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Participants compete in a dragon boat race in Hong Kong Monday, June 2, 2014, as part of celebrations marking the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival, held throughout Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

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Participants compete in a boat race in Hong Kong as part of celebrations marking the Chinese dragon boat festival. 

Increasing number of telecommunication users requires improvement of infrastructure...epaselect epa04227454 Workers climb to install a 60-meters telecommunication tower in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, 27 May 2014. The increasing number of users of mobile devices in Indonesia requires the telecommunications service providers to improve their infrastructure such as the additional installation of cell towers in densely populated areas. Indonesia is one of the largest mobile phone users in Asia.  EPA/HOTLI SIMANJUNTAK

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Workers install a 60-metre telecoms tower in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. The increasing number of users of mobile devices in Indonesia requires telecoms service providers to improve their infrastructure with the additional installation of cell towers in densely populated areas. 

Balinese Hindus celebrate Galungan Day...GIANYAR, BALI, INDONESIA - MAY 21:  A Balinese Hindus man pours holy water for belivers during they celebrate Galungan Day at a temple on May 21, 2014 in Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia. Galungan is an important feast for Balinese Hindus which is held every 210 days according to the Balinese calendar, to honor the creator of the universe and the spirits of the honored ancestors. The festival symbolize the victory of "dharma", or truth, above "adharma", or evil.  (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)

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A Balinese Hindu man pours holy water during Galungan Day celebrations at a temple in Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia. Galungan is an important feast for Balinese Hindus and is held every 210 days according to the Balinese calendar to honour the creator of the universe and the spirits of the ancestors. The festival symbolises the victory of truth over evil 

Visitors look at a view of the city skyl...Visitors look at a view of the city skyline from the rooftop pool of the Marina Bay Sands resort hotel in Singapore on May 20, 2014. Singapore's trade-reliant economy expanded a seasonally adjusted 2.3 percent quarter-on-quarter the trade ministry said May 20. AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMANROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images

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The rooftop pool of the Marina Bay Sands resort hotel in Singapore. The nation’s trade-reliant economy expanded a seasonally adjusted 2.3 per cent quarter on quarter, the trade ministry said on Tuesday 

An Indian man stands at the doorway of a train at a railway station in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, May 14, 2014.  Indian railway network is one of the world's largest, with some 14 million passengers daily and some 64,000 kilometers (40,000 miles) of railway track cut through some of the most densely populated cities. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

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An Indian man stands at the doorway of a train at a railway station in New Delhi, India. Indian railway network is one of the world’s largest, with some 14 million passengers daily and some 64,000 kilometers (40,000 miles) of railway track cut through some of the most densely populated cities 

The faithful wear traditional costumes a...The faithful wear traditional costumes as they take part in a ceremony at Shwedagon pagoda on the full moon day of Kasone Festival to mark Buddha's birthday in Yangon on May 13, 2014.  The festival commemorates the anniversary of the birth, enlightenment and death of the historical Shakyamuni Gautam Buddha. AFP PHOTO/YE AUNG THUYe Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images

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The faithful wear traditional costumes as they take part in a ceremony at Shwedagon pagoda on the full moon day of Kasone festival to mark Buddha’s birthday in Yangon, Myanmar. The festival commemorates the anniversary of the birth, enlightenment and death of the historical Shakyamuni 

Indonesians Protest For Higher Wages On May Day 2014...JAKARTA, INDONESIA - MAY 1:  Indonesian labour activists representing underpaid and downtrodden workers perform during a Labour Day protest on May 1, 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia.  Protesters across Indonesia have organised rallies to demand higher wages, as Indonesia recognises its first national labour day holiday. (Photo by Ed Wray/Getty Images)

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Indonesian labour activists perform during a Labour day protest in Jakarta, Indonesia, one of several rallies taking place across the country to demand higher wages 

BJP Leader Narendra Modi Casts His Vote In Ahmedabad...AHMEDABAD, INDIA - APRIL 30:  BJP leader Narendra Modi flashes the v-sign to supporters after voting at a polling station on April 30, 2014 in Ahmedabad, India. India is in the midst of a nine-phase election that started on April 7 and ends May 12.

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BJP leader Narendra Modi flashes the V-sign to supporters after voting at a polling station in Ahmedabad, India. The country is in the middle of a nine-phase election that started on April 7 and ends May 12 

Sebastiao Salgado...Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado leads a tour of his exhibition "Genesis" on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the National Museum of Singapore. His latest collection of 245 black-and-white photographs taken around the world, untainted by modern life is part of Salgado's premiere solo showcase in Asia.

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Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado leads a tour of his exhibition “Genesis” on Thursday at the National Museum of Singapore. His latest collection of 245 black and white photographs taken around the world is part of his premiere solo showcase in Asia. 

A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attends the final day of election campaigning outside Kabul...A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attends the final day of election campaigning outside Kabul April 2, 2014. The Afghan presidential elections will be held on April 5.  REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attends the final day of election campaigning near Kabul. Elections are to be held on Saturday 

A man (L) looks at the city's skyline as...A man (L) looks at the city's skyline as a storm approaches in Hong Kong on April 2, 2014. Stormy weather is affecting the city due to a trough of low pressure on coastal areas of neighbouring Guangdong province in southern China. AFP PHOTO / Philippe LopezPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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A storm approaches in Hong Kong. Bad weather is affecting the city due to a trough of low pressure on coastal areas of neighbouring Guangdong province in southern China. 

Supporters of Afghan presidential candid...Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai listen to his campaign address during a political rally in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif on March 31, 2014. Afghans will go to the polls on April 5 to choose a new President.

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Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai listen to his campaign address during a political rally in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Monday. Afghans will go to the polls on April 5 to choose a new President. 

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) reb...Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels shout "Allah akbar" (God is great) as they celebrate the signing of a peace agreement during a rally at Camp Darapanan in the town of Sultan Kudarat on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on March 27, 2014.  The biggest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines signed an historic pact on March 27 to end one of Asia's longest and deadliest conflicts, promising to give up their arms for an autonomous homeland.

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Rebels celebrate the signing of a peace agreement at Camp Darapanan in the town of Sultan Kudarat on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the biggest Islamic rebel group in the Philippines, signed a pact on Thursday to end one of Asia’s longest and deadliest conflicts, promising to give up their arms for an autonomous homeland. 

An Aboriginal man performs a traditional 'smoking' ceremony as the Asian Cup trophy is carried to the Sydney Opera House for the official draw...An Aboriginal man performs a traditional "smoking" ceremony as the Asian Cup trophy is carried to the Sydney Opera House for the official draw March 26, 2014. Hosts Australia were handed a tough draw for the 2015 Asian Cup on Wednesday when they were paired with twice former champions South Korea in the group stage. REUTERS/David Gray     (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER SOCIETY)

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An Aboriginal man performs a traditional “smoking” ceremony as the Asian Cup trophy is carried to the Sydney Opera House for the official draw. Hosts Australia were handed a tough draw for the 2015 Asian Cup on Wednesday when they were paired with twice former champions South Korea in the group stage. 

US First Lady Michelle Obama (C) perform...US First Lady Michelle Obama (C) performs "tai chi" with students from the Chengdu No7 High School in Chengdu in China's southwest Sichuan province on March 25, 2014. Michelle Obama arrived in China on March 20 with her mother and daughters to kick off a seven-day, three-city tour where she will focus on education and cultural exchange.   AFP PHOTO / Peter PARKSPETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images

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US First Lady Michelle Obama performs t’ai chi with students from the Chengdu No 7 High School in Chengdu, in China’s southwest Sichuan province. Michelle Obama arrived in China last week with her mother and daughters to start a seven-day, three-city tour where she will focus on education and cultural exchange. 

A Pakistani bride looks on during a mass...A Pakistani bride looks on during a mass-wedding ceremony in Karachi on late March 24, 2014. Some 115 couples participated in the mass-wedding ceremony organised by a local charity welfare trust. AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSANASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images

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A Pakistani bride looks on during a mass wedding ceremony late on Monday in Karachi. Some 115 couples participated in the ceremony organised by a local charity welfare trust 

A Hindu priest leads a goat under a tree, on a hot day, at a Hindu temple in Colombo...A Hindu priest leads a goat under a tree, on a hot day, at a Hindu temple in Colombo March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (SRI LANKA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION ANIMALS)

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A Hindu priest leads a goat under a tree on a hot day at a Hindu temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka

A Sikh warrior, wearing a huge turban attends the annual fair of 'Hola Mohalla' in Anandpur Sahib, in the northern Indian state of Punjab, Monday, March 17, 2014. Believers from various parts of northern India collect at the religious fair to celebrate the festival of Holi in a tradition set by the tenth Sikh guru Guru Gobind Singh in the seventeenth century. Nihangs, or Sikh warriors, display their martial skills and attire during the fair, believed to be maintained in the exact tradition as set by the Guru. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

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A Sikh warrior attends the annual fair of Hola Mohalla in Anandpur Sahib, in the northern Indian state of Punjab. Believers from across northern India celebrate the festival of Holi in a tradition set by the tenth Sikh, guru Guru Gobind Singh, in the 17th century. 

TOPSHOTS In a photo taken March 16, 2014...TOPSHOTS In a photo taken March 16, 2014, a child plays on a swing beneath a poster of a policeman in Busan. South Korea's central bank kept its key interest rate unchanged at 2.5 percent on March 13 for the 10th consecutive month, citing mixed signs of a global recovery.

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A child plays on a swing beneath a poster of a policeman in Busan, South Korea

In this photograph taken on March 5, 201...In this photograph taken on March 5, 2014, sixty-five year old Indian widow Urmila Tiwari poses at the Meerasahabhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, some 135 kilometres (80 miles) south of New Delhi, ahead of International Women's Day. Tiwari has lived at the ashram for over a year and says, I love to live here, among good people. Banished by families who see them as a financial drain, or believe they bring bad fortune, desperately poor widows have for centuries travelled to the northern city of Vrindavan, where the Hindu god Krishna is said to have grown up, to pray and wait to die. Traditionally, Vrindavans widows sung hymns and begged in the pilgrimage city on the banks of the Yamuna River, living in seclusion and shame and expected to dress in white, signifying the loss of colour from their lives. The Meerasahabhagini Ashram run by the Sulabh International NGO offers a place where some of Vrindavans estimated 15,000 widows can live together, providing support and friendship that bind them into a community. International Women's Day falls on March 8.

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Sixty-five-year old Indian widow Urmila Tiwari poses at the Meerasahabhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, some 135 kilometres south of New Delhi, ahead of International Women’s Day. Ms Tiwari has lived at the ashram for over a year and says, “I love to live here, among good people”. Banished by families who see them as a financial drain, or believe they bring bad fortune, desperately poor widows have for centuries travelled to the northern city of Vrindavan, where the Hindu god Krishna is said to have grown up, to pray and wait to die. The Meerasahabhagini Ashram run by the Sulabh International NGO offers a place where some of Vrindavans estimated 15,000 widows can live together, providing support and friendship that bind them into a community. International Women’s Day falls on Saturday