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Tree branches torn down by Tropical Cyclone Marcia in the northern Queensland town of Rockhampton on Feb 21, 2015. Australia was assessing the damage from two severe cyclones that left a trail of destruction, wrecking hundreds of homes and cutting electricity to thousands. (AFP/Peter PARKS)

Supporters of Australians on death row, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, arrive for a visit at Kerobokan prison in Denpasar on Bali island. (AFP/SONNY TUMBELAKA)

Bangladeshi rescue workers carry the dead body of one of the victims after a river ferry carrying about 100 passengers capsized Sunday after being hit by a cargo vessel, in Manikganj district, about 40km northwest of Dhaka. (AP/A.M. Ahad)

Residents who fled from conflict areas near the Myanmar and Chinese border wave onboard a truck to transport them to a refugee camp in Mandalay, at a temporary refugee camp at a monastery in Lashio, northern Myanmar. (AFP/Ye Aung THU)

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko and other guests examining, during their visit to an open air exhibition in the centre of Ukrainian capital of Kiev, Russian weapons captured from the pro-Russian rebels during battles in the east of Ukraine. (AFP/PRESIDENTIAL PRESS-SERVICE/MYKHAYLO MARKIV)

Turkish army's armoured vehicles and tanks drive in Syrian town of Ayn al-Arab, also known as Kobani, as they return from the Ottoman tomb in Syria. (AP/Mursel Coban, Depo Photos)

A Palestinian man carries goods on a donkey cart through a muddy, rain-flooded street in the Bedouin village of al-Moghraka, central Gaza Strip. (AP/Khalil Hamra)

Workers clear snow from the walkways during a snowfall in Washington, DC. (AFP/MANDEL NGAN)

Liverpool’s Jordon Ibe (L) tussles with Southampton’s Matt Targett during the English Premier League football match at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, England. (AP/Tim Ireland)

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (2nd L) misses a chance to score against West Ham United during an English Premier League football match at White Hart Lane in London. (AP/Lefteris Pitarakis)

South Africa's JP Duminy (front) edges the ball towards India's Suresh Raina (R) to be dismissed as wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (L) looks on during the Pool B 2015 Cricket World Cup match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. (AFP/Saeed KHAN)

Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand plays a shot at the ninth hole during the final round of the women's Australian Open golf tournament at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne. (AFP/ESTHER LIM)

Bangladeshi rescue workers attempt to lift the wreckage of a ferry that capsized in the Padma River in Manikganj district, about 40km northwest of Dhaka. (AP/A.M. Ahad)

Hundreds of workers from a Korean-owned garment factory on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, have been on strike since early February demanding a salary increase. (AFP/SOE THAN WIN)

Indian farmers gather for a protest against the government's proposed move to ease rules for acquiring land to facilitate infrastructure projects in New Delhi. (AP/Tsering Topgyal)

Thai students and activists link hands while shouting slogans in Bangkok, after a court announced the verdict on two Thais accused of insulting the monarchy in a university play. (AFP/PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL)

Journalists work outside Kerobokan prison where two convicted Australian drug smugglers, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, are being held in Denpasar, Bali island. (AFP/SONNY TUMBELAKA)

People, some of them dressed in military uniforms holding Russian and former Soviet Union flags, attend a rally celebrating Defenders of the Fatherland Day in Sevastopol, Crimea. (AP/Alexander Polegenko)

Thousands of armed Yemeni demonstrators from the province of Ibb, some 190km southwest of Sanaa, gather for a protest in support of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and calling for the end of "presidential council" installed by the Shiite Huthi movement in the capital. (AFP/STR)

Kurdish people wait at the Mursitpinar border crossing to return to the Syrian city of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, at Sanliurfa. (AFP/ILYAS AKENGIN)

A man buys seafood at a central food market in Athens. Greece will present a list of proposed reforms to debt inspectors to get final approval for an extension to its rescue loans. (AP/Yorgos Karahalis)

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu poses in the press room with his awards for best picture and best director for “Birdman" at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Scotland batsman Preston Mommsen (L) sweeps a ball away as England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler (R) looks on during their 2015 Cricket World Cup Group A match in Christchurch. (AFP/William WEST)

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves as he stands in front of an Indian Air Force Aircraft at Yelahanka Airforce Station in Bangalore on the inaugural day of Aero India 2015.  (Photo: AFP/M Asokan/PIB)

Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (C) leaves his hotel in Lille, northern France, on Feb 18, 2015, on the third week of the so-called "Lille Carlton Hotel Case" trial.  (Photo: AFP/Francois Lo Presti)

Ukrainian servicemen ride on top of an armoured personnel carrier on the way from Artemivsk to Debaltseve.  (Photo: AFP/Anatolii Stepanov)

Indonesian police stand guard in front of Kerobokan prison in Denpasar on Bali island on Feb 18, 2015. Prime Minister Tony Abbott urged Indonesia to remember Canberra's help in dealing with the 2004 tsunami as he ramped up pressure to spare two Australians on death row. (Photo: AFP/Sonny Tumbelaka)

Boys hit each other in a fight representing the Xochimilcas fight to defend their women against the Aztecs in the Mexican municipality of Zitlala in Guerrero district. Fighting plays an important role in some of the traditions for the indigenous groups in Guerrero. (Photo: AFP/Pedro Pardo)

Residents who fled from conflict areas near the Myanmar and Chinese border board a truck to transport them to a refugee camp in Mandalay from their temporary refugee camp at a monastery in Lashio, northern Myanmar on Feb 18, 2015.  (Photo: AFP/Ye Aung Thu)

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2nd R) meets English musician Mike Rutherford (2nd L) and his wife Angie (L) at a reception to mark the 80th anniversary of British charity Diabetes UK at St James's Palace in London on Feb 17, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Pool/Anthony Devlin)

School children raise white balloons during a demonstration to reject violence against children in Bogota, Colombia. In a case that has shocked the country, four siblings, aged 4 to 17, were each killed with a bullet to the head in Florencia, 370km south of Bogota. (Photo: AFP/Eitan Abramovich)

Dogs from the Terrier group are shown in the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York City. The show, which is in its 139th year, includes 192 dog breeds and draws nearly 3,000 global competitors. (Photo: AFP/Andrew Burton/Getty Images)   

Illinois guard Brittany Carter (20) and Rutgers centre Rachel Hollivay (1) grab for the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Feb 17, 2015, in Piscataway, NJ Rutgers won 80-56. (Photo: AP/Mel Evans)

Columbus Blue Jackets' Marko Dano (56) dives for the puck past Philadelphia Flyers' Jakub Voracek (93), of the Czech Republic, during the third period of an NHL hockey game on Feb 17, 2015, in Philadelphia. Columbus won 5-2. (Photo: AP/Matt Slocum)

Bangladesh’s Mashrafe Mortaza bowls to Afghanistan’s Samiullah Shenwari during their Cricket World Cup Pool A match in Canberra, Australia on Feb 18, 2015. (Photo: AP/Rob Griffith)

A performer looks out from the head of a lion dance costume during the opening of Ditan Temple Fair on the Chinese New Year's Eve in Beijing, China. According to the Lunar calendar, Chinese will celebrate the Chinese New Year on Feb 19 this year which marks the Year of the Sheep. (AP/Andy Wong)

A golden statue of a goat is displayed as decorations for the upcoming Chinese New Year in the Chinatown area of Bangkok, Thailand. The Chinese New Year of the Goat begins on Feb 19. (AFP/Nicolas Asfouri)

Iranian students shout slogans during a demonstration near the Swiss embassy in Tehran, in solidarity with the three Muslim American students murdered last week in the North Carolina university town of Chapel Hill. (AFP/Atta Kenare)

Pope Francis leads the Ash Wednesday mass opening Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for Christians, before Holy Week and Easter at Santa Sabina church in Rome. (AFP/Gabriel Bouys)

Ukrainian soldiers ride an armoured personnel carrier (APC) as they leave the eastern Ukrainian city of Debaltseve in the Donetsk Region on their way to Artemivsk. Ukrainian troops pulled out of the eastern town of Debaltseve after it was stormed by pro-Russian rebels. (AFP/Anatolii Stepanov)

People walk during heavy snowfall in Istanbul. Istanbulites woke up to find the famed minarets and domes of the historic city's skyline layered in snow after a heavy fall overnight that has still shown no sign of abating. (AFP/Irem Ahmetgolu)

Russian aerobatic team Yakovlev performs at the inaugural function of Aero India 2015 at Yelahanka air base in Bangalore, India. Aviation companies from around the world are participating in the five-day event which runs through Feb 22. (AP/Aijaz Rahi)

Passengers stand by the door of a moving train surrounded by fog in Rewari, in the northern Indian state of Haryana. Even though minimum temperature was reported to have increased, thick fog was seen in the morning in the region. (AP/Ajit Solanki)

Ana Ivanovic of Serbia serves the ball to Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during the 3rd round of the WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai. (AFP/Karim Sahib)

US Nita Englund soars during the training for the ladies normal hill individual jump of the FIS Nordic Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden. (AFP/Christof Stache)

Hong Kong's team competes in the Women's Team Pursuit qualifier at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, near Paris. (AFP/Eric Feferberg)

Cyclists compete during the second stage of the Tour of Oman from Al-Hazm Castle to Al-Bustan covering a distance of 195.5 kilometres in Oman. (AFP/Mohammed Mahjoub)

Fortune tellers in Hong Kong said that the Year of the Goat should be calmer in general than the previous Year of the Horse, which was characterised by catastrophic international air accidents, brutal terror attacks, global political upheaval, a resurgent Ebola virus and war. (AFP/Philippe Lopez)

Pro-Russian rebels take positions on the side of the road near the eastern Ukrainian city of Uglegorsk, six kilometres southwest of Debaltseve. (AFP/VASILY MAXIMOV)

Servicemen of Ukrainian forces prepare their new position near Artemivsk, in the Donetsk region after they left Debaltseve. More than 90 Ukrainian troops were captured and 82 were still missing after pro-Russian rebels seized the key town of Debaltseve. (AFP/ANATOLII STEPANOV)

President Barack Obama speaks at the Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) Summit at the State Department in Washington. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

Rebel fighters take positions after what they said was an offensive against them by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad that attempted to advance in the village but failed to, in Ratian, north of Aleppo. (REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah)

A navy band prepares for the arrival of Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras aboard the Chinese frigate Changbaishan at the port of Piraeus, near Athens. (AP/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Protesters post signs on a segment of a crowd control barricade in the Plaza de Mayo, at the end of a march organised by federal prosecutors one month after the mysterious death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP/Rodrigo Abd)

Officials look over an accident on US Route 13 in Melfa, Virginia. A Virginia Department of Transportation worker was injured when a tractor-trailer truck crushed the driver's side of the VDOT truck. (AP/The Daily Times, Jay Diem)

Besiktas' Veli Kavlak (R) is fouled by Liverpool's Martin Skrtel during the Europa League Round of 32 football match at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England. (AP/Jon Super)

Scuderia Toro Rosso's Belgian-Dutch driver Max Verstappen arrives in the pits during the Formula One pre-season first test day at Catalunya's racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain. (AFP/LLUIS GENE)

Cyclists ride during the third stage of the 2015 Tour of Oman, between al-Mussanah Sports city back to al-Mussanah Sports city (158km). Norway's Alexander Kristoff won the third stage race as Swiss Fabian Cancellara retained the lead in the overall standings. (AFP/MOHAMMED MAHJOUB)

Garbine Muguruza of Spain returns the ball to Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain during the quarter-finals of the WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai. (AFP/KARIM SAHIB)

Rescue workers inspect the site of a train crash at the train station of Rafz, northern Switzerland. Two trains slammed into each other north of the Swiss city of Zurich at the start of rush hour, leaving dozens of passengers injured and train carriages upturned. (AFP/Michael Buholzer)

Residents who fled from conflict areas near the Myanmar and Chinese border arrive at a temporary refugee camp at a monastery in Lashio, Myanmar. Myanmar has continued an offensive to flush out rebels from areas around a flashpoint town on the northeastern border with China. (AFP/Ye Aung Thu)

Yemeni take part in a demonstration following the Friday prayers in the second largest city of Taiz against the Shiite Huthi militia which seized power in the country last September. The UN Security Council prepared to adopt a resolution calling on the militia to step aside. (AFP/STR)

Ukrainian servicemen evacuate a wounded man from a hospital of Artemivsk in the Donetsk region. French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the "Minsk II" ceasefire deal in Ukraine to be "fully respected" after meeting in Paris. (AFP/Anatolii Stepanov)

A woman cries as she holds the portrait of a relative during a memorial ceremony marking the first anniversary of the killings of demonstrators in the final act of a dramatic uprising around Independence Square in Kiev, known as Maidan, in Kiev, Ukraine. (AFP/Serguei Supinsky)

Indian couples from impoverished families stand for photographs during a mass marriage ceremony in New Delhi. Twelve couples tied the knot in a single ceremony organised by a social organisation, that would otherwise have cost each family thousands of dollars. (AP/Saurabh Das)

A general view shows the snow-covered West Bank city of Ramallah. Snow blanketed much of Israel, Jordan and Lebanon early Friday, with many residents urged to stay in their homes because of blocked or icy roads. (AFP/Abbas Momani)

The Josephine Shaw Lowell Fountain in Bryant Park in New York remains frozen on Feb 20, 2015. The temperature in Central Park Friday morning was 2°F (-16.6°C). The previous record for this date was 7°F (-13.8°C), set in 1950. (AFP/Timothy A Clary)

Cyclists compete in the Men's Omnium I Scratch 15km event at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, near Paris. (AFP/Eric Feferberg)

Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut returns to Austrian's Dominic Thiem during their Open 13 tennis tournament quarter final match in Marseille, southern France. (AFP/Anne-Christine Poujoulat)

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg takes part in the Formula One pre-season second day test at Catalunya's racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona. (AFP/Lluis Gene)

Levi Mutru of Finland soars during the nordic combined normal hill individual gundersen competition in the ski stadium of the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden. (AFP/Jonathan Nackstrand)

A Sri Lankan fruit vendor waits to sell pineapple in Colombo on February 22, 2015. Sri Lanka's new government will seek loans exceeding US$4 billion from international lenders, including the IMF, as it "restructures" expensive debt owed to China, the finance minister said. (AFP/Ishara S Kodikara)

Cricket fans celebrate a shot by India's batsman Ajinkya Rahane over the boundary for a six during the Pool B 2015 Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on February 22, 2015. (AFP/Saeed Khan)

An Indonesian man pours coins from his hands as a "donation" to Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott (pictured underneath coins) in Jakarta to protest Abbott's remarks on tsunami donations from Australian government in 2004. (AFP Photo)

A fan watches during the Pool B 2015 Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on February 22, 2015. (AFP/Saeed Khan)

A dance contest at a salza and kizomba Valentine's Day party at a Mongolian restaurant. Kizomba, both a dance and a style of music which developed in Angola in the late 1980s and early 1990s, is spreading across the world and now fast becoming the dance of choice with Mongolia's youth. (AFP)

Tourists visit an Islamic centre in Mataram on Lombok island in Indonesia's West Nusa Tenggara province. Lombok is at the centre of an Islamic tourism drive in Indonesia, which is hoping to boost the number of visitors from wealthy Middle Eastern nations. (AFP/Sonny Tumbelaka)

James Harden #13 and Patrick Beverley #2 of the Houston Rockets celebrate after a basket during their game against the Toronto Raptors at the Toyota Center on February 21, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images/AFP)

Participants, wearing different costumes, take part in the Tokyo Marathon in Tokyo on February 22, 2015. More than 35,500 runners took part in the Tokyo Marathon. (AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura).

Costumed revellers perform in a carnival procession on the streets of Macedonia's Strumica on February 21 ,2015. The renowned carnival, which marks the beginning of the Christian Orthodox Lent, attracted hundreds of participants and tens of thousands of visitors in Strumica. (AFP/Robert Atanasovski)

Emirati armed forces take part in a military show at the opening of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in the Emirati capital on February 22, 2015. (AFP/Karim Sahib)

Palestinian children use a makeshift craft in an area that is flooded after Israel opened the gates of a dam along its border with the Gaza Strip. Palestinian authorities said Israel opened the floodgates of a canal leading to central Gaza, causing the flooding of several Palestinian homes. (AFP)

US Bill Demong soars during the men Nordic Combined team jumping event in the ski stadium of the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden on February 22, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Jonathan Nackstrand)