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Smoke billows following the detonation o...Smoke billows following the detonation of explosives placed by Syrian government forces inside a tunnel that was reportedly used by rebels in the government-controlled part of Aleppo on May 19, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GEORGE OURFALIANGEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images

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Smoke billows following the detonation of explosives placed by Syrian government forces inside a tunnel that was reportedly used by rebels in the government-controlled part of Aleppo

French Labour Minister Francois Rebsamen...French Labour Minister Francois Rebsamen attends the presentation of a government plan to encourage investment at the Elysee Palace in Paris on April 8, 2015. Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced today a five-year, 2.5 billion euro (2.7 billion USD) programme of tax breaks to encourage industrial investment and accelerate France's sluggish growth rate.  AFP PHOTO / POOL / PHILIPPE WOJAZERPHILIPPE WOJAZER/AFP/Getty Images

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French Labour Minister Francois Rebsamen attends the presentation of a government plan to encourage investment at the Elysee Palace in Paris

Protesters gather in central Brussels during a trade unions meeting...Protesters gather in central Brussels during a trade unions meeting March 11, 2015. Several thousand public and private sector workers, employees and trade union members demonstrated over austerity measures undertaken by the Belgian government. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

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Protesters gather in central Brussels during a trade unions meeting on Wednesday. Several thousand public and private sector workers, employees and trade union members demonstrated over austerity measures undertaken by the Belgian government. 

A wall of post it messages of support is seen near an occupied area in Hong Kong on October 7, 2014.  Small knots of pro-democracy demonstrators remained on Hong Kong's streets after protest leaders agreed to talks with the government and dwindling demonstrator numbers dropped further.  AFP PHOTO / Philippe LopezPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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A wall of post-it messages of support is seen near an occupied area in Hong Kong. Small knots of pro-democracy demonstrators remained on Hong Kong’s streets after protest leaders agreed to talks with the government 

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A man walks along an empty street near the central financial district in Hong Kong. The Democracy Protest continues on Tuesday as tens of thousands of protests continue to fill the streets. 

Pro Democracy Supporters Attempt To Bring Hong Kong To A Stand Still With Mass Rally...HONG KONG - SEPTEMBER 29:  Protesters sit on top of a parking ramp in the Central District on September 29, 2014 in Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters have remained in the streets of Hong Kong for another day of protests. Protestors are unhappy with Chinese government's plans to vet candidates in Hong Kong's 2017 elections.  (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

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Protesters sit on top of a parking ramp in the Central District on Monday in Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters have remained in the streets of Hong Kong for another day of protests. Protestors are unhappy with Chinese government’s plans to vet candidates in Hong Kong’s 2017 elections.

Pro-democracy demonstrators rest after a night of protesting at a rally outside the Hong Kong government headquarters on September 29, 2014. Police repeatedly fired tear gas after tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28 in protest at Beijing's refusal to grant the city unfettered democracy. AFP PHOTO / DALE DE LA REYDALE de la REY/AFP/Getty Images

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Pro-democracy demonstrators rest on Monday after a night of protesting outside the Hong Kong government headquarters. Police repeatedly fired tear gas after tens of thousands of people brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on Sunday, in protest at Beijing’s refusal to grant universal suffrage. 

Shi'ite Houthi rebels bury comrades, who were killed in recent fighting against government forces, in Sanaa...Shi'ite Houthi rebels bury comrades, who were killed in recent fighting against government forces, in Sanaa September 26, 2014. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

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Shi’ite Houthi rebels bury comrades, who were killed in recent fighting against government forces, in Sanaa, Yemen

Uyghur Life Persists in Kashgar Amid Growing Tension in Restive Xinjiang Province...KASHGAR, CHINA - JULY 28:  A Uyghur boy sits atop a horse as he has his picture taken outside the Id Kah Mosque before the Eid holiday  on July 28, 2014 in old Kashgar, Xinjiang Province, China. Nearly 100 people have been killed in unrest in the restive Xinjiang Province in the last week in what authorities say is terrorism but advocacy groups claim is a result of a government crackdown to silence opposition to its policies. China's Muslim Uyghur ethnic group faces cultural and religious restrictions by the Chinese government. Beijing says it is investing heavily in the Xinjiang region but Uyghurs are increasingly dissatisfied with the influx of Han Chinese and uneven economic development.  (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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A Uighur boy sits atop a horse as he has his picture taken outside the Id Kah mosque in old Kashgar, Xinjiang province, China. Nearly 100 people have been killed in unrest in the region in the past week in what authorities say is terrorism but advocacy groups claim is a result of a government crackdown to silence opposition to its policies. 

An anti-government demonstrator dressed as Batman holds a sign on the Lapa Arches during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro...An anti-government demonstrator dressed as Batman holds a sign on the Lapa Arches during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro June 12, 2014.   REUTERS/Lucas Landau

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An anti-government demonstrator dressed as Batman holds up a sign on the Lapa Arches during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

Reactions To Death Of Spanish Politician Isabel Carrasco...LEON, SPAIN - MAY 13:  People bring flowers at the chapel for Isabel Carrasco at Palacio de los Guzmanes on May 13, 2014 in Leon, Spain. Isabel Carrasco, head of the provincial government in Leon and politician from Spain's People's Party was gunned down on Monday afternoon as she crossed a footbridge on her way to PP party headquarters in Leon city. Police have arrested a woman 55 and a daughter 35. Interior Ministry said that the daughter was fired from her job at the provincial government and the killing could be motivated by revenge. Most of political parties have stopped their Euro election campaign activities for Tuesday.  (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

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People take flowers to the chapel at Palacio de los Guzmanes in Leon, Spain after Isabel Carrasco, head of the provincial government and People’s party politician, was gunned down on Monday afternoon on her way to the party headquarters

Two riot police officers sit with anti-government protesters on the stairs of the National Broadcasting of Thailand (NBT) building after protesters entered the compound during a rally Friday, May 9, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. Thai police fired tear gas and water cannons Friday to push back hundreds of protesters trying to force their way into a government compound, the latest indication that ousting the premier will not solve the country's tense political crisis. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

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Two riot police officers sit with anti-government protesters at the National Broadcasting of Thailand building after protesters entered the compound during a democracy rally in Bangkok, Thailand. Thai police fired tear gas and water cannons on Friday to push back hundreds of protesters trying to force their way into a government compound, the latest indication that ousting the premier will not solve the country’s tense political crisis. 

A boy carries a throw pillow as he walks next to the ruins of his family's home after a squatter colony was demolished in Tondo, Manila April 23, 2014. Police and local officials said that about 500 shanties and illegal structures are being demolished as the government started clearing the area to widen the road and make way for the construction of a modernized port. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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A boy walks among the ruins of his family’s home after a squatter colony was demolished in Tondo, Manila. Police and local officials said about 500 shanties and illegal structures were being demolished as the government started clearing the area to widen the road and make way for the construction of a modernised port.

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Newlyweds outside a regional government building seized by pro-Russian armed men in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine 

A boy looks from his temporary shelter at a Rohingya refugee camp as Myanmar's government embarks on a national census, in Sittwe April 2, 2014. At least 20,000 people in displacement camps around Sittwe will run out of drinking water within 10 days, while food stocks will run out within two weeks, imperilling thousands more. In the absence of nongovernment organisations (NGOs), the United Nations is working with the government to bring emergency supplies to camps, but that is only a short-term solution, said Pierre Peron, a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The evacuation of aid workers came as Myanmar prepared to launch its first census since 1983, which sparked controversy because it included questions on religion and ethnicity. Those are sensitive subjects in a country riven by sectarian tensions and especially in Rakhine, which is home to a million mostly stateless Rohingya whom the government refers to as Bengali, implying they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh

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A boy at in a temporary shelter at a Rohingya refugee camp in Myanmar, where the government is conducting a national census. At least 20,000 people in displacement camps around Sittwe will run out of drinking water within 10 days, while food stocks will run out within two weeks, imperilling thousands more. The UN is working with the government to bring emergency supplies to camps, but that is only a short-term solution, said Pierre Peron, a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

France's outgoing Prime minister Jean-Ma...France's outgoing Prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (R) waves as he leaves the Hotel Matignon after the take over ceremony, on April 1, 2014 at in Paris. France's new Prime Minister Manuel Valls faced a delicate balancing act as he set about forming a new government tasked with reviving the economy and reining in public financesAFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURELIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images

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France’s departing prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, leaves the Hôtel Matignon after a handover ceremony in Paris. He has been replaced by Manuel Valls, who poses a potential threat to President François Hollande, whose popularity remains low. 

Ukrainian soldiers perform military exercises at a military training ground outside Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, March 31, 2014. Ukrainian Acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsa has said that the new Ukrainian government is not planning to lead Ukraine into NATO. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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Ukrainian soldiers perform military exercises at a military training ground outside Kiev, Ukraine. Ukrainian Acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsa has said that the new Ukrainian government is not planning to lead Ukraine into NATO. 

A Syrian man evacuates a child found in ...A Syrian man evacuates a child found in the rubble of a building reportedly hit by an explosives-filled barrel dropped by a government forces helicopter on March 18, 2014 in Aleppo. Iran's foreign minister that Tehran is "ready to help any logical attempts" to end the Syrian conflict, during a visit by UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi. AFP PHOTO/KHALED KHATIBKHALED KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images

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A Syrian man evacuates a child found in the rubble of a building reportedly hit by an explosives-filled barrel dropped by a government forces helicopter in Aleppo. Iran’s foreign minister that Tehran is “ready to help any logical attempts” to end the Syrian conflict, during a visit by UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi.

Rebekah Brooks (2nd L), former News Inte...Rebekah Brooks (2nd L), former News International chief executive smiles as she arrives with her husband Charlie (L) for the phone-hacking trial at the Old Bailey court in London on February 19, 2014.  Eight defendants are on trial in the case, including former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson. They all deny the charges, which arise from the scandal that shut the News of the World in July 2011.

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Rebekah Brooks, former News International chief executive, arrives with her husband Charlie for the phone-hacking trial at the Old Bailey court in London. Eight defendants are on trial in the case, including former News of the World editors Mrs Brooks and Andy Coulson. They all deny the charges, which arise from the scandal that shut the News of the World in July 2011. 

A young anti-government protester looks ...A young anti-government protester looks on during clashes with police in front of the Ukrainian Parliment in Kiev on February 18, 2014. At least three anti-government protesters were killed and some 150 others injured, some seriously, today in fresh clashes between police and demonstrators protesting near Ukraine's parliament building in Kiev. Medics at an opposition-run field hospital said that most of the injuries were caused by stun grenades while some of the 30 people in a serious condition had suffered head injuries, and one person had to have a hand amputated. AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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Protesters clash with riot police in downtown Kiev, Ukraine. A least three protesters were killed in the clashes, opposition activists say. Violence erupted after anti-government protesters broke through a police cordon in front of parliament. They marched towards parliament to demand constitutional reforms that would curb the powers of President Viktor Yanukovych