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***BESTPIX*** Petrochemical Plant Ablaze In Shandong...RIZHAO, CHINA - JULY 16:  (CHINA OUT) Flames rise from a petrochemical plant on July 16, 2015 in Rizhao, China. A fire, caused by a liquefied hydrocarbon leak, broke out at around 7:40 a.m. on July 16, at the plant and took 24 hours to put out. No casualties have been reported, according to firefighters.  (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***

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Flames rise from a petrochemical plant in Rizhao, China. A fire, caused by a liquefied hydrocarbon leak, broke out on Thursday at the plant and took 24 hours to put out. No casualties have been reported, according to firefighters 

Indian widows celebrate the International Widows Day...epa04815366 Indian widows greet the founder of Indian NGO Sulabh International, Bindeshwar Pathak (C), as they participate in an event to mark the International Widows' Day in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India, 23 June 2015. Widows from shelter homes in Mathura and Vrindavan gathered to celebrate International Widows' Day that was introduced by the United Nations to address injustice faced by widows in many countries. The event was organized by Indian NGO Sulabh International that is trying to improve the condition of widows who are living in shelter homes.  EPA/HARISH TYAGI

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Indian widows greet the founder of Indian NGO Bindeshwar Pathak of Sulabh International. They participate in an event to mark the International Widows’ Day in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India. Widows from shelter homes gathered to celebrate International Widows’ Day which was introduced by the United Nations to address injustice faced by widows in many countries. 

28th SEA Games Singapore 2015...28th SEA Games Singapore 2015 - National Stadium,  Singapore - 9/6/15   Athletics - Men's 5000m Final - Indonesia's Agus Prayogo (R) in action during the 5000m Final  SEAGAMES28

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Indonesia’s Agus Prayogo (R) in action during the mens 5000m final at the SEA Games in Singapore 

Japan's PM Abe eats a pickled plum as he meets with Miss Plum Baba and Kimoto, who are representing the Kishu Plum Organization, at Abe's official residence in Tokyo...Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) eats a pickled plum as he meets with Miss Plum Fuyuka Baba (R) and Miss Plum Kozue Kimoto, who are representing the Kishu Plum Organization, at Abe's official residence in Tokyo June 5, 2015.    REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe eats a pickled plum as he meets with Miss Plum Fuyuka Baba and Miss Plum Kozue Kimoto, who are representing the Kishu Plum Organisation, at Abe’s official residence in Tokyo 

A migrant, who was found at sea on a boa...A migrant, who was found at sea on a boat, arrive at a temporary shelter near the Kanyin Chaung jetty to MeeThike sub-township outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state on June 4, 2015.  More than 700 migrants found adrift on a fishing boat six days ago disembarked in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine as the US warned it was monitoring their fate "very closely".    AFP PHOTO / YE AUNG THUYe Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images

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A migrant, who was found at sea on a boat, arrives at a temporary shelter near Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar

TOPSHOTS A resident (front L) throws an ...TOPSHOTS A resident (front L) throws an empty bottle (C) towards advancing policemen and a demolition team during the demolition of an informal settlers community in Manila on May 26, 2015, to redevelop the area into a business district in a joint venture with a private firm. Some 500 families were affected by the demolition. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELISNOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images

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A resident throws an empty bottle towards advancing policemen and a demolition team during the demolition of an informal settlers community in Manila to redevelop the area into a business district in a joint venture with a private firm 

Indian Hindu devotees help bathe an elderly woman as they perform rituals in the the river Ganges on Somvati Amavasya, or no moon day, in Allahabad, India, Monday, May 18, 2015. Somvati Amavasya is the no moon day that falls on a Monday in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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Indian Hindu devotees help bathe an elderly woman as they perform rituals in the the river Ganges on Somvati Amavasya, or no moon day, in Allahabad, India on Monday. Somvati Amavasya is the no moon day that falls on a Monday in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar

A Kashmiri shopkeeper reads a newspaper outside his closed shop during a strike in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) called for a shutdown on May 5 to protest the governmentís alleged failure to rehabilitate flood-hit traders. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

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A Kashmiri shopkeeper reads a newspaper outside his closed shop during a strike in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) called for a shutdown on Monday to protest the government’s alleged failure to rehabilitate flood-hit traders 

TOPSHOTS Nepalese soldiers stand next to...TOPSHOTS Nepalese soldiers stand next to wrecked buildings at Durbar square, a UNESCO world heritage site that was badly damaged by the earthquake, in the historical centre of Kathmandu on April 29, 2015,  following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck the Himalayan nation on April 25. Rescuers are facing a race against time  to find survivors of a mammoth earthquake that killed more than 5,000 people when it through Nepal five days ago and devastated large parts of one of Asia's poorest nations.    AFP PHOTO / Philippe LopezPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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Nepalese soldiers stand next to wrecked buildings at Durbar square, a UNESCO world heritage site that was badly damaged by the earthquake, in the historical centre of Kathmandu, Nepal 

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