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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.

An anti-government demonstrator points his finger at a policeman as they talk through the gate of the Government House in Bangkok on December 12, 2013.  Political turmoil has been rocking the Thai capital for weeks, with protesters seeking to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and rid the kingdom of the influence of her brother, deposed former leader Thaksin.

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An anti-government demonstrator points his finger at a policeman as they talk through the gate of the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand

An anti-government protester (L) waves a...An anti-government protester (L) waves a Thai national flag next to an image of portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej during a demonstration in Bangkok on November 27, 2013. Thai political protests spread outside the capital on November 27 as opposition demonstrators predicted a victory within days in their bid to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's crisis-hit government.  AFP PHOTO / PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKULPORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images

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An anti-government protester waves a Thai national flag next to a portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok, Thailand 

Pro-government rally in Bangkok ...epa03956347 Red Shirt protesters shout slogans in support for the current government during a mass rally at Rajamangala stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, 19 November 2013. Thousands of Red Shirt protesters to gather in Bangkok for two days to show support for Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government, while there are still thousands of anti-government protesters rally against a controversial amnesty bill, in downtown Bangkok. The legislation would pardon all politically related crimes, including corruption, committed between 2004 and 2013, but is widely seen as benefiting fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, elder brother of Prime Minister Yingluck. The Red Shirts are avid supporters of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin, who has been living abroad since 2008 to avoid a two-year prison sentence for abuse of power.  EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

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Red Shirt protesters gather at a mass rally in a Bangkok stadium to show their support for Thailand‘s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s government. Thousands of anti-government protesters, meanwhile, rallied against a controversial amnesty bill in central Bangkok. 

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls speaks to the press as he leaves the Elysee Palace in Paris, on October 23, 2013, after the weekly cabinet meeting.      AFP PHOTO MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images

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French interior minister Manuel Valls speaks to the press as he leaves the Elysée Palace in Paris after the weekly cabinet meeting. 

New Bundestag Convenes As Old Government Is Dismissed...BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 22:  German Chancellor and Chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats (CDU) Angela Merkel (C) chats with leading German Social Democrats (SPD) members Sigmar Gabriel (R), Thomas Oppermann (L) and Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the first session of the new Bundestag following recent nationwide  elections on October 22, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The session heralds the beginning of the 18th legislative period, though the German government remains in transition as the Christian Democrats (CDU) and German Social Democrats (SPD) are still in the process of coalition negotiations whose outcome remains u

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German chancellor and chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats (CDU) Angela Merkel chats with leading German Social Democrats (SPD) members Sigmar Gabriel (right), Thomas Oppermann (left) and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, at the first session of the new Bundestag, following recent nationwide elections in the country. The German government remains in transition as the CDU and SPD are still in coalition negotiations

Congress Vote Ends Impasse to Be Revisited in January...National Park Service park ranger Richard Trott walks through the Korean War Veterans Memorial with a closed sign he removed in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. After the partisan passions and heated rhetoric, the disruptions of a government shutdown and displays of dysfunction, Congress did what it could have done weeks ago: voted to fund the government and lift the debt limit. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

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A National Park Service ranger removes a closed sign from the Korean war veterans memorial in Washington on Wednesday. After the partisan passions and heated rhetoric, the disruptions of a US government shutdown and displays of dysfunction, Congress finally voted to fund the government and lift the debt limit.

Boehner arrives with his security detail at the U.S. Capitol in Washington...U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (L) arrives with his security detail at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 16, 2013. The U.S. Senate prepared for a last ditch effort Wednesday to avoid a historic lapse in the government's borrowing authority, a breach that President Barack Obama has said could lead to default and deliver a damaging blow to the global economy.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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US House Speaker John Boehner arrives at Capitol Hill in Washington. The US Senate prepared for a last ditch effort on Wednesday to avoid a historic lapse in the government’s borrowing authority, a breach that President Barack Obama has said could lead to default and deliver a damaging blow to the global economy. 

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testifies during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, October 10, 2013 in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony from Secretary Lew on the nations debt limit.

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Treasury secretary Jack Lew testifies at the Senate finance committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Washington, on Thursday. The committee is hearing testimony on the nation’s debt limit.

Italian center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi attends a Senate meeting as Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta calls for a confidence vote in Rome, October 2, 2013.  Letta said on Wednesday that the government's survival must be separated from the legal troubles of Berlusconi and that its collapse could be "fatal" for the country.

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Italian center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi attends a Senate meeting as Italy’s Prime Minister Enrico Letta calls for a confidence vote in Rome. Letta said on Wednesday that the government’s survival must be separated from the legal troubles of Berlusconi and that its collapse could be “fatal” for the country.

Police tape blocks a closed Lincoln Memo...Police tape blocks a closed Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall October 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. The US government is in a forced shutdown after lawmakers failed to pass a spending bill last night. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKIBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

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Police tape blocks a closed Lincoln Memorial on Tuesday in Washington, DC. The US government is in a forced shutdown after lawmakers failed to pass a spending bill. 

Japan's jobless rate rises to 4.1 percent in August...epa03890579 Young women wearing dark suits worn by new employees cross a street in Tokyo, Japan, 01 October 2013. According to data released by the government, Japan's unemployment rate climbed by 0.3 percentage points to 4.1 percent from the previous month for the first increase in six months. The jobless rate for men rose to 4.5 percent from 4.2 percent in July, while that for women climbed to 3.7 percent from 3.3 percent.  EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

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Young women wearing dark suits worn by new employees cross a street in Tokyo, Japan. Government data show unemployment climbed 0.3 percentage points to 4.1% from the previous month, the first increase in 6 months. The jobless rate for men rose to 4.5% from 4.2% in July, while that for women climbed to 3.7% from 3.3%.