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Birds fly as the sun sets through haze in Beijing

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Birds fly as the sun sets through a haze in Beijing

Police officers disperse pro-democracy protesters outside the Legislative Council building after clashes with pro-democracy activists on Wednesday in Hong Kong. Yesterday Baliffs oversaw the removal of some barricades blocking access to Citic Tower after an injunction was requested by the owners. Hong Kong's high court has authorized police to arrest protesters who obstruct bailiffs on the three interim restraining orders.The court order comes as democracy protests enter their eighth week.

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Police disperse pro-democracy protesters outside the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong after clashes with pro-democracy activists on Wednesday

A volunteer marshall sits at a first aid encampment set up by pro-democracy protesters at a protest site in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on November 14, 2014. More than a month after tens of thousands of Hong Kongers took to the streets demanding free leadership elections for the semi-autonomous Chinese city, weary demonstrators remain encamped across several major roads.

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A volunteer marshall at a first-aid post at an encampment set up by pro-democracy protesters in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on Friday.

Inside The China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition...People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Chengdu J-10 jet fighters, manufactured by Chengdu Aerospace corp., a unit of Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC), perform during an aerobatics display at the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, China, on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. The air show takes place from Nov. 11-16. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

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People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Chengdu J-10 jet fighters, manufactured by Chengdu Aerospace corp a unit of Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC), perform during an aerobatics display at the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, China

U.S. President Barack Obama, second left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, second right, walk together at Zhongnanhai leaders compound before their private dinner, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. The others walking with them are their translators.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk together with their translators at Zhongnanhai leaders compound before their private dinner on Tuesday

J-10 fighter jets of the Bayi Aerobatic Team of PLA's (Peoples Liberation Army) Air Force perform during a flight at the Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong province on November 11, 2014. Global aviation firms flocked to China on November 11 to show off their wares as economic development and an expanding middle class promise a bonanza in one of the world's fastest-growing aircraft markets.  The 10th Airshow China 2014 takes place from November 11 to 16.

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J-10 fighter jets of the Bayi aerobatic team of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force perform during a flight at Airshow China in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, China

APEC 2014 Summit in Beijing, China...epa04483563 Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping (R), during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People, on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings, in Beijing, China, 10 November 2014. APEC is an inter-governmental forum with 21 member countries and regions, that seeks to promote sustainable growth and economic integration, and reduce trade barriers across the Asia-Pacific region. Jinping and Abe met for the first time to face to face talks, since they came into office, on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing, China, on 10 November 2014.  EPA/KIM KYUNG-HOON / POOL 0

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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) shakes hands with China’s President Xi Jinping (R), during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People, on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings, in Beijing, China. 

Chinese honor guards line up during a welcome ceremony for Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 03 November 2014. Qatar's Emir is in China for a state visit from 02 to 04 November.

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A Chinese guard of honour during a welcoming ceremony for the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

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 

Model presents a creation by Chinese designer Sun Xuefei from Fei Gallery & Boutique Collection at China Fashion Week in Beijing...A model presents a creation by Chinese designer Sun Xuefei from Fei Gallery & Boutique Collection at China Fashion Week in Beijing, October 31, 2014. Picture taken using multiple exposure.   REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: FASHION)

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A model presents a creation by Chinese designer Sun Xuefei from Fei Gallery & Boutique Collection at China Fashion Week in Beijing. The photograph was taken using multiple exposure.

Business people eat their lunch in a part of Hong Kong's financial central district occupied by pro-democracy protesters

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Business people eat their lunch in a part of Hong Kong’s financial central district occupied by pro-democracy protesters

A models presents a creation from the Asahi Kasei Chinese Fashion Designer Creativity Award - Hei Lau collection during China Fashion Week in Beijing...A models presents a creation from the Asahi Kasei Chinese Fashion Designer Creativity Award - Hei Lau collection during China Fashion Week in Beijing October 27, 2014.    REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: FASHION)

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A model wears a Hei Lau creation for the Asahi Kasei Chinese Fashion Designer Creativity Award during China Fashion Week in Beijing 

Anti-occupied protesters holding Chinese national flag, demand to remove the barricade in the occupied area in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong plan to hold a spot referendum Sunday on whether to stay in the streets or accept government offers for more talks and clear their protest camps.

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Anti-occupy protesters hold a Chinese national flag and demand barricades be removed from the occupied area in Hong Kong‘s Mong Kok district on Friday

An unmanned spacecraft is launched atop an advanced Long March 3C rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. China launched an experimental spacecraft Friday to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface.

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China launches a spacecraft from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest province Sichuan. The experimental spacecraft will fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country’s first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface.

Pro-democracy protesters stand their ground on a barricaded road in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on October 23, 2014. Major intersections in the southern Chinese city have been paralysed by mass rallies demanding free elections for more than three weeks, in one of the biggest challenges to Beijing's authority since the Tiananmen pro-democracy protests of 1989.

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Pro-democracy protesters stand their ground on a barricaded road in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on Thursday

People stand near an inflated Rubber Duck by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman floating on a lake at the Century Park in Shanghai October 23, 2014.

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People flock to an inflated rubber duck by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman floating on a lake at the Century Park in Shanghai, China.

A protester bleeds from his face as he tries to stop a group of anti-occupied taxi drivers trying to remove the barricades which block off main roads, near the line of riot police at the occupied area, in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. On one side of the table sat the idealistic and earnest young students in jeans and black T-shirts, knapsacks by their sides. Facing them was the line-up of seasoned government officials in their formal suits.

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A protester bleeds as he attempts to stop taxi drivers trying to remove the barricades across main roads. The incident took place near a line of riot police at the occupied area, in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong.

A ragpicker walks past a poster showing Beijing's central business district, next to the CCTV building in Beijing...A ragpicker walks past a poster showing Beijing's central business district next to the China Central Television (CCTV) building outside a construction site in Beijing, October 21, 2014. It is still taking time for reform measures to gain traction, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang was quoted as saying by the Foreign Ministry.

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A ragpicker walks past a poster showing Beijing’s central business district next to the China Central Television (CCTV) building outside a construction site in Beijing

A model presents a creation by Jonny Fu during Shanghai Fashion Week in Shanghai October 17, 2014.

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A model wears a creation by Jonny Fu during Shanghai Fashion Week on Friday

A mechanical installation named "Long Ma"  makes it way during the Long Ma performance in front of the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, in Beijing...A mechanical installation named "Long Ma"  makes it way during the Long Ma performance in front of the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, in Beijing October 17, 2014. "Long Ma", a 17-meter (56-ft) long and 15-meter (49-ft) tall mechanized dragon sculpture, and "The Spider", a 5.7-meter (19-ft) tall and 6-meter (20-ft) wide machine, are operated by French performance art company La Machine. The structures are operated by an automatic control system and electronic equipment. The performance, which combines Chinese culture and French art, was held in Beijing in honour of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, an organiser of the event said.

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A mechanical installation named “Long Ma”, operated by French performance art company La Machine, performs in front of the National Stadium in Beijing.