brown's killing inflamed racial tensions in a mostly black St Louis suburb. (AFP/Jewel Samad)

Manchester City's Stevan Jovetic (blue) scores past Swansea goalkeeper Lucasz Fabianski during their English Premier League football match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England. (AP/Jon Super)

Mercedes-AMG's German driver Nico Rosberg drives during the third practice session at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi ahead of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix. (AFP/Karim Sahib)