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People take part in a demonstration against a bill to reform the country's labour laws based on an agreement reached between employers and unions, on April 9, 2013 in Lyon. The bill is designed to give more flexibility to employers but also to offer more protection to employees, a key concern of French unions. Banner reads "no to all laws of social regression".

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Protesters demonstrate against a bill to reform the country’s labour laws based on an agreement reached between employers and unions, on April 9 2013 in Lyon. The bill is designed to give more flexibility to employers but also to offer more protection to employees, a key concern of French unions. The banner reads “no to all laws of social regression”. 

Honour guard troops march during a welcome ceremony for Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

Honour guard troops march during a welcome ceremony for Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

The Australian prime minister arrived as Chinese inflation slowed sharply in March as food prices fell after the country‚Äôs new year holiday and the central bank drained cash from the economy.