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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.

Troops of the Interior Ministry march in a parade during a ceremony marking Iraqi Police Day's 93rd anniversary at a police academy in Baghdad January 8, 2015.

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Troops of the Interior Ministry march in a parade during a ceremony marking Iraqi Police Day’s 93rd anniversary at a police academy in Baghdad on Thursday

A Chinese People's Liberation Army soldier closes a curtain after members of honor guard rehearse for a welcome ceremony held by Chinese President Xi Jinping for visiting Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

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A soldier closes a curtain after the honour guard rehearses for a welcome ceremony for visiting Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China

Monaco guards arrive for a ceremony announcing the birth of Monaco royal twins Gabriella Therese Marie and Jacques Honore Rainier, outside the Palace in Monaco, Thursday, Dec.11 , 2014.  For the first time since Monaco was founded in the 13th century, its royal family gave birth to twins on Wednesday, and dozens of cannons were fired to celebrate. Monaco's Princess Charlene had a girl first and a boy second, but the boy will be the principality's future ruler, reflecting the male priority of Monaco's laws of succession.

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Monaco guards arrive for a ceremony announcing the birth of Monaco royal twins Gabriella Therese Marie and Jacques Honore Rainier, outside the Palace in Monaco on Thursday

Pokot girls attired with traditional jewellery stand in a circle during an initiation ceremony of over a hundred girls passing over into womanhood, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County...Pokot girls attired with traditional jewellery stand in a circle during an initiation ceremony of over a hundred girls passing over into womanhood, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County. The ceremony lasts one night and through the next day. Before the ceremony, as Pokot tradition dictates, the girls are secluded for over a month, out of sight of the men in the community. The ceremony will mark the girls coming to age and they will be able to be married. For most, their marriages have already been arranged. During the ceremony the girls will sing and stay standing from the afternoon through out the night and the morning after.

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More than 100 Pokot girls wearing traditional jewellery take part in an initiation ceremony marking the passing into womanhood, in Baringo County, about 80km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat, Kenya

Fashion designer Gareth Pugh unveils the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum's Christmas tree, tilted Ceremony, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 9, 2014. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

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Fashion designer Gareth Pugh unveils the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum’s Christmas tree, titled Ceremony.

An Indian Air Force graduate is tossed in the air by his colleagues after their passing out parade ceremony in Bangalore, India, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. A total of 121 officers including 45 women completed Friday after 74 weeks of training.

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An Indian Air Force graduate is tossed in the air by his colleagues after their passing out parade ceremony in Bangalore, India. A total of 121 officers including 45 women completed training on Friday after 74 weeks of training

A child sits amongst top high school students during an annual award ceremony organized by Yemen's Education Ministry in Sanaa November 24, 2014. Forty-seven highest-scoring graduates of high schools nationwide were honoured by the government on Monday, and awarded with medals and cash prizes.

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A child sits among school students at an annual ceremony organised by Yemen’s Education Ministry in Sanaa. About 47 of the highest-scoring graduates from schools nationwide were given medals and cash by the government on Monday.

Retired paramilitary policemen, who conduct the daily national flag raising and lowering ceremony on Tiananmen Square, salute to a Chinese national flag...Retired paramilitary policemen, who conduct the daily national flag raising and lowering ceremony on Tiananmen Square, salute to a Chinese national flag during a farewell ceremony in Beijing, November 24, 2014.

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Retired paramilitary policemen, who raise and lower China’s flag every day in Tiananmen Square, salute during a farewell ceremony in Beijing on Monday.

A woman reacts as she walks in between photos of anti-Yanukovich protesters killed during clashes, during a commemoration ceremony for them in Kiev...A woman reacts as she walks in between photos of anti-Yanukovich protesters killed during clashes, during a commemoration ceremony for them in Kiev November 21, 2014. Ukrainians marked the first anniversary of Ukrainian pro-European Union (EU) mass protests which caused a change in the country's leadership and brought Ukraine closer to the EU.

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A woman reacts as she walks inbetween photos of anti-Yanukovich protesters killed during clashes in Kiev. Ukrainians marked the first anniversary of the country’s pro-EU mass protests that caused the removal of former president Viktor Yanukovich

Masked Libyan military personnel wearing French army uniform and waving their national flag march during a graduation ceremony  at the Tripoli air base in the Libyan capital on November 12, 2014.  Three years after dictator Moamer Kadhafi was toppled and killed in a NATO-backed revolt, Libya is awash with weapons and powerful militias, and run by rival governments and parliaments.

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Masked Libyan military personnel wearing French army uniform and waving their national flag march during a graduation ceremony at the Tripoli air base in the Libyan capital on Wednesday

TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Mike LEYRAL In a...TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Mike LEYRAL In a picture taken with an underwater camera, a couple stands in front of a Polynesian priest during their underwater wedding ceremony on October 25, 2014 in Bora-Bora, in French Polynesia. The ceremony lasts twenty minutes and costs around 2700 euros.  AFP PHOTO/BEN THOUARD   -RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE-Ben Thouard/AFP/Getty Images

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In a picture taken with an underwater camera, a couple stands in front of a Polynesian priest during their underwater wedding ceremony in Bora-Bora, in French Polynesia. The ceremony lasts twenty minutes and costs around 2700 euros.

Chinese honor guards line up during a welcome ceremony for Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 03 November 2014. Qatar's Emir is in China for a state visit from 02 to 04 November.

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A Chinese guard of honour during a welcoming ceremony for the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Iraqi Shiite Muslim worshipers self-flagellate during a ceremony marking Ashura, which commemorates the seventh century slaying of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed, in the mainly Shiite southern city of Basra on November 3, 2014.

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Iraqi Shia Muslims self-flagellate in Basra during a ceremony to mark Ashura, which commemorates the seventh century slaying of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.

Susi Pudjiastuti...Indonesian Maritime and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti, center, adjusts her sunglasses as she prepares for a photo session after the inauguration ceremony for the newly appointed Cabinet members at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

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Indonesian maritime and fisheries minister Susi Pudjiastuti, centre, adjusts her sunglasses as she prepares for a photo session after the inauguration ceremony for the newly appointed Cabinet members at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia