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In this late Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 photo taken using long exposure, star trails are seen over Mount Sinabung as it spews volcanic ash into the air as seen from Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Authorities raised the alert status of the volcano to the highest level on Sunday after it had a series of eruptions.

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This photo, taken using long exposure, shows star trails over Mount Sinabung as it spews volcanic ash into the air as seen from Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Authorities raised the alert status of the volcano to the highest level on Sunday after a series of eruptions. Read more

A soldier wears glasses given to him by an anti-government protester who broke in  with others into the compound of the Royal Thai Army headquarters in Bangkok...A soldier wears glasses given to him by an anti-government protester who broke in with others into the compound of the Royal Thai Army headquarters in Bangkok November 29, 2013. About 1,500 anti-government protesters forced their way into the compound of Thailand's army headquarters on Friday, the latest escalation in a city-wide demonstration seeking to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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A soldier wears glasses given to him by one of the anti-government protesters who broke into the compound of the Royal Thai army headquarters in Bangkok Read more

Workers clean and maintain the glass canopy of the Ocean Financial Center office building at the central business district of Singapore...Workers clean and maintain the glass canopy of the Ocean Financial Center office building at the central business district of Singapore November 28, 2013.  REUTERS/Edgar Su

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Workers clean the glass canopy of the Ocean Financial Center office building in the central business district in Singapore.

Indonesian displaced people rest at a sh...Indonesian displaced people rest at a shelter in Karo as Sinabung volcano continues to erupt on November 26, 2013. Several thousand people left their homes overnight, taking the total number of those who have fled since the volcano rumbled to life to around 12,300, said the national disaster agency.

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Displaced people rest at a shelter in Karo, Indonesia, as the Mount Sinabung volcano continues to erupt. Several thousand people left their homes overnight, taking the total number of those who have fled since the volcano rumbled to life to about 12,300, the national disaster agency said.

Bangladeshi commuters travel along a str...Bangladeshi commuters travel along a street during a nationwide strike called by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in Dhaka on November 13, 2013. Led by the BNP, the 18-Party alliance is trying to enforce a 84-hour general strike across Bangladesh to back their demand for a non-party neutral caretaker to conduct the upcoming parliament polls and to protest the arrest of its senior leaders. TOPSHOTS      AFP PHOTO/ Munir uz ZAMANMUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images

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Commuters take to their bikes in Dhaka during a nationwide strike called by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which left thousands of buses, minibuses and trucks idled. Led by the BNP, an 18-Party alliance is encouraging an 84-hour strike to support their demand for a non-party neutral caretaker to conduct upcoming parliamentary polls and to protest about the arrest of its senior leaders.

Typhoon Haiyan aftermath in the Philippines ...epa03947617 Filipino typhoon survivor children, who escaped after their village was attacked by allegedly armed men, wait for social workers in the super typhoon devastated city of Tacloban, Leyte province, Philippines, 13 November 2013. Aid workers and relief supplies were being poured into eastern provinces hit by Typhoon Haiyan, which aid agencies and officials estimated has left thousands dead and staggering destruction in its wake. The official death toll in the Philippines from one of the worldís strongest typhoons rose to 1,833, the national disaster relief agency said with many towns still unaccounted for.

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Children wait for social workers in the devastated city of Tacloban, in the province of Leyte in central Philippines, having escaped from their village after it was allegedly attacked by armed men amid the devastation caused by typhoon Haiyan. Read more

U.S. golfer Tiger Woods hits a shot during an event to promote the upcoming Turkish Airlines Open golf tournament, on the Bosphorus Bridge that links the city's European and Asian sides, in Istanbul November 5, 2013. Woods is in Turkey to attend the tournament, which will take place in Antalya, southern Turkey, between November 7 to 10.

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US golfer Tiger Woods hits a shot on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul on Tuesday, during an event to promote the upcoming Turkish Airlines Open golf tournament

Vowing empowerment of women...epa03929651 Participants of an annual convention of women's advocacy groups chant slogans vowing to empower women, in Seoul, South Korea, 30 October 2013. President Park Geun-hye spoke at the convention and promised to make the country a better place for women, with more jobs and opportunities, and less gender-based discrimination. One of the slogans was 'Becoming one Korea, through women's power.'  EPA/YONHAP

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Participants of an annual convention of women’s advocacy groups chant slogans vowing to empower women, in Seoul, South Korea. President Park Geun-hye spoke at the convention and promised to make the country a better place for women, with more jobs and opportunities, and less gender-based discrimination. One of the slogans was ‘Becoming one Korea, through women’s power.’ Read more

India's Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Assistant Commandant and sub inspectors march during their passing out parade at National Industrial Security Academy (NISA) on the outskirts of Hyderabad, India, Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. The CISF is a paramilitary security force which provides security cover to nuclear installations, space establishments, airports, seaports, power plants, sensitive Government buildings and heritage monuments in India. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

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India’s Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Assistant Commandant and sub inspectors march during their passing out parade at National Industrial Security Academy (NISA) on the outskirts of Hyderabad, India. The CISF is a paramilitary security force which provides security cover to nuclear installations, space establishments, airports, seaports, power plants, sensitive Government buildings and heritage monuments in IndiaRead more

An Indian artist decorates earthenware o...An Indian artist decorates earthenware oil pots or 'diyas' on the outskirts of Hyderabad on October 23, 2013, ahead of the Diwali festival of lights which will be celebrated on November 3 this year. Diyas, which are lit and placed around the home, are in heavy demand during the festival which marks the victory of good over evil and commemorates the time when Hindu God Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his Kingdom Ayodhya after 14 years of exile .AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAMNOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images

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An Indian artist decorates earthenware oil pots or ‘diyas’ on the outskirts of Hyderabad, ahead of the Diwali festival of lights which will be celebrated on November 3 this year. Diyas, which are lit and placed around the home, are in heavy demand during the festival which marks the victory of good over evil and commemorates the time when Hindu God Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his Kingdom Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. Read more