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Newly-graduated Afghan midwives attend a commencement ceremony at the Governor's House in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province. Some 40 midwives graduated in the ceremony after undergoing a two and half year midwifery programme.

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Newly qualified midwives attend a commencement ceremony at the Governor’s House in Jalalabad, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. About 40 midwives graduated after undergoing a two and half year midwifery programme.

A Free Syrian Army fighter takes up position inside a room in Aleppo...A Free Syrian Army fighter takes up position inside a room as he aims his weapon behind sandbags in the old city of Aleppo November 29, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hebbo

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A Free Syrian Army fighter, surrounded by sandbags, takes up position as he aims his weapon into the old city of Aleppo, Syria

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A child stands on a wooden cart among destroyed houses in Tacloban, Leyte province, Philippines. The involvement of the US in the rescue effort after the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan highlights the need to expand the US’s military presence in the Philippines, foreign secretary Albert del Rosario said on Monday.

A cyclist rides on an empty road in Guangzhou, China.

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A cyclist rides on an empty road in Guangzhou, China.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson firing the salute from the Honourable Artillery Company’s 105mm light gun to mark the launch of London Poppy Day at Armoury House, home of the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), London.,

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Mayor of London, Boris Johnson firing the salute from the Honourable Artillery Company’s 105mm light gun to mark the launch of London Poppy Day at Armoury House, home of the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), London.,

Vowing empowerment of women...epa03929651 Participants of an annual convention of women's advocacy groups chant slogans vowing to empower women, in Seoul, South Korea, 30 October 2013. President Park Geun-hye spoke at the convention and promised to make the country a better place for women, with more jobs and opportunities, and less gender-based discrimination. One of the slogans was 'Becoming one Korea, through women's power.'  EPA/YONHAP

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Participants of an annual convention of women’s advocacy groups chant slogans vowing to empower women, in Seoul, South Korea. President Park Geun-hye spoke at the convention and promised to make the country a better place for women, with more jobs and opportunities, and less gender-based discrimination. One of the slogans was ‘Becoming one Korea, through women’s power.’ Read more

Tourist Economy As Inflation Spurs Rate-Rise Speculation...A motorbike rental vendor sits and waits for customers in Baga, Goa, India, on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. Reserve Bank Of India Governor Raghuram Rajan told reporters in New Delhi yesterday the RBI will address all policy concerns in next weekís review, spurring speculation he will continue tackling inflation and the economic slowdown simultaneously. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

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A motorbike rental vendor relaxes as he waits for customers in Goa, India. Raghuram Rajan, Reserve Bank Of India governor, said in New Delhi yesterday the central bank would address all policy concerns in a review next week, spurring speculation he will continue intruding measures to tackle inflation and the economic slowdown simultaneously. Read more

Memorial Service For Victims Of Lampedusa Boat Disaster...AGRIGENTO, ITALY - OCTOBER 21:  A Eritrean woman attends the commemoration ceremony for the victims of the boat sinking disaster off the Lampedusa coast on October 21, 2013 in San Leone near Agrigento, Italy. Victims of the Lampedusa disaster, which killed more than 300 asylum seekers when the boat they were on sank, have been buried in unknown vaults despite Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta's promise to hold a state funeral for the dead.

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A Eritrean woman attends the commemoration ceremony for the victims of the boat disaster off the Lampedusa coast in San Leone near Agrigento, Italy. Victims of the disaster, in which more than 300 asylum seekers died, have been buried in unknown vaults despite Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta‘s promise to hold a state funeral for the dead. Read more

Afghan men tend their animals at a livestock market set up for the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, or "feast of sacrifice," in the center of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 Muslims all over the world celebrate the three-day Eid al-Adha, by sacrificing sheep, goats, cows and camels, to commemorate the Prophet Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, on God's command. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

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Afghan men tend their animals at a livestock market set up for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, or “feast of sacrifice”, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Muslims all over the world celebrate the three-day Eid al-Adha, which starts on Monday, by sacrificing sheep, goats, cows and camels, to commemorate the Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, on God’s command. Read more

Factory fire kills at least nine in Bangladesh

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People watch the rescue operation from outside the factory after a devastating fire at the dyeing section of two-storey Aswad Composite Mills at Maona, Gazipur, Bangladesh. At least nine people were killed when a fire broke out at an apparel factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.