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A paramilitary police officer in plain-clothes holding an umbrella keeps watch on Beijing's Tiananmen Square, on Thursday. Major Western leaders will not attend a military parade in China next week to mark the end of World War Two, leaving President Xi Jinping to stand with leaders and officials from Russia, Sudan, Venezuela and North Korea at his highest-profile event of 2015

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A paramilitary police officer in plain-clothes holding an umbrella keeps watch on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, on Thursday

A Ukrainian armed forces military unit marches at Kiev's Independence Square, Ukraine, 24 August 2015, during a march on the occasion of Independence Day. Ukrainians marked the 24th anniversary of Ukraine's independence from the Soviet Union in 1991

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A Ukrainian armed forces military unit marches at Kiev’s Independence Square, Ukraine, on Monday, during a march on the occasion of Independence Day

An Egyptian carries a member of the armed forces on his shoulders during celebrations of the opening of the new addition to the Suez Canal, in Tahrir Square, downtown Cairo, Egypt, 06 August 2015. The latest addition to the canal comes in at 72 kilometers (44 miles), was completed in under a year at an estimated cost of 8.5 billion US dollars, and was opened to shipping 06 August. According to the Egyptian Government the additional chanel cuts journey times from an estimated 18-14 hours to 11 hours, making it the fastest shipping lane of its kind worldwide, and will double revenue, though their figures have been widely disputed by international economists

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An Egyptian carries a member of the armed forces on his shoulders during celebrations of the opening of the new addition to the Suez Canal, in Tahrir Square, downtown Cairo, Egypt on Thursday

Nepal military personnel work to clear rubble along the street of Bashantapur Durbar Square, a UNESCO world heritage site, after the April 25 earthquake at Kathmandu in Nepal, May 7, 2015.

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Nepal military personnel work to clear rubble along the street of Bashantapur Durbar Square, a UNESCO world heritage site, after the recent earthquake at Kathmandu in Nepal on Thursday

An employee with the City of Dubuque Park Division gets in position to cut down a branch of a tree being removed from Washington Square Tuesday Nov. 18, 2014 in Dubuque, Iowa

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An employee with the City of Dubuque Park Division gets in position to cut down a branch of a tree being removed from Washington Square on Tuesday in Dubuque, Iowa

Women walk past demolished huts set on fire at Taghyeer (Change) Square in Sanaa November 10, 2014. Authorities had deployed riot police and used bulldozers to demolish the huts set up by pro-democracy protesters when they had camped in the square to demand a regime change in 2011. These temporary shelters had not been removed from the square after protesters vacated it last year. It was not immediately apparent who had set the demolished huts on fire.

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Women walk past huts that have been destroyed by fire on Taghyeer Square in Sana’a, Yemen. Authorities deployed riot police and used bulldozers on Monday to demolish the huts which had been set up by pro-democracy protesters when they camped in the square to demand a regime change in 2011.

Cipotegato 2013 in Spain...TARAZONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 27:  The Cipotegato acknowledges the crowd after running through the streets on August 27, 2013 in Tarazona, Spain. Every year thousands of people gather in the main square of Tarazona waiting for "The Cipotegato" to throw tomatoes at him. The Cipotegato is a hooded character, dressed as a harlequin with a yellow, green and red costume. The Cipotegato is elected annually, and his identity revealed after the festival. He must run through the streets of Tarazona on a route known only to him, ending in the Plaza de Espana square, armed with a short wooden stick for defending himself. Upon arrival in the Square he must then scale a monument and tie a scarf around it, signaling the start of the main festivities of Tarazona. The roots of this event derive from the early recorded tradition in the middle of the XVIII century of giving a prisoner from the local prison the chance to escape to freedom.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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The “Cipotegato”, a hooded character dressed as a harlequin, waits to be pelted with tomatoes after running through the streets of Tarazona, Spain on Tuesday in an event that starts the town’s annual festival that derives from the 18th century tradition of giving a prisoner from the local prison the chance to escape 

Russia Victory Day

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Russian second world war veterans leave Red Square after the Victory Day parade on Thursday. Vladimir Putin, Russian President, said at the annual military procession that Russia will be a guarantor of world security. Mr Putin’s short speech came at the culmination of Victory Day, marking the defeat of Nazi Germany 68 years ago. It is Russia’s most important secular holiday, honouring the huge military and civilian losses of the second world war and showing off the country’s modern arsenal