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A mechanical installation named "Long Ma"  makes it way during the Long Ma performance in front of the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, in Beijing...A mechanical installation named "Long Ma"  makes it way during the Long Ma performance in front of the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, in Beijing October 17, 2014. "Long Ma", a 17-meter (56-ft) long and 15-meter (49-ft) tall mechanized dragon sculpture, and "The Spider", a 5.7-meter (19-ft) tall and 6-meter (20-ft) wide machine, are operated by French performance art company La Machine. The structures are operated by an automatic control system and electronic equipment. The performance, which combines Chinese culture and French art, was held in Beijing in honour of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, an organiser of the event said.

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A mechanical installation named “Long Ma”, operated by French performance art company La Machine, performs in front of the National Stadium in Beijing. 

Japanese lawmakers follow a Shinto priest (R) during a visit to the controversial Yasukuni shrine

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Japanese lawmakers follow a Shinto priest as part of a visit by more than 100 lawmakers to a Tokyo shrine condemned by China and Korea as a symbol of Japan’s militarist past 

A policeman runs towards protesters who were attempting to regroup after being forcibly cleared from the the area they were occupying in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong

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Police chase protesters attempting to regroup after being forcibly cleared from an area they were occupying in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong

Workers install an advertisement board for a Skoda Octavia on a building in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, October 16, 2014. China's banks increased lending in September, supporting Beijing's efforts to guide capital into the struggling economy, but foreign investment remained weak and foreign exchange reserve data showed signs of potential capital flight.  REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: TRANSPORT SOCIETY BUSINESS) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA

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Workers install an advertisement board for a Skoda Octavia on a building in Taiyuan, Shanxi province. China’s banks increased lending in September, supporting Beijing’s efforts to guide capital into the struggling economy, but foreign investment remained weak and foreign exchange reserve data showed signs of potential capital flight.

A man walks past a barricade set up by pro-demoracy protesters in Hong Kong on October 16, 2014. Hong Kong's embattled leader made a dramatic u-turn reopening his offer of talks with student protesters a week after the government abruptly pulled out of discussions aimed at ending more than a fortnight of mass democracy rallies.

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Barricade debris set up by pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong on Thursday litters a street. Hong Kong is suffering its worst crisis since the handover to China in 1997, as opposition mounts against Beijing’s plan for electoral reform in the Chinese territory

A protester leans over barricades after scuffling with police as they were trying to remove barricades that protesters have set up to block off main roads in Central district in Hong Kong Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Hong Kong police removed some barricades on Tuesday from the edge of pro-democracy protest zones that have choked off roads for weeks, the second straight day they have taken such action and signaling their growing impatience with the student-led demonstrators.

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A protester takes a break after scuffling with police as they attempted trying to remove barricades set up by demonstrators to block off the main roads in Hong Kong’s Central district

 A Chinese Christian woman prays during a service at an underground independent Protestant Church in Beijing, China. China, an officially atheist country, places a number of restrictions on Christians and allows legal practice of the faith only at state-approved churches. The policy has driven an increasing number of Christians and Christian converts 'underground' to secret congregations in private homes and other venues. While the size of the religious community is difficult to measure, studies estimate there more than 65 million Christians inside China with studies supporting the possibility it could become the most Christian nation in the world within a decade.

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A Chinese Christian woman prays during a service at an underground independent Protestant Church in Beijing, China. China, an officially atheist country, places a number of restrictions on Christians and allows legal practice of the faith only at state-approved churches

Police officers gather near a pro-democracy protest in the Central district of Hong Kong on October 13, 2014. Hong Kong has been plunged into the worst political crisis since its 1997 handover as pro-democracy activists take over the streets following China's refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage.

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Police officers gather near a pro-democracy protest in the central district of Hong Kong on Monday.

Kyla Ross of the United States jumps onto the vault as she competes in the women's all-round final of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championship at the Guangxi Gymnasium in Nanning, capital of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.

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Kyla Ross of the United States jumps onto the vault as she competes in the women’s all-round final of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championship at the Guangxi Gymnasium in Nanning, capital of southwest China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Friday

Pro-democracy demonstrators (R) carry their breakfast on a highway in Hong Kong

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Pro-democracy demonstrators (R) carry their breakfast on a highway in Hong Kong, where protesters are planning a fresh show of force after talks with the government dramatically collapsed on Thursday

Pro-democracy demonstrators sleep on the ground near a barricade in Hong Kong on October 9, 2014.  While numbers at demonstration sites around the city have dwindled to a few hundred after days of mass rallies to demand fully free elections, those who remain at the barricades say they will not give ground.

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Pro-democracy demonstrators sleep on the ground near a barricade in Hong Kong on Thursday

This photo taken on October 8, 2014 show...This photo taken on October 8, 2014 shows a blood moon during a total lunar eclipse in Hefei, east China's Anhui province. The total lunar eclipse is the second of two in 2014 and the second in a tetrad (four total lunar eclipses in series). CHINA OUT     AFP PHOTOSTR/AFP/Getty Images

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A total lunar eclipse resulted in a blood moon in Hefei, Anhui province, east China. The eclipse was the second of two in 2014 and the second in a tetrad (four total lunar eclipses in series). 

A man bathes in front of closed shops along the roadside in the old quarters of Delhi October 8, 2014.

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A man bathes in the old quarters of Delhi, India

A protester sits under a tent as she help to block an area around the government headquarters in Hong Kong October 6, 2014. Pro-democracy protests in Chinese-controlled Hong Kong subsided on Monday as students and civil servants returned to school and work after more than a week of demonstrations, but activists vowed to keep up their campaign of civil disobedience. Protesters lifted a blockade of government offices in the heart of the city, which had been the focal point of their action which initially drew tens of thousands onto the streets. The civil servants were allowed to pass through protesters' barricades unimpeded.

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A protester sits under a tent as she helps block an area around the government headquarters in Hong Kong. Pro-democracy protests in Beijing-controlled Hong Kong subsided on Monday as students and civil servants returned to school and work after more than a week of demonstrations, but activists vowed to keep up their campaign of civil disobedience.

A protester tries to fix a makeshift tent as he joins others in blocking areas around the government headquarters building in Hong Kong

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A protester tries to fix a makeshift tent as he joins others in blocking areas around the government headquarters building in Hong Kong 

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Hundreds of messages are stuck on the wall of the Legislative Counsel building in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong

Pro-democracy demonstrators display placards as they gather near a ceremony marking China's 65th National Day in Hong Kong on October 1, 2014. Hong Kong protesters who braved thunderstorms to stage their third night of pro-democracy rallies began massing on October 1 at the city's Golden Bauhinia Square as China's National Day holiday lent their campaign for free elections fresh momentum.

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Pro-democracy demonstrators display placards as they gather near a ceremony marking China’s 65th National Day in Hong Kong on Wednesday

A paramilitary policeman spreads a Chinese national flag during a flag-raising ceremony to mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, in Hefei

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A paramilitary policeman spreads a Chinese national flag during a flag-raising ceremony to mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, in Hefei, Anhui province on Wednesday

Employees grease hams with lard before hanging them to dry in storage as part of the Parma ham curing process at Pio Tosini Industria Prosciutti SpA in Langhirano, Italy, on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Russia recently announced a one-year ban on a range of food products from the EU and the U.S., in retaliation for sanctions against the country over Ukraine

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Hams are greased with lard before drying as part of the Parma ham curing process at Pio Tosini Industria Prosciutti in Langhirano, Italy. Russia announced a one-year ban on a range of foods from the EU and US in retaliation for sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

Serena Williams of the U.S. serves during her women's singles match against Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing...Serena Williams of the U.S. serves during her women's singles match against Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing September 29, 2014.

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Serena Williams of the US serves during her singles match against Spain’s Silvia Soler-Espinosa at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on Monday.