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Supporters of Tunisian presidential candidate and former prime minister Beji Caid Essebsi , 88, wave their national flag and his portrait as he gives a speech at a meeting during his presidential election campaign tour on December 17, 2014 in the Kef region, northwest of the capital Tunis, as Tunisians prepare to vote on the weekend in the second round of  the presidential election, capping off four years of a sometimes chaotic transition since their country sparked the Arab Spring. Essebsi's secular Nidaa Tounes party won parliamentary elections in October and he has emerged as the clear favourite to be Tunisia's next leader, though with reduced influence after constitutional changes stripped the president of many powers.

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Supporters of Tunisian presidential candidate and former prime minister Beji Caid Essebsi , 88, wave their national flag and his portrait as he gives a speech during his campaign tour in the Kef region, northwest of Tunis. The second round of the presidential vote takes place at the weekend, capping off four years of a sometimes chaotic transition since the country sparked the Arab spring

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans against the military and the interior ministry during a protest in Cairo...Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans against the military and the interior ministry during a protest in Cairo November 28, 2014. Security was stepped up across Egypt on Friday (November 28), ahead of expected protests that were feared to escalate into violence. Egypt's ultra-conservative Islamist Salafi Front group called on supporters to demonstrate while carrying the Koran to defend what they say is the nation's 'Islamic identity'.

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Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi shout slogans against the military and the interior ministry during a protest in Cairo. Security was stepped up across Egypt on Friday, ahead of expected protests that were feared to escalate into violence

A woman takes part in a rally to protest against violence towards women, on November 17, 2014 in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Some 200 women gathered to rally in support of a woman who was attacked and stripped last week by a mob at a bus stop,  in an incident that was captured on video and went viral online. She was accused of "tempting" men because of her clothing.

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A woman takes part in a rally in Narobi, Kenya, to protest against violence towards women. About 200 women gathered to rally in support of a woman who was attacked and stripped last week by a mob at a bus stop, in an incident that was captured on video and went viral online

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

Election...The media sets up on the risers before Democrat Tom Wolf's rally in the Utz Arena of the York Expo Center in York, Pa. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/York Daily Record, Jason Plotkin)

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The media sets up on the risers before Democrat Tom Wolf’s rally in the Utz Arena of the York Expo Center in York Pennsylvania. 

One year anniversary of typhoon Haiyan  ...epa04474251 A Filipino girl runs past mannequins for sale in Anibong village, Tacloban City, which was damaged by the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in Leyte province, Philippines, 03 November 2014. Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines in 2015 is scheduled from 15 to 19 January, he will visit victims of Typhoon Haiyan. One year after Haiyan left nearly 8,000 people dead or missing in the eastern Philippines, many survivors are still suffering from emotional distress despite being busy with physically rebuilding their lives. Over four million people were displaced when Haiyan destroyed or damaged almost everything in its path as it swept through the eastern and central Philippines on 08 November 2013. At least one million of these survivors were residents of coastal communities devastated by tidal surges as high as 10 meters, and are being prioritized for relocation.  EPA/DENNIS M. SABANGAN

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No photo signs at pro-democracy encampments in Hong Kong. While some protesters are happy to be interviewed and photographed, others do not want their faces shown for fear of possible reprisals from the authorities who have declared the rallies illegal. 

Visual artists gather during a rally against the Ebola virus which has been effecting neighboring countries on September 4, 2014, in Abidjan, the capital of the Ivory Coast.  Eight experimental treatments and two vaccines for Ebola were on the table September 4, as 200 health experts met to discuss how to end the world's worst-ever outbreak of the killer virus. No fully tested and approved treatments or vaccines exist for Ebola, which has killed more than 1,900 people in west Africa since the beginning of the year. The epidemic is most prominent in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. There are no known cases of Ebola in neighboring Ivory Coast.

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Visual artists gather during a rally against the Ebola virus which has been effecting neighboring countries on Thursday, in Abidjan, the capital of the Ivory Coast

Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah take down a large portrait of Afghan President Hamid Karzai before a gathering in Kabul July 8, 2014. Abdullah told thousands of supporters on Tuesday he was the winner of last month's run-off election, putting himself on a collision course with his arch-rival, Ashraf Ghani. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah take down a large portrait of Afghan president Hamid Karzai before a gathering in Kabul. Abdullah on Tuesday told thousands of supporters he was the winner of last month’s run-off election, putting himself on a collision course with his rival, Ashraf Ghani.

A boy bangs a spoon on a plate as part of a protest rally demanding restoration of the state programme "affordable housing", in front soldiers of volunteer battalion "Donbass" guarding the Ukrainian parliament building during a session in Kiev on July 3, 2014,  to prevent "planned terrorist acts", according to battalion commander Semion Semionchenko. Former policeman who headed Ukraine's VIP bodyguard service, Valeriy Geletey, was nominated by Ukrainain President Petro Poroshenko and confirmed by parliament as the country's new Defence minister on July 3, making him the pointman in the battle against pro-Kremlin seperatists in the east.

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Protesters demand restoration of the state programme of affordable housing, in front of volunteer soldiers of battalion Donbass, as they guard the Ukrainian parliament building in Kiev on Thursday to prevent “planned terrorist acts”, according to battalion commander Semion Semionchenko

Turkish protesters run for cover as riot police fire tear gas to disperse a May Day rally near Taksim Square in Istanbul on May 1, 2014. Turkish police used water canon and tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters who tried to defy a Labour Day ban on demonstrations on Istanbul's Taksim Square, the scene of protests that have dogged the government for months.

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Turkish protesters run for cover as riot police fire teargas to disperse a May day rally near Taksim Square in Istanbul on Thursday, the scene of protests that have dogged the government for months