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A girl cries as she embraces her boyfriend, a new volunteer recruit of the Ukrainian army’s 'Azov' battalion, after a military oath ceremony in Kiev.

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A girl cries as she embraces her boyfriend, a new volunteer recruit of the Ukrainian army’s ‘Azov’ battalion, after a military oath ceremony in Kiev.

Pakistani civilians, fleeing from a mili...Pakistani civilians, fleeing from a military operation in North Waziristan tribal agency, cross a bridge on their arrival in Bannu district on June 20, 2014.  Pakistani helicopter gunships pounded militant targets in the country's northwest June 20 killing up to 20 rebels, as the number of civilians fleeing an expected ground offensive passed 150,000.   AFP PHOTO/A MAJEEDA Majeed/AFP/Getty Images

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Pakistani civilians, fleeing from a military operation in North Waziristan tribal agency, cross a bridge on their arrival in Bannu district. Pakistani helicopter gunships pounded militant targets in the country’s northwest June 20 killing up to 20 rebels, as the number of civilians fleeing an expected ground offensive passed 150,000 

Police officers from a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team take part in a survival drill in Qiannan prefecture, southwest China's Guizhou province.

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Police officers from a Swat (special weapons and tactics) team take part in a survival drill in Qiannan prefecture, Guizhou province, southwest China

Chelsea pensioners attend the annual Founder's Day parade at Royal Hospital Chelsea in London June 5, 2014.

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Chelsea pensioners attend the annual Founder’s Day parade at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, on Thursday

Thailand Coup D'etat As Military Seize Control

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Police and soldiers stand guard outside a military compound before former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives to meet Thailand’s ruling military in Bangkok. The new rulers summoned the entire former government and members of the politically influential Shinawatra family a day after it seized control in a bloodless coup. Thailand has seen months of unrest, which has claimed at least 28 lives in politically related violence.

Sudanese Armed Forces and Rapid Support Forces personnel ride on a tank after recapturing the Daldako area

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Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) personnel ride on a tank after recapturing the Daldako area, outside the military headquarters in Kadogli.

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Thailand’s army declared martial law “to keep peace and order” on Tuesday, but denied this was the latest phase of a slow-motion coup driven by the country’s traditional elite

Anti-government protests in Bangkok

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Thai anti-government protesters face Air Force military soldiers at the Royal Thai Air Force base in Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday.

Ukrainian soldiers stay near of a checkpoint seized by them not far of Slaviansk, Ukraine, 02 May 2014. At least three people were killed and several were injured in clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in the eastern city of Sloviansk early on 02 May. The Ukraininan Defence Ministry said that two crew members were killed and an unspecified number of soldiers were injured after separatists shot down two Mi-24 assault helicopters with surface-to-air missiles. A third, Mi-8 transport helicopter, was hit by bullets but escaped unharmed, the ministry said. 'Putin has called such an operation a criminal action. Sadly the latest developments fully support that,' says Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, and has practically destroyed the last hope for a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

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Ukrainian soldiers near the checkpoint they seized outside Slavyansk, eastern Ukraine, on Friday. At least three people were killed and several were injured in clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia separatists in Slavyansk.

A North Korean soldier stands guard along the bank of Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong...A North Korean soldier stands guard along the bank of Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, May 1, 2014. Picture taken May 1, 2014. REUTERS/Jacky Chen (NORTH KOREA -

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A soldier stands guard along the bank of Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, which neighbours the Chinese border city of Dandong 

Ukrainian Army troops receive munitions at a field on the outskirts of Izyum, Eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. An Associated Press reporter saw at least 14 armored personnel carriers with Ukrainian flags, one helicopter and military trucks parked 40 kilometers (24 miles) north of the city on Tuesday.

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Ukrainian Army troops receive munitions at a field on the outskirts of Izyum, eastern Ukraine on Tuesday

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. 

Amphibious assault vehicles of the South Korean Marine Corps throw smoke bombs as they move to land on shore during a U.S.-South Korea joint landing operation drill in Pohang...Amphibious assault vehicles of the South Korean Marine Corps throw smoke bombs as they move to land on shore during a U.S.-South Korea joint landing operation drill in Pohang March 31, 2014. The drill is part of the two countries' annual military training called Foal Eagle, which began on February 24 and runs until April 18.  North Korea declared a no-sail warning on Monday for areas off its west coast near a disputed border with South Korea and has notified the South that it will conduct firing drills, a South Korean government official said. The warning comes amid heightened tensions surrounding the North after the U.N. Security Council condemned Pyongyang for its mid-range missile launches last week, just as the leaders of South Korea, Japan and the United States met to discuss the North's arms programme.

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Amphibious assault vehicles of the South Korean Marine Corps throw smoke bombs as they land onshore during a US-South Korea joint landing operation drill in Pohang. The drill is part of the two countries’ annual military training called Foal Eagle, which began on February 24 and runs until April 18.

Ukrainian border guards prepare for a training session at a military camp in the village of Alekseyevka on the Ukrainian-Russian border, eastern Ukraine, Friday, March 21, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed bills on Friday making Crimea part of Russia, completing the annexation from Ukraine.

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Ukrainian border guards prepare for a training session at a military camp in the village of Alekseyevka on the Ukrainian-Russian border, eastern Ukraine. Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, signed bills on Friday making Crimea part of Russia, completing the annexation from Ukraine.

Danny Berube holds his son Jaxx in front...Danny Berube holds his son Jaxx in front of him during welcoming ceremonies for the last Canadian troops to leave Afghanistan, as they returned to Canadian soil, in Ottawa, Ontario on March 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ Cole BurstonCole Burston/AFP/Getty Images

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Danny Berube holds his son Jaxx during welcoming ceremonies for the last Canadian troops to leave Afghanistan, as they returned to Ottawa, Ontario. 

Members of a military special unit stand guard in front of a Ukrainian parliament building in Kiev...Members of a military special unit stand guard in front of a Ukrainian parliament building in Kiev March 17, 2014. Ukraine's parliament, seeking to boost the country's military force in the face of Russia's takeover of the Crimea peninsula, endorsed a presidential decree on Monday to carry out a partial mobilisation involving 40,000 reservists.  REUTERS/Maks Levin

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Members of a military special unit stand guard in front of the Ukrainian parliament building in Kiev on Monday. Ukraine‘s parliament, seeking to boost the country’s military force in the face of Russia’s takeover of the Crimea peninsula, endorsed a presidential decree on Monday to carry out a partial mobilisation involving 40,000 reservists

Israeli military policewomen wait for the display of rockets after being seized from the Panama-flagged KLOS C civilian cargo ship that Israel intercepted last Wednesday off the coast of Sudan, at a military port in the Red Sea city of Eilat, southern Israel, Monday, March 10, 2014. Israel has alleged the shipment was orchestrated by Iran and was intended for Islamic militants in Gaza, a claim denied by Iran and the rockets' purported recipients. Questions remain, including how the rockets would have been smuggled into Gaza, largely cut off from the world by a border blockade enforced by Israel and Egypt.

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Israeli military policewomen wait for the display of rockets after being seized from the Panama-flagged KLOS C civilian cargo ship that Israel intercepted last Wednesday off the coast of Sudan, at a military port in the Red Sea city of Eilat, southern Israel on Monday. Israel has alleged the shipment was orchestrated by Iran and was intended for Islamic militants in Gaza, a claim denied by Iran and the rockets’ purported recipients.

Pro-Kremlin activists hold Russian national, Russian and Soviet naval flags and orange-black flags made of the St. George's Ribbons, a well-known Russian symbol of military valor, during a rally in support of ethnic Russians in Ukraine  in central Moscow, on March 10, 2014. Ukraine sought today urgent Western backing after Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted that Crimea had the right to join his country even while hinting at a readiness for dialogue.

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Pro-Kremlin activists hold Russian national, Russian and Soviet naval flags and orange-black flags made of the St George’s Ribbons, a well-known Russian symbol of military valor, during a rally in support of ethnic Russians in Ukraine in central Moscow, on Monday.

A priest reads a prayer for peace to Ukrainian servicemen at a base in the Crimean village of Bakhchisaray, near Simferopol...A priest reads a prayer for peace to Ukrainian servicemen at a base in the Crimean village of Bakhchisaray, near Simferopol, March 6, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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A priest reads a prayer for peace to Ukrainian servicemen at a base in the Crimean village of Bakhchisaray, near Simferopol 

New South Korean military officers cheer during a joint commissioning ceremony for 5,860 new officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines at the military headquarters in Gyeryong...New South Korean military officers cheer during a joint commissioning ceremony for 5,860 new officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines at the military headquarters in Gyeryong, south of Seoul March 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jung Yeon-je/Pool (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: MILITARY)

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New South Korean military officers cheer during a joint commissioning ceremony for 5,860 officers from the army, navy, air force and marines at the military headquarters in Gyeryong, south of Seoul