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Lightning strikes delay the start of play before the round 21 A-League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City FC at Pirtek Stadium on Wednesday in Sydney, Australia

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Lightning strikes delay the start of play before the round 21 A-League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City FC at Pirtek Stadium on Wednesday in Sydney, Australia

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South Africa’s Rilee Rossouw leaps in the air to play a shot during their Cricket World Cup Pool B match against the West Indies in Sydney, Australia 

An Iraq fan waits in the rain for the start of their Asian Cup semi-final soccer match against South Korea at the Stadium Australia in Sydney January 26, 2015.

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An Iraq fan waits in the rain for the start of the Asian Cup semi-final football match against South Korea at the Stadium Australia in Sydney

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 

Rotary members and friends climb Sydney Harbour Bridge in an attempt to break the World Record for the most people on the bridge at one time and also the most flags on the bridge at one time in Sydney on Friday. Rotary broke the Guinness World Record for the number of people on the bridge with 340 beating the previous record of 316 organised by Oprah Winfrey in 2008. Also the record was broken for the number of different international flags flown with 219 flown beating the previous record of 143 to raise funds for Rotary's End Polio Now Campaign.

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Rotary members and friends climb Sydney Harbour bridge in an attempt to break the world record for the most people on the bridge at one time and the most flags on the bridge at one time

An Australian war veteran takes part in the annual ANZAC Day Parade

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An Australian war veteran takes part in the annual ANZAC day parade in Sydney on Friday

Murdoch, a 7-year-old grey nurse shark eats a fish during feeding time at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary in Sydney...Murdoch, a 7-year-old grey nurse shark eats a fish during feeding time at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary in Sydney, February 6, 2014. Born in captivity, Murdoch is an example of the attraction's breeding program. According to the sanctuary the Grey Nurse shark population are still struggling to recover from targeted hunting in the 1970s and their slow reproductive rate.    REUTERS/Jason Reed

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Murdoch, a seven-year-old Grey Nurse shark eats a fish during feeding time at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary in Sydney, Australia. Born in captivity, Murdoch is an example of the sanctuary’s breeding programme. 

Onlookers watch as people pretend to hang off ledges and windowsills on an unusual architectural display, called "Merchants Store," during the Sydney Festival in Sydney Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Merchant Store is a mirror illusion art piece designed to give the impression of hanging off the outside of a building up high while really being safe on the ground. The festival is an arts-based event held in January each year boasting local and international artists in contemporary and classical music, dance, circus, drama and visual arts. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

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People pretend to hang off ledges and windowsills on an unusual architectural display, called “Merchants Store”, during the Sydney Festival 2014 in Australia. Merchants Store is a mirror illusion art piece designed to give the impression of hanging off the outside of a building up high while really being safe on the ground. The festival is an arts-based event held in January each year boasting local and international artists in contemporary and classical music, dance, circus, drama and visual arts. 

CORRECTS TO AUSTRALIA'S LARGEST ANNUAL OUTDOOR SCULPTURE EXHIBITION, NOT THE WORLD'S LARGEST EXHIBITION - A sculpture by Australian artist Ken Unworth is displayed at Australia's largest annual outdoor sculpture exhibition, "Sculptures By The Sea" in Sydney in  Australia,  Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.  The exhibition features sculptures which were made by both Australian and overseas artists.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

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A sculpture by Australian artist Ken Unworth is displayed as part of Sculptures By The Sea, an exhibition in Sydney, Australia. The exhibition features works by Australian and international artists. 

A couple look at a house burnt out by bushfires in Winmalee in Sydney's Blue Mountains. Residents faced scenes of devastation on Friday after bushfires ravaged communities and destroyed "hundreds" of homes in southeastern Australia with dozens of blazes still burning out of control.

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A couple look at a house burnt out by bushfires in Winmalee in Sydney‘s Blue Mountains. Residents faced scenes of devastation on Friday after bushfires ravaged communities and destroyed ‘hundreds’ of homes in southeastern Australia with dozens of blazes still burning out of control.

Sydney Shrouded In Smoke As Bushfires Rage Across NSW...SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17:  A general view of play during the Ryobi Cup cricket match between the South Australian Redbacks and the Western Australia Warriors at Drummoyne Oval on October 17, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney is shrouded in a haze of smoke as brushfires rage in the western Sydney suburbs of Springwood, Winmalee and Lithgow.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

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A Ryobi Cup cricket match between the South Australian Redbacks and the Western Australia Warriors at Drummoyne Oval on Thursday, in Sydney, Australia. The city is shrouded in a haze of smoke as brushfires rage in its western suburbs of Springwood, Winmalee and Lithgow.