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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 

Chinese security personnel form up before the arrival of delegates at the Great Hall of the People to attend sessions of National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing, China, Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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Security personnel await the arrival of delegates at the Great Hall of the People to attend sessions of National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in Beijing, China 

A supporter of Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party, wears a headgear with a portrait of Modi during a rally in Ahmedabad...A supporter of Gujarat's chief minister and Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), wears a headgear with a portrait of Modi during a rally being addressed by Modi ahead of the 2014 general elections, in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad February 20, 2014. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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A supporter of Narendra Modi, Gujarat’s chief minister and the prime ministerial candidate for India‘s main opposition Bharatiya Janata party, at a rally addressed by Mr Modi in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad ahead of the 2014 general elections 

***BESTPIX*** Forced Eviction Turns Violent In Phnom Penh...PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA - FEBRUARY 14:  A woman and two children are surrounded by police and municipal security forces during clashes with residents of Borei Keila community on February 14, 2014 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  A building which has been occupied for the last two days has been raided by the Cambodian Security forces who sought to forcibly evict the residents. . Early on the morning of Valentine's Day, the road leading into Borei Keila was blocked by riot police, military police, and municipal security guards, who had been deployed to remove all of the families which had occupied the building. Over the course of the violent eviction, at least 6 people were injured, including a woman who was 6 months pregnant. Two days before, on Wednesday, more than 150 people, who had been evicted from their former homes in Borei Keila in January 2012, had moved into the building. The housing building had been promised to them in 2003, as part of a land sharing agreement when the land of Borei Keila had been leased to a private company. The families who had chosen to stay in Borei Keila were violently evicted in 2012 by over 100 security forces, who destroyed more than 200 homes.

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A woman and two children are surrounded by police and municipal security forces during clashes with residents of Borei Keila community in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. A building which has been occupied for the last two days has been raided by the Cambodian Security forces who sought to forcibly evict the residents. Early in the morning on Friday, the road leading into Borei Keila was blocked by riot police, military police, and municipal security guards, who had been deployed to remove all of the families which had occupied the building. Over the course of the violent eviction, at least six people were injured, including a woman who was 6 months pregnant.

Kashmiri Muslim devotees pray as the head priest displays a relic of Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani outside his shrine in Srinagar, India, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. Hundreds of devotees thronged the shrine which houses the relic of the saint to mark the saint's Urs, or yearly commemoration. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)

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Kashmiri Muslim devotees pray as the head priest displays a relic of Sufi saint Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani outside his shrine in Srinagar, India. Thousands thronged to the shrine during the Urs festival 

Chinese visitors enjoy sledding and skat...Chinese visitors enjoy sledding and skating on the partially frozen Houhai Lake during the Lunar New Year holiday in Beijing on February 6, 2014. Beijing saw its warmest New Year's period in six decades with temperatures averaging 8 degree celcius above normal and with no snowfall yet to hit the city.

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Visitors enjoy sledding and skating on the partially frozen Houhai Lake during the lunar new year holiday in Beijing. Beijing is seeing its warmest new year period in six decades with temperatures averaging 8 degrees centigrade above normal, with snowfall yet to hit the city. 

A worshipper looks on as she waits to bu...A worshipper looks on as she waits to burn incense and pray at the Wong Tai Sin Temple to welcome the Chinese New Year of the horse in Hong Kong on January 30, 2014. Tens of thousands of worshippers flocked to temples across to pray for good luck and fortune for the new year.  AFP PHOTO / Philippe LopezPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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A worshipper wearing a Chinese opera outfit waits to burn incense and pray at the Wong Tai Sin Temple to welcome the lunar new year of the horse in Hong Kong. Tens of thousands of worshippers flocked to temples across Hong Kong to pray for good luck and fortune for the new year. 

A student dressed as a bear waits backstage while participating in a cultural event at a school in Mumbai...A student dressed as a bear waits backstage while participating in a cultural event at a school in Mumbai January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A student dressed as a bear waits backstage while participating in a cultural event at a school in Mumbai, India

Children are silhouetted against the setting sun as they play on the outskirts of Lahore January 28, 2014.

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Children play on the outskirts of Lahore, Pakistan