A woman pulling a shopping cart reacts outside a closed Eurobank branch in Athens. Greece closed its banks and imposed capital controls on Sunday to check the growing strains on its crippled financial system, bringing the prospect of being forced out of the euro into plain sight.
A boy wears sunglasses with the dollar sign as he walks down a street in Bujumbura, Burundi on Wednesday
Residents look out of windows of an apartment in Mumbai, India. The cost of buying a 200 sq ft one-bedroom apartment in this building is around Rs5m ($80,000). The rent for an apartment in the same building is around Rs12,000 ($190) per month
Workers clean windows of a building at a commercial district in Beijing
Employees work at a factory in Jiaozuo, Henan province, China
Tourists walk through the Attalos arcade in Athens, past the ancient marble head of Greek historian Herodotus
A man holding an umbrella crosses the street in a business district in Tokyo, Japan
Japanese college graduates shout in a display of self-encouragement during a job-hunting rally at an outdoor theatre in Tokyo. Some 1500 graduates from Japanese vocational schools attended a pep rally designed to boost their morale as they break into the job market this year.
A dog lies down as its owner begs on a street nearby in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday
In this photo montage stray dogs are seen in the centre of Athens, Greece. Stray dogs are a common sight in Athens with many living in small packs in the city’s various squares or near tourist spots such as the Acropolis. Most are monitored and tagged by the local authorities receiving vaccinations and veterinary attention when needed. The streets – which the dogs have learnt to navigate around, negotiating busy road junctions and pedestrian crossings – also provide in the main, the food, water and shelter they need whilst various charities and individuals also are involved in their welfare. The reason for their large numbers is varied but theories have included the closure of the traditional city dog pound and the fact that keeping dogs as pets is a relatively recent phenomena in Greece and some owners do not realise the commitment involved and release the dogs as strays. Before the Olympics in 2004 it was widely reported that thousands of dogs had been rounded up and poisoned and in 2011 one stray was even named runner up for TIME magazine’s Animal of Year after he was widely photographed siding with demonstrators barking at riot police during the anti-austerity protests at the height of Greece’s debt crisis
Workers nap during lunch break, at a Foxconn factory in the township of Longhua in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China
UK Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech on the economy in Nottingham, central England.
A worker installs electricity transmission components on an electricity pylon in Chuzhou, Anhui province. China’s annual economic growth is forecast to have slowed to 7.2 per cent in the fourth quarter, the weakest since the depths of the global crisis, a Reuters poll showed, which would keep pressure on policy makers to head off a sharper slowdown this year.
A worker stack bricks on his head at a factory in Lalitpur, Nepal
A close up of a D.A.D. Mercedes-Benz decorated with more than 300,000 Swarovski crystals is seen on display at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2015 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. It is priced at approximately 835,000 US Dollars.
A doorman wearing a top hat is seen opening the main entrance to the Bank of England in London. The pound dropped to a 17-month low against the dollar amid speculation Bank of England policy makers will keep interest rates at a record low throughout 2015.
A man sporting an octopus hat hands out promotional vouchers in Tokyo’s Tsukiji Outer Market, known as the Jogai Shijo, or Japan’s “Food Town”. The Tsukiji fish and seafood market is to leave its 80-year-old home for bigger, modern facilities next year ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but Jogai Shijo will stay in the same location. Critics wonder about its chances of survival without the world’s biggest fish market on its doorstep.
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda holds a placard showing BOJ policy decisions during a news conference at the BOJ headquarters in Tokyo. Bank of Japan surprised global financial markets on Friday by expanding its massive stimulus spending in a stark admission that economic growth and inflation have not picked up as much as expected after a sales tax hike in April.
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A homeless man sleeps on the pavement outside a BBVA bank branch in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain. The advertisement poster reads “We continue to provide financing to companies like yours. And now, in historical terms. Come in and ask.”
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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.