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People catch a fish on a flooded street after heavy rainfall in Dongguan, Guangzhou province, China

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People catch a fish on a flooded street after heavy rainfall in Dongguan, Guangzhou province, China

A man walks past a billboard at the Global Gaming Expo Asia in the world's biggest gambling hub of Macau on May 20, 2015. The three-day fair of gambling innovations, the largest gaming event in Asia, showcases the industry's latest products, services and technologies at the glitzy Venetian Macau hotel

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A man walks past a billboard at the Global Gaming Expo Asia in the world’s biggest gambling hub of Macau on Wednesday. The three-day fair of gambling innovations, the largest gaming event in Asia, showcases the industry’s latest products, services and technologies at the glitzy Venetian Macau hotel

Skyscrapers Shanghai World Financial Center and Jin Mao Tower are seen during heavy rain at the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai on Friday

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Skyscrapers Shanghai World Financial Center and Jin Mao Tower are seen during heavy rain at the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai on Friday

In this handout photograph taken and rel...In this handout photograph taken and released by The Indian Press Information Bureau (PIB) on May 14, 2015, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks on as he visits The Terracota Warriors Museum in Xian.  India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking his global investment push to China this week, as Asia's rival superpowers look to put aside a festering border dispute and identify areas of economic cooperation. Modi has arrived for his first visit as premier to China before heading to South Korea where he will also seek help to upgrade India's creaking infrastructure.    AFP PHOTO/PIB  ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT  - "AFP PHOTO /PIB " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-/AFP/Getty Images

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks on as he visits The Terracota Warriors Museum in Xian. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking his global investment push to China this week 

Residents wearing masks pose for a photograph near a statue of late Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong, as a sandstorm hits Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China

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Residents wearing masks pose for a photograph near a statue of late Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong, as a sandstorm hits Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China

Construction workers take a nap in front of a wall of a construction site during their lunch break in Beijing, China. As growth in China's sagging economy looks on the verge of spilling below 7 percent, officials worried about a spike in unemployment are pulling out all the stops to avoid mass lay-offs. Picture taken on May 5, 2015

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Construction workers take a nap in front of the wall of a construction site during their lunch break in Beijing, China

China's Ma Long serves against South Korea's Joo Sae-hyuk in their men's singles fourth round match at the World Table Tennis Championships in Suzhou

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China’s Ma Long serves against South Korea’s Joo Sae-hyuk in their men’s singles fourth round match at the World Table Tennis Championships in Suzhou, Jiangsu province on Friday.

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. 

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

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.

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 

People wearing costumes attend the annual water-splashing festival to mark the New Year of the Dai minority in Jinghong, Yunnan province.

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People wearing costumes attend the annual water-splashing festival to mark the New Year of the Dai minority in Jinghong, Yunnan province, China

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire at a petrochemical plant in Zhangzhou, Fujian province April 7, 2015. At least six people were injured after an explosion hit part of an oil storage facility on Monday at Dragon Aromatics, an independent petrochemical producer in eastern China, Xinhua reported. The blast happened around 7 p.m. (1100 GMT) at a pumping station for a condensate storage at the plant in Zhangzhou in Fujian province that produces paraxylene, or PX, a chemical used in making polyester fibre and plastics, state media said. REUTERS/Stringer ATTENTION EDITORS - CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY REUTERS NEWS PICTURES HAS NOW MADE IT EASIER TO FIND THE BEST PHOTOS FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT STORIES AND TOP STANDALONES EACH DAY. Search for "TPX" in the IPTC Supplemental Category field or "IMAGES OF THE DAY" in the Caption field and you will find a selection of 80-100 of our daily Top Pictures. REUTERS NEWS PICTURES.

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At least six people were injured after an explosion hit part of an oil storage facility on Monday at Dragon Aromatics in eastern China 

Employees work at a walling material factory in Jiaozuo...Employees work at a walling material factory in Jiaozuo, Henan province March 12, 2015. Activity in China's manufacturing sector contracted in March after two months of recovery, a private survey showed. Picture taken March 12, 2015. REUTERS/China Daily ATTENTION EDITORS - CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA

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Employees work at a factory in Jiaozuo, Henan province, China 

Children watch a 3D war movie at a community theatre in Hefei, Anhui province, China.

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Children watch a 3D war movie at a community theatre in Hefei, Anhui province, China.

Students play with their soccer balls as they walk among crop fields to the Sunji Township Centre Primary School during sunrise in Sunji township of Shanghe county

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Students play with their soccer balls as they walk among crop fields to the Sunji Township Centre Primary School during sunrise in Sunji township of Shanghe county.

Residential buildings are seen among fog in Qingdao...Residential buildings are seen among fog in Qingdao, Shandong province, March 27, 2015. China's property sales in the first two months of 2015 dropped by the most in three years amid a glut of housing supply, and real estate investment growth eased. REUTERS/Stringer TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA

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Fog covers residential buildings in Qingdao, China. China’s property sales in the first two months of 2015 dropped by the most in three years 

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An aerial view of a public cemetery ahead of the Qingming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. The festival, which falls on April 5 this year, is a day for the Chinese to remember and honour their ancestors.