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Police officers on motorized vehicles patrol at  Tiananmen Square during the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

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Police officers on motorised vehicles patrol in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, during the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference

Couples from around the world watch a musical in a mass wedding ceremony at the Cheong Shim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, South Korea, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. 3,800 couples from more than fifty countries exchanged or reaffirmed marriage vows in the Unification Church's mass wedding arranged by Hak Ja Han Moon, wife of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the controversial founder of the church. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

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Couples from around the world watch a musical in a mass wedding ceremony at the Cheong Shim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, South Korea. 3,800 couples from more than fifty countries exchanged or reaffirmed marriage vows in the Unification Church’s mass wedding arranged by Hak Ja Han Moon, wife of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the controversial founder of the church. 

Cats crowd the harbour on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Picture taken February 25, 2015. To match story JAPAN-CATS/    REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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Cats crowd the harbour on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan. This fishing village is overrun with felines, outnumbering humans six to one

Attendants carry thermos as they prepare tea for delegates ahead of the opening session of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Attendants carry thermos as they prepare tea for delegates ahead of the opening session of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. 

An Indian homeless woman covers herself with a woolen cloth as it rains in Jammu, India, Monday, March 2, 2015. The Jammu-Srinagar highway was closed for all vehicular traffic because of heavy snowfall in the Kashmir valley.

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An Indian homeless woman covers herself with a woolen cloth as it rains in Jammu, India on Monday

South Korean army soldiers move during their military exercise near the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, Monday, March 2, 2015. North Korea on Monday fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and warned of "merciless strikes" against its enemies as allies Seoul and Washington launched annual military drills Pyongyang claims are preparation for a northward invasion

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South Korean army soldiers move during their military exercise near the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea. North Korea on Monday fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and warned of “merciless strikes” against its enemies as allies Seoul and Washington launched annual military drills

Female police recruits throw their caps in the air, as they celebrate after their passing-out parade, in the northeastern Indian city of Agar...Female police recruits throw their caps in the air, as they celebrate after their passing-out parade, in the northeastern Indian city of Agartala, March 2, 2015. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey (INDIA - Tags: MILITARY)

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Female police recruits throw their caps in the air as they celebrate after their passing-out parade, in the northeastern Indian city of Agartala.

Girls dressed in traditional costumes and holding props walk before a performance in Longxian county, Shaanxi province. The children and villagers wore make-up and traditional costumes as they paraded around the village as part of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration

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Girls dressed in traditional costumes and holding props walk through town before a performance in Longxian county, Shaanxi province, China, in celebrations for the lunar new year

An Indian newspaper vendor ties newspapers on his bicycle early in the morning at the old city area of New Delhi, India, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Old Delhi despite of being extremely crowded and dilapidated still serves as the symbolic heart of the city.

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A vendor ties newspapers on his bicycle early in the morning in New Delhi, India on Friday

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South Africa’s Rilee Rossouw leaps in the air to play a shot during their Cricket World Cup Pool B match against the West Indies in Sydney, Australia 

TOPSHOTS This picture taken on February ...TOPSHOTS This picture taken on February 26, 2015 shows Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers training in the snow in Heihe, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. China's military training this year will focus on "improving fighting capacity" to win "local wars", the defence ministry said, with Beijing embroiled in several territorial disputes. CHINA OUT     AFP PHOTOSTR/AFP/Getty Images

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Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers train in the snow in Heihe, northeast China’s Heilongjiang province. China‘s military training this year will focus on “improving fighting capacity” to win “local wars”, the defence ministry said, with Beijing embroiled in several territorial disputes. 

Chinese tourists pose for pictures at Art in Paradise, an illusion art museum popular amongst tourists, on Thursday in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Due to a number of media clips of badly behaved "Chinese" tourists going viral on Thai social media over the past few weeks, the Chiang Mai Tourism Business Association had an urgent meeting on Tuesday to try to find solutions for the "problem of Chinese tourists."

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Chinese tourists pose for pictures at Art in Paradise, an illusion art museum popular amongst tourists, on Thursday in Chiang Mai, Thailand

A Kashmiri Muslim villager shouts pro freedom slogans during the funeral procession of Shabir Ahmed Gania, a suspected local militant of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit, in Drubgham, some 55 kilometers (33 miles) south of Srinagar, India, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Thousands attended the funeral of two suspected militants killed in a fierce gunbattle Wednesday in a southern village of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, according to local reports.

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A Muslim villager shouts pro freedom slogans during the funeral procession of Shabir Ahmed Gania, a suspected militant with Kashmiri separatist group Hizbul Mujahideen, in Drubgham, 55km south of Srinagar, India

Man holding an umbrella crosses a street at a business district in Tokyo...A man holding an umbrella crosses a street at a business district in Tokyo February 26, 2015. Japan Inc is under pressure to boost pay to keep a fragile economic recovery afloat, but even hefty wages increases from the biggest companies may prove to be a hollow victory for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the bulk of the country's workers. REUTERS/Yuya Shino (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

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A man holding an umbrella crosses the street in a business district in Tokyo, Japan

Passengers travel on an overcrowded train on the outskirts of New Delhi...Passengers travel on an overcrowded train on the outskirts of New Delhi February 26, 2015. India will increase investment in its overloaded railway network to 8.5 trillion rupees ($137 billion) over the next five years, the government said on Thursday, promising to modernise existing tracks and introduce faster trains. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS TRANSPORT POLITICS)

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Passengers on a train on the outskirts of New Delhi. India will increase investment in its overloaded railway network to Rs8.5tn ($137bn) over the next five years, the government said on Thursday. 

Men inspect the damage at a site hit by what activists said were two barrel bombs dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo's al-Shaar neighborhood...Men inspect the damage at a site hit by what activists said were two barrel bombs dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo's al-Shaar neighborhood February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Rami Zayat (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

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Men inspect the damage at a site hit by what activists said were two barrel bombs dropped by forces loyal to Syria‘s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo’s al-Shaar neighbourhood. 

Slum fire in Bangladesh

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Slum dwellers react after losing their shanties in a fire at Agargaon in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Wednesday

Pro-democracy lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung demands a universal retirement protection scheme during the annual budget report at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong...Pro-democracy lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung throws an object at Hong Kong's Financial Secretary John Tsang (not pictured) to demand a universal retirement protection scheme during the annual budget report at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong February 25, 2015. Hong Kong announced measures totalling HK$290 million ($37 million) on Wednesday to help businesses hit by more than two months of pro-democracy protests as the government seeks to rebuild confidence in the Asia financial centre. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Pro-democracy lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung throws an object at Hong Kong’s financial secretary John Tsang to demand a universal retirement protection scheme during the annual budget report at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong 

Afghan children sail on a homemade boat in a lake on the outskirts of Kabul, February 24, 2015. Each ride costs 50 Afghanis ($0.87), according to the boatman.

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Afghan children sail on a homemade boat in a lake on the outskirts of Kabul on Tuesday. Each ride costs 50 Afghanis ($0.87)

Acrobatic pilots perform at the Australi...Acrobatic pilots perform at the Australian International Airshow at the Avalon Airfield in the city of Lara, southwest of Melbourne on February 24, 2015. Some 180,000 patrons were expected through the gates over the duration of the event.   AFP PHOTO / Paul CROCKPAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images

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Acrobatic pilots perform at the Australian International Airshow at the Avalon Airfield in the city of Lara, southwest of Melbourne. 180,000 patrons were expected through the gates over the duration of the event.