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Reactions To The Death Of Singapore's Founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew...A monitor shows coverage of the death of Singapore's first elected Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew as a man reads a special edition of a Today newspaper, produced by MediaCorp Press Ltd., at Raffles Place in Singapore, on Monday, March 23, 2015. Lee, who helped transform Singapore from a colonial trading center into one of Asia's most prosperous nations, has died. He was 91. Photographer: Nicky Loh/Bloomberg

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Some of the coverage in Raffles Place of the death of Singapore’s first elected prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew. Lee, who helped transform Singapore from a colonial trading center into one of Asia’s most prosperous nations, has died at the age of 91. 

Indian fisherman prepare for the morning catch...epa04671103 Indian fishermen are silhuetted by the rising sun as they prepare for an early  morning catch at the banks of Narmada river in Nemawar district Dewas, 200 kilometers from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India 20 March 2015.  EPA/SAJNEEV GUPTA

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Indian fishermen are silhouetted by the rising sun as they prepare for an early morning catch at the banks of Narmada river in Nemawar district Dewas, 200 kilometers from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India 

Photographers shooting an aerial display...Photographers shooting an aerial display are reflected in glass panels at Yelahanka Airforce Station in Bangalore on February 19, 2015, on the second day of Aero India 2015. AFP PHOTO/ Manjunath KIRANMANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images

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Photographers shooting an aerial display are reflected in glass panels at Yelahanka Airforce Station in Bangalore on the second day of Aero India 2015 

A reveller blows fire during Lunar New Year celebrations at Manila's Chinatown...A reveller blows fire during Lunar New Year celebrations at Manila's Chinatown February 19, 2015. The Chinese Lunar New Year on February 19 will welcome the Year of the Sheep (also known as the Year of the Goat or Ram).      REUTERS/Erik De Castro  (PHILIPPINES - Tags: SOCIETY)

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A reveller blows fire during Lunar New Year celebrations at Manila‘s Chinatown. The Chinese Lunar New Year on Thursday will welcome the Year of the Sheep (also known as the Year of the Goat or Ram) 

A worker stack bricks on his head at a brick factory in Lalitpur...A worker stack bricks on his head at a brick factory in Lalitpur

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A worker stack bricks on his head at a factory in Lalitpur, Nepal 

Boys play with a ball in Yansi village, Donhe township in the Naga Self-Administered Zone...Boys play with a ball at sunset in Yansi village, Donhe township in the Naga Self-Administered Zone in northwest Myanmar December 25, 2014. On Myanmar's mountainous frontier with India live the Naga, a group of tribes historically known as warriors who kept the heads of enemies they killed. In Myanmar, around 120,000 people live in the Naga Self-Administered Zone in Sagaing Division where they survive mainly by subsistence farming and hunting. Cultural practices are changing - for example, younger men now wear trousers rather than traditional loincloths - although many Naga communities remain impoverished and inaccessible by road. The Naga speak dozens of languages and many of those in Myanmar use Burmese as a lingua franca. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR - Tags: AGRICULTURE SOCIETY FOOD TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)     ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 24 OF 24 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'HUNTING WITH MYANMAR'S NAGA'    SEARCH 'NAGA SOE ZEYA' FOR ALL IMAGES

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Boys play with a ball at sunset in Yansi village, Donhe township in the Naga self-administered zone in northwest Myanmar. The Naga, a group of tribes historically known as warriors who kept the heads of enemies they killed, live on Myanmar’s mountainous frontier with India. About 120,000 people live in the Naga self-administered zone in Sagaing region where they survive mainly by subsistence farming and hunting. Cultural practices are changing, for example, younger men now wear trousers rather than traditional loincloths, although many Naga communities remain impoverished and inaccessible by road. The Naga speak dozens of languages and many of those in Myanmar use Burmese as a lingua franca 

A Pakistani policeman stands guard at th...A Pakistani policeman stands guard at the Parliament House building in Islamabad on January 6, 2015, as legislators voted for an amendment in the constitution that will protect the establishment of military courts. Pakistan's lower house of parliament on January 6 approved the setting-up of military courts to hear terrorism-related cases, after a Taliban massacre at a military-run school in the northwest shocked the nation. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had announced the plan after the militants gunned down 134 children and 16 adults at the Peshawar school last month. AFP PHOTO/ Aamir QURESHIAAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images

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A Pakistani policeman stands guard at the Parliament House building in Islamabad as legislators voted for an amendment in the constitution that will protect the establishment of military courts. Pakistan’s lower house on January 6 approved the setting-up of military courts to hear terrorism-related cases, after a Taliban massacre at a military-run school in the northwest shocked the nation. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had announced the plan after the militants gunned down 134 children and 16 adults at the Peshawar school last month 

Schoolchildren attend a yoga session at a camp in Ahmedabad...Schoolchildren attend a yoga session at a camp in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad January 6, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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Schoolchildren attend a yoga session at a camp in the city of Ahmedabad, west India 

Traffic resumes after the last "Occupy" protest site is cleared at a main road at Causeway Bay shopping district in Hong Kong...Traffic resumes after the last "Occupy" protest site is cleared at a main road at Causeway Bay shopping district in Hong Kong December 15, 2014. Hong Kong authorities arrested several pro-democracy activists on Monday as they cleared the last of three protest sites, marking the closure of demonstration camps in the city that have blocked streets for more than two months. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

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Traffic resumes after the last Occupy protest site is cleared at a retail district in Hong Kong. The authorities arrested several pro-democracy activists on Monday as they cleared the last of three protest sites, marking the end of the demonstrations that have blocked the city’s streets for more than two months.

An Indian elderly man drinks tea to beat the cold early morning in old parts of New Delhi, India, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Cold wave conditions have intensified in the capital after scattered rains occurred in some parts of the city on Sunday, according to local reports. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

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An elderly man drinks tea to beat the cold early morning in old parts of New Delhi, India 

Boys jump from a cut-off foot bridge, which was damaged by Typhoon Haiyan, at a typhoon devastated coastal village in Tacloban city in central Philippines November 7, 2014. Almost 25,000 people still live in tents, shelters and bunkhouses in the hardest hit regions in central Philippines, including Tacloban City, considered Haiyan's ground zero as it accounted for almost half of the death toll. The Philippines are preparing to commemorate victims of Typhoon Haiyan, ahead of the one-year anniversary of the disaster on November 8, according to a government official

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Boys jump from a cut-off foot bridge, which was damaged by Typhoon Haiyan, at a typhoon devastated coastal village in Tacloban city in central Philippines. Almost 25,000 people still live in tents, shelters and bunkhouses in the hardest hit regions in central Philippines, including Tacloban City, considered Haiyan’s ground zero as it accounted for almost half of the death toll. The Philippines are preparing to commemorate victims of Typhoon Haiyan, ahead of the one-year anniversary of the disaster on November 8, according to a government official. 

CHINA-LIFESTYLE-HALLOWEEN...Revellers in costume pose for photos as they celebrate Halloween in Beijing on October 31, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ED JONES        (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

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Revellers in costume pose for photos as they celebrate Halloween in Beijing 

Indian Hindu devotees offer prayers on t...Indian Hindu devotees offer prayers on the banks of the Yamuna river as the landmark Taj Mahal monument is seen in the background during daybreak in Agra on October 30, 2014. Devotees pay obeisance to both the rising and the setting sun in the Chhath festival when people express their thanks and seek the blessings of the forces of nature, mainly the sun and river. AFP PHOTO/ PUNIT PARANJPESTRDEL/AFP/Getty Images

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Indian Hindu devotees offer prayers on the banks of the Yamuna river as the landmark Taj Mahal monument is seen in the background during daybreak in Agra.Devotees pay obeisance to both the rising and the setting sun in the Chhath festival when people express their thanks and seek the blessings of the forces of nature, mainly the sun and river. 

Volunteers of the sect, Dera Saccha Sauda, participate in a cleanliness drive at a public ground in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Oct.28, 2014. The sectís initiative launched in 2011 is different from the Clean India Campaign that was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

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Volunteers of the sect, Dera Saccha Sauda, participate in a cleanliness drive at a public ground in Mumbai, India. The sects initiative launched in 2011 is different from the Clean India Campaign that was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 2. 

A Sri Lankan street vendor looks on at t...A Sri Lankan street vendor looks on at the Galle Face Beach in Colombo on October 27, 2014. The International Monetary Fund said July 2014 that Sri Lanka was one of the fastest growing economies in South Asia, but the island was also vulnerable to sudden external shocks because of high levels of foreign commercial borrowings. AFP PHOTO/ Ishara S. KODIKARAIshara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images

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A Sri Lankan street vendor looks on at the Galle Face Beach in Colombo.The International Monetary Fund said in July 2014 that Sri Lanka was one of the fastest growing economies in South Asia, but the island was also vulnerable to sudden external shocks because of high levels of foreign commercial borrowings. 

Banana Harvest As The Pick Up In Monsoon Rains Ease Price Concerns...A day laborer carries banana stems on his head during a harvest in a field in Bhusawal, Maharashtra, India, on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. More than 75 percent of India got normal monsoon rain this year, the India Meteorological Department estimates. About 833 million people out of Indiaís 1.2 billion population depend on agriculture for their livelihood and the sector provides 14 percent of the nationís gross domestic product. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

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A labourer carries banana stems during a harvest in Bhusawal, Maharashtra, India. About 833m people out of India’s 1.2bn population depend on agriculture for their livelihoods and the sector provides 14% of the nation’s GDP 

Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014...PHUKET, THAILAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Vegetarian festival devotee of Jui Tui shrine parades through the streets on September 30, 2014 in Phuket, Thailand. Ritual Vegetarianism in Phuket Island traces its roots back to the early 1800's. The annual festival begins on the first evening of the ninth lunar month and lasts for nine days. Participants in the festival perform acts of body piercing as a means of shifting evil spirits from individuals onto themselves and bring the community good luck. The ritualized mutilation is performed at a local Buddhist shrine under a trance-like state and is carefully supervised.  (Photo by Borja Sanchez-Trillo/Getty Images)

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Vegetarian festival devotee of Jui Tui shrine parades through the streets in Phuket, Thailand. The annual festival begins on the first evening of the ninth lunar month and lasts for nine days. Participants perform acts of body piercing to shift evil spirits from others to themselves to bring the community good luck 

Tung checks the alignment of the honour guard before a welcoming ceremony for Mukherjee in Hanoi...Captain Bui Sy Tung checks the alignment of the honour guard before a welcoming ceremony for Indian President Pranab Mukherjee at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi September 15, 2014. REUTERS/Kham (VIETNAM - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

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Captain Bui Sy Tung inspects the guard of honour before a welcoming ceremony for Pranab Mukherjee, president of India, at the presidential palace in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Balinese Villagers Celebrate The Annual Ngusaba Puseh Ritual...KARANGASEM, BALI, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 11: A Balinese man in a state of trance dances wearing a sacred Rangda mask during a sacred ritual of Ngusaba Puseh at Selumbung Village on September 11, 2014 in the Karangasem District, Bali, Indonesia. The Ngusaba Puseh  ritual is performed once a year to celebrate the ancestors of the local community and show gratitude to God.  (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)

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A Balinese man in a state of trance dances wearing a sacred Rangda mask during a sacred ritual of Ngusaba Puseh at Selumbung Village in the Karangasem District, Bali, Indonesia

An Indian boy walks through an old gate decorated with horseshoes in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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An Indian boy walks through an old gate decorated with horseshoes in Allahabad, India