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<p>Kazakh troops march during a parade of the armed forces to mark the Defender of the Fatherland Day in Astana, May 7, 2014. REUTERS/Mukhtar Kholdorbekov</p>

Kazakh troops march during a parade of the armed forces to mark the Defender of the Fatherland Day in Astana, May 7, 2014. REUTERS/Mukhtar Kholdorbekov

Kazakh troops march during a parade of the armed forces to mark the Defender of the Fatherland Day in Astana, May 7, 2014. REUTERS/Mukhtar Kholdorbekov

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<p>Vietnamese female militants, dressed in ethnic minorities costumes, hold rifles while marching during the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Dien Bien Phu battle in the historic city May 7, 2014. REUTERS/Kham</p>

Vietnamese female militants, dressed in ethnic minorities costumes, hold rifles while marching during the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Dien Bien Phu battle in the historic city May 7, 2014. REUTERS/Kham

Vietnamese female militants, dressed in ethnic minorities costumes, hold rifles while marching during the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Dien Bien Phu battle in the historic city May 7, 2014. REUTERS/Kham

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<p>Enthusiasts wearing World War Two military uniforms march during a parade in St. Petersburg May 5, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk</p>

Enthusiasts wearing World War Two military uniforms march during a parade in St. Petersburg May 5, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

Enthusiasts wearing World War Two military uniforms march during a parade in St. Petersburg May 5, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

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<p>Iraqi soldiers march with flags during a ceremony marking the 83rd anniversary of the founding of the Iraqi Air Force in Nasiriyah city, south of Baghdad April 22, 2014.  REUTERS/Essam Al-Sudani</p>

Iraqi soldiers march with flags during a ceremony marking the 83rd anniversary of the founding of the Iraqi Air Force in Nasiriyah city, south of Baghdad April 22, 2014. REUTERS/Essam Al-Sudani

Iraqi soldiers march with flags during a ceremony marking the 83rd anniversary of the founding of the Iraqi Air Force in Nasiriyah city, south of Baghdad April 22, 2014. REUTERS/Essam Al-Sudani

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<p>Members of the Italian army march before the arrival of Pope Francis to lead the Easter mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican April 20, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi</p>

Members of the Italian army march before the arrival of Pope Francis to lead the Easter mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican April 20, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Members of the Italian army march before the arrival of Pope Francis to lead the Easter mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican April 20, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

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<p>The honor guard are seen at a base of Ukraine's National Guard near Kiev March 31, 2014.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich</p>

The honor guard are seen at a base of Ukraine's National Guard near Kiev March 31, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

The honor guard are seen at a base of Ukraine's National Guard near Kiev March 31, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

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<p>Venezuelan soldiers march during a military parade to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Venezuela's late president Hugo Chavez in Caracas March 5, 2014.  REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins</p>

Venezuelan soldiers march during a military parade to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Venezuela's late president Hugo Chavez in Caracas March 5, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Venezuelan soldiers march during a military parade to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Venezuela's late president Hugo Chavez in Caracas March 5, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>Indian Army soldiers march during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi January 23, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi</p>

Indian Army soldiers march during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi January 23, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Indian Army soldiers march during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi January 23, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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<p>Rockets are carried by military vehicles during a military parade to celebrate the centenary of the birth of North Korea's founder Kim Il-sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. REUTERS/KCNA</p>

Rockets are carried by military vehicles during a military parade to celebrate the centenary of the birth of North Korea's founder Kim Il-sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. REUTERS/KCNA

Rockets are carried by military vehicles during a military parade to celebrate the centenary of the birth of North Korea's founder Kim Il-sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. REUTERS/KCNA

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<p>Indian soldiers march during the rehearsal for the Republic Day parade amid fog on a cold winter morning in New Delhi January 6, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

Indian soldiers march during the rehearsal for the Republic Day parade amid fog on a cold winter morning in New Delhi January 6, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Indian soldiers march during the rehearsal for the Republic Day parade amid fog on a cold winter morning in New Delhi January 6, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>Russian servicemen, dressed in historical uniforms, take part in a military parade rehearsal in Red Square, with the St Basil's Cathedral seen in the background, in Moscow, November 1, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov</p>

Russian servicemen, dressed in historical uniforms, take part in a military parade rehearsal in Red Square, with the St Basil's Cathedral seen in the background, in Moscow, November 1, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Russian servicemen, dressed in historical uniforms, take part in a military parade rehearsal in Red Square, with the St Basil's Cathedral seen in the background, in Moscow, November 1, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

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<p>Russian servicemen hold flags during a military parade rehearsal in Red Square in Moscow November 2, 2012. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov</p>

Russian servicemen hold flags during a military parade rehearsal in Red Square in Moscow November 2, 2012. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Russian servicemen hold flags during a military parade rehearsal in Red Square in Moscow November 2, 2012. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

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<p>Members of South Korea's Underwater Demolition Team march during the 65th anniversary of Korea Armed Forces Day, at a military airport in Seongnam, south of Seoul, October 1, 2013.  REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji</p>

Members of South Korea's Underwater Demolition Team march during the 65th anniversary of Korea Armed Forces Day, at a military airport in Seongnam, south of Seoul, October 1, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Members of South Korea's Underwater Demolition Team march during the 65th anniversary of Korea Armed Forces Day, at a military airport in Seongnam, south of Seoul, October 1, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

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<p>Indian soldiers take part in the rehearsal for the Republic Day parade on a cold winter morning in New Delhi January 13, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee</p>

Indian soldiers take part in the rehearsal for the Republic Day parade on a cold winter morning in New Delhi January 13, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

Indian soldiers take part in the rehearsal for the Republic Day parade on a cold winter morning in New Delhi January 13, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

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<p>Soldiers take part in a military parade to celebrate the centenary of the birth of North Korea's founder Kim Il-sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. REUTERS/KCNA</p>

Soldiers take part in a military parade to celebrate the centenary of the birth of North Korea's founder Kim Il-sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. REUTERS/KCNA

Soldiers take part in a military parade to celebrate the centenary of the birth of North Korea's founder Kim Il-sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. REUTERS/KCNA

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<p>Troops hold colored cards during a military parade celebrating Independence Day at the Zocalo square in downtown Mexico City September 16, 2013.    REUTERS/Edgard Garrido</p>

Troops hold colored cards during a military parade celebrating Independence Day at the Zocalo square in downtown Mexico City September 16, 2013. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Troops hold colored cards during a military parade celebrating Independence Day at the Zocalo square in downtown Mexico City September 16, 2013. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

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<p>Members of Japan's Self-Defense Force's honor guard prepare for a ceremony for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo September 12, 2013.   REUTERS/Toru Hanai</p>

Members of Japan's Self-Defense Force's honor guard prepare for a ceremony for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo September 12, 2013. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Members of Japan's Self-Defense Force's honor guard prepare for a ceremony for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo September 12, 2013. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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<p>Indian army recruits stand at attention as they take part in a passing out parade at a garrison in Rangreth on the outskirts of Srinagar July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Ismail</p>

Indian army recruits stand at attention as they take part in a passing out parade at a garrison in Rangreth on the outskirts of Srinagar July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

Indian army recruits stand at attention as they take part in a passing out parade at a garrison in Rangreth on the outskirts of Srinagar July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

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<p>Members of an honor guard stand in line as they prepare for a welcoming ceremony for visiting Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon</p>

Members of an honor guard stand in line as they prepare for a welcoming ceremony for visiting Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Members of an honor guard stand in line as they prepare for a welcoming ceremony for visiting Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>South Korean honor guards hold banners with pictures of the sailors who died in the sinking of a South Korean naval vessel by what Seoul insists was a North Korean submarine, during an event marking the third anniversary of the incident, at the national cemetery in Daejeon March 26, 2013.  REUTERS/Kim Jae-Hwan/Pool</p>

South Korean honor guards hold banners with pictures of the sailors who died in the sinking of a South Korean naval vessel by what Seoul insists was a North Korean submarine, during an event marking the third anniversary of the incident, at the...more

South Korean honor guards hold banners with pictures of the sailors who died in the sinking of a South Korean naval vessel by what Seoul insists was a North Korean submarine, during an event marking the third anniversary of the incident, at the national cemetery in Daejeon March 26, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Jae-Hwan/Pool

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<p>India's Border Security Force soldiers ride their camels as they rehearse for the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony in New Delhi January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi</p>

India's Border Security Force soldiers ride their camels as they rehearse for the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony in New Delhi January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

India's Border Security Force soldiers ride their camels as they rehearse for the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony in New Delhi January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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<p>Indian Army soldiers march during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi January 26, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi</p>

Indian Army soldiers march during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi January 26, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Indian Army soldiers march during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi January 26, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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<p>Indian soldiers march during the rehearsal for the Republic Day parade on a cold winter morning in New Delhi January 13, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi</p>

Indian soldiers march during the rehearsal for the Republic Day parade on a cold winter morning in New Delhi January 13, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Indian soldiers march during the rehearsal for the Republic Day parade on a cold winter morning in New Delhi January 13, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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<p>A Sierra Leone army marching band parades through central Freetown, November 16 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney</p>

A Sierra Leone army marching band parades through central Freetown, November 16 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A Sierra Leone army marching band parades through central Freetown, November 16 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

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<p>Honor guard troops march during a welcoming ceremony for visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, May 6, 2013. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic</p>

Honor guard troops march during a welcoming ceremony for visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, May 6, 2013. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic

Honor guard troops march during a welcoming ceremony for visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, May 6, 2013. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic

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<p>Korean War veterans react as they shout slogans to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of a truce in the 1950-1953 Korean War at Kim Il-sung Square, in Pyongyang July 27, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee</p>

Korean War veterans react as they shout slogans to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of a truce in the 1950-1953 Korean War at Kim Il-sung Square, in Pyongyang July 27, 2013. REUTERS/Jason...more

Korean War veterans react as they shout slogans to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of a truce in the 1950-1953 Korean War at Kim Il-sung Square, in Pyongyang July 27, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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<p>Russian servicemen, dressed in historical uniform, take part in a military parade rehearsal in Red Square, with St. Basil's Cathedral seen in the background, in Moscow November 5, 2012. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin</p>

Russian servicemen, dressed in historical uniform, take part in a military parade rehearsal in Red Square, with St. Basil's Cathedral seen in the background, in Moscow November 5, 2012. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russian servicemen, dressed in historical uniform, take part in a military parade rehearsal in Red Square, with St. Basil's Cathedral seen in the background, in Moscow November 5, 2012. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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<p>Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd R) inspects the honor guard during a welcoming ceremony upon his arrival at Moscow's Vnukovo airport April 28, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin</p>

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd R) inspects the honor guard during a welcoming ceremony upon his arrival at Moscow's Vnukovo airport April 28, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd R) inspects the honor guard during a welcoming ceremony upon his arrival at Moscow's Vnukovo airport April 28, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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<p>Turkish soldiers march during a military parade marking the 90th anniversary of Victory Day in Ankara August 30, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas</p>

Turkish soldiers march during a military parade marking the 90th anniversary of Victory Day in Ankara August 30, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Turkish soldiers march during a military parade marking the 90th anniversary of Victory Day in Ankara August 30, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

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<p>Ecuadorian Shuar Indian soldiers participate in a military parade to commemorate the Battle of Pichincha of May 24, 1822 in Quito May 24, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Granja</p>

Ecuadorian Shuar Indian soldiers participate in a military parade to commemorate the Battle of Pichincha of May 24, 1822 in Quito May 24, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Granja

Ecuadorian Shuar Indian soldiers participate in a military parade to commemorate the Battle of Pichincha of May 24, 1822 in Quito May 24, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Granja

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<p>Soldiers from Canada's Lord Strathcona's Horse stand ready for inspection at the Spruce Meadows North American event in Calgary, Alberta, July 8, 2012. REUTERS/Todd Korol</p>

Soldiers from Canada's Lord Strathcona's Horse stand ready for inspection at the Spruce Meadows North American event in Calgary, Alberta, July 8, 2012. REUTERS/Todd Korol

Soldiers from Canada's Lord Strathcona's Horse stand ready for inspection at the Spruce Meadows North American event in Calgary, Alberta, July 8, 2012. REUTERS/Todd Korol

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<p>Russian servicemen take part in the Victory Parade on Moscow's Red Square May 9, 2012.  REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov</p>

Russian servicemen take part in the Victory Parade on Moscow's Red Square May 9, 2012. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Russian servicemen take part in the Victory Parade on Moscow's Red Square May 9, 2012. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

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<p>North Korean soldiers parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of a truce in the 1950-1953 Korean War at Kim Il-sung Square, in Pyongyang July 27, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee</p>

North Korean soldiers parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of a truce in the 1950-1953 Korean War at Kim Il-sung Square, in Pyongyang July 27, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee

North Korean soldiers parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of a truce in the 1950-1953 Korean War at Kim Il-sung Square, in Pyongyang July 27, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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<p>Russian servicemen line up before a rehearsal for the annual Victory Day parade in Red Square in Moscow April 30, 2012. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov</p>

Russian servicemen line up before a rehearsal for the annual Victory Day parade in Red Square in Moscow April 30, 2012. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Russian servicemen line up before a rehearsal for the annual Victory Day parade in Red Square in Moscow April 30, 2012. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

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<p>North Koreans holding national flags march during a parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of a truce in the 1950-1953 Korean War at Kim Il-sung Square, in Pyongyang July 27, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee</p>

North Koreans holding national flags march during a parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of a truce in the 1950-1953 Korean War at Kim Il-sung Square, in Pyongyang July 27, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee

North Koreans holding national flags march during a parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of a truce in the 1950-1953 Korean War at Kim Il-sung Square, in Pyongyang July 27, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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