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Tokyo stocks close over three percent on weaker yen...epa05266456 Pedestrians stand before a stock market indicator board in Tokyo, Japan, 19 April 2016. Pushed by the depreciation of the Japanese yen against the US dollar, the Nikkei Stock Average gained 598.49 points, or 3.68 percent, to close at 16,874.44.  EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

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Pedestrians stand before a stock market indicator board in Tokyo, Japan. Pushed by the depreciation of the Japanese yen against the US dollar, the Nikkei Stock Average gained 598.49 points, or 3.68 percent, to close at 16,874.44 

Low-Wage Workers Strike And Rally For $15 Wage In Chicago...CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 14:  Demonstrators demanding an increase in the minimum wage to $15-dollars-per-hour prepare to march in the streets on April 14, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The demonstrators marched to and protested in front of several locations during a day-long effort to draw attention to low-wage jobs. The demonstration was one of about 300 scheduled to take place nationwide today.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Demonstrators demanding an increase in the minimum wage to $15-dollars-per-hour prepare to march in the streets on Thursday in Chicago, Illinois. The demonstrators marched to and protested in front of several locations during a day-long effort to draw attention to low-wage jobs 

Thailand's economy is forecast to grow at 3.7 percent in 2016...epa05140834 A street food vendor walks in front of a colorful graffiti painted on a wall in Bangkok, Thailand, 03 February 2016. Thailand's economy is forecast to grow at 3.7 percent in 2016 revised down from earlier projected of 3.8 percent driven by the private consumption and investment as well as government stimulus measures and billion-dollar investment in infrastructure project, according to the Fiscal Policy Office.  EPA/DIEGO AZUBEL

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A street food vendor walks in front of a colorful graffiti in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand’s economy is forecast to grow at 3.7 percent in 2016 revised down from earlier projected of 3.8 percent driven by the private consumption and investment as well as government stimulus measures and billion-dollar investment in infrastructure project, according to the Fiscal Policy Office.

ATTENTION EDITORS - REUTERS PICTURE HIGHLIGHT...ATTENTION EDITORS - REUTERS PICTURE HIGHLIGHTKON107A man grasps a bag of tangerines as people receive free produce, handed out by farmers, during a protest over the government's proposal to overhaul the country's ailing pension system in Athens, Greece, January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAYREUTERS 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.REUTERS NEWS PICTURES. TEMPLATE OUT

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A man grasps a bag of tangerines as people receive free produce, handed out by farmers, during a protest over the government’s proposal to overhaul the country’s ailing pension system in Athens, Greece 

Iranian economy expected to grow 08 percent...epaselect epa05124618 An Iranian man sells colorful ropes at  the Tehrans old Bazaar, the place where the main economy trades take place, in Tehran, Iran, 25 January 2016. Reports state that Iranian officials expected the Iranian economy to grow on an average of eight percent over the coming five years following the lifting of sanctions against Iran.  EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

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An Iranian man sells colorful ropes at the Tehrans old Bazaar, the place where the main economy trades take place, in Tehran. Reports state that Iranian officials expected the Iranian economy to grow on an average of eight percent over the coming five years following the lifting of sanctions against Iran 

A man walks past steam rising from underground heating pipes outside a shopping mall in Beijing

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A man walks past steam rising from underground heating pipes outside a shopping mall in Beijing

Mount Fuji is seen between cranes and buildings during sunset at a port in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday. Japan's core machinery orders unexpectedly jumped in October by the most since March 2014

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Mount Fuji is seen between cranes and buildings during sunset at a port in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday. Japan’s core machinery orders unexpectedly jumped in October by the most since March 2014

A pedestrian holding an umbrella rides up an escalator as the Oriental Pearl Tower stands illuminated at night

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A pedestrian holding an umbrella rides up an escalator as the Oriental Pearl Tower stands illuminated at night in the Lujiazui district of Shanghai, China. The Communist Party ended its four-day plenum on Thursday, with Premier Li Keqiang signaling the leadership may be ready to accept the weakest period of expansion since the economy was opened up three decades ago.

Labourers ride on truck on their way to work on the outskirt of Yangon on Monday.

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Labourers ride on truck on their way to work on the outskirt of Yangon on Monday.

A worker stands on a beam on a construction site in Beijing on Wednesday. China's government says the world's second largest economy is expanding at its slowest for 25 years -- and according to analysts the real figures could be much lower -- and the slowdown has world markets rattled.

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A worker stands on a beam on a construction site in Beijing on Wednesday

A Malaysian woman walks past an advertis...A Malaysian woman walks past an advertisement outside a jewellery store at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur on August 25, 2015.  Prices of crude oil and most other commodities rebounded in Asia on August 25 but stayed under pressure following a global sell-off sparked by the faltering economy in China, the world's top user of industrial metals and energy. Gold prices remained steady, boosted by prospects of increased demand due to its status as a safe haven in times of turmoil.    AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANAMANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images

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A Malaysian woman walks past an advertisement outside a jewellery store at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur. Prices of crude oil and most other commodities rebounded in Asia on Tuesday but stayed under pressure following a global sell-off sparked by the faltering economy in China, the world’s top user of industrial metals and energy. Gold prices remained steady, boosted by prospects of increased demand due to its status as a safe haven in times of turmoil. 

A man uses a cane as he walks past a store in the Poto Poto popular district, of the Congolese capital Brazzaville

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A man uses a cane as he walks past a store in the Poto Poto popular district, of the Congolese capital Brazzaville

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Fishermen tend to their nets near the Kasimedu fish market at the Royapurum fishing harbour in Chennai, India

Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda touches his face during a news conference at the BOJ headquarters in Tokyo, July 15, 2015. The Bank of Japan trimmed its economic growth forecast on Wednesday but held off on offering fresh stimulus, convinced that an expected pick up in consumption will help accelerate inflation toward its 2 percent target.

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Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda touches his face during a news conference at the BOJ headquarters in Tokyo. The Bank of Japan trimmed its economic growth forecast on Wednesday but held off on offering fresh stimulus, convinced that an expected pick up in consumption will help accelerate inflation toward its 2 percent target

A woman pulling a shopping cart reacts outside a closed Eurobank branch in Athens...ATTENTION EDITORS - REUTERS PICTURE HIGHLIGHT A woman pulling a shopping cart reacts outside a closed Eurobank branch in Athens, Greece June 29, 2015. 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.   REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 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. REUTERS NEWS PICTURES.  TEMPLATE OUT

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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 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