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Flowers, candles and messages left by mourners adorn a tree near the spot where Maria L., a 19-year-old medical student, was raped and murdered on December 8, 2016 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. Police have arrested Hussein K., a refugee from Afghanistan who was 16 at the time of the October murder, after identifying him through CCTV camera images and DNA evidence. The likely fact that a refugee is responsible for the murder has grown into a poltical issue, with a local branch of the right-wing AfD (Alternative fuer Deutschland) political party quick to point a finger at what they deem as Germany's over-liberal policy on admitting over one million refugees and migrants since 2015. Meanwhile critics have blasted German television station ARD for failing to report on the arrest in its Tagesschau news broadcast in what many right-leaning analysts see as pro-refugee bias by the media.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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Flowers, candles and messages left by mourners adorn a tree near the spot where Maria L., a 19-year-old medical student, was raped and murdered in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

British Police officers stand on duty outside the Supreme Court in London on the final day of a four-day hearing on December 8, 2016. British Prime Minister Theresa May secured a symbolic victory on Brexit yesterday, after MPs agreed not to delay her plans to begin the EU exit talks by the end of March, although she had to promise to give them more details of her negotiating strategy. The House of Commons vote is not binding and the government is still fighting a challenge at the Supreme Court against moves to give parliament the final say on starting the Brexit process. / AFP PHOTO / Justin TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images

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British Police officers stand on duty outside the Supreme Court in London on the final day of a four-day hearing to appeal against the High Court ruling that Article 50 can not be triggered without a Parliamentary vote. Photo Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty 

epa05665245 Aerial view of Paris with the Eiffel tower shrouded in haze, in Paris, France, 08 December 2016. Paris is undergoing a third day pollution spike, prompting the city to limit vehicle circulation.  EPA/YOAN VALAT

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An aerial view of Paris with the Eiffel tower shrouded in haze, in Paris, France. Paris is undergoing a third day pollution spike, prompting the city to limit vehicle circulation. Yoan Valat/EPA 

A bull shark swims at the Ocearium in Le Croisic, western France, on December 6, 2016.     / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCELOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images

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A bull shark swims at the Ocearium in Le Croisic, western France. Photo Loic Venance/AFP/Getty

Newly appointed French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve talks to journalists on December 7, 2016 after their first cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Patrick KOVARIKPATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images

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Newly appointed French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve talks to journalists after their first cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Photo Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty 

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Outgoing French Prime Minister Manuel Valls waves as he leaves the Hotel Matignon in a car, in Paris during the handover ceremony after he resigned to seek the Socialist nomination in next year’s presidential election. Photo Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty

German Chancellor and leader of the conservative CDU Merkel reacts after her speech at the CDU party convention in Essen

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German Chancellor and leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union party CDU Angela Merkel reacts after her speech at the CDU party convention in Essen, Germany. Photo Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters 

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Seagulls sit on poles in Friedrichshafen at the Bodensee (Lake Constance), southern Germany. Photo Lino Mirgeler/dpa/AFP/Getty 

Croatia's Marin Cilic celebrates after winning a point against Argentina's Federico Delbonis, during their singles match at the Davis Cup tennis tournament final between the two countries in Zagreb, Croatia, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

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Croatia’s Marin Cilic celebrates after winning a point against Argentina’s Federico Delbonis, during their singles match at the Davis Cup tennis tournament final between the two countries in Zagreb, Croatia. Photo Darko Vojinovic/AP 

A firefighter brandishes a smoke flares as he and others demonstrate on Place de la Nation in Paris on November 24, 2016 as part of a nationwide strike to denounce violence against firefighters doing their job, budget cuts and downsizing. / AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARDALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images

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A firefighter brandishes a smoke flares as he and others demonstrate on Place de la Nation in Paris, France as part of a nationwide strike to denounce violence against firefighters doing their job, budget cuts and downsizing. Photo Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty 

VIBO VALENTIA, ITALY - NOVEMBER 24:  Refugees on the the MOAS vessel "Topaz Responder" as it comes into port on November 24, 2016 in Vibo Valentia, Italy. The MOAS team worked through the night of the 21st and into the next morning rescuing 'approximately' 600 people from several vessels though that figure could change. It is believed that several people had died after one rubber dinghy capsized. 117 people were saved from that incident, but many were left suffering from hypothermia and various other minor injuries. MOAS were patrolling in the 'SAR Search and Rescue Zone, approximate 20KM off the coastline of Libya, and running rescue missions for the many migrants and refugees who continue to attempt to make the dangerous crossing across the Mediterranean Sea to Italy. MOAS are a Malta based registered foundation dedicated to providing professional search-and-rescue assistance to refugees and migrants in distress at sea and work alongside with the Red Cross on board the Topaz Responder. The number of deaths this year of people crossing the Mediterranean has risen to almost 4,300. MOAS alone have rescued around 19,000.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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Refugees on the MOAS vessel “Topaz Responder” as it comes into in Vibo Valentia, Italy. Photo Dan Kitwood/Getty

epa05645016 Pedestrians walk past paper birds placed by WWF activists opposite the Spanish Lower House in Madrid, Spain, 24 November 2016, to demand a stronger protection of the Spanish National Park Donana in Andalucia.  EPA/JUAN CARLOS HIDALGO

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Pedestrians walk past paper birds placed by WWF activists opposite the Spanish Lower House in Madrid, Spain to demand a stronger protection of the Spanish National Park Donana in Andalucia. Photo Juan Carlos Hidalgo/EPA 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a session at the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) on November 23, 2016 in Berlin. Merkel addressed the parliament on key domestic and foreign issues during a week of budget debate. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZTOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a session at the Bundestag in Berlin. Merkel addressed the parliament on key domestic and foreign issues during a week of budget debate. Photo Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty

Swiss Freestyle Motocross  driver Mat Rebeaud performs a figure during a FMX jump training session ten days before the 31st Geneva International Supercross, in Payerne, Switzerland, Tuesday, Nov.22, 2016. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)

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Swiss Freestyle Motocross driver Mat Rebeaud performs a figure during a FMX jump training session ten days before the 31st Geneva International Supercross, in Payerne, Switzerland. Photo Laurent Gillieron/Keystone/AP) 

Members of the European Parliament take part in a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, November 22, 2016. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

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Members of the European Parliament take part in a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Photo Vincent Kessler/Reuters 

A rainbow rises over Gosport, Hampshire, as heavy rain, strong winds and flash flooding brought widespread disruption across the country and increased fears for a missing pensioner. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 22, 2016. See PA story WEATHER Rain. Photo credit should read: Ben Mitchell/PA Wire

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A rainbow rises over Gosport, Hampshire, as heavy rain, strong winds and flash flooding brought widespread disruption across the country. Ben Mitchell/PA 

 A boy sits on the deck of Topaz Responder after being rescued from a wooden boat by members of MOAS, Migrant Offshore Aid Station on November 22, 2016 in Pozzollo Italy. The MOAS team worked through the night and into the next morning rescuing 'approximately' 600 people from vessels. MOAS are currently patrolling international waters off the coast of Libya, and running rescue missions for the many migrants and refugees who continue to attempt to make the dangerous crossing across the Mediterranean Sea to Italy. MOAS are a Malta based registered foundation dedicated to providing professional search-and-rescue assistance to refugees and migrants in distress at sea and work alongside with the Red Cross on board the Topaz Responder. The number of deaths this year of people crossing the Mediterranean has risen to almost 4,300. MOAS alone have rescued around 19,000.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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A boy sits on the deck of Topaz Responder after being rescued from a wooden boat by members of MOAS, Migrant Offshore Aid Station on November in Pozzallo, Italy. Photo Dan Kitwood/Getty 

Matus, a seven-year-old Slovak boy, wears a Soviet military hat as he stands by remains of the border fences from the former 'Iron curtain' between Slovakia and Austria on November 20,2016 near Bratislava, Slovakia.  The bridge was symbolically closed for 3 days to remeber victims who lost their lives trying to escape the communist regime. Slovaks and Czechs commemorated on 17 of November 26th anniversary of the Velvet revolution. / AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMARJOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images

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Matus, a seven-year-old Slovak boy, wears a Soviet military hat as he stands by remains of the border fences from the former ‘Iron curtain’ between Slovakia and Austria near Bratislava, Slovakia. Photo Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty

U.S. President Barack Obama is welcomed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel upon his arrival at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, November 17, 2016.      REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch  - RTX2U4LR

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U.S. President Barack Obama is welcomed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel upon his arrival at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. Photo Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters 

Military personnel confront police during a protest against the reform of their pension scheme in Brussels, Belgium, 15 November 2016. The military personnel demonstrate on the day of the King's feast to express their dissatisfaction with the reform of their pension scheme.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

Military personnel confront police during a protest against the reform of their pension scheme in Brussels, Belgium. The military personnel demonstrate on the day of the King’s feast to express their dissatisfaction with the reform of their pension scheme. Photo Stephanie Lecocq/EPA