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Visitors and participants visit the Temple by renowned Burning Man artist David Best on March 16, 2015 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Members of the public will be able to use the Temple as a space for contemplation and remembrance, and to leave mementos, messages and photographs in its interior. Following this period, Temple and its contents will be ceremonially torched in a ceremony at dusk on Saturday March 21st. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Visitors and participants visit the Temple by renowned Burning Man artist David Best on March 16, 2015 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Members of the public will be able to use the Temple as a space for contemplation and remembrance, and to leave mementos, messages and photographs in its interior. Following this period, Temple and its contents will be ceremonially torched in a ceremony at dusk on Saturday March 21st. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Visitors and participants visit the Temple by renowned Burning Man artist David Best on March 16, 2015 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Members of the public will be able to use the Temple as a space for contemplation and remembrance, and to leave mementos, messages and photographs in its interior. Made from a timber frame, the structure is clad with intricate panels, some of which have been designed and cut by young people from the city. Following this period, Temple and its contents will be ceremonially torched in a ceremony at dusk on Saturday March 21st. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
A total solar eclipse can be seen in Svalbard, Longyearbyen, Norway, on March 20, 2015. A partial eclipse of varying degrees is visible, depending on weather conditions, across most of Europe, northern Africa, northwest Asia and the Middle East, before finishing its show close to the North Pole. AFP/Getty Images
A combo of 16 pictures taken on March 20, 2015 in Gaiberg near Heidelberg, southwestern Germany, shows a partial solar eclipse from the beginning (top, L) to the end (bottom, R). A partial eclipse of varying degrees is visible, depending on weather conditions, across most of Europe, northern Africa, northwest Asia and the Middle East, before finishing its show close to the North Pole. AFP/Getty Images
A partial solar eclipse of the sun is visible next to the iconic Liver Bird on top of the Liver Building in Liverpool, north-west England on March 20, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
A partial solar eclipse of the sun is visible next to the statues of Milan's cathedral on March 20, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Russian military troops take part in a military drill on Sernovodsky polygon close to the Chechnya border, some 260 km from south Russian city of Stavropol, on March 19, 2015. About 500 soldiers take part in the military exercises until March 20. AFP/Getty Images
Russian military troops take part in a military drill on Sernovodsky polygon close to the Chechnya border, some 260 km from south Russian city of Stavropol, on March 19, 2015. About 500 soldiers take part in the military exercises until March 20. The banner reads "Attention, tanks!" AFP/Getty Images
View from Pucon, some 800 km south of Santiago of the Villarrica volcano which is showing signs of activity on March 19, 2015. Earlier this month, in its first major eruption in 15 years, the Villarrica forced the evacuation of thousands of people amid a shower of fire and ash. AFP/Getty Images
A young man sits in front of a line of riot police as opposition activists demonstrate against the government of Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa in Quito on March 19, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Activists provoke riot police as opposition activists demonstrate against the government of Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa in Quito on March 19, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Copies of ballots papers and campaign posters for Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party lie on the ground in the aftermath of the country's parliamentary elections, early on March 18, 2015 in Tel Aviv. Netanyahu beat the odds to win a resounding election victory that will likely deepen tensions with the Palestinians and the West. AFP/Getty Images
The grandchildren of Palestinian man Saad al-Jamal, play with two lion cubs outside their family house in the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip, on March 19, 2015. Al-Jamal, who says he bought the two-month-old cubs from the Rafah Zoo, lives with the animal inside this family home. AFP/Getty Images
A protester dressed as a clown interacts with a police officer on the opening day of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on March 18, 2015. Supporters of the so-called Blockupy alliance consisting of social movements, activists, workers, trade unions and parties staged large protests against austerity and the authority of the European Central Bank. AFP/Getty Images
Nepalese resident and world's shortest adult Chandra Bahadur Dangi, 74, looks on during a visit to a circus in Mumbai on March 18, 2015. Dangi, from a remote valley in southwestern Nepal, stands just 54.6 centimetres (21.5 inches) tall. AFP/Getty Images
United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force aerobatic team Fursan planes perform during the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2015 (LIMA15) in Malaysia's resort island of Langkawi on March 18, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Riot police clash with protesters dressed as clowns on the opening day of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on March 18, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
The South Lawn fountain at the White House in Washington, DC is dyed green in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. AFP/Getty Images
Dancers from Ailey II perform a scene from " Hissy Fits" during the New York season dress rehearsal before opening night at the Joyce Theater in New York March 17, 2015. Ailey II is the the junior ensemble of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. AFP/Getty Images
A priest blesses fighters of the Ukrainian Donbass volunteer battalion on March 17, 2015 during a farewell ceremony in the center of Kiev before their departure for the east of the country to take part in anti-terrorists operation (ATO). AFP/Getty Images
A Kyrgyz rider plays the traditional Central Asian sport Buzkashi also known as Kok-Boru or Oglak Tartis in Bishkek on March 17, 2015. Mounted players compete for points by throwing a stuffed sheepskin into a well. AFP/Getty Images
Russian President Vladimir Putin enters a hall before a meeting of the Victory Organizing Committee at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 17, 2015. The meeting focuses on preparations for celebrating the 70th anniversary of the victory in World War II. AFP/Getty Images
This picture taken on March 16, 2015 shows 8 month old cat Hei Hudie meaning "black butterfly" with a special walking aid in a pet hospital in China's southwest Chongqing municipality. With the help of some good Samaritans, Hei Hudie had four surgeries within five months after it fell from the tenth floor of a building, and finally managed to live on with both of its hind legs disabled. Doctors equiped the cat with a special wheelchair to help it walk, local media reported. AFP/Getty Images
This photo taken on March 16, 2015 shows an Australian RAAF C-17 Globemaster plane full of aid on the way to Vanuatu's airport in the capital Port Via after Cyclone Pam ripped through the island nation. The UN said on March 17, 2015 that twenty-four people have been killed by Cyclone Pam, as the Pacific nation's president pleaded for help to rebuild the archipelago's "completely destroyed" infrastructure. AFP/Getty Images
Picture shows some "ninots" representing dictators Adolf Hitler (L), Joseph Stalin and Kim Jong-il during the Fallas Festival in Valencia on March 16, 2015. For nearly three weeks the fallas, giant structures made of cardboard portraying current events and personalities, have boomed around the city leading up to Thursday's finale when about 760 ninots (individual figures) will be burned in a last night of revelry, as a tribute to Saint Joseph the saint patron of the carpenters' guild . AFP/Getty Images
Police use water cannon to disperse protesters led by the opposition Congress party in New Delhi on March 16, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
A picture taken on March 15, 2015 shows people releasing red balloons during a flashmob at St. Petersburg's Palace square. AFP/Getty Images
View of the statue of Christ the Redeemer illuminated in green to celebrate the upcoming Irish festivity of Saint Patrick's Day, atop Corcovado hill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 15, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
A general view inside the Brenner Base railway tunnel during the inauguration of the tunnel construction on March 19, 2015 near Innsbruck, Austria. The tunnel will run beneath the Brenner Pass and form part of a new rail connection between Munich and Florence. With a planned length of 64 kilometers it will be the longest railway tunnel in the world. (Photo by Jan Hetfleisch / Getty Images)
Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona lifts the ball over Joe Hart of Manchester City to score the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou on March 18, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Human rights activist Peter Tatchell joins protesters gathered outside the Dolce & Gabbana store on Bond Street on March 19, 2015 in London, England. The protest, organised by The Out and Proud Diamond Group and the Peter Tatchell Foundation, was in response to the fashion designers' remarks against same-sex couples bringing up children, IVF and surrogate parents. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
Soldiers of the honour guard prepare to march as people celebrate the first anniversary of the signing of the decree between Crimea and the Russian Federation, on March 18, 2015 in Sevastopol, Crimea. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
Marchers make their way up 5th Avenue during New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
US Army honour guard escorts the caisson carrying a casket with the remains of eight airmen who were listed as missing in action during a burial service at Arlington National Cemetery March 18, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
A pigeon sits a Soviet era statue of Lenin with a Urkainain flag wrapped around it as an EU flag flies, near the the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, Donetsk region, controlled by Ukrainian forces on March 12, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
A man wears a red mask in front of a barricade on March 11, 2015 in Istanbul, during clashes following a protest in memory of a teenager killed in 2013 anti-government demonstrations and whose death has become a rallying cause for opponents of President. AFP/Getty Images
A man throws a molotov cocktail at riot police, on March 11, 2015 in Istanbul, during clashes following a protest in memory of a teenager killed in 2013 anti-government demonstrations and whose death has become a rallying cause for opponents of President. AFP/Getty Images
A man wearing a tear gas mask is seen on March 11, 2015 in Istanbul, during clashes following a protest in memory of a teenager killed in 2013 anti-government demonstrations and whose death has become a rallying cause for opponents of President. AFP/Getty Images
Gordon William carries a sack of traditional charcoal at a charcoal depot in Dar es Salaam on March 10, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Bahraini protestors take cover during clashes with police following a demonstration to mark the fourth anniversary of the Saudi-led Gulf coalition that helped the Bahraini government crush the Arab Spring-inspired uprising, on March 13, 2015, in the village of Daih on the outskirts of the capital Manama. AFP/Getty Images
Palestinian youths practice their Parkour skills on a mural said to have been painted by British street artist Banksy showing children swinging on an Israeli army watch tower, in the Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanun, on March 13, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Iraqi Shiite fighters of the government-controlled Popular Mobilisation units launch rockets towards Islamic state (IS) group's fighters holed up in the centre of the city of Tikrit on March 12, 2015 during a military operation to retake the city. AFP/Getty Images
Iraqi fighters of the government-controlled Popular Mobilisation units take part in a military operation to take control of Tikri. AFP/Getty Images
A giant campaign billboard rotates showing Israeli Prime Minister and Likud party's candidate Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Israeli MP Labour Party leader and co-leader of the Zionist Union party, Isaac Herzog on March 10, 2015 in the coastal Israeli city of Tel Aviv. AFP/Getty Images
Israeli border guards detain a Palestinian protester during clashes following a demonstration by students from Birzeit University near Ramallah against the incarceration in Israeli jails of Palestinian university students, on March 10, 2015 in the West Bank village of Betunia, outside the Israeli-run Ofer prison. AFP/Getty Images
Smoke billows from the forest around Valparaiso, in Chile, on March 13, 2015 as the fire threatens to reach the city's port. AFP/Getty Images
Members of the Brazilian Navy take part in an operation at the Vila Olimpica shantytown, in the Mare favela complex, in Rio de Janeiro, after heavy shooting on March 12, 2015.
Waves and scattered debris along the coast, caused by Cyclone Pam, in the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila. The huge tropical cyclone smashed into Vanuatu in the South Pacific, terrifying residents and leaving "complete devastation" with fears on March 14 that dozens of people may have died. AFP/Getty Images
Visitors look at paper lanterns as part of a memorial service for victims of the 2011 quake-tsunami disaster in Japan at the former Yuriage junior high school in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture on March 11, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Sculptures that are part of the installation entitled 'Field for the British Isles' by British artist Antony Gormley are laid out in the Nave space of the former St John's Church in Scunthorpe, northern England on March 12, 2015. The installation features 40,000 clay figures sculpted by over 100 pupils and their relatives from schools in St Helens, Merseyside and will be on display between March 14 and June 27, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Lithuanians walk with a national flag during a parade to mark the 25th anniversary of the independence from the Soviet Union in Vilnius, Lithuania on March 11, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
A Chihuahua dog is pictured on March 10, 2015 in Friedrichsdorf, Germany. AFP/Getty Images
A VW Golf is pictured inside the so-called cat towers of car manufacturer Volkswagen AG (VW) at the company's assembly plant in Wolfsburg, northern Germany on March 10, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Afghan children collect coal as fuel for fires at their homes, from a brick factory on the outskirts of Jalalabad on March 14, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
An Indian vendor (unseen) flies a parachute toy to attract customers at the Juhu beach during a sunset in Mumbai on March 13, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
A Tibetan activist holds a candle as members of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress (RTYC) take part in a candlelight vigil during a protest rally in Hyderabad on March 10, 2015. The protest marked the 56th anniversary of the Tibetan national uprising, the 1959 rebellion against China's rule in Tibet. AFP/Getty Images
Ireland fans enjoy the pre match atmosphere during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at The Millennium Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Rival fans enjoy the pre match atmosphere during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at The Millennium Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Ukrainian troops from Donbass battalion train with small arms on March 13, 2015 outside Mariupol, Ukraine. The Minsk ll ceasefire agreement, which has continued to hold despite being violated more than 1,000 times, is nearing the one month mark. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
A Royal Air Force Chinook flies over London during a Service of Commemoration for troops who were stationed in Afghanistan on March 13, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
A man takes a break during a session with Frankie Lee's Tattoo Parlour during the Australian Tattoo & Body Art Expo at Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park on March 13, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Tony McCoy on Uxizandre celebrates with owner JP McManus after victory in the Ryanair Steeplechase during day three of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 12, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
A visitor looks at the view from the Sky Garden terrace at 20 Fenchurch Street on March 12, 2015 in London, England. Number 20 Fenchurch Street is London's newest skyscraper, known locally as The Walkie Talkie. The Sky Garden sits at the top of the 160 metre, 500 million GBP building and is now open to the public. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Fighters from the Iraqi Imam Ali Brigade, take part in a training exercise in Iraq's central city of Najaf on March 7, 2015, ahead of joining the military operation in the city of Tikrit. Some 30,000 Iraqi security forces members and allied fighters launched an operation to retake Tikrit at the beginning of March, the largest of its kind since Isis group forces overran swathes of territory last June. AFP/Getty Images
People, including one woman who has painted her face in what she described as a "warrior's mask", march past the Brandenburg Gate while protesting in favour of women's rights on International Women's Day on March 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. The march comes on the heels of a new law passed by the Bundestag that will require Germany's 100 biggest companies to have a quota of at least 30% women on their governing boards. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Members of Te Kapa Haka o Ngati Ranginui from Tauranga perform during the Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival 2015 at Hagley Park on March 7, 2015 in Christchurch, New Zealand. The National Kapa Haka festival is a biennial event celebrating Maori traditional performing arts. (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)
Andrei Serebrennikov, a coal miner who survived an explosion at Zasyadtko mine but was exposed to dangerous levels of methane, undergoes an enriched oxygen treatment in a pressure chamber at the Regional Hosptial of Occupational Diseases on March 5, 2015 in Donetsk, Ukraine. The methane explosion in the mine on March 4, killed at least 10 miners, with more than 20 miners still trapped. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
A fighter from the Iraqi Imam Ali Brigade, take part in a training exercise in Iraq's central city of Najaf on March 7, 2015, ahead of joining the military operation in the city of Tikrit. AFP/Getty Images
A young girl stands among head of cattle at a traditional smoky cattle camp at dawn at the town of Nyal, an administrative hub in Unity state, South Sudan on February 25, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
A young fan shows his support prior to the FA Cup Quarter Final betweeen Braford City and Reading at Coral Windows Stadium, Valley Parade on March 7, 2015 in Bradford, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Members of Waihirere from Gisborne preform during the Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival 2015 at Hagley Park on March 8, 2015 in Christchurch, New Zealand. The National Kapa Haka festival is a biennial event celebrating Maori traditional performing arts. (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)
Indiana Pacers cheerleaders perform during the game against the Chicago Bulls at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 6, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
A man walks with his luggage over the Brooklyn Bridge in the snow on March 5, 2015 in New York City. New York City and much of the Northeast is experiencing one of its most severe winters in recent history. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Doug McGuigan of South Africa poses behind a deer on the 14th hole during the second round of the Africa Open at East London Golf Club on March 6, 2015 in East London, South Africa. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
Heavy snowfall does not discourage visitors to the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall March 5, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
The hounds of the Atherstone Hunt look out from a horse box as they eagerly wait for their master to go out on a hunt on March 5, 2015 in Bosworth, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Iraqi pro-government forces sit on armoured personnel carrier (APC) driving near the Al-Alam village, northeast of the multi-ethnic city of Tikrit, on March 8, 2015, during a military operation to regain control of the Tikrit area from Isis. After being forced out of the province of Diyala earlier this year, the jihadists are now fighting off a huge assault on the city of Tikrit as government and allied forces continue to work their way north towards the main Isis stronghold of Mosul. AFP/Getty Images
Shiite Kuwaiti member of parliament Abdulhameed Dashti walks past the media holding his weapon before handing it over to security officers at the National Assembly building in Kuwait City on March 9, 2015 after the Interior Ministry announced a four month-long amnesty to collect unlicensed weapons in the country. People can surrender their weapons and ammunition at 38 centres around Kuwait during the four-month period without facing legal action. AFP/Getty Images
Members of the Guinean Red Cross move the body of a person who died from the Ebola virus on March 8, 2015 at the Donka hospital in Conakry. More than 9,700 people have died of the disease since the west African epidemic emerged in southern Guinea in December 2013, with nearly 24,000 people infected, according to the World Health Organization. AFP/Getty Images
A Bangladesh cricket fan waves the national flag as he celebrates the national team's win against England in the ICC World Cup 2015 in Dhaka on March 9, 2015. Bangladesh have stormed into the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time, knocking England out to pull off the greatest feat in their cricketing history. AFP/Getty Images
A Bangladesh cricket fan holding the national flag celebrates the national team's win against England in the ICC World Cup 2015 in Dhaka on March 9, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
An Abrams tank is seen during delivery in the port of Riga on March 9, 2015. The US delivered over 100 pieces of military equipment to vulnerable NATO-allied Baltic states Monday in a move designed to provide them with the ability to deter potential Russian threats. AFP/Getty Images
The Moulin Rouge cabaret dance troupe from France pose for photographs near the Merlion statue in Singapore on March 9, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 8, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
A photo taken on March 8, 2015 shows the Place de la Concorde, the Obelisk and the Eiffel Tower at sunset in Paris. AFP/Getty Images
Iraqi Shiite fighters, members of Iraq's Popular Mobilisation units backing the government, fire Howitzer Cannons towards Isis positions on March 7, 2015, on the outskirts of the Iraqi town of Ad-Dawr during a military operation to retake the Tikrit area. Iraqi forces faced tough resistance from jihadist fighters around Tikrit, but the top US military officer said ahead of a Baghdad visit that victory was only a matter of time. AFP/Getty Images
Iraqi Shiite fighters, members of Iraq's Popular Mobilisation units backing the government, cheer as they prepare a Howitzer Cannon on March 7, 2015, on the outskirts of the Iraqi town of Ad-Dawr during a military operation to retake the Tikrit area from Isis. AFP/Getty Images
An Indian Sikh performs fire-breathing during a religious procession to mark Hola Mohalla at the Guru Dwara Sri Kesgarh Sahib temple at Sri Anandpur Sahib, some 100 kms from Jalandhar on March 6, 2015. Hola Mahalla is a Sikh festival which begins on the first day of the lunar month of Chett and is celebrated with various displays of fighting prowess and bravery, followed by kirtan, music, and poetry. AFP/Getty Images
Israeli border police women cry after a car ploughed into pedestrians in Jerusalem injuring several people, before its driver got out and tried to stab them, in an attack mirroring similar incidents last year, on March 6, 2015. The incident took place outside an Israeli border police station on the line separating west and east Jerusalem. AFP/Getty Images
Iraqi security forces and volunteer Shiite fighters, known as the Popular Mobilisation units, gather in the city of Samarra on March 5, 2015, ahead of moving into Tikrit. Some 30,000 Iraqi security forces members and allied fighters launched an operation to retake Tikrit, the largest of its kind since Islamic State (IS) group forces overran swathes of territory last June.AFP/Getty Images
A demonstrator gestures on the street during a march against the government of Haitian President Michel Martelly and to demand lower fuel prices, in Port-au-Prince, on March 5, 2015. Protesters marched through the streets calling for the resignation of the Haitian leader. AFP/Getty Images
Boys lead a prized bull by a rope from a cattle camp at dawn at the town of Nyal, an administrative hub in Unity state, South Sudan on February 25, 2015. Cattle are traditionally a source of enemity between the main tribes of Dinka and Nuer who for generations have raided each other's lands, fought and killed for possession due to the respect and prestige owning numerous head of cattle is perceived to carry. AFP/Getty Images
Israelis dressed in costumes dance in a desert rave during the feast of Purim on March 7, 2015 in the Negev Desert in southern Israel. The carnival-like Purim holiday is celebrated with parades and costume parties to commemorate the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to exterminate them in the ancient Persian empire 2,500 years ago, as recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther. AFP/Getty Images
Activists of the Communists Party of India (CPI) burn an effigy representing the rapists of Delhi student, Nirbhaya during their protest in Hyderabad on March 6, 2015. An Indian court has banned the country's media from broadcasting a documentary in which one of the men who gang-raped and murdered a New Delhi student is shown blaming the victim, police said March 4. AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona supporters wearing Lionel Messsi shirts watch the game from the stands during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano de Madrid at Camp Nou on March 8, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Masked anti-capitalist demonstrators march with batons past the Foreign and Commonwealth Office during The People's Climate march in central London on March 7, 2015. Around 5,000 protesters marched on the British parliament Saturday demanding greater action on climate change, exactly two months ahead of the general election. The march was led by a man with green leaves attached to his head, who was riding a bicycle with large wings bearing the slogan: "Look after your mum." AFP/Getty Images
A general view of racehorses on the Lambourn gallops as the sun begins to rise on March 05, 2015 in Lambourn, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Alicia Lloyd (Australia) bats while Amanda Elzer (Sri Lanka) bowls at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium at Sydney Aquarium on March 3, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
Children pose with a few remnants of a 450-meter long cake at a celebration marking the 450th anniversary of the founding of Rio de Janeiro on March 1, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
A model wears a creation for Indian fashion designer Manish Arora's fall-winter 2015-2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection, as part of the Paris Fashion Week, and presented in Paris, France, Thursday, March 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Underside of a goblin shark's long flattened snout covered with pores. A rare sea creature described as an "alien of the deep" has been found off Australia and delivered to a museum which on March 3 showed off its fleshy snout, nail-like teeth and flabby pink body.
The 50-year-old capuchin monkey has proved it is never too late to find love, after successfully re-entering the primate dating market following the death of her partner. Daisy, a resident of Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary, Cornwall, was desperate for company after her long-term companion died and she was donated to the sanctuary in the hope she would make new friends. Following a four-week period of mourning, Daisy was introduced to her new capuchin Casanova, Peppy, and the pair hit it off straight away on their first 'date'.Photo: Wild Futures/PA
Orthodox Jews children celebrate the festival of Purim in Stamford Hill in north London on Thursday March 5, 2015. Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
Orthodox Jewish children celebrate the festival of Purim in Stamford Hill in north London on Thursday March 5, 2015. Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
Nacer Chadli of Spurs (L) beats goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski of Swansea City to score their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City at White Hart Lane on March 4, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
'Large Two Forms' by Henry Moore on display at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on March 5, 2015 in Wakefield, England. One hundred and twenty pieces of work by Henry Moore are on display at the 'Henry Moore: Back To A Land' exhibition, which will be on display from March 07 until September 06, 2015. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
A long exposure of a procession of laypeople carrying candles during a ceremony on March 4, 2015 at Wat Phra Dhammakaya in Bangkok, Thailand. During the Buddhist holiday of Makha Bucha, thousands gather at Wat Phra Dhammakaya for the Ceremony of Circumambulation and the Lighting of 100,000 Lanterns. (Photo by Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)
Thousands of couples take part in a mass wedding of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, commonly known as the Unification Church, at Cheongshim Peace World Center on March 3, 2015 in Gapyeong-gun, South Korea. Approximately 3,800 couples from around the world exchanged wedding vows in the wedding the Unification Church claims as one of its largest ever. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
A dog walks past a destroyed building on March 2, 2015 in Uglegorsk, Ukraine. In a new report the United Nations announced over 6,000 people have been killed since the armed conflict started last April. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
South Koreans gather around a bonfire during 'Jwibulnoli' a South Korean folk game on March 1, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. The event is part of a 'Daeboreum,' a Korean holiday celebrating the first full moon of the lunar new year. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
Yiwei Zhang of China competes during the FIS Snowboard World Cup 2015 Men's Snowboard Halfpipe Final during the U.S. Grand Prix at Park City Mountain on March 1, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Manager Jose Mourinho of Chelsea on the pitch as Chelsea celebrate with the trophy during the Capital One Cup Final match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on March 1, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
A man carries a Taoist god statue as fire crackers are detonated during a lunar festival event at the Yehliu harbor in New Taipei City on February 5, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Iraqi government forces and allied militias gesture as they hold the national flag in the northern part of Diyala province, bordering Salaheddin province, as they take part in an assault to retake the city of Tikrit from jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) group, on March 4, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
A delegate from a minority ethnic group arrives for the opening of the third Session of the 12th National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 5, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Pakistani girls are silhouetted as they play at a slum area of Lahore on March 4, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
A Palestinian girl plays with a doll inside a destroyed building in Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip on March 4 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Passengers walk away from a Turkish Airlines plane after it skidded off the runway while landing at Kathmandu airport in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu on March 4, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
A Buddhist monk prays during a ceremony at the Dhammakaya Temple in Bangkok on March 4, 2015 on the occasion of Makha Bucha day. AFP/Getty Images
A skier enjoys the slops of the Pirin Mountains on March 3, 2015. Bulgaria receives more than 13% of its GDP from low-cost tourism in its three major ski resorts and seaside resorts along the Black Sea. AFP/Getty Images
Rescue workers check the area around a Turkish Airlines plane after it slid off the tarmac at Kathmandu's international airport on March 4, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Indian artists pose after covering each other with coloured powder as they rehearse a dance for the upcoming Vasantotsav, 'the Festival of Spring' in Siliguri on March 3, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
A soldier stands guard as 15 tonnes of elephant ivory seized in Kenya are set ablaze at Nairobi's National Park on March 3, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Debris of missiles, shells and rockets fired by Ukrainian forces on the frontline city of Pervomaisk are displayed at the foot of a statue of former Soviet Communist leader and revolutionary Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, alias Lenin, on March 3, 2015, in the eastern Ukraine. AFP/Getty Images
View of the Volcano Villarrica in southern Chile which began erupting on March 03, 2015 forcing the evacuation of some 3,000 people in nearby villages, the government said. AFP/Getty Images
Elderly residents queue up for hot tea and biscuits at a makeshift soup kitchen on Lenin square in Debaltseve on March 2, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Sweden's Johan Olsson (L) competes in the men's 50km Cross Country mass start race of the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden, on March 1, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
A Malaysian youth cools off in a river due to the hot weather in Hulu Langat, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 2, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Afghan survivors of an avalanche run to get relief goods distributed by an Afghan army helicopter in the Paryan district of Panjshir province, north of Kabul on March 1, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
An instructor of the Ukrainian Azov Battalion conducts training exercises in Kiev on March 1, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince William (R), Duke of Cambridge, is greeted by a lion dance during his visit to the Chime of Hope Shopping Centre in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture on March 1, 2015. Prince William arrived in Tokyo on February 26 for a four-day visit. AFP/Getty Images
Spanish tennis player David Ferrer wears a traditional Mexican mariachi hat while holding the winning trophy after defeating Japan's tennis player Kei Nishikori during their Mexico ATP Open men's single final tennis match in Acapulco, Guerrero state on February 28, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Toulouse's French goallkeeper Zacharie Boucher warms up before the French L1 football match between Toulouse and Saint Etienne on February 28, 2015 at the Municipal Stadium in Toulouse, southern France. AFP/Getty Images

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