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A Pakistani vendor loads roasted corn onto a handcart in Lahore on June 13, 2014. Pakistan is gripped by a chronic energy crisis which has put a brake on industrial productivity, and is struggling to control inflation, currently at 8.6 per cent. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALIArif Ali/AFP/Getty Images

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A vendor loads roasted corn on to a handcart in Lahore, Pakistan. The country is gripped by a chronic energy crisis that has put a brake on industrial productivity, and is struggling to control inflation, currently at 8.6 per cent 

Visitors look at a view of the city skyl...Visitors look at a view of the city skyline from the rooftop pool of the Marina Bay Sands resort hotel in Singapore on May 20, 2014. Singapore's trade-reliant economy expanded a seasonally adjusted 2.3 percent quarter-on-quarter the trade ministry said May 20. AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMANROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images

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The rooftop pool of the Marina Bay Sands resort hotel in Singapore. The nation’s trade-reliant economy expanded a seasonally adjusted 2.3 per cent quarter on quarter, the trade ministry said on Tuesday 

People are silhouetted as they walk past the columns of the Bank of England in the City of London...People are silhouetted on a sunny morning as they walk past the columns of the Bank of England in the City of London, May 19, 2014. Sterling eased on Monday, on growing talk the Bank of England will step in to cool the UK housing market, which would allow the central bank to keep interest rates lower for longer to sustain recovery elsewhere in the economy.

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People are silhouetted on a sunny morning as they walk past the columns of the Bank of England in the City of London. Sterling eased on Monday, on growing talk the BoE will step in to cool the UK housing market, which would allow the central bank to keep interest rates lower for longer to sustain recovery elsewhere in the economy

A woman prepares food at a restaurant in a back lane in downtown Bangkok

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A woman prepares food at a restaurant in a back lane in downtown Bangkok. Thailand’s economy shrunk 0.6 per cent year on year in January-March, data showed on Monday, as the country’s political crisis battered consumer confidence and frightened off tourists.

Afghan worker prepares candies at a factory in Herat, Afghanistan, 16 April 2014. The economy of Afghanistan has improved significantly since 2002 due to the induction of billions of dollars in international aid and investments. The recent improvement is also due to remarkable progress in agricultural production especially Grapes, Pomegranates, Apricots, melons and superior Potatoes.

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An Afghan worker prepares candies at a factory in Herat, Afghanistan on Wednesday. The nation’s economy has improved significantly since 2002 due to billions of dollars in international aid and investments.

Home at theIn this Tuesday, April 1, 2014 photo, a woman lines up mannequin heads on a shelf at a company making fashion wigs for export in Jimo city in east China's Shandong province. Growth in the developing economies of Asia will edge higher as the recovery in rich countries helps the region weather the slowdown in China, the Asian Development Bank said Tuesday.

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A woman lines up mannequin heads on a shelf at a company making fashion wigs for export, in Jimo city in east China‘s Shandong province. 

France's outgoing Prime minister Jean-Ma...France's outgoing Prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (R) waves as he leaves the Hotel Matignon after the take over ceremony, on April 1, 2014 at in Paris. France's new Prime Minister Manuel Valls faced a delicate balancing act as he set about forming a new government tasked with reviving the economy and reining in public financesAFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURELIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images

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France’s departing prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, leaves the Hôtel Matignon after a handover ceremony in Paris. He has been replaced by Manuel Valls, who poses a potential threat to President François Hollande, whose popularity remains low. 

Ethnic Dong women work at a tea leaf processing factory in Liping county, Guizhou province, March 28, 2014. According to local media, Liping county's tea plantations attracted more than 60,000 women workers from nearby villages this spring and each tea picker earns around 100 yuan ($16.10) per diem.

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Ethnic Dong women work at a tea leaf processing factory in Liping county, Guizhou province on Friday. According to local media, Liping county’s tea plantations attracted more than 60,000 women workers from nearby villages this spring and each tea picker earns around 100 yuan ($16.10) per diem 

People fish on a pier at the port of Mariupol...People fish on a pier at the port of Mariupol, located on the north of the Sea of Azov in eastern Ukraine March 26, 2014. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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People fish on a pier at the port of Mariupol, located on the north of the Sea of Azov in eastern Ukraine.

Pet Horstmann, head of the Fahrradhof bi...Pet Horstmann, head of the Fahrradhof bike shop in Altlandsberg, eastern Germany, looks out of his house decorated with 210 old bikes, on March 11, 2014. Inside, the shop offers more than 1,000 new bikes for sale.           AFP PHOTO / DPA / PATRICK PLEUL / GERMANY OUTPATRICK PLEUL/AFP/Getty Images

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Pet Horstmann of the Fahrradhof bike shop in Altlandsberg, Germany, surrounded by old bikes hanging from the outside of his house. Inside, the shop offers more than 1,000 new bikes for sale 

German Economy Minister and vice-chancel...German Economy Minister and vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel (C) gives a statement on February 12, 2014 in Berlin. The German government expects growth of Europe's top economy to pick up sharply this year and next, driven largely by domestic demand, Gabriel said.     AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELEJOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

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Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s energy and economy minister, gives a statement in Berlin. The German government expects growth to pick up sharply this year and next, driven largely by domestic demand, Mr Gabriel said. 

Vocational Students Attend Pep Rally Ahead Of Job Hunting...Vocational school students raise their fists during a rally to start off job-hunting in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Japan's jobless rate held at 4 percent in October, and the number of positions on offer for every 100 people seeking work rose to 98, the highest level since 2007 -- a sign of tightening in the job market that could put upward pressure on wages.

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Vocational school students raise their fists during a rally to start off job-hunting in Tokyo. Japan‘s jobless rate held at 4 per cent in October, and the number of positions on offer for every 100 people seeking work rose to 98, the highest level since 2007 – a sign of tightening in the job market that could put upward pressure on wages. 

Office workers pass OCBC building in Singapore...Office workers pass an Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp (OCBC) building in the central business district of Singapore January 6, 2014. Singapore OCBC's bid to take over Hong Kong's Wing Hang Bank Ltd in a deal estimated at $5.3 billion has raised concerns it may be paying too much for a mid-sized bank and will be tapping shareholders to fund the acquisition. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: BUSINESS)

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Office workers pass an Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation building in the central business district of Singapore. Singapore OCBC’s bid to take over Hong Kong’s Wing Hang Bank in a deal estimated at $5.3bn has raised concerns it may be paying too much for a mid-sized bank and will be tapping shareholders to fund the acquisition 

Nisha Maji, who lives and works with family at brick factory, is pictured as she helps her family members to carry bricks in Kathmandu...Nisha Maji, 5, who lives and works with her family at a brick factory, is pictured as she helps her family members to carry bricks in Kathmandu January 2, 2014.  A group of Nepalese youth associated with the non-profit organisation called "Gothalo Nepal" has taken initiative to provide basic education to the children belonging to the underprivileged family once a week in this brick factory. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

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Nisha Maji, 5, who lives and works with her family at a brick factory in Kathmandu, Nepal, helps family members carry bricks. A group of Nepalese youth associated with the non-profit organisation Gothalo Nepal is providing basic education to the factory children once a week. 

General Images Of The City's Economy As U.K. Disposable Income Increases...Pedestrians make their way towards the Millennium Bridge in London, U.K., on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. U.K. disposable income rose for a second quarter in the three months through September and the savings ratio declined, highlighting the dependency of Britain's recovery on consumer spending. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

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Pedestrians make their way towards the Millennium Bridge in London. UK disposable income rose for a second quarter in the three months to September and the savings ratio declined, highlighting the dependency of Britain’s economic recovery on consumer spending. 

Crossrail construction...One of the Crossrail tunnels under construction 35 metres below the streets of Whitechapel, east London, which has proved to be one of the most challenging and impressive sites in the whole Crossrail project, and will be part of the 38 station route from Maidenhead Royal Berkshire in the west to Shenfield in Essex in the east. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. picture date: Wednesday December 18, 2013. Photo credit should read; John Stillwell/PA Wire

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A Crossrail tunnel under construction 35 metres below the streets of Whitechapel, east London, one of the most challenging sites in the Crossrail project. The completed service will run from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. Construction is expected to be completed in 2017, with services running in 2018. 

Workers clean and maintain the glass canopy of the Ocean Financial Center office building at the central business district of Singapore...Workers clean and maintain the glass canopy of the Ocean Financial Center office building at the central business district of Singapore November 28, 2013.  REUTERS/Edgar Su

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Workers clean the glass canopy of the Ocean Financial Center office building in the central business district in Singapore.

An elderly woman participates in a protest in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. The protesters demanded a universal old age pension for those above 60 years of age,  opposing the central governmentís proposal of US$ 3 per month. India is home to 142.9 million elderly, aged above 54 years. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

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An elderly woman participates in a protest about pensions in New Delhi, India. India is home to 142.9 million people aged 54 years or above 

Container Ship Loading Operations At Southampton Port...An employee descends a gangway leading from the CMA CGM SA Marco Polo container ship as it sits moored to the dockside at the Port of Southampton, jointly operated by DP World Ltd. and Associated British Ports Holdings Plc, in Southampton, U.K., on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. The pound strengthened from near a four-week low against the dollar before reports this week that economists said will add to signs Britainís growth is gaining momentum, boosting demand for the currency.

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An employee descends a gangway on a container ship moored in Southampton, UK, on Tuesday.

Eid Al-Adha Celebrated Across Indonesia...YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 15:  A man sells balloons as Indonesian muslims attend Eid Al-Adha prayer at Parangkusumo beach on October 15, 2013 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Eid Al-Adha, known as the 'Feast of the Sacrifice', is one of the most significant festivals on the Muslim calendar. The holiday marks the end of the Haji Pilgrimage and serves as day to remember the Islamic profit Ibrahim, and his willingness to sacrifice his son to God. On this day, Muslims in countries around the world start the day with prayer and spend time with family, offer gifts and often give to charity. It is customary for Muslims family to honour Allah by sacrificing a sheep or goat and sharing the meat amongst family members.  (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

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A man sells balloons as Indonesian muslims attend Eid al-Adha prayer at Parangkusumo beach in Yogyakarta, Indonesia