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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

Italy's Prime Minister-designate Matteo Renzi talks to reporters after a meeting with President Giorgio Napolitano at the Quirinale Palace in Rome February 17, 2014. Renzi said on Monday he would begin official consultations to form a new government in the next 24 hours and expected to lay out a programme of reforms to be completed within the next few months.

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Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister-designate, talks to reporters after a meeting with President Giorgio Napolitano at the Quirinale Palace in Rome. Mr Renzi said on Monday he would begin official consultations to form a new government in the next 24 hours and expected to lay out a programme of reforms to be completed in the next few months

A man and three boys, covered with dust,...A man and three boys, covered with dust, sit in a state of shock following a reported air strike attack by government forces on the Hanano district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 14, 2014. Syria's warring sides began what was expected to be a decisive final day of talks in Geneva, amid warnings that they must at least agree an agenda to save the process.   AFP PHOTO/ALEPPO MEDIA CENTRE/FADI AL-HALABIFadi al-Halabi/AFP/Getty Images

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A man and three boys, covered with dust, sit in a state of shock following a reported air strike attack by government forces on the Hanano district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. 

Riot police take a rest with their equipment before moving into anti-government encampment near the Government House in central Bangkok...Riot police take a rest with their equipment before moving into anti-government encampment near the Government House in central Bangkok February 14, 2014. Thousands of Thai riot police were deployed on Friday to seize back protest sites around government buildings in Bangkok that have been occupied for months by demonstrators seeking to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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Riot police rest on their shields before moving into an anti-government encampment near Government House in Bangkok. Thousands of Thai riot police were deployed to seize protest sites around government buildings in Bangkok that have been occupied for months by demonstrators seeking to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra 

A combination of 16 photos shows portrai...A combination of 16 photos shows portraits of anti-government protesters standing at a road block in Kiev on January 31, 2014. President Viktor Yanukovych on January 30 accused the opposition of inflaming tensions in Ukraine's crisis but also admitted for the first time that the authorities had made mistakes. The opposition has refused to end street protests despite the passing of the amnesty for protesters arrested in the two-month crisis. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS / ANGELOS TZORTZINISARIS MESSINIS,ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Portraits of 12 anti-government protesters standing at a road block in Kiev on Friday.

A woman speaks as she kneels down in fro...A woman speaks as she kneels down in front of a line of riot police in the center of Kiev on January 24, 2014. Ukrainian protesters today expanded their protest camp in Kiev closer to the administration of President Viktor Yanukovych, after crisis talks to end Ukraine's worst crisis since its 1991 independence ended in deadlock. After five days of clashes that activists say left five dead, Ukraine's three main opposition leaders held several hours of talks with Yanukovych late on January 23 but the minor concessions they announced were greeted with derision by protesters. AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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A woman speaks as she kneels down in front of a line of riot police in the center of Kiev Ukrainian protesters today expanded their protest camp in Kiev closer to the administration of President Viktor Yanukovych, after crisis talks to end Ukraine‘s worst crisis since its 1991 independence ended in deadlock. After five days of clashes that activists say left five dead, Ukraine’s three main opposition leaders held several hours of talks with Yanukovych late on January 23 but the minor concessions they announced were greeted with derision by protesters. 

Orthodox priests pray as they stand between pro-European Union activists and police lines in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. A top Ukrainian opposition leader on Thursday urged protesters to maintain a shaky cease-fire with police after at least two demonstrators were killed in clashes this week, but some in the crowd appeared defiant, jeering and chanting "revolution" and "shame." (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

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Orthodox priests pray as they stand between pro-EU activists and police lines in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Friday. A top Ukrainian opposition leader on Thursday urged protesters to maintain a shaky ceasefire with police after at least two demonstrators were killed in clashes this week, but some in the crowd appeared defiant, jeering and chanting “revolution” and “shame”. 

Employees take pictures though a window as anti-government protesters march through Bangkok's business district...Employees take pictures though a window as anti-government protesters march through Bangkok's business district January 23, 2014. The government declared a 60-day state of emergency from Wednesday hoping to prevent an escalation in protests now in a third month.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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Employees take pictures though a window as anti-government protesters march through Bangkok’s business district on Thursday. The government declared a 60-day state of emergency, hoping to prevent an escalation in protests that have entered their third month. 

United States Secretary of State John Kerry looks out at Lake Geneva outside of his meeting room in Switzerland...United States Secretary of State John Kerry looks out at Lake Geneva outside of his meeting room in Montreux January 22, 2014.  Syria's government and its enemies come face to face on Wednesday for the first time as world powers try to set aside their own differences and push for an end to three years of civil war that is unsettling the entire Middle East.     REUTERS/Gary Cameron

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US Secretary of State John Kerry looks out at Lake Geneva outside of his meeting room in Montreux. Syria’s government and its enemies came face to face on Wednesday for the first time as world powers tried to set aside their own differences and push for an end to three years of civil war that is unsettling the entire Middle East. 

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Thailand‘s prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra puts her hands together while speaking to reporters after the declaration of a state of emergency in Bangkok

A supporter of social movement leader Anna Hazare waves the national flag as he celebrates the news of passing of a contentious anti-graft bill that empowers an independent ombudsman to investigate and prosecute cases of corruption by politicians and bureaucrats, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. The "Lokpal," or watchdog, bill was passed by the lower house of Parliament on Wednesday after the government agreed to several amendments suggested by opposition lawmakers. Hazare has been on a hunger strike for the last nine days to insist that both houses of Parliament adopt the bill. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

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A supporter of social movement leader Anna Hazare waves the national flag in New Delhi, India, as he celebrates the news of the passing of an anti-graft bill that empowers an independent ombudsman to investigate and prosecute cases of corruption by politicians and bureaucrats. The Lokpal, or watchdog, bill was passed by the lower house of parliament on Wednesday after the government agreed to several amendments suggested by opposition lawmakers. Ms Hazare has been on hunger strike for the last nine days in an attempt to make both houses of parliament adopt the bill.