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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.