Asia Pacific

An Afghan youth sits astride the gun barrel of a Soviet-era tank, in Kabul, Afghanistan, 29 August 2014. Soviet troops occupied the country for ten years from 1979 to 1989.

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An Afghan youth sits astride the gun barrel of a Soviet-era tank, in Kabul, Afghanistan on Friday. Soviet Union troops occupied Afghanistan for ten years from 1979

A Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA)...A Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldier stands guard at the entrance to the PLA's Hong Kong Garrison headquarters in Hong Kong on August 29, 2014.  Hong Kong residents expressed alarm on August 29 after Chinese army vehicles were photographed travelling down a major thoroughfare, in what democracy activists condemned as a show of "military might" ahead of expected protests.

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A Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldier stands guard at the entrance to the PLA’s Hong Kong Garrison headquarters in Hong Kong

Dancers participate in festivities marking the start of the annual harvest festival of "Onam" in the southern Indian city of Kochi August 29, 2014. The ten-day-long Hindu festival is celebrated annually in India's southern coastal state of Kerala to commemorate the return of King Mahabali to his beloved subjects.

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Dancers participate in festivities marking the start of the annual harvest festival of “Onam” in the southern Indian city of Kochi. The ten-day-long Hindu festival is celebrated annually in India’s southern coastal state of Kerala to commemorate the return of King Mahabali to his beloved subjects

Children display their acrobatic skills at an underpass in Manila on August 28, 2014 near where informal settlers' homes were recently demolished.  The Philippine economy rebounded to post 6.4-percent growth in the second quarter and regain its status as one of the strongest in Asia, authorities said on August 28. Officials said in April that amongst their new targets is the lowering of the country's poverty incidence from 25.2 percent of the population in 2012 to 18.0 to 20.0 percent by 2016.

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Children display their acrobatic skills at an underpass in Manila on Thursday, near where informal settlers’ homes were recently demolished

An employee wearing a pair of wings waits for her shift to end at Ximendin fashion district in Taipei, Taiwan, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014.

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An employee wearing a pair of wings waits for her shift to end in the Ximendin fashion district in Taipei, Taiwan

Elephants feast on a buffet of fruits an...Elephants feast on a buffet of fruits and vegetables as part of the annual King's Cup elephant polo tournament in Samut Prakan province on August 28, 2014.  The King's Cup elephant polo tournament, which is held annually to promote elephant projects and conservation, takes place from August 28 to 31.        AFP PHOTO / PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKULPORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images

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Elephants feast on a buffet of fruits and vegetables as part of the annual King’s Cup elephant polo tournament in Samut Prakan province, Thailand. The tournament, which is held annually to promote elephant projects and conservation, takes place from August 28 to 31.

India's CRPF personnel perform a stunt during the passing out parade  in Humhama, on the outskirts of Srinagar...India's Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel perform a stunt during the passing out parade in Humhama, on the outskirts of Srinagar August 28, 2014. According to authorities from CRPF, 368 new policemen were formally inducted into the force after completing a 44-week rigorous training course and will be deployed in different parts of India. REUTERS/Danish Ismail (INDIAN-ADMINISTERD KASHMIR - Tags: MILITARY SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Newly qualified police perform a stunt during a passing out parade in Humhama, Srinagar, India. The Central Reserve Police Force said 368 new officers were inducted after 44 weeks of training.

A child of a ragpicker drinks water from a plastic bag at a garbage dump in Gauhati, India. Some 800 million people in the country live in poverty, many of them migrating to big cities in search of a livelihood and often ending up on the streets

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A child of a ragpicker drinks water from a plastic bag at a garbage dump in Gauhati, India. Some 800 million people in the country live in poverty, many of them migrating to big cities in search of a livelihood and often ending up on the streets

Kashmiri women paddle boats loaded with lotus roots for cattle feed on Dal Lake in Srinagar on August 27, 2014.   Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, which both claim the region in full but administer separate partial areas. The neighbours have fought two of their three wars since independence over its control.

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Kashmiri women paddle boats loaded with lotus roots for cattle feed on Dal Lake in Srinagar on Wednesday. Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, which both claim the region in full but administer separate partial areas

Zhang Guanhui, impersonating Michael Jackson, dances in front of his house located in a village for migrant workers during an interview with Reuters in Beijing...Zhang Guanhui, impersonating Michael Jackson, dances in front of his house located in a village for migrant workers during an interview with Reuters in Beijing. Zhang, born in 1984, quit elementary school and has since held jobs as a factory worker, waiter, and security guard. After watching a Michael Jackson music video four years ago for the first time, Zhang says he became fascinated and now puts on shows on the street and small stages impersonating the King of Pop.

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Zhang Guanhui, impersonating Michael Jackson, dances in front of his house located in a village for migrant workers in Beijing