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epa04722263 (L-R) Host nation Malaysian Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein and Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek take selfies as they attend the opening ceremony Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, Malaysia, 27 April 2015. The two-day summit of the 10-nation bloc is  expected to focus on festering disputes in the South-China Sea and also expected to assess initiatives for the regional single market that is scheduled to begin at the end of the year.  EPA/BERNAMA  HANDOUT

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Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Malaysia’s home affairs minister, takes a selfie alongside Hishamuddin Tun Hussein, defence minister, and Ahmad Shabery Cheek, communications and multimedia minister, as they attend the opening ceremony of Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) leaders at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, Malaysia

A child looks on at an area affected by torrential rains in Peshawar, Pakistan, 27 April 2015. Rescue workers were scrambling to reach dozens of people believed trapped under collapsed buildings on 27 April after heavy overnight rains and strong winds killed 44 people in north-western Pakistan.  The meteorological department categorized the storm as "mini tornado or twister," warning the government to take more serious steps to tackle climate change especially in northern Himalayan regions

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A child looks on at an area affected by torrential rains in Peshawar, Pakistan. Rescue workers were scrambling to reach dozens of people believed to be trapped under collapsed buildings on Monday after heavy overnight rains and strong winds killed 44 people in north-western Pakistan

Nepalese army personnel clear the debris of a collapsed house as they carry out rescue operations following Saturday's earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal...Nepalese army personnel clear the debris of a collapsed house as they carry out rescue operations following Saturday's earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal April 27, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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Nepalese army personnel clear the debris of a collapsed house as they carry out rescue operations following Saturday’s earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal

People walk in front a poster of prominent attendees of the 1955 Asian-African Conference on Asia Afrika street in Bandung...People walk in front a poster of prominent attendees of the 1955 Asian-African Conference on Asia Afrika street in Bandung, Indonesia, April 24, 2015. Leaders of Asian and African nations attended a commemoration ceremony on Friday marking 60 years since the commemoration of the Asian-African Conference.  REUTERS/Beawiharta

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People walk in front a poster of prominent attendees of the 1955 Asian-African Conference on Asia Afrika street in Bandung, Indonesia

An elderly woman sits on ground as she is blocked by barricade of policemen while marching down street during rally in central Seoul...An elderly woman sits on the ground as she is blocked by a barricade of policemen while marching down the street during a rally in central Seoul, South Korea, April 24, 2015. About 260,000 workers took part in the nationwide one-day strike, including about 60,000 government employees and 10,000 teachers, according to the Korean Federation of Trade Unions. They protested against the government's push to cut pensions and ease rules for firing employees, according to local media.  REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

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An elderly woman sits on the ground as she is blocked by a barricade of policemen while marching down the street during a rally in central Seoul, South Korea. About 260,000 workers took part in the nationwide one-day strike, including about 60,000 government employees and 10,000 teachers, according to the Korean Federation of Trade Unions. They protested against the government’s push to cut pensions and ease rules for firing employees, according to local media 

A passenger bathes an child using a pipe that supplies water to trains at a railway station on a hot summer day in the northern Indian city of Allahabad April 23, 2015. Temperatures in Allahabad on Thursday reached to 42 degree Celsius (107.6 degree Fahrenheit), according to India's metrological department website

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A passenger bathes a child using a pipe that supplies water to trains at a railway station on a hot summer day in the northern Indian city of Allahabad. Temperatures in Allahabad on Thursday reached to 42 degree Celsius

An aerial shot shows the skylines of Hon...An aerial shot shows the skylines of Hong Kong island (foreground) and Kowloon (back L) separated by Victoria harbour on April 23, 2015, a day after the city's government unveiled its Beijing-backed plan for leadership elections in 2017. Britain handed Hong Kong over to China in 1997 under a joint declaration which guaranteed political, social and economic freedoms not enjoyed on the Chinese mainland.  AFP PHOTO / Philippe LopezPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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An aerial shot shows the skylines of Hong Kong island (foreground) and Kowloon (back left) separated by Victoria harbour. The city’s government on Wednesday unveiled its Beijing-backed plan for leadership elections in 2017.

Steam Train Provides Link Between China's Past And Present...SHIXI, CHINA - MARCH 27: Workers service  a local coal powered steam train before departing on a trip carrying local villagers on March 27, 2015 at a station in the town of Shixi , Sichuan Province, in Southern China. While China boasts the world's most extensive high-speed rail infrastructure with over 16,000 kilometers of track, the Shixi-Bagou railway is still a primary connection for local villagers between towns and is kept alive by tourist cars carrying passengers for ten times the price. The rail line came into service in the late 1950s and the train was initially used to transport coal from a now-shuttered mine before passenger carriages were added.  (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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China boasts the world’s most extensive high speed rail network with more than 16,000 km of track, but steam trains still have a role to play. The Shixi-Bagou railway connects the two towns and is kept going by tourist cars carrying passengers for ten times the price locals pay. The rail line came into service in the late 1950s and the train was initially used to transport coal from a now-shuttered mine before passenger carriages were added. 

Wider Image: Renting in Mumbai Per Square Foot...Residents look out of windows of an apartment in Mumbai March 15, 2015. The cost for buying a 200 square feet (18 square meters) one-bedroom apartment in this building is around 25,000 Indian rupees per square feet ($ 400) or 5,000,000 Indian rupees ($ 80,000). The rent for an apartment in the same building is around 12,000 Indian rupees ($ 190) per month. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui  TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY PICTURE 05 OF 22 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY "RENTING IN MUMBAI PER SQUARE FOOT" SEARCH "RENTING SIDDIQUI" FOR ALL IMAGES

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Residents look out of windows of an apartment in Mumbai, India. The cost of buying a 200 sq ft one-bedroom apartment in this building is around Rs5m ($80,000). The rent for an apartment in the same building is around Rs12,000 ($190) per month 

A woman walks under an umbrella during a sudden hail-storm on Wednesday, in Istanbul

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A woman walks under an umbrella during a sudden hail storm on Wednesday in Istanbul

Workers clean windows of an office building above panda installations on display, in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, April 22, 2015. About 280 panda installations were displayed at a square outside a shopping mall

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Workers clean the windows of an office building above panda installations, in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China. About 280 panda installations were displayed at a square outside a shopping mall

Lawmaker Ronny Tong sits beside placards left by pro-democracy lawmakers, after they left to boycott Hong Kong Chief Secretary Carrie Lam during a Legislative Council meeting in Hong Kong April 22, 2015. The Hong Kong government unveiled a long-awaited electoral blueprint for selecting the city's next leader to lawmakers on Wednesday, in a plan that reflected China's desire for a tightly controlled poll that is likely to rile democracy activists.

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Lawmaker Ronny Tong sits beside placards left by pro-democracy lawmakers after they boycotted Hong Kong Chief Secretary Carrie Lam during a Legislative Council meeting in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong government on Wednesday unveiled a long-awaited electoral blueprint for selecting the city’s next leader, in a plan that reflected China’s desire for a tightly controlled poll that is likely to rile democracy activists

Local people and members of National Disaster Response Force clear the debris of a residential building to look for the survivors, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, April 22, 2015.  One man and a child were killed and at least nine others were injured when a three-storey residential building collapsed following an explosion in a cooking gas cylinder, according to local news agency Press Trust of India. (AP Photo / Manish Swarup)

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Local people and members of National Disaster Response Force clear the debris of a residential building to look for the survivors, in New Delhi, India. One man and a child were killed and at least nine others were injured when a three-storey residential building collapsed following an explosion in a cooking gas cylinder, according to local news agency Press Trust of India

Bakarwal nomad children are seen through a veil that covers their tent as they react to a Kashmiri man photographing them on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Bakarwals are nomadic herders of Jammu Kashmir state who wander in search of good pastures for their cattle.

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Bakarwal nomad children are seen through a veil that covers their tent on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir on Tuesday

Visitors look at a Toyota FV2 concept car on display at the 16th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai, China, Tuesday.  The Auto Shanghai international car show opened to the media and runs until 29 April

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Visitors look at a Toyota FV2 concept car on display at the 16th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai, China, on Tuesday. The Auto Shanghai international car show runs until April 29.

Shinto priests walk out from a gate after they administered a Shinto rite "Kiyoharai" on the first day of the three-day spring festival at the controversial Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo on April 21, 2015. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a symbolic donation to the Yasukuni war shrine, but stopped short of visiting in person -- a move that would have infuriated neighbouring countries. Abe donated a sacred "masakaki" tree to coincide with the start of the three-day spring festival at the shrine in central Tokyo

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Shinto priests walk out from a gate after they administered a Shinto rite, “Kiyoharai”, on the first day of the three-day spring festival at the controversial Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo on Tuesday

An Indian man sleeps on the roof of his house at a shanty area in New Delhi, India, Monday, April 20, 2015. While hundreds of millions of Indians remained mired in poverty, the International Monetary Fund recently said it expects India s economy to grow by 7.5 percent in 2015, its strongest growth in five years.

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An Indian man sleeps on the roof of his house at a shanty area in New Delhi, India, on Monday

Workers clean windows of a building at a commercial district in Beijing...Workers clean windows of a building at a commercial district in Beijing April 20,  2015. China's central bank on Sunday cut the amount of cash that banks must hold as reserves, the second industry-wide cut in two months, adding more liquidity to the world's second-biggest economy to help spur bank lending and combat slowing growth. Weighed down by a property downturn, factory overcapacity and local debt, growth is expected to slow to a quarter-century low of around 7 percent this year from 7.4 percent in 2014, even with expected additional stimulus measures. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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Workers clean windows of a building at a commercial district in Beijing 

A competitor is applied with fake tan before competing in the Mr. Thailand 2015 bodybuilding competition in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, April 17, 2015. The three-day competition attracts more than 400 bodybuilding enthusiasts across the country.

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A competitor is applied with fake tan before competing in the Mr Thailand 2015 bodybuilding competition in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday

A relative of the victims of South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster is in a nose-to-nose stand-off with a policeman during an anti-government protest near the presidential residence in Seoul on April 17, 2015. Dozens of people continued their protests overnight after thousands of mourners rallied to mark the first anniversary of the disaster that claimed 304 lives.

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A relative of the victims of South Korea’s Sewol ferry disaster is in a nose-to-nose stand-off with a policeman during an anti-government protest near the presidential residence in Seoul on Friday