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Steam Train Provides Link Between China's Past And Present...SHIXI, CHINA - MARCH 27: Workers service  a local coal powered steam train before departing on a trip carrying local villagers on March 27, 2015 at a station in the town of Shixi , Sichuan Province, in Southern China. While China boasts the world's most extensive high-speed rail infrastructure with over 16,000 kilometers of track, the Shixi-Bagou railway is still a primary connection for local villagers between towns and is kept alive by tourist cars carrying passengers for ten times the price. The rail line came into service in the late 1950s and the train was initially used to transport coal from a now-shuttered mine before passenger carriages were added.  (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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China boasts the world’s most extensive high speed rail network with more than 16,000 km of track, but steam trains still have a role to play. The Shixi-Bagou railway connects the two towns and is kept going by tourist cars carrying passengers for ten times the price locals pay. The rail line came into service in the late 1950s and the train was initially used to transport coal from a now-shuttered mine before passenger carriages were added. 

Wider Image: Renting in Mumbai Per Square Foot...Residents look out of windows of an apartment in Mumbai March 15, 2015. The cost for buying a 200 square feet (18 square meters) one-bedroom apartment in this building is around 25,000 Indian rupees per square feet ($ 400) or 5,000,000 Indian rupees ($ 80,000). The rent for an apartment in the same building is around 12,000 Indian rupees ($ 190) per month. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui  TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY PICTURE 05 OF 22 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY "RENTING IN MUMBAI PER SQUARE FOOT" SEARCH "RENTING SIDDIQUI" FOR ALL IMAGES

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Residents look out of windows of an apartment in Mumbai, India. The cost of buying a 200 sq ft one-bedroom apartment in this building is around Rs5m ($80,000). The rent for an apartment in the same building is around Rs12,000 ($190) per month 

Local people and members of National Disaster Response Force clear the debris of a residential building to look for the survivors, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, April 22, 2015.  One man and a child were killed and at least nine others were injured when a three-storey residential building collapsed following an explosion in a cooking gas cylinder, according to local news agency Press Trust of India. (AP Photo / Manish Swarup)

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Local people and members of National Disaster Response Force clear the debris of a residential building to look for the survivors, in New Delhi, India. One man and a child were killed and at least nine others were injured when a three-storey residential building collapsed following an explosion in a cooking gas cylinder, according to local news agency Press Trust of India

Workers clean windows of a building at a commercial district in Beijing...Workers clean windows of a building at a commercial district in Beijing April 20,  2015. China's central bank on Sunday cut the amount of cash that banks must hold as reserves, the second industry-wide cut in two months, adding more liquidity to the world's second-biggest economy to help spur bank lending and combat slowing growth. Weighed down by a property downturn, factory overcapacity and local debt, growth is expected to slow to a quarter-century low of around 7 percent this year from 7.4 percent in 2014, even with expected additional stimulus measures. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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Workers clean windows of a building at a commercial district in Beijing 

ATTENTION EDITORS - Wider Image Story 'China's Online Hostesses'...ATTENTION EDITORS - WIDER IMAGE STORY ëCHINAíS ONLINE HOSTESSESí FOLLOWS THIS ADVISORY SEARCH 'XIANGGONGí FOR ALL IMAGES REUTERS/Jason Lee  TEMPLATE OUT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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Online hostess Xianggong gives a live broadcast in her bedroom in Beijing. In China’s online hostessing world, men find virtual company and the women can find riches. Xianggong is one of more than 10,000 hostesses on the internet site bobo.com 

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.