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Visitors lay flowers at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal siege in the heart of Sydney's financial district

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Visitors lay flowers at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal siege in the heart of Sydney’s financial district

 Condolence messages are written on the pavement as a sign of respect at Martin Place

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Condolence messages are left as a sign of respect on the pavement at Martin Place, site of the Sydney café where customers and staff had been held hostage by a lone gunman on Monday.

A man places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital.

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A man places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege today in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital.

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A hostage runs towards a police officer outside Lindt Chocolat Café, where other hostages were being held, in Martin Place in central Sydney, Australia on Monday 

Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke pays tribute to Phillip Hughes during the Funeral Service for Phillip Hughes at Macksville High School Stadium on December 3, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away last Thursday, aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on Tuesday 25th November.

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Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke pays tribute to Phillip Hughes during the funeral service at Macksville High School Stadium on Wednesday in Macksville, Australia. Australian cricketer Hughes passed away last Thursday, aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG.

Men from the pacific island nations of Tonga and Fiji perform a traditional Haka after arriving in Sydney on Wednesday. Traditional Pacific island canoes sailed into Sydney Harbour on after a vast journey across the ocean, bringing an urgent message to the world about climate change

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Men from the pacific island nations of Tonga and Fiji perform a Haka dance after arriving in Sydney on Wednesday. Traditional Pacific island canoes sailed into Sydney Harbour bringing an urgent message to the world about climate change

Demonstrators protest in the Brisbane CBD over climate change, uranium mining, coal seam gas fracking and traditional land rights ahead of the 2014 G20 Leaders Summit on November 11, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia. International leaders will descend on Brisbane for the annual G20 summit November 15-16.

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Demonstrators protest in the Brisbane CBD over climate change, uranium mining, coal seam gas fracking and traditional land rights ahead of the Group of 20 leaders’ summit, which starts on Saturday

Warm Weather Hits Sydney...SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 31:  Members of the public enjoy the warm weather down at Bondi Beach on October 31, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  Australia is expecting much hotter temperatures than usual for the next three months.  (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)

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Warm Weather Hits Sydney…SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 31: Members of the public enjoy the warm weather down at Bondi Beach on October 31, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Australia is expecting much hotter temperatures than usual for the next three months. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images) 

A swimmer swims laps in Bronte Ocean Pool as a severe storm hits Sydney at Bronte Beach on October 13, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.

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A swimmer does laps in Bronte Ocean Pool as a severe storm hits Sydney at Bronte Beach on Monday in Australia.

A rider holds on as a bull tries to throw him during the Bull Ride Spectacular on the first day of the 2014 Deni Ute Muster at the Play on the Plains Festival grounds on October 3, 2014 in Deniliquin, Australia.

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A rider holds on as a bull tries to throw him during the Bull Ride Spectacular on the first day of the 2014 Deni Ute Muster at the Play on the Plains Festival grounds on Friday in Deniliquin, Australia.