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Soldiers march out of the Great Hall of the People before a welcome ceremony held by Chinese President Xi Jinping for visiting Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain (both not seen), in Beijing, China, 19 February 2014. The Pakistani president is on an official visit in China; his first foreign trip since taking office.

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Soldiers march out of the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China, before a welcome ceremony held by Chinese president Xi Jinping for visiting Pakistani president Mamnoon Hussain. Mr Hussain is on an official visit to China, his first foreign trip since taking office

A U.S. Marine drinks the blood of a cobra during a jungle survival exercise with the Thai Navy as part of the "Cobra Gold 2014" joint military exercise, in Chanthaburi province...A U.S. Marine drinks the blood of a cobra during a jungle survival exercise with the Thai Navy as part of the "Cobra Gold 2014" joint military exercise, at a military base in Chanthaburi province February 13, 2014. About 13,000 soldiers from seven countries, Thailand, U.S., Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia are participating in the 11-day military exercise.

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A US Marine drinks cobra blood during jungle survival training with the Thai navy at the Cobra Gold 2014 joint military exercise, at a base in Chanthaburi province on Thursday. About 13,000 soldiers from seven countries – Thailand, the US, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia – are participating in the 11-day event.

British army soldiers place sandbags at the entrance to a flooded house at Chertsey, England, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014.  The River Thames has burst its banks after reaching its highest level for many years, flooding riverside towns upstream of London, including Chertsey which is about 30 miles west of central London. Some hundreds of troops have been deployed to assist with flood protection and to get medical assistance to the sick and vulnerable.

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British army soldiers place sandbags at the entrance to a flooded house at Chertsey, England. The River Thames has burst its banks after reaching its highest level for many years, flooding riverside towns upstream of London, including Chertsey which is about 30 miles west of central London.

The Row2Recovery Team, made up of four British soldiers, light flares as they cross the finish line off the coast of the Caribbean island of Antigua after rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday January 22, 2014.

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The Row2Recovery Team, made up of four British soldiers, light flares as they cross the finish line off the coast of the Caribbean island of Antigua after rowing across the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday.

Graduation ceremony of Libyan army  ...epaselect epa04024615 Libyan army soldiers march in a military parade during a graduation ceremony for a new batch of Libyan National Army, in Tripoli, Libya, 16 January 2014.  EPA/SABRI ELMHEDWI

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Libyan army soldiers march in a military parade during a graduation ceremony for a new batch of Libyan National Army, in Tripoli, Libya

A soldier kisses goodbye during the depa...A soldier kisses goodbye during the departure of over 90 troops from the Eindhoven airbase near Eindhoven, on January 14, 2014, to Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan. They will replace the already stationed Dutch F-16's Air Task Force in Kunduz.   AFP PHOTO / ANP / KOEN VAN WEEL   **

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A soldier kisses goodbye as more than 90 Dutch troops depart from Eindhoven airbase for Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, to replace forces stationed in Kunduz.

Indian soldiers march during a rehearsal for the upcoming Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Indian Republic Day is celebrated on Jan. 26 every year.

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Indian soldiers march during a rehearsal for the upcoming Republic day parade in New Delhi. Indian Republic day is celebrated every January 26.

Kashmiri people gather near the body of Waseem Yousuf Dar during his funeral in Dogripora village...Kashmiri people gather near the body of Waseem Yousuf Dar during his funeral in Dogripora village, about 40 km (25 miles) south of Srinagar, January 8, 2014. Waseem, a militant, was killed during a gunbattle with Indian soldiers on Tuesday evening in Dogripora, police said. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

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Kashmiri people gather at the funeral of Waseem Yousuf Dar in Dogripora village, near Srinagar in Kashmir. Waseem, a militant, was killed during a gunfight with Indian soldiers on Tuesday evening according to police.

Soldiers of the South Korean army's special forces perform in the snow during a winter survival exercise in Pyeongchang, some 200 kilometers east of Seoul, 08 January 2014. The drill originally was designed to prepare for possible North Korea attacks.

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Soldiers of the South Korean army’s special forces perform in the snow during a winter survival exercise in Pyeongchang, some 200km east of Seoul. The drill originally was designed to prepare for possible North Korea attacks.

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Indian soldiers take part in the rehearsal for the Republic Day parade amid fog on a cold winter morning in New Delhi. India celebrates its annual Republic Day on January 26

India's Central Armed Police Forcesí Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) contigents...epa04006827 India's Central Armed Police Forcesí Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) contigent  performs during the passing out parade at their training headquarters near Bhopal, India on 03 January 2014. Around 415 cadets from all over the country took part in the convocation parad after completing a rigorous training programme. SSB is also celebrating its golden jubilee year of its foundation.  EPA/SANJEEV GUPTA

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India’s Central Armed Police Forces Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) contingent performs during the “passing out parade” at their training headquarters near Bhopal. Around 415 cadets from all over India took part in the parade, in the year SSB celebrates the golden jubilee of its foundation.

Indian soldiers rest after their rehearsal for the Republic Day parade on a cold winter morning in New Delhi...Indian soldiers rest after their rehearsal for the Republic Day parade on a cold winter morning in New Delhi January 2, 2014. India will celebrate its annual Republic Day on January 26. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

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Indian soldiers rest after their rehearsal for the Republic Day parade on a cold winter morning in New Delhi. India will celebrate its annual Republic Day on January 26. 

ATTENTION EDITORS - PICTURE PACKAGE 'CHINA'S BODYGUARD SCHOOL' WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THIS ADVISORY...ATTENTION EDITORS - 26 PICTURES FOR PACKAGE 'CHINA'S BODYGUARD SCHOOL' WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THIS ADVISORY  SEARCH 'TIANJIAO' FOR ALL PICTURES PXP01-PXP26    Former Chinese soldier Chen Yongqing has big ambitions for his bodyguard training school Tianjiao, which he says is China's first professional academy to train former soldiers and others as personal security guards. Chen charges 500,000 yuan ($82,400) a year for each protector as China's rich and famous look to bolster their safety and sense of importance.

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The bodyguard training school of former soldier Chen Yongqing in China 

A packed taxi drives past a French checkpoint in Bangui, Central African Republic, Monday Dec. 16, 2013. Over 1600 French troops have been deployed to the country in an effort to put an end to sectarian violence.  More than 600 people have been killed since Anti-Balaka launched a strike over Bangui last week before being pushed back.

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A packed taxi drives past a French checkpoint in Bangui, Central African Republic on Monday. Over 1,600 French troops have been deployed to the country in an effort to put an end to sectarian violence. More than 600 people have been killed since Christian groups known as the Anti-Balaka – balaka means machete – launched a strike over Bangui last week before being pushed back.

Israeli soldiers gesture as they sit in front of the Mediterranean at Zikim beach, near the southern city of Ashkelon November 27, 2013. Unseasonable temperatures reaching 32 degrees Celsius were recorded in some areas of Israel on Wednesday.

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Israeli soldiers gesture in front of the Mediterranean at Zikim beach, near the southern city of Ashkelon, Israel

Russian soldiers dressed in Red Army World War II uniforms prepare to parade in Red Square in front of a backdrop of St. Basil Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Thousands of Russian soldiers and military cadets marched across Red Square to mark the 72nd anniversary of a historic World War II parade. The show honored the participants of the Nov. 7, 1941 parade who headed directly to the front lines to defend Moscow from the Nazi forces. The parade Thursday involved about 6,000 people, many of them dressed in World War II-era uniforms.

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Russian soldiers dressed in Red Army second world war uniforms prepare to parade in Red Square against a backdrop of St Basil Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday. The soldiers marched across Red Square to mark the 72nd anniversary of a historic second world war parade.

Polish Army (Wojsko Polskie) soldiers are reflected in a puddle as they march during a rehearsal for a parade prior to the Polish 'Independence Day' celebrations, in Warsaw, Poland, 05 November 2013.

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Polish soldiers in Warsaw rehearse for a parade to mark National Independence Day on November 11

TOPSHOTS Children play on a burned tank ...TOPSHOTS Children play on a burned tank which formerly belonged to M23 rebel soldiers, in Kimbumba, on October 31, 2013. The day before, DR Congo troops captured the last stronghold of M23 rebels in the troubled east of the country, raising hopes of a return to the negotiating table.  AFP PHOTO / JUNIOR D. KANNAHJunior D. Kannah/AFP/Getty Images

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Children play on a burned tank in Kimbumba in the Democratic Republic of Congo. On Wednesday Congolese troops captured the last stronghold of M23 rebels in the troubled east of the country, raising hopes of a return to the negotiating table. 

Belarus Interior Ministry troops take part in the qualifying examinations for the "Madder Beret" headdress outside Minsk. Soldiers who pass the examinations receive a burgundy-coloured beret signifying they have been qualified as members of the Belarus Interior Ministry elite Special Forces.

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Belarus interior ministry troops take part in an exam outside Minsk to achieve the burgundy coloured “madder beret”, which signifies they have qualified as members of the ministry’s elite special forces

Ground Self-Defense Force rescue member search for survivors after a landslide caused by heavy rains brought on by typhoon Wipha buried houses at Oshima island, 120km south of Tokyo on October 17, 2013. At least 17 people died as a powerful typhoon lashed Japan's Pacific coast, with dozens still missing and the death toll likely to rise.

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A Ground Self-Defense Force rescue member searches for survivors after a landslide caused by heavy rains brought on by typhoon Wipha buried houses at Oshima island, 120km south of Tokyo on Thursday. At least 17 people died as a powerful typhoon lashed Japan’s Pacific coast, with dozens still missing and the death toll likely to rise.