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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 

Employees take pictures though a window as anti-government protesters march through Bangkok's business district...Employees take pictures though a window as anti-government protesters march through Bangkok's business district January 23, 2014. The government declared a 60-day state of emergency from Wednesday hoping to prevent an escalation in protests now in a third month.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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Employees take pictures though a window as anti-government protesters march through Bangkok’s business district on Thursday. The government declared a 60-day state of emergency, hoping to prevent an escalation in protests that have entered their third month. 

Indian Army soldiers march during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi...Indian Army soldiers march during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi January 23, 2014. India will celebrate its Republic Day on Sunday. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: MILITARY ANNIVERSARY)

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Indian Army soldiers march during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. India will celebrate its Republic Day on Sunday 

REUTERS PICTURE HIGHLIGHT...ATTENTION EDITORS - REUTERS PICTURE HIGHLIGHT TRANSMITTED BY 1359 GMT ON JANUARY 21, 2014    PGB02RRR  Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra gestures while speaking to reporters following following the declaration of a state of emergency in Bangkok.  REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha      REUTERS NEWS PICTURES HAS NOW MADE IT EASIER TO FIND THE BEST PHOTOS FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT STORIES AND TOP STANDALONES EACH DAY. Search for "TPX" in the IPTC Supplemental Category field or "IMAGES OF THE DAY" in the Caption field and you will find a selection of 80-100 of our daily Top Pictures.

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Thailand‘s prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra puts her hands together while speaking to reporters after the declaration of a state of emergency in Bangkok

Bangkok Shutdown mass rally...epa04033755 Thai anti-government protests leader Suthep Thaugsuban (L) is greeted by supporters as he leads a mass march as part of the Bangkok Shutdown rally at a major business district in Bangkok, Thailand, 21 January 2014. The uptick in violence of grenade attacks did not stop anti-government protesters from marching to drum up support for the movement, aimed at forcing caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her government to resign.

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Thai anti-government protests leader Suthep Thaugsuban is greeted by supporters as he leads a mass march as part of the Bangkok Shutdown rally at a big business district in Bangkok, Thailand. The uptick in violence of grenade attacks did not stop anti-government protesters from marching to drum up support for the movement, aimed at forcing caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her government to resign. 

Guests pose with a bronze statue of "Yoda" a charactor from "Star Wars" after it was unveiled at the opening ceremony of the "Sandcrawler" building, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 in Singapore. The "Sandcrawler" building, aptly named due to its resemblance to a large vehicle featured in the original "Star Wars" film, is home to the regional headquarters for Lucasfilm Singapore, The Walt Disney Company (South East Asia) and ESPN Asia Pacific.

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A bronze statue of the Star Wars character Yoda is unveiled on Thursday at the opening ceremony of the Sandcrawler building in Singapore. Yoda, is the grand master of the Jedi Order in George Lucas’s films. George Lucas, director of the Star Wars movies, is to base the regional headquarters for his company Lucasfilm at the Sandcrawler building, which resembles the huge mobile fortresses featured in films 

Workers clean windows of a high rise bui...Workers clean windows of a high rise building in Hong Kong on January 15, 2014.  Hong Kong's leader announced plans to tackle rising poverty in a policy speech delivered amid growing public discontent and his own low popularity rating.

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Workers clean a building in Hong Kong.

An anti-government protester waves a national flag as thousands of anti-government protesters gather for a rally at the Victory Monument in Bangkok, Thailand Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Anti-government protesters took over key intersections in Thailand's capital Monday, halting much of the traffic into Bangkok's central business district as part of a months-long campaign to thwart elections and overthrow the democratically elected prime minister. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

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An anti-government protester stands on Victory Monument as thousands of demonstrators gather for a rally in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters took over key intersections in the capital on Monday, halting much of the traffic into Bangkok’s central business district as part of a campaign to thwart elections and overthrow the prime minister. 

A Nepalese man climbs the Boudhanath stupa, a world heritage site, as he works to renovate it in Katmandu, Nepal, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. The Boudhanath Stupa is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

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A man climbs the Boudhanath Stupa, a world heritage site in Katmandu, Nepal, as he works to renovate it. The Boudhanath is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists. 

Nisha Maji, who lives and works with family at brick factory, is pictured as she helps her family members to carry bricks in Kathmandu...Nisha Maji, 5, who lives and works with her family at a brick factory, is pictured as she helps her family members to carry bricks in Kathmandu January 2, 2014.  A group of Nepalese youth associated with the non-profit organisation called "Gothalo Nepal" has taken initiative to provide basic education to the children belonging to the underprivileged family once a week in this brick factory. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

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Nisha Maji, 5, who lives and works with her family at a brick factory in Kathmandu, Nepal, helps family members carry bricks. A group of Nepalese youth associated with the non-profit organisation Gothalo Nepal is providing basic education to the factory children once a week. 

A school boy walks past a street mural depicting a school bus and students in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur...A school boy walks past a street mural depicting a school bus and students in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur January 2, 2014. Malaysia begins the first day of the new school year of 2014 on January 2. REUTERS/Samsul Said

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A schoolboy walks past a street mural depicting a school bus and students in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia begins the first day of the new school year of 2014. 

Villagers walk home carrying water collected from the Kuakhai River in on a foggy morning in Bhubaneswar, India, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

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Villagers walk home carrying water collected from the Kuakhai River on a foggy morning in Bhubaneswar, India 

In this late Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 photo taken using long exposure, star trails are seen over Mount Sinabung as it spews volcanic ash into the air as seen from Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Authorities raised the alert status of the volcano to the highest level on Sunday after it had a series of eruptions.

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This photo, taken using long exposure, shows star trails over Mount Sinabung as it spews volcanic ash into the air as seen from Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Authorities raised the alert status of the volcano to the highest level on Sunday after a series of eruptions.