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A member of the Iraqi government forces sits in an armed military vehicle on the outskirts of the northern city of Tikrit as they prepare to launch a military operation to take control of the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters.

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A member of the Iraqi government forces sits in an armed military vehicle on the outskirts of the northern city of Tikrit as they prepare to launch a military operation to take control of the city from Islamic State group fighters.

ECB To Inaugurate New Headquarters

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A BMX rider jumps over a nail plate at a ‘Osthafen’ bridge arch with the new headquarters of the European Central Bank and the skyline of Frankfurt in the background.

A Tibetan man carries a portrait of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, during a function to mark the 56th Tibetan Uprising Day at the Tibetan Refugee camp in Lalitpur...A Tibetan man carries a portrait of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, during the function to mark the 56th Tibetan Uprising Day at the Tibetan Refugee camp in Lalitpur March 10, 2015. With a growing Chinese influence over Nepal, the Nepalese government stands strong against Tibetan exiles protesting in support of their homeland. Nepal ceased issuing refugee papers to Tibetans in 1989 and recognizes Tibet to be a part of China. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION POLITICS)

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A man carries a portrait of the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, during a function at the Tibetan refugee camp in Lalitpur to mark the 1959 uprising against the presence of China in Tibet

A man carries a dummy elephant in the streets downtown of Guatemala City March 8, 2015.   REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez (GUATEMALA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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A man carries a dummy elephant in the downtown streets of Guatemala City 

Solar Plane Takes Off In Round The World Attempt

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Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered aircraft, takes flight as it begins its historic round-the-world journey from Al Bateen Airport, Abu Dhabi, on Monday

A woman reacts as she looks at a damaged church in Donetsk's Oktyabrski district...A woman reacts as she looks at a damaged church in Donetsk's Oktyabrski district, March 9, 2015. REUTERS/Marko Djurica (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)A woman reacts as she looks at a damaged church in Donetsk's Oktyabrski district...A woman reacts as she looks at a damaged church in Donetsk's Oktyabrski district, March 9, 2015. REUTERS/Marko Djurica (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

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A woman reacts as she looks at a damaged church in Donetsk’s Oktyabrski district, Ukraine.

A woman walks past trees reflected on a lake in front of a construction site of a residential compound on a hazy day in Wuhan, Hubei province

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A woman walks past trees reflected on a lake in front of a construction site of a residential compound on a hazy day in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.

A monk prays before anti-North Korea activists holding placards in support of US Ambassador to Seoul Mark Lippert, during a rally in Seoul on March 6, 2015. South Korea has reacted with shock and a little shame to a violent knife attack on Lippert that jarred harshly with the image of a largely safe, well-ordered society.

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A monk prays before anti-North Korea activists holding placards in support of Mark Lippert, US Ambassador to Seoul, during a rally in Seoul. South Korea has reacted with shock after Mr Lippert was attacked by a knife-wielding assailant. The attack has jarred harshly with the image of a largely safe, well-ordered society.

An Indian married couple stand with their luggage in a gap between moving trains as they wait to cross the railway tracks during a visit to their hometown for festival holidays in Allahabad

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An Indian couple stand with their luggage in a gap between moving trains as they wait to cross the railway tracks during a visit to their hometown for festival holidays in Allahabad, India

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Bangladeshi workers unload goods from a boat in the Buriganga river during an ongoing nationwide strike and blockade called by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led alliance, in Dhaka

Male civil society members wear burqas to protest violence against women, ahead of International Women's Day, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

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Male civil society members wear burqas to protest violence against women, ahead of International Women’s Day, in Kabul, Afghanistan

Passengers exit from a Turkish Airlines plane soon after it overshot from the runway in Kathmandu.

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Passengers exit from a Turkish Airlines plane soon after it overshot from the runway in Kathmandu, Nepal

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Smoke and lava spew from the Villarrica volcano, as seen from Pucon town in the south of Santiago. The volcano went quiet on Tuesday after an eruption that sent a plume of ash and lava high into the sky in the early hours put Chile on high alert. 

Police officers on motorized vehicles patrol at  Tiananmen Square during the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

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Police officers on motorised vehicles patrol in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, during the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference

Cats crowd the harbour on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Picture taken February 25, 2015. To match story JAPAN-CATS/    REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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Cats crowd the harbour on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan. This fishing village is overrun with felines, outnumbering humans six to one

Children gather near their burnt home after a fire razed a squatters colony in Tondo, Manila

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Children gather near their burnt home after a fire razed a squatters colony in Tondo, Manila, on Tuesday. About 10,000 families were rendered homeless after 5,000 houses were razed by an overnight fire in Tondo district in the Philippine capital. 

Fire in Cape Town...epa04644360 Rescue personel battle a blaze in Noorhoek Manor old age home in Cape Town, South Africa 02 March 2015. A fire fanned by gale force south easterly winds has raged across the south peninsula of Cape Town from Muizenberg to Hout Bay. Residents in some areas were forced to evacuate. Rescue personel continue to battle the blaze.  EPA/NIC BOTHMA

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Firemen battle a blaze in Noordhoek Manor old age home in Cape Town, South Africa. A fire fanned by gale force south easterly winds has raged across the south peninsula of Cape Town from Muizenberg to Hout Bay. 

Afghan survivors of an avalanche walk in the Abdullah Khil village of the Dara district of Panjshir province

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Afghan survivors walk in the Abdullah Khil village of the Dara district of Panjshir province. More than 180 people have been killed in north Afghanistan in some of the worst avalanches there for 30 years.

This undated handout picture released by...This undated handout picture released by the Australian Antarctic Division on March 2, 2015 shows penguins standing next to a chick walking on ice in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica. Antarctica's Ross Sea has been a rare safe haven for emperor penguins for thousands of years, even when temperatures were too harsh for their liking, a study released on March 2, 2015 suggests.  --EDITORS NOTE --HANDOUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / AUSTRALIAN ANTARCTIC DIVISION" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVESAUSTRALIAN ANTARCTIC DIVISION/AFP/Getty Images

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This picture released by the Australian Antarctic Division shows penguins standing next to a chick walking on ice in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica. Antarctica’s Ross Sea has been a rare safe haven for emperor penguins for thousands of years, even when temperatures were too harsh for their liking. 

Female police recruits throw their caps in the air, as they celebrate after their passing-out parade, in the northeastern Indian city of Agar...Female police recruits throw their caps in the air, as they celebrate after their passing-out parade, in the northeastern Indian city of Agartala, March 2, 2015. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey (INDIA - Tags: MILITARY)

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Female police recruits throw their caps in the air as they celebrate after their passing-out parade, in the northeastern Indian city of Agartala.