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Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda holds a placard showing BOJ policy decisions during a news conference in Tokyo...Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda holds a placard showing BOJ policy decisions during a news conference at the BOJ headquarters in Tokyo October 31, 2014. The 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. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS)

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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.

A homeless man sleeps on the pavement outside a BBVA bank branch in the Andalusian capital of Seville...A homeless man sleeps on the pavement outside a BBVA bank branch in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain October 30, 2014. The advertisement poster reads "We continue to provide financing to companies like yours. And now, in historical terms. Come in and ask."  REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo (SPAIN - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS)

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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.” 

A Sri Lankan street vendor looks on at t...A Sri Lankan street vendor looks on at the Galle Face Beach in Colombo on October 27, 2014. The International Monetary Fund said 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. AFP PHOTO/ Ishara S. KODIKARAIshara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images

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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. 

Banana Harvest As The Pick Up In Monsoon Rains Ease Price Concerns...A day laborer carries banana stems on his head during a harvest in a field in Bhusawal, Maharashtra, India, on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. More than 75 percent of India got normal monsoon rain this year, the India Meteorological Department estimates. About 833 million people out of Indiaís 1.2 billion population depend on agriculture for their livelihood and the sector provides 14 percent of the nationís gross domestic product. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

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A labourer carries banana stems during a harvest in Bhusawal, Maharashtra, India. About 833m people out of India’s 1.2bn population depend on agriculture for their livelihoods and the sector provides 14% of the nation’s GDP 

An Afghan trader waits for cust...TOPSHOTS An Afghan trader waits for customers early in the morning at a livestock market ahead of the sacrificial Eid al-Adha festival in Kabul on October 2, 2014. Muslims across the world are preparing to celebrate the annual festival of Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, which marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and commemorates Prophet Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to show obedience to God.

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An Afghan trader waits for customers early in the morning at a livestock market ahead of the sacrificial Eid al-Adha festival in Kabul. Muslims across the world are preparing to celebrate the annual festival of Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, which marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and commemorates Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son to show obedience to God. 

In this photograph taken on September 7,...In this photograph taken on September 7, 2014, Afghan labourer Nayim,42, works at a leather factory in the Tashqurghan district on the outskirts of Mazar-i-sharif. Animal hide is one of the top exports in Afghanistan, often sent through neighbouring Pakistan to international leather markets worldwide. AFP PHOTO/FARSHAD USYANFARSHAD USYAN/AFP/Getty Images

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Afghan labourer Nayim, 42, works at a leather factory in the Tashqurghan district on the outskirts of Mazar-i-sharif. Animal hide is one of the top exports in Afghanistan, often sent through neighbouring Pakistan to international leather markets worldwide 

A worker inspects stocks of watermelons at a wholesale market in Selayang, near Kuala Lumpur on September 3, 2014. Malaysia's economy grew a better-than-expected 6.4 percent in the year's second quarter on the back of higher exports and strong private domestic demand, the central bank said August 15.

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A worker inspects stocks of watermelons at a wholesale market in Selayang, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Wednesday

Thailand economy escaped a technical recession...epa04359679 A Thai street tailor works next to portraits of King Bhumibol Adulyadej decorated at his stall in Bangkok, Thailand, 19 August 2014. Thailand's gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 0.4 percent year-on-year growth in the second quarter of 2014 after its shrink 0.5 percent in the first quarter, an unexpectedly upswing drive Thailand economy escaped a technical recession.  EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

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A Thai street tailor works next to portraits of King Bhumibol Adulyadej decorated at his stall in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand’s gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 0.4 percent year-on-year growth in the second quarter of 2014 after its shrink 0.5 percent in the first quarter, an unexpectedly upswing drive Thailand economy escaped a technical recession. 

  FOR ALL PICTURES SEARCH 'PENNEY SNIM' FOR ALL IMAGES PXP01-PXP33  Mauritania's SNIM iron ore mining company aims to produce 13 million tonnes in 2014, around the same level as last year, the majority state-owned firm said. SNIM mines black iron ore in the northern town of Zouerate, a remote desert location which nevertheless attracts people from all over the country looking for work. SNIM employees proudly call their firm the lung of their nation's economy and the train that ferries the ore to the coast stretches some two kilometres, making it one of the world's longest. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MAURITANIA - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES EMPLOYMENT ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TEMPLATE OUT

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Mauritania’s SNIM iron ore mining company mines black iron ore in the northern town of Zouerate, a remote desert location that attracts people from all over the country looking for work. The train that ferries the ore to the coast stretches about 2 km.

TOPSHOTS A homeless family lives under a...TOPSHOTS A homeless family lives under a statue in Manila on July 24, 2014.  The Philippines' roaring economy cooled in the first quarter of the year as the impacts of Super Typhoon Haiyan and other natural disasters hit harder than expected, official data showed.  AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELISNOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images

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A homeless family live under statues in Manila. The Philippines’ economy cooled in the first quarter of the year as the impacts of Typhoon Haiyan and other natural disasters hit hard, official data showed.