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Residents launch paper boats during celebrations for the 69th anniversary of the end of World War Two in the far eastern city of Vladivostok, September 2, 2014. The holiday, marking the victory over Japan in World War II, is a Russian national memorial day, established by then President Dmitry Medvedev and approved by the Russian State Duma and the Federation Council on July 23, 2010.

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Residents launch paper boats in the far eastern city of Vladivostok in Russia on Tuesday to mark the 69th anniversary of the end of the second world war.

First graders take part in a festive ceremony to mark the start of another school year in Slaviansk...First graders take part in a festive ceremony to mark the start of another school year in Slaviansk, September 1, 2014. September 1 marks the start of a new academic year for students in Ukraine.   REUTERS/Gleb Garanich  (UKRAINE - Tags: EDUCATION SOCIETY)

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First-graders take part in a festive ceremony to mark the start of another school year in Slovyansk, Ukraine

A group of Palestinian boys ride horse-d...A group of Palestinian boys ride horse-drawn cart past destroyed houses in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City on August 27, 2014, following the long-term truce agreed between Israel and the Palestinians. After seven weeks of the deadliest Israeli-Palestinian violence in a decade, a long-term ceasefire took hold at 1600 GMT on August 26, sparking festivities around the Gaza Strip. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMSMAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images

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A group of Palestinian boys ride horse-drawn cart past destroyed houses in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City following the long-term truce agreed between Israel and the Palestinians. After seven weeks of the deadliest Israeli-Palestinian violence in a decade, a long-term ceasefire took hold on Tuesday. 

Armed Ukrainian forces detain a pro-Russian militant in the village of Chornukhine in the Lugansk region on August 18, 2014. A Ukrainian warplane was blown out of the sky over rebel-held territory as fierce clashes between government troops and pro-Russian insurgents left dozens of civilians dead. At least 415,800 people have fled their homes due to fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, the UN refugee agency said on August 20.  AFP PHOTO/ OLEKSANDR RATUSHNIAKOLEKSANDR RATUSHNIAK/AFP/Getty Images

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Armed Ukrainian forces detain a pro-Russian militant in the village of Chornukhino in the Lugansk region. At least 415,800 people have fled their homes because of fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, the UN refugee agency said. 

A grandfather of three Palestinian children cries outside a hospital morgue in Gaza City...REFILE - CORRECTING YEAR  A grandfather of three Palestinian children who medics said were killed in an Israeli air strike, cries outside a hospital morgue in Gaza City August 21, 2014. An Israeli air strike killed three senior Hamas military commanders in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, the Islamist group said, the clearest sign yet Israel is focusing its assault on those leading attacks from the Palestinian enclave. The Israeli military had no immediate comment on what would constitute the killing of the most senior Hamas men since it launched its offensive on Gaza six week ago with the declared aim of curbing rocket fire into its territory. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem (GAZA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY CONFLICT)

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A grandfather of three Palestinian children, who medics say were killed in an Israeli air strike, cries outside a hospital morgue in Gaza City. An Israeli air strike also killed three senior Hamas military commanders in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, the Islamist group said. 

Refugees camp in Rostov region in Russia...epaselect epa04359008 Ukrainian refugees sit inside a tent at a refugee camp about 10 km from the Izvarino Russia-Ukraine border checkpoint in Rostov region, Russia, 18 August 2014. The Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council said separatist rebels fired on a refugee convoy near the eastern city of Luhansk on 18 August.  EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV

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Ukrainian refugees sit inside a tent at a refugee camp about 10 km from the Izvarino Russia-Ukraine border checkpoint in Rostov region. The Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council said separatist rebels fired on a refugee convoy near the eastern city of Luhansk on Monday. 

A man dressed in a navy uniform holds Japan's rising sun flag at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stayed away from the Tokyo war shrine on the 69th anniversary of Japan s World War II defeat today, instead sending a donation as he seeks a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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A man in navy uniform holds Japan’s rising sun flag at the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday. Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, stayed away from the war shrine on the 69th anniversary of Japan’s defeat in the second world war.

A woman looks out from a damaged window following what locals say was shelling by Ukrainian forces in Donetsk.

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A woman looks out from a damaged window following what locals say was shelling by Ukrainian forces in Donetsk.

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People experience an artwork entitled ‘Spectra’ by Japanese visual artist Ryoji Ikeda during ‘Lights Out’, part of commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the first world war, in London

Palestinians search for survivors in the debris of a house destroyed by an Israeli airstrike in the Beach refugee camp, northern Gaza City. The attack came minutes after a unilateral humanitarian ceasefire was announced by Israeli forces.

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Palestinians search for survivors in the debris of a house destroyed by an Israeli airstrike in the Beach refugee camp, northern Gaza City. The attack came minutes after a unilateral humanitarian ceasefire was announced by Israeli forces.

Israeli soldiers make their to rest at a...Israeli soldiers make their to rest at an army deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, on August 4, 2014. An eight-year-old girl was killed and 30 people wounded in a strike on the beachfront Shati refugee camp in Gaza City just minutes into an Israeli-declared truce, medics said.  AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZJACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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Israeli soldiers make their way to rest at an army deployment area near Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip. An eight-year-old girl was killed and 30 people wounded in a strike on the beachfront Shati refugee camp in Gaza City just minutes into an Israeli-declared truce, medics said. 

An Israeli soldier carries a shell as he...An Israeli soldier carries a shell as he and his comrades prepare their Merkava tanks stationed at an army deployment area along the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on July 31, 2014. Israel mobilised 16,000 additional reservists today to bolster forces fighting in Gaza as Washington gave its ally the go-ahead to raid stocks of emergency US weapons stored on Israeli soil.  AFP PHOTO/JACK GUEZJACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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An Israeli soldier carries a shell as he and his comrades prepare their Merkava tanks stationed at an army deployment area along the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on Thursday 

Palestinian man, in clothes stained with blood of father, who medics said was killed by Israeli shelling, mourns as he disembarks ambulance transporting father's body, at hospital in Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip...A Palestinian man (C), in clothes stained with the blood of his father, who medics said was killed by Israeli shelling, mourns as he disembarks an ambulance transporting his father's body, at a hospital in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip July 23, 2014. Israeli forces pounded the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, sending thousands of residents fleeing, and said it was meeting stiff resistance from Hamas Islamists, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Tel Aviv to push ceasefire talks. Israel launched its offensive on July 8 to halt missile salvoes by Hamas Islamists, who were struggling under the weight of an Israeli-Egyptian economic blockade and angered by a crackdown on their supporters in the nearby occupied West Bank. Some 643 Palestinians, many of them children and civilians have died in the conflagration, including a seven-year-old hit by a shell in southern Gaza early Wednesday, a medic said. Some 29 Israeli soldiers have been killed, including a tank officer shot by a Palestinian sniper overnight. Two civilians have been slain by rocket fire. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

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A Palestinian man in clothes stained with the blood of his father, who medics said was killed by Israeli shelling, mourns as he disembarks an ambulance transporting the body to a hospital in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip 

Palestinian children inspect a destroyed mosque following an overnight Israeli military strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

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Palestinian children inspect a destroyed mosque following an overnight Israeli military strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

A rebel fighter sits on chairs as he aims his weapon through a hole inside a house in the town of Morek in Hama province

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A rebel fighter sits on chairs as he aims his weapon through a hole inside a house in the town of Morek in Hama province Syria.

A boy sits on a sofa along a street in the Al-Fardous neighbourhood of Aleppo July 15, 2014.

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A boy sits on a sofa along a street in the Al-Fardous neighbourhood of Aleppo

TOPSHOTS Members of the Syrian Civil Def...TOPSHOTS Members of the Syrian Civil Defence rescue a man under the rubble following a reported barrel-bomb attack by Syrian government forces on July 7, 2014 in the Qadi Askar neighbourhood in Aleppo. The opposition Syrian National Coalition said Sunday that regime forces are preparing to launch a major assault on rebel-held areas of the northern city of Aleppo. AFP PHOTO /AHMED DEEBAHMED DEEB/AFP/Getty Images

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The Syrian Civil Defence rescues a man from under some rubble after a reported barrel-bomb attack by government forces in the Qadi Askar area in the northern city of Aleppo. The opposition Syrian National Coalition said on Sunday that regime forces were preparing to attack rebel-held areas of Aleppo. 

A boy visits China's Anti-Japanese War m...A boy visits China's Anti-Japanese War museum at the Marco Polo bridge, or Lugouqiao, in west Beijing on July 7, 2014, on the the 77th anniversary of the Marco Polo Bridge incident, a skirmish between Chinese and Japanese troops that served as a pretext for Tokyo's forces to seize Beijing and trigger the Sino-Japanese war. Chinese President Xi Jinping on July 7 commemorated the 77th anniversary of the official start of war with Japan, condemning those who "ignore the iron facts of history" in an oblique jab at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAOWANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images

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A boy visits Anti-Japanese War Museum, located near the Marco Polo Bridge, Beijing, on the 77th anniversary of the skirmish between Chinese and Japanese troops that triggered the Sino-Japanese war. President Xi Jinping commemorated the anniversary of the official start of war with Japan, condemning those who ‘ignore the iron facts of history’ in an oblique jab at Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe 

A girl cries as she embraces her boyfriend, a new volunteer recruit of the Ukrainian army’s 'Azov' battalion, after a military oath ceremony in Kiev.

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A girl cries as she embraces her boyfriend, a new volunteer recruit of the Ukrainian army’s ‘Azov’ battalion, after a military oath ceremony in Kiev.

Iraqi men who have volunteered to join the fight against a major offensive by jihadists in northern Iraq, climb on an army truck outside a recruiting center in the capital Baghdad.

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Iraqi volunteers to join the fight against a major offensive by jihadists in northern Iraq, climb on to an army truck outside a recruiting centre in the capital Baghdad