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A far-right protester holds a flare during the annual far-right rally, which coincides with Poland's National Independence Day in Warsaw November 11, 2014.

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A far-right protester holds a flare during the annual far-right rally, which coincides with Poland’s National Independence Day in Warsaw on Tuesday

An Afghan guard of honour stands as the national anthem plays during an event to mark Independence Day at the Ministry of Defence compound in Kabul

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A guard of honour stands as the national anthem plays during an event to mark Independence Day at the Ministry of Defence compound in Kabul, Afghanistan.

An Indonesian dancer waits for the start of a cultural parade marking the country's 69th Independence Day celebration in Jakarta...An Indonesian dancer waits for the start of a cultural parade marking the country's 69th Independence Day celebration in Jakarta August 18, 2014.

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An Indonesian dancer waits for the start of a cultural parade marking the country’s 69th Independence Day celebration in Jakarta. 

College students with painted faces pose as they take part in India's Independence Day celebrations in the southern Indian city of Chennai.

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College students with painted faces pose as they take part in India’s Independence Day celebrations in the southern Indian city of Chennai.

Indian National Cadet Corps

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Indian National Cadet Corps (NCC) personnel from the recently formed southern Indian state of Telangana take part in a full dress rehearsal for the 68th Independence day celebrations at Golkonda Fort in Hyderabad on Wednesday

An athlete pulls a 15-tonne truck during a Truck-Pull event marking the upcoming Independence Day in the Belarus capital Minsk,  on July 3, 2014.  The former Soviet nation celebrates its Independence Day on July 3 in memory of the end of Belarus occupation by Nazi Germany troops during the Red Army main summer offensive in 1944.

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An athlete pulls a 15-tonne truck during a Truck-Pull event marking Independence Day in the Belarus capital Minsk

An Israeli child holds a rocket launcher

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An Israeli child holds a rocket launcher as another holds her doll during a traditional military weapon display to mark the 66th anniversary of Israel’s Independence at the West Bank settlement of Efrat on Tuesday.

Indian school children dressed in traditional attire perform during a function to mark India's Independence Day in Bangalore, India, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.

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Indian schoolchildren dressed in traditional attire perform during a function to mark India‘s Independence Day in Bangalore, India, Thursday.

Indian students, their faces painted with the colours of their national flag, pose on the eve of Independence day in Allahabad on August 14, 2013. India celebrates its 66th independence anniversary from British rule on August 15. AFP PHOTO/ SANJAY KANOJIASanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images

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Students, their faces painted with the colours of the Indian national flag, prepare for Independence Day in Allahabad on Wednesday. India celebrates its 66th independence anniversary from British rule on Thursday 

Students wait for their turn to perform national songs at a ceremony to celebrate the country's 67th Independence Day at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi August 14, 2013. Pakistan gained independence from British rule in 1947. Jinnah is generally regarded as the founder of Pakistan. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro (PAKISTAN - Tags: POLITICS EDUCATION ANNIVERSARY)

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Students wait their turn to perform national songs at a ceremony to celebrate Pakistan’s 67th Independence Day at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi, on Wednesday. The country gained independence from British rule in 1947.