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A North Korean soldier keeps watch on the south at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas, South Korea, August 11, 2015. South Korea's military on Monday threatened retaliation against North Korea after accusing the North of planting land mines inside the Demilitarised Zone border that wounded two soldiers last week, in what it called a cowardly act of provocation.

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A North Korean soldier keeps watch on the south at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas, South Korea today. South Korea’s military on Monday threatened retaliation against North Korea after accusing the North of planting land mines inside the Demilitarised Zone border that wounded two soldiers last week, in what it called a cowardly act of provocation

A boy skips at a school in Yemen's capital Sanaa sheltering people after the conflict forced them to flee their areas from the Houthi-controled northern province of Saada August 4, 2015. A Saudi-led Arab alliance launched a military campaign on March 26 to end Houthi control over much of Yemen and to return President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi from exile

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A boy skips at a school in Yemen’s capital Sanaa sheltering people after the conflict forced them to flee their areas from the Houthi-controled northern province of Saada on Tuesday

An elderly woman holds her head after collecting supplies of humanitarian aid in the town of Debaltseve, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Holland are set to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on Friday, one day after discussing peace proposals for Ukraine's conflict with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

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An elderly woman collects humanitarian aid in the town of Debaltseve, Ukraine. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande are to hold peace talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on Friday 

Armed Ukrainian forces detain a pro-Russian militant in the village of Chornukhine in the Lugansk region on August 18, 2014. A Ukrainian warplane was blown out of the sky over rebel-held territory as fierce clashes between government troops and pro-Russian insurgents left dozens of civilians dead. At least 415,800 people have fled their homes due to fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, the UN refugee agency said on August 20.  AFP PHOTO/ OLEKSANDR RATUSHNIAKOLEKSANDR RATUSHNIAK/AFP/Getty Images

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Armed Ukrainian forces detain a pro-Russian militant in the village of Chornukhino in the Lugansk region. At least 415,800 people have fled their homes because of fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, the UN refugee agency said. 

An elderly Palestinian man wearing traditional clothes prepares to throw a stone

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An elderly Palestinian man wearing traditional clothes prepares to throw a stone towards Israeli security forces on Friday during clashes following a rally in the West Bank city of Hebron to support people in the Gaza Strip and against Egypt’s policy on Gaza.

Palestinian children inspect a destroyed mosque following an overnight Israeli military strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

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Palestinian children inspect a destroyed mosque following an overnight Israeli military strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

A rebel fighter sits on chairs as he aims his weapon through a hole inside a house in the town of Morek in Hama province

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A rebel fighter sits on chairs as he aims his weapon through a hole inside a house in the town of Morek in Hama province Syria.

A Syrian woman comforts her children after their house in the Sahour nieghbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo was bombed on May 14, 2014. Once home to some 2.5 million residents and considered Syria's economic powerhouse, Aleppo has been divided between government and opposition control since shortly after fighting there began in mid-2012.

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A Syrian woman comforts her children after their house in the Sahour nieghbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo was bombed on Wednesday. Once home to some 2.5 million residents and considered Syria’s economic powerhouse, Aleppo has been divided between government and opposition control since shortly after fighting there began in 2012.

Troops under Russian command fire weapons into the air and scream orders to turn back at an approaching group of over 100 hundred unarmed Ukrainian troops at the Belbek airbase, which the Russian troops are occcupying, in Crimea, Ukraine. The Ukrainians are stationed at their garrison nearby, and after spending a tense night anticipating a Russian attack following the expiration of a Russian deadline to surrender, their commander Colonel Yuli Mamchor announced his bold plan this morning to retake the airfield by confronting the Russian-lead soldiers unarmed. The Russian-lead troops fired their weapons into the air but then granted Mamchor the beginning of negotiations with their commander.

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Troops under Russian command fire weapons into the air and shout orders to turn back at an approaching group of more than 100 unarmed Ukrainian troops at the Belbek airbase, which the Russian troops are occupying, in Crimea, Ukraine

People gather in the Christian ...TOPSHOTS People gather in the Christian refugee camp in Bossangoa, Central African Republic, on December 18, 2013.   The Christian camp is on one side, the Muslim camp on another, separated by a red dirt road littered with abandoned homes, a no man's land swirling with bitterness, rumours and accusations .AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOURFRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images

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People gather in the Christian refugee camp in Bossangoa, Central African Republic. Christians and Muslims used to live to together in relative harmony in Bossangoa, but now religious tensions are high and the two sides live in camps separated by a red dirt road littered with abandoned homes. 

A man carries a wounded girl who survived what activists say was an air strike by forces loyal to Syrian President Assad in Aleppo's al-Ansari al-Sharqi neighborhood

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A man carries a wounded girl who survived what activists say was an air strike by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo’s al-Ansari al-Sharqi neighbourhood on Monday. 

An Israeli soldier sleeps in a bunker in a training area in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights during a brigade Armoured Corps Exercise on October 16, 2013. The Golan, seized by Israel from its Arab neighbour in the 1967 Six-Day War, has been mostly quiet since the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Tension, however, has risen since the 2011 start of the conflict in Syria between rebels and regime forces.

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An Israeli soldier sleeps in a bunker in a training area in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights during a brigade armoured corps exercise on Wednesday. The Golan, seized by Israel from its Arab neighbour in the 1967 Six-Day War, has been mostly quiet since the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Tension, however, has risen since the 2011 start of the conflict in Syria between rebels and regime forces.

A Free Syrian Army fighter stands inside a house holding his weapon in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria...A Free Syrian Army fighter stands inside a house holding his weapon in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria, October 3, 2013. Picture taken October 3, 2013.

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A fighter from the Free Syrian Army stands inside a rebel hideout in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria.

Evacuees line up to receive their food ration as fighting between government forces and Muslim rebels continues in Zamboanga city in southern Philippines. The Philippine president has asked the last remaining pockets of rebel holdouts still holding residents hostage in coastal communities in the south to surrender and save their lives, adding a major offensive he was overseeing to end the 11-day standoff may be nearing an end.

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Evacuees line up to receive their food ration as fighting between government forces and Muslim rebels continues in Zamboanga city in southern Philippines. The Philippine president has asked the last remaining pockets of rebel holdouts still holding residents hostage in coastal communities in the south to surrender and save their lives, adding that a major offensive he was overseeing to end the 11-day standoff may be nearing an end

A Free Syrian Army fighter rests in the old city of Aleppo.

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A Free Syrian Army fighter rests in the old city of Aleppo 

Afghan Local Police (ALP) attend their g...Afghan Local Police (ALP) attend their graduation ceremony in Laghman province on June 24, 2013. Afghan forces took control of security across the country on June 18, marking a major milestone as US-led combat troops prepare to withdraw after 12 years of fighting the Taliban. AFP PHOTO/ Noorullah ShirzadaNoorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images

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Afghan local police attend their graduation ceremony in Laghman Province on Monday. Afghan forces took control of security across the country on June 18, marking a milestone as US-led troops prepare to withdraw after 12 years of fighting the Taliban

A member of the Free Syrian Army aims his weapon as he takes up a defensive position inside a building in Aleppo's al-Sayyid Ali neighborhood

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A member of the Free Syrian Army aims his weapon as he takes up a defensive position inside a building in Aleppo’s al-Sayyid Ali neighbourhood, on Tuesday

Hezbollah supporters fire their weapons to celebrate the fall of the Syrian town of Qusair to forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and Hezbollah fighters, in Bazzalieh village, Lebanon, near the Lebanese-Syrian border, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. The Syrian army captured a strategic town near the Lebanese border on Wednesday after a grueling three-week battle, handing a heavy defeat to rebels and solidifying a shift in the country's civil war in favor of President Bashar Assad's regime.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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Hizbollah supporters in Bazzalieh village, Lebanon, fire their weapons to celebrate the fall of the Syrian town of Qusair to Hizbollah fighters and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday. The Syrian army captured the strategic town near the Lebanese border after a gruelling three-week battle, handing a heavy defeat to rebels and solidifying a shift in the country’s civil war in favour of Assad’s regime. 

Syrian rebel fighters stand in a damaged section of the Umayyad Mosque complex in the old part of Syria's northern city of Aleppo on April 16, 2013. After nine months of fighting that has devastated many districts in Aleppo, rebels now control more than half of the city.

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Syrian rebel fighters stand in a damaged section of the Umayyad Mosque complex in the old part of Syria‘s northern city of Aleppo on April 16 2013. After nine months of fighting that has devastated many districts in Aleppo, rebels now control more than half of the city. 

South Korean army reservists raise their hands to adopt a resolution against North Korea during a rehearsal for their Foundation Day ceremony at a gymnasium in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 5, 2013.

South Korean army reservists raise their hands to adopt a resolution against North Korea during a rehearsal for their Foundation Day ceremony at a gymnasium in Seoul, South Korea, on April 5 2013. AP/Ahn Young-joon

About 1,000 reservists denounced North Korea for escalating the threat for war. North Korea has been railing against US-South Korean military exercises that began in March and will continue until the end of April. The allies insist the exercises in South Korea are routine, but the North calls them rehearsals for an invasion and says it needs nuclear weapons to defend itself.