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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. 

TOPSHOTS An Indian fisherman waits and w...TOPSHOTS An Indian fisherman waits and watches to cast his net into the River Daya near Basantapur village, some 20 kilometers from Bhubaneswar, on July 15, 2014. Villagers living along the banks of the Daya river seasonally turn to fishing to meet their subsistence needs as monsoon rains bring an increase in water levels. AFP PHOTO/ASIT KUMARASIT KUMAR/AFP/Getty Images

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An Indian fisherman waits and watches to cast his net into the River Daya near Basantapur village, India 

A worker rappels from the Cristo Redentor statue at the Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro...A worker rappels from the Cristo Redentor statue at the Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro June 23, 2014. In a project called "On The Sidelines" Reuters photographers share pictures showing their own quirky and creative view of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Picture taken June 23. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP SOCIETY)    ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 13 OF 71 FOR PACKAGE 'ON THE SIDELINES AND TO THE FINAL'  TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'SIDELINES FINAL TOPCUP'

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A worker rappels from the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Rio de Janeiro’s Mount Corcovado, Brazil. Small sections of the famous monument’s head and right hand were chipped off in recent lightning strikes. 

An anti-government demonstrator dressed as Batman holds a sign on the Lapa Arches during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro...An anti-government demonstrator dressed as Batman holds a sign on the Lapa Arches during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro June 12, 2014.   REUTERS/Lucas Landau

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An anti-government demonstrator dressed as Batman holds up a sign on the Lapa Arches during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

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.