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Visitors lay flowers at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal siege in the heart of Sydney's financial district

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Visitors lay flowers at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal siege in the heart of Sydney’s financial district

 Condolence messages are written on the pavement as a sign of respect at Martin Place

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Condolence messages are left as a sign of respect on the pavement at Martin Place, site of the Sydney café where customers and staff had been held hostage by a lone gunman on Monday.

A man places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital.

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A man places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege today in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital.

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A hostage runs towards a police officer outside Lindt Chocolat Café, where other hostages were being held, in Martin Place in central Sydney, Australia on Monday 

Brad Pitt...Movie star Brad Pitt poses for a photo for a fan at the world premiere of  "Unbroken" in Sydney, Australia Monday Nov. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/John Roe)

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Movie star Brad Pitt poses for a photo for a fan at the world premiere of ‘Unbroken’ in Sydney, Australia 

Men from the pacific island nations of Tonga and Fiji perform a traditional Haka after arriving in Sydney on Wednesday. Traditional Pacific island canoes sailed into Sydney Harbour on after a vast journey across the ocean, bringing an urgent message to the world about climate change

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Men from the pacific island nations of Tonga and Fiji perform a Haka dance after arriving in Sydney on Wednesday. Traditional Pacific island canoes sailed into Sydney Harbour bringing an urgent message to the world about climate change

A swimmer swims laps in Bronte Ocean Pool as a severe storm hits Sydney at Bronte Beach on October 13, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.

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A swimmer does laps in Bronte Ocean Pool as a severe storm hits Sydney at Bronte Beach on Monday in Australia.

A couple pass in front of a mural of a Muslim woman painted on a wall in an inner city suburb of Sydney on October 2, 2014. Australian military jets are to join in the US-led air war against the Islamic State group in Iraq, conducting refuelling and support missions, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.

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A couple pass in front of a mural of a Muslim woman painted on a wall in an inner city suburb of Sydney on Thursday. Australian military jets are to join in the US-led air war against the Islamic State group in Iraq, conducting refuelling and support missions

Members of the Red Bull Flying Bach dance troupe perform on Sydney Harbour's Fort Denison during a photo call, in Sydney September 9, 2014. The group, in Australia as part of their world tour, perform acrobatic dance to the classical music of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach with combined with electronic beats. Pictured are (L-R) Tim Mandriamanantena, Anna Holmstrom, Nordine-Dany Grimah and Yamine Manaa.

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Members of the Red Bull Flying Bach dance troupe perform on Sydney Harbour’s Fort Denison during a photo call on Tuesday

Dancers from the Australian Ballet are pictured in the Bondi Icebergs oceanside pool in Sydney...Dancers from the Australian Ballet are pictured inside the Bondi Icebergs oceanside pool in Sydney, August 7, 2014. The dancers, taking advantage of the pool being emptied for cleaning, were on hand to promote their February 2015 production of Swan Lake at Sydney's Capitol Theatre.  REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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Dancers from the Australian Ballet at the Bondi Icebergs oceanside pool in Sydney take advantage of the pool being emptied for cleaning to promote the company’s February 2015 production of Swan Lake at the city’s Capitol Theatre