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TOPSHOT - Iranians gather around a hearse carrying the coffin of former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani during his funeral ceremony in the capital Tehran, on January 10, 2017 The heavyweight politician, who died on January 8 at the age of 82, will be buried inside the crypt of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution, at Khomeini's mausoleum is in south Tehran.  / AFP PHOTO / Atta KENAREATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images

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Iranians gather around a hearse carrying the coffin of former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani during his funeral ceremony in the capital Tehran today
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Mourners gather around the coffin of former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani during a mourning ceremony at Jamaran mosque in Tehran, on January 9, 2017. Rafsanjani died in hospital on January 8 after suffering a heart attack. Rafsanjani, who was 82, was a pivotal figure in the foundation of the Islamic republic in 1979, and served as president from 1989 to 1997. / AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENAREATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images

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Mourners gather around the coffin of former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani during a mourning ceremony at Jamaran mosque in Tehran today. Photo Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty

Emirati men walk with their camels across the Liwa desert, some 250 kilometres west of the Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi, during the Liwa 2017 Moreeb Dune Festival on January 6, 2017.  The festival, which attracts participants from around the Gulf region, includes a variety of races (cars, bikes, falcons, camels and horses) or other activities aimed at promoting the country's folklore. / AFP PHOTO / Karim SahibKARIM

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Emirati men walk with their camels across the Liwa desert, some 250 kilometres west of the Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi, during the Liwa 2017 Moreeb Dune Festival today.
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The sister of Elias Wardini, center, a Lebanese man who was killed in the New Year's Eve Istanbul nightclub attack, mourns over her brother's body during his funeral procession at a church, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. The gunman killed 39 people, most of them foreigners, including three Lebanese citizens, at the Istanbul nightclub. The Islamic State group claimed the attack on Monday, saying a "soldier of the caliphate" had carried out the mass shooting in response to Turkish military operations against IS in northern Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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The sister of Elias Wardini, centre, a Lebanese man who was killed in the New Year’s Eve Istanbul nightclub attack, mourns over her brother’s body during his funeral procession at a church, in Beirut, Lebanon,Syria. Photo Hussein Malla/AP

Migratory birds of the flamingo species congregate at the shore of Kuwait City, Kuwait, 06 December 2016. Flamingos and other migratory birds are having regular appearances on the coast at the beginning of warm winter in Kuwait.  EPA/RAED QUTENA

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Migratory birds of the flamingo species congregate at the shore of Kuwait City. Flamingos and other migratory birds are having regular appearances on the coast at the beginning of warm winter in Kuwait. Photo Raed Quetena/EPA 

British Prime Minister Theresa May addresses sailors on board HMS Ocean during her trip to attend the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Bahrain, on December 6, 2016 in Manama, Bahrain. Prime Minister May is the first British leader and the first woman to attend the annual two-day Gulf Cooperation Council and will attend a dinner with the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman on Tuesday, and will also discuss the situation in Yemen and Syria.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

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British Prime Minister Theresa May addresses sailors on board HMS Ocean during her trip to attend the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Manama, Bahrain. Photo Carl Court/Getty Images

Activists from the Lebanese NGO Abaad (Dimensions), a resource centre for gender equality, dressed as brides and wearing injury patches hold a protest in downtown Beirut on December 6, 2016, against article 522 in the Lebanese penal code.  The article shields rapists from prosecution on the condition that they marry their victim, a phenomenon that is still practised in the country, especially among conservative families whose chief aim is to preserve the family's so-called "honour." / AFP PHOTO / PATRICK BAZPATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images

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Activists from the Lebanese NGO Abaad (Dimensions), a resource centre for gender equality protest in downtown Beirut against article 522 in the Lebanese penal code. The article shields rapists from prosecution on the condition that they marry their victim, a phenomenon that is still practised in the country, especially among conservative families whose chief aim is to preserve the family’s so-called “honour.” Photo Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty 

Citizens walk as the sunsets over the Mediterranean Sea on the seafront promenade in Beirut, Lebanon,

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Citizens walk as the sunsets over the Mediterranean Sea on the seafront promenade in Beirut, Lebanon. Photo Hassan Ammar/AP

A police helicopter flies over the explosion site on November 4, 2016 after a strong blast in Diyarbakir. At least one person was killed

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A police helicopter flies over the explosion site after a strong blast in Diyarbakir, Turkey.
At least one person was killed. Photo Ilyas Akengin/AFP

Abu Omar's daughters Ghazal and Deema (R) sit in the shelter the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, on October 30, 2016. Abu Omar, with the help of his neighbour, was able to dig and prepare an underground shelter consisting of a single room in the space of 2 weeks. The shelter is 4 meters below ground and has an air vent for emergencies. / AFP PHOTO / Sameer Al-DoumySAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP/Getty Images

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Abu Omar’s daughters Ghazal and Deema (right) sit in the shelter the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of Damascus. Abu Omar, with the help of his neighbour, was able to dig and prepare an underground shelter consisting of a single room in the space of two weeks. The shelter is four meters below ground and has an air vent for emergencies. Photo Sameer Al-Doumy/AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Carney sets sail in the Bosphorus, on its way to the Black Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey, October 24, 2016. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

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The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Carney sets sail in the Bosphorus, on its way to the Black Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo Murad Sezer/Reuters

Yemeni artist spraying a graffiti on a wall in protest against the ongoing conflict and the worsening economic situation in the war-affected country, in Sana’a, Yemen, 20 October 2016. According to reports, since March 2015, ongoing conflict and the Saudi-led airstrike campaign in Yemen have left 21.2 million - 82 percent of Yemen’s population - in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 9.9 million children.  EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

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A Yemeni artist sprays graffiti on a wall in protest against the ongoing conflict and the worsening economic situation in the war-affected country, in Sanaa, Yemen. Photo Yahya Arhab/ EPA

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish youth holds a chicken as others perform the Kaparot ritual, where white chickens are slaughtered as a symbolic gesture of atonement, in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood October 10, 2016, ahead of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, which starts at sundown on Tuesday

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An ultra-Orthodox Jewish youth holds a chicken as others perform the Kaparot ritual, where white chickens are slaughtered as a symbolic gesture of atonement, in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighbourhood ahead of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, which starts at sundown on Tuesday. Photo Ronen Zvulun/Reuters 

A migrant is rescued from the mediteranean sea by a member of Proactiva Open Arms NGO some 20 nautical miles north of Libya on October 3, 2016.  Thousands of migrants are "racing against the clock" to make the perilous crossing from Libya to Europe before summer ends, with authorities in the conflict-torn country at a loss to stem the flow. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images

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A migrant is rescued from the mediteranean sea by a member of Proactiva Open Arms NGO some 20 nautical miles north of Libya. Photo Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

Palestinian protesters carry a wounded comrade during clashes with Israeli security forces along the border fence with Israel on the eastern outskirts of Gaza City, on September 30, 2016

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Palestinian protesters carry a wounded comrade during clashes with Israeli security forces along the border fence with Israel on the eastern outskirts of Gaza City. Photo Mohammed Abed/AFP

A man holds a fishing rod as floating trash hits the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

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A man holds a fishing rod as floating rubbish hits the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday Credit: Hassan Ammar/AP

Pro-government soldiers march during a military parade celebrating the 54th anniversary of North Yemen's revolution in the central province of Marib September 27, 2016. REUTERS/Ali Owidha

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Pro government soldiers march during a military parade celebrating the 54th anniversary of North Yemen’s revolution in the central province of Marib

A photograph made available on 27 September 2016 shows a tourist taking a selfie in front of the Sphinx, Giza, Egypt,

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A tourist takes a selfie in front of the Sphinx, Giza, Egypt. The United Nations’ ‘World Tourism Day’ is observed today

Garbage piles up at a temporary dump on a highway in the town of Jdeideh, north of the Lebanese capital Beirut

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Garbage piles up at a temporary dump on a highway in the town of Jdeideh, north of the Lebanese capital Beirut

 Muslims Israeli-Arabs play at the beach in Tel Aviv during the three day Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) Muslim holiday on September 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANAMENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images

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Muslims Israeli-Arabs play at the beach in Tel-Aviv during the three day Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) Muslim holiday