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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 Read more

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. Read more

Members of the National Cadet C...TOPSHOTS Members of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) march past during a full dress rehearsal for Independence Day celebrations in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad on August 13, 2013. India will celebrate its 67th Independence Day on August 15.  AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAMNOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images

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Members of India’s National Cadet Corps conduct a dress rehearsal for Independence Day celebrations in Secunderabad on Tuesday. India will celebrate its 67th Independence Day on Thursday. Read more

Fourth of July, US Independence Day fireworks are seen over the US Capitol and National Monument in Washington, DC on July 4, 2013.

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US Independence day fireworks are seen over the US Capitol and National Monument in Washington, DC on Thursday night

Re-enactors march away from the Old State House following a public reading of the United States Declaration of Independence, part of July Fourth Independence Day celebrations, in Boston...Re-enactors march away from the Old State House following a public reading of the United States Declaration of Independence, part of July Fourth Independence Day celebrations, in Boston, Massachusetts July 4, 2013. People across the United States gathered on Thursday for parades, picnics and fireworks at Independence Day celebrations, held under unprecedented security following the Boston Marathon bombings. Spectators waving U.S. flags and wearing red, white and blue headed for public gatherings in Boston, New York, Washington, Atlanta and other cities under the close watch of police armed with hand-held chemical detectors, radiation scanners and camera surveillance, precautions sparked by the deadly April 15 bombings.      REUTERS/Brian Snyder  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)

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Re-enactors march away from the Old State House after a public reading of the US Declaration of Independence, part of July 4 Independence Day celebrations, in Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday. Read more

Belarussian servicemen salute from tanks, as they take part in a military parade, during celebrations marking Independence Day in Minsk July 3, 2013.

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Service personnel in Belarus salute from tanks, as they take part in a military parade during celebrations marking Independence Day in Minsk on Wednesday

Belarus  teenagers take part in a rehearsal of the upcoming Independence Day parade  in Minsk, on July 2, 2013.  Belarus celebrates tomorrow Independence Day, an official  holiday marking the day in 1944 when the Red Army liberated Minsk from Nazi troops during the World War II.

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Belarus teenagers take part in a rehearsal of the Independence Day parade in Minsk, on Tuesday. Belarus celebrates Independence Day on Wednesday, an official holiday marking the day in 1944 when the Red Army liberated Minsk from Nazi troops during the second world war.