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A boy wears sunglasses with the dollar sign as he walks down a street in Bujumbura, Burundi April 29, 2015.

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A boy wears sunglasses with the dollar sign as he walks down a street in Bujumbura, Burundi on Wednesday

Wider Image: Renting in Mumbai Per Square Foot...Residents look out of windows of an apartment in Mumbai March 15, 2015. The cost for buying a 200 square feet (18 square meters) one-bedroom apartment in this building is around 25,000 Indian rupees per square feet ($ 400) or 5,000,000 Indian rupees ($ 80,000). The rent for an apartment in the same building is around 12,000 Indian rupees ($ 190) per month. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui  TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY PICTURE 05 OF 22 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY "RENTING IN MUMBAI PER SQUARE FOOT" SEARCH "RENTING SIDDIQUI" FOR ALL IMAGES

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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...Workers clean windows of a building at a commercial district in Beijing April 20,  2015. China's central bank on Sunday cut the amount of cash that banks must hold as reserves, the second industry-wide cut in two months, adding more liquidity to the world's second-biggest economy to help spur bank lending and combat slowing growth. Weighed down by a property downturn, factory overcapacity and local debt, growth is expected to slow to a quarter-century low of around 7 percent this year from 7.4 percent in 2014, even with expected additional stimulus measures. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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Workers clean windows of a building at a commercial district in Beijing 

Employees work at a walling material factory in Jiaozuo...Employees work at a walling material factory in Jiaozuo, Henan province March 12, 2015. Activity in China's manufacturing sector contracted in March after two months of recovery, a private survey showed. Picture taken March 12, 2015. REUTERS/China Daily ATTENTION EDITORS - CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA

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Employees work at a factory in Jiaozuo, Henan province, China 

Tourists visit the Attalos arcade in Athens...An ancient marble head of Greek historian Herodotus is seen as tourists walk through the Attalos arcade in Athens February 26, 2015.  Greece's economy is expected to grow this year but faces risks from the government's ability to fulfill a deal with the euro zone and reform fatigue, central bank governor Yannis Stournaras said in his annual report published on Thursday. The arcade was erected by Attalos II King of Pergamon 159-138 BC and the building was reconstructed by the American school of classical studies in Athens under the authority of the Greek Ministry of Education in the reign of King Paul in 1953-1956.

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Tourists walk through the Attalos arcade in Athens, past the ancient marble head of Greek historian Herodotus

Man holding an umbrella crosses a street at a business district in Tokyo...A man holding an umbrella crosses a street at a business district in Tokyo February 26, 2015. Japan Inc is under pressure to boost pay to keep a fragile economic recovery afloat, but even hefty wages increases from the biggest companies may prove to be a hollow victory for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the bulk of the country's workers. REUTERS/Yuya Shino (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

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A man holding an umbrella crosses the street in a business district in Tokyo, Japan

Japanese college graduates shout in display of self-encouragement during job-hunting rally in Tokyo...REFILE - CORRECTING TYPO IN HEADLINE  Japanese college graduates shout in a display of self-encouragement during a job-hunting rally at an outdoor theatre in Tokyo February 20, 2015. 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.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT EDUCATION)

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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, Feb. 11, 2015.

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A dog lies down as its owner begs on a street nearby in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday

Street Dogs Of Athens...ATHENS, GREECE - JANUARY 27:  (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters) In this photo montage stray dogs are seen in the centre of Athens on January 27, 2015 in 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  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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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 

A worker takes a nap during lunch break, at a Foxconn factory in the township of Longhua in Shenzhen, Guangdong province...A worker takes a nap during lunch break, at a Foxconn factory in the township of Longhua in Shenzhen, Guangdong province January 21, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY)

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Workers nap during lunch break, at a Foxconn factory in the township of Longhua in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron gestures as he delivers a speech on the economy, in Nottingham, central England January 12, 2015.

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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...A worker installs electricity transmission components on an electricity pylon in Chuzhou, Anhui province January 12, 2015. China's annual economic growth likely slowed to 7.2 percent in the fourth quarter, the weakest since the depths of the global crisis, a Reuters poll showed, which would keep pressure on policymakers to head off a sharper slowdown this year. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA

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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 brick factory in Lalitpur...A worker stack bricks on his head at a brick factory in Lalitpur

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A worker stack bricks on his head at a factory in Lalitpur, Nepal 

Tokyo Auto Salon 2015...CHIBA, JAPAN - JANUARY 09:  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 on January 9, 2015 in Chiba, Japan. It is priced at approximately 835,000 US Dollars.  (Photo by Keith Tsuji/Getty Images)

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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. 

The Bank Of England As Central Bank Announces First Rate Decision Of 2015...Bloomberg Photo Service 'Best of the Week': A doorman wearing a top hat is seen opening the main entrance to the Bank of England in London, U.K., on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. 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. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

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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 wears hat shaped like an octopus at the outer part of Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo...A man, who distributes discount vouchers for a nearby restaurant, wears a hat in the shape of an octopus at the outer part of the Tsukiji fish market, the Jogai Shijo, in Tokyo January 4, 2015. The famous Tsukiji wholesale fish and seafood market, is scheduled to leave its fabled 80-year-old halls to move into bigger, more modern facilities next year ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The outer part of the market, the Jogai Shijo, that caters to the public will stay in its old place, but critics wonder about its chances for survival without the world's biggest fish trading place at its doorsteps. Picture taken January 4, 2015.   REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: ANIMALS BUSINESS FOOD SOCIETY)

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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 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