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Tourists stand below the Christ the Redeemer statue that is covered by heavy fog in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The World Cup soccer tournament starts Thursday. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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A woman holds up an inflatable Hulk doll, a reference to Brazil's soccer player Hulk, at the FIFA Fan fest area where fans gather to watch the World Cup soccer game between Brazil and Croatia on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
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Former President George H.W. Bush, strapped to Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott, a retired member of the Army's Golden Knights parachute team, prepare to land on the lawn at St. Anne's Episcopal Church while celebrating Bush's 90th birthday in Kennebunkport, Maine, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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Pope Francis is helped by basketball players to keep the balance of a ball during during a meeting with the members of the Italian Sports Center in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Saturday, June 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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In this Saturday, June 7, 2014, photo, a man looks at a wooden sculpture that was set on fire during Israels first Midburn Festival, modeled after the popular Burning Man Festival held annually in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, near the Israeli kibbutz of Sde Boker. Some 3,000 people set up a colorful encampment in the dusty moonscape, swinging from hoops by day and burning giant wooden sculptures by night. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
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U.S. actress Angelina Jolie, special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, poses for photographers as she arrives at the 'End Sexual Violence in Conflict' summit in London, Thursday, June 12, 2014. The summit welcomes governments from over 100 countries, over 900 experts, NGOs, faith leaders, and representatives from international organizations across the world. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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A youth dives into a natural rock pool in the Lagoons of Ruidera Natural Park in Ruidera, Spain, Sunday, June 8, 2014. The Ruidera Lagoons are naturally formed by a group of 16 small lakes on different levels and are a major attraction in the summer. (AP Photo/Paul White)
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UC Irvine players from left: Jonathan Herkins (36), Max Weinstein (44), Sean Sparling (40) and Jonathan Munoz (15), take pictures as they wait to take the field before team practice, Friday, June 13, 2014, ahead of the NCAA baseball College World Series tournament at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. UC Irvine plays Texas on Saturday. (AP Photo/Dave Weaver)
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Supporters of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi celebrate his inauguration in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Sunday, June 8, 2014. El-Sissi was sworn in Sunday as president for a four-year term, assuming the highest office of a deeply polarized nation roiled by deadly unrest and an economic crisis since its Arab Spring uprising in 2011. (AP Photo/Thomas Hartwell)
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Palestinian militants from Mujahideen Brigades, a small military group in Gaza, participate in a training session in Gaza City, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
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Dancers of the Mouraria neighborhood are greeted as they take part in Lisbon's popular contest during Saint Anthony festivities, in Lisbon, Thursday, June 12, 2014. During the contest, Lisbon's neighborhood groups compete for the best performance, costume design, music and choreography. People celebrate the festivities of the Day of Saint Anthony, who is the Lisbon's patron saint, by dancing and eating outside in colorfully decorated downtown streets. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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In this June 6, 2014 photo, people play soccer at the Dona Marta slum, backdropped by the Christ the Redeemer statue and Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. City - or charity - run escolinhas, or soccer schools, operate in nearly all of the slums, from the Dona Marta shantytown, which is ensconced in the middle-class Botafogo neighborhood, to Mangueira, a historic slum overlooking the mythical Maracana Stadium, where six World Cup matches plus the final are to be held. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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People stand together spelling out the message "Red card to child labor" on Botafogo beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The event is part of a campaign by the International Labour Organization against child labor. Sugar Loaf mountain stands behind. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
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Cheri Rasmussen, left, embraces Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Lt. Roxanne McDaris after a vigil near CiCi's Pizza Monday, June 9, 2014 in Las Vegas. The vigil was held to honor two Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers and a bystander who were killed Sunday at a strip mall. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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An Army carry team carries the transfer case containing the remains of Army Spc. Justin R. Helton, of Beaver, Ohio, as from left, United States Army Under Secretary Brad R. Carson, Army Vice Chief of Staff John F. Campbell, U.S. Army Lt. Col. David P. Diamond and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. David Lance salute, upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on Thursday, June 12, 2014. The Department of Defense announced the death of Helton who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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A kayaker takes a break while paddling near the shore of Lake Michigan, Thursday morning, June 12, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
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Close up the pen that President Barack Obama used to sign a Presidential Memorandum on reducing the burden of student loan debt, Monday, June 9, 2014 in East Room of the White House in Washington. The president said the rising costs of college have left America's middle class feeling trapped. He says no hard-working youngster in America should be priced out of a higher education. Obama signed a presidential memorandum he says could help an additional 5 million borrowers.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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A navy ship patrols the coast near Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The World Cup soccer tournament starts Thursday. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
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Firefighters and soldiers conduct a chemical contamination simulated training exercise, in preparation for the FIFA soccer World Cup, in front of the National Stadium, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, June 9, 2014. The international soccer tournament is set to begin in just a few days, with Brazil and Croatia competing in the opening match on June 12. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
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A Chinese People's Liberation Army soldier adjusts a hat of a member of a guard of honor as they prepare for a welcome ceremony for visiting Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi held outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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Tourists stand below the Christ the Redeemer statue while it is covered by heavy fog, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The World Cup soccer tournament starts Thursday with Brazil facing Croatia in the opening game. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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A South Korean soldier stands guard at a military checkpoint near the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, South Korea, Saturday, June 7, 2014. North Korea has detained a 56-year old man from Ohio, accusing him of an unspecified crime after he traveled to the communist-led country as a tourist, the nation's state news agency and the man's family said Friday. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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A supporter of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi looks on as fireworks light the SKY as they celebrate his inauguration while holding a rally in front of the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 8, 2014. El-Sissi was sworn in Sunday as president for a four-year term, assuming the highest office of a deeply polarized nation roiled by deadly unrest and an economic crisis since its Arab Spring uprising in 2011. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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A member of a group of mud covered dancers from Poland performs at the annual Carnival of Cultures parade in Berlin, Sunday, June 8, 2014. Thousands of people attend the festival with costumes from all over the world. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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Paratroopers fly near the village of Ecausseville, western France, Saturday June 7, 2014, as part of commemorations of the 70 anniversary of the D-Day landing. World leaders and veterans gathered by the beaches of Normandy on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of the World War II D-Day landings. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
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A participant arrives at the Wave Gothic Festival in Leipzig, central Germany, Friday, June 6, 2014. About 20,000 members of the Gothic scene from all over the world are expected to attend the 23. edition of the Wave Gothic Festival . (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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In this May 29, 2014, photo, Martin Tata embraces his horse Milonga on a ranch in San Antonio de Areco, Argentina. Tata is a self taught horse trainer. For the past 11 years he has been showcasing his unique bond with horses through performances to tourists from around the world. Born and raised on a ranch in the traditional gaucho-town of San Antonio de Areco, around 110 kilometers outside of capital Buenos Aires, Tata has lived and worked amongst horses his entire life. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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The Metropolitan Cathedral is illuminated in Brazil's national colors in honor of the upcoming World Cup, in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, June 6, 2014. The international soccer tournament is set to begin in just a few days, with Brazil and Croatia competing in the opening match on June 12. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
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Demonstrators push over a police car during a protest demanding better public services and against the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Thursday, June, 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
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A player from the team Los Dragones, or the Dragons, controls the ball during a soccer game with Guerreros Aztecas, or Aztec Warriors, in Mexico City, Saturday, June 7, 2014. Before the start of each game players remove the artificial legs they use, playing only with crutches and kicking the ball with their remaining foot. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
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Members of the grounds crew watch fireworks after a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees, Friday, June 6, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Yankees won 4-2. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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A protester confronts a wall of sprayed water shot from a water cannon operated by police, in the courtyard of the University of Santiago, during clashes between students and police, in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Tens of thousands of students protested in Chile demanding the education reform promised by President Michelle Bachelet who was inaugurated in December. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)
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Smoke rises above the Jinnah International Airport where security forces continue to battle militants Monday, June 9, 2014, in Karachi, Pakistan. Gunmen disguised as police guards attacked a terminal with machine guns and a rocket launcher during a five-hour siege that killed at least 18 people as explosions echoed into the night, while security forces retaliated and killed all the attackers, officials said Monday. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)
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Boys watch as another boy practices his soccer bicycle kicks at a Rio de Janeiro slum, Brazi, Monday, June 9, 2014. The 2014 Word Cup soccer tournament is set to begin in just a few days, with Brazil and Croatia playing in the opening match on June 12. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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Homes are surrounded by floodwater in the Cateura neighborhood, seen from Lambare Hill in Asuncion, Paraguay, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Thousands of people living along the Paraguay River have been affected by flooding after the river overflowed its banks. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
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A man representing Brazil performs during the annual Carnival of Cultures parade in Berlin, Sunday, June 8, 2014. Thousands of people attend the festival with costumes from all over the world. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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Indians enjoy high tide waves on the Arabian Sea coast in Mumbai, India, Friday, June 13, 2014. According to local reports, the city would witness high tides measuring 4.5 meters (15 feet) till Wednesday. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
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A girl runs through a park fountain in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Friday, June 6, 2014. In a meeting lasting some 15-minutes Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke face-to-face with Ukraines incoming president Petro Poroshenko, as both men attended ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the World War II D-Day landing in northern France. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
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Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez is crowned Miss USA during the Miss USA 2014 pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, June 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
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Part of the 1,600 paper pandas, created by French artist Paulo Grangeon, are displayed at a street in Mongkok, a shopping district in Hong Kong during the month-long "1600 Pandas World Tour", Friday, June 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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A member of a guard of honor stretches his leg as he and his comrades prepare for a welcome ceremony for visiting Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi held outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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An Indian commuter cools off by bathing in water from a hose supplying water at a railway station in Allahabad, India, Saturday, June 7, 2014. Thousands of people enraged by power cuts during an extreme heat wave have been rioting across northern India, setting electricity substations on fire and taking power company officials hostage, officials said Saturday. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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A pro-Russian fighter checks documents of a woman leaving the city at a checkpoint in Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, June 12, 2014. The city has been an epicenter of a nearly two-month standoff between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels, who have seized administrative buildings, police stations and border posts across the region. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
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Children play in the pool in front of Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
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Window cleaners hang from ropes along the sides of the Unicredit tower at Piazza Gae Aulenti in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The Unicredit Tower, the shiny new headquarters of Italy's largest bank, has claimed the title of Milan's tallest building at 218 meters (715 feet), topped by a single twirling steel spire that appears to echo the spires of the now-dwarfed Duomo, Milan's gothic cathedral. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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Indonesian presidential candidate Joko Widodo, popularly known as "Jokowi," right, talks to farmers as he makes a brief stop during a campaign rally in Banyumas, Central Java, Indonesia, Friday, June 13, 2014. Indonesia will hold its presidential poll on July 9. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
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In this image from video, people are greeted on arrival at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, early Friday morning June 13, 2014. Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who has been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive, returned to the United States on this plane to continue his medical treatment. (AP Photo/Manis Calco)
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From left, Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte, US singer Jennifer Lopez and rapper Pitbull leave after performing during the opening ceremony before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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In this photo taken Wednesday, June 4, 2014, a young Israeli girl walks in the playa during Israels first Midburn festival, modeled after the popular Burning Man festival held annually in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, in the desert near the Israeli kibbutz of Sde Boker. Some came costumed in cape or corset. Others, from babies to grandparents, went nude. Participants brought their own food and water, and shared with others. The only thing on sale was ice because of the scorching heat. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
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Pope Francis and Israel's President Shimon Peres, left, greet each other during an evening of peace prayers with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in the Vatican gardens, Sunday, June 8, 2014. Pope Francis waded head-first into Mideast peace-making Sunday, welcoming the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican for an evening of peace prayers just weeks after the last round of U.S.-sponsored negotiations collapsed. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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A press photographer helps a Brazil soccer fan affected by tear gas when she got caught up in clashes between police and protesters while trying to reach the stadium for the opening World Cup soccer game in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazilian police clashed with anti-World Cup protesters trying to block part of the main highway leading to the stadium that was hosting the opening match between Brazil and Croatia. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)
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A Chinese boy wearing an umbrella hat plays on a water fountain at a shopping mall in Beijing Sunday, June 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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Children play with an Iraqi Army helmet left behind after militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took over the northern city of Mosul, Iraq, Friday, June 13, 2014. Iraqi officials say al-Qaida-inspired militants who this week seized much of the country's Sunni heartland have pushed into an ethnically mixed province northeast of Baghdad, capturing two towns there. The writing on the metal shutters at left advertises a shop for sale. (AP Photo)
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Soccer fans celebrate the second goal scored by Brazil striker Neymar, during a live broadcast at a World Cup viewing party at the Jockey Club, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. After taking the early lead in the opening match of the international soccer tournament, Croatia fell 3-1 to the five-time champion Brazil. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
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Bangladeshi girl Sharmin, 13 years old, looks into the camera as she works at a plastic recycling factory as a boy plays on a heap of bottles in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, June 12, 2014. June 12 marks the World Day Against Child Labor, that was initiated in 2002 by the International Labor Organization to highlight the plight of child workers across the world. (AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad)
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Tourists pose for photos in front of Brazil's famous Ipanema beach, Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The World Cup 2014 soccer tournament will be held in Brazil and starts on June 12.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
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Two men take in the view of a fog-veiled Benjamin Franklin Bridge at the Race Street Pier, Tuesday, June 10, 2014 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Aspiring young Indian soccer players continue with their practice during a dust storm in Jammu, India, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Soccer fans around the world are gearing up to watch the Soccer World Cup that begins in Brazil Thursday. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
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A female riot police officer uses her riot shield to protect herself due to a sudden downpour while guarding a rally near the US Embassy in Manila, Philippines Thursday, June 12, 2014 against the recent agreement signed by the U.S. and the Philippines known as EDCA or Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement. The agreement will allow back US troops and the use of some Philippine military bases and facilities. Cha-Cha means Charter Change. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
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Dancers of the Mouraria neighborhood prepare for a contest during Saint Anthony festivities, in Lisbon, Thursday, June 12, 2014. during the contest, Lisbon's neighborhood groups compete for the best performance, costume design, music and choreography. People celebrate the festivities of the Day of Saint Anthony, who is the Lisbon's patron saint, by dancing and eating outside in colorfully decorated downtown streets. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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One of three helicopters showered 1-million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty during a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, Friday, June 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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Part of the 1,600 paper pandas, created by French artist Paulo Grangeon, are displayed in front of the Tian Tan Buddha, a large bronze statue of a Buddha on Lantau Island, a popular tourist spot during the month-long "1600 Pandas World Tour" in Hong Kong Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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