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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.

Workers set up a scaffolding on a buildi...Workers set up a scaffolding on a building site in Shanghai on September 25, 2014. Concerns over China's economy -- a key driver of global growth -- have intensified following a string of lacklustre recent data, with economists calling for authorities to take further action to kickstart growth. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELEJOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

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Workers set up a scaffolding on a building site in Shanghai. Concerns over China’s economy, a key driver of global growth, have intensified following recent lacklustre data, with economists calling for authorities to take further action to kick-start growth. 

Students take part in a rally at Chinese University of Hong Kong on September 22, 2014 in Hong Kong. Thousands of students from more than 20 tertiary institutions start a week-long boycott of classes in protest against Beijing's conservative framework for political reform in Hong Kong.

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A rally at the Chinese University of Hong Kong saw thousands of students from more than 20 tertiary institutions start a week-long boycott of classes in protest against Beijing’s conservative framework for political reform in the region

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd founder Jack Ma poses as he arrives at the New York Stock Exchange for his company's initial public offering in New York...Alibaba Group Holding Ltd founder Jack Ma (2nd L) poses as he arrives at the New York Stock Exchange for his company's initial public offering (IPO) under the ticker "BABA" in New York September 19, 2014.

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Alibaba Group Holding Ltd founder Jack Ma (2nd L) poses as he arrives at the New York Stock Exchange for his company’s initial public offering (IPO) under the ticker “BABA” in New York on Friday