Ceremony

Wearing traditional military uniform, a member of a South Korean military honor guard, salutes before a welcoming honor guard ceremony for U.S. Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of United Nations Command, US Forces Korea and Combined Forces Command at South Koreaπs Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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Wearing traditional military uniform, a member of a South Korean military honour guard, salutes before a welcoming honour guard ceremony for U.S. Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of United Nations Command, US Forces Korea and Combined Forces Command at South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul, South Korea

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin wall to mark the Defender of the Fatherland Day in Moscow

Believers pray around a cross-shaped platform covered with candles placed in jars of honey during a ceremony marking the day of Saint Haralam

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Believers pray around a cross-shaped platform covered with candles placed in jars of honey during a ceremony marking the day of Saint Haralampi, Orthodox patron saint of bee-keepers, at the Church of the Blessed Virgin in Blagoevgrad, eastern Bulgaria

Faithful jump into the waters of the Fasilides Bath as part of a ceremony in which the waters are blessed by the priest of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church during the second day of Timket in Gondar...Faithful jump into the waters of the Fasilides Bath as part of a ceremony in which the waters are blessed by the priest of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church during the second day of Timket in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 20, 2016.  "Timket", the greatest Ethiopian festival of the year is to commemorate Jesus Christ's baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist.

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Faithful jump into the waters of the Fasilides Bath as part of a ceremony in which the waters are blessed by the priest of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church during the second day of Timket in Gondar, Ethiopia on wednesday

A member of the Taiwanese honor guard takes part in a change of duty ceremony at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Taiwan will hold its presidential election on Saturday, Jan. 16.

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A member of the Taiwanese honour guard takes part in a change of duty ceremony at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday

Bahraini Shia Muslims take part in a ceremony commemorating Ashura, which marks the seventh century slaying of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed and one of Shia Islam's most revered figures, in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama, on October 22, 2015.

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Bahraini Shia Muslims take part in a ceremony commemorating Ashura, which marks the seventh century slaying of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed and one of Shia Islam’s most revered figures, in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama, on Thursday

French Republican guards take their position prior to a welcoming ceremony forf Malian president, on October 22, 2015 at Paris' city hall (Hotel de ville)

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French Republican guards take their position prior to a welcoming ceremony for the Malian president, on Thursday at Paris’ city hall

A female militia phalanx attends a grand ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Tibet Autonomous Region at the square of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. Schoolchildren waved flags and paramilitary troops marched in full battle dress as the Chinese government on Tuesday staged a mass spectacle marking 50 years since Tibet's establishment as an ethnic autonomous region firmly under the control of Beijing

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A female militia phalanx attends a grand ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Tibet Autonomous Region at the square of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, capital of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region on Tuesday

Students of nursing schools hold candles during a candlelight ceremony before starting the awarding ceremony for the Florence Nightingale medal in Tokyo on August 5, 2015. Japanese Empress Michiko, honorary president of the Japanese Red Cross Society gave the medals to two distinguished Japanese nurses at the ceremony.

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Students of nursing schools hold candles during a candlelight ceremony before starting the awarding ceremony for the Florence Nightingale medal in Tokyo on Wednesday. Japanese Empress Michiko, honorary president of the Japanese Red Cross Society gave the medals to two distinguished Japanese nurses at the ceremony

A Turkish soldier prays during the burial ceremony of Turkish soldier Mehmet Yavuz Nane on Friday, in Gaziantep

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A Turkish soldier prays during the burial ceremony of Turkish soldier Mehmet Yavuz Nane on Friday, in Gaziantep

Members of the Russian honor guard perform ceremonial change-over at Military Glory hall of Mamayev Kurgan World War Two memorial complex in Volgograd...Members of the Russian honor guard perform a ceremonial change-over at the Military Glory hall of the Mamayev Kurgan (Mamayev Hill) World War Two memorial complex in the city of Volgograd, Russia, July 15, 2015. Russia will host the World Cup soccer tournament for FIFA in 2018

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Members of the Russian honor guard perform a ceremonial change-over at the Military Glory hall of the Mamayev Kurgan (Mamayev Hill) World War Two memorial complex in the city of Volgograd, Russia, on Wednesday

Indian policemen pay tribute at Mazar-e-Shuhada (Martyr's graveyard) during a ceremony marking Martyrs' Day in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, on Monday

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Indian policemen pay tribute at Mazar-e-Shuhada (Martyr’s graveyard) during a ceremony marking Martyrs’ Day in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, on Monday

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan chats with students during a graduation ceremony in Ankara, Turkey, June 11, 2015. President Erdogan on Thursday urged the country's political parties to work quickly to form a new government, saying egos should be left aside and that history would judge anyone who left Turkey in limbo. In his first public appearance since Sunday's parliamentary election, Erdogan said no political development should be allowed to threaten Turkey's gains. He said he would do his part in finding a solution with the powers given to him by the constitution

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Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan chats with students during a graduation ceremony in Ankara, Turkey. President Erdogan on Thursday urged the country’s political parties to work quickly to form a new government

US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend official welcoming ceremonies on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 28, 2015.

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US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend official welcoming ceremonies on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on Tuesday

People release yellow balloons ...TOPSHOTS People release yellow balloons during a ceremony to commemorate the first anniversary of South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster at the southern island of Jindo, the closest landfall to the site where the Sewol sank, on April 16, 2015. South Korea's president vowed to raise the sunken Sewol ferry bowing to a key demand of grieving relatives as they marked the first anniversary of the disaster that claimed 304 lives -- most of them schoolchildren. REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT  NO ARCHIVES  NO INTERNET    RESTRICTED TO SUBSCRIPTION USE     AFP PHOTO / YONHAPYONHAP/AFP/Getty Images

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People release yellow balloons during a ceremony to commemorate the first anniversary of South Korea‘s Sewol ferry disaster. The southern island of Jindo is the closest landfall to the site where the Sewol sank. 

A Bulgarian Orthodox priest leads an annual religious march marking the second day of Easter at the Bachkovo monastery on on April 13, 2015.

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An Orthodox priest leads an annual religious march marking the second day of Easter at the Bachkovo monastery in Bulgaria on Monday.

Dimitris Koutsoumpas (R), general secretary of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and religious officials attend a swearing in ceremony of the new parliament in Athens on February 5, 2015. Greece's parliament met for the first time after last month's election amid market jitters sparked by an ECB block on a key source of funding for Athens' banks.

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Dimitris Koutsoumpas, general secretary of the Communist party of Greece (right), and religious officials attend a swearing-in ceremony of the new parliament in Athens. Greece’s parliament met for the first time after last month’s election amid market jitters sparked by an ECB block on a key source of funding for Athens’ banks.

Afghan National Army soldiers perform during their graduation ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, 05 February 2015. Afghan national forces took over full responsibility for the country's security 01 January, as NATO-led coalition forces ended their 13 year combat mission and started a new phase providing training, advice, and assistance, and during his speech Ghani congratulated Afghans on the historic occasion, saying Afghanistan will no longer be a base for militant operations.

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Afghan National Army soldiers perform during their graduation ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan

A Palestinian boy wearing a military costume arrives at a military-style graduation ceremony for Palestinian youths who were trained at one of the Hamas-run Liberation Camps, in Gaza City January 29, 2015. Hamas's armed wing organized "Liberation Youths Camps" for young Palestinians aged between 15 and 21 to prepare them to "confront any possible Israeli attack", Hamas officials said. According to organizers, some 17,000 youths graduated from these camps

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A Palestinian boy wearing a military costume arrives at a military-style graduation ceremony for Palestinian youths who were trained at one of the Hamas-run Liberation Camps, in Gaza City on Thursday

India's BSF soldiers ride camels as they rehearse for "Beating Retreat" ceremony in New Delhi

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India’s Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers ride their camels as they rehearse for the “Beating Retreat” ceremony in New Delhi on Tuesday. The ceremony symbolises retreat after a day on the battlefield, and marks the official end of the Indian Republic Day celebrations.