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.
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.
An Indian fisherman waits and watches to cast his net into the River Daya near Basantapur village, India
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 up a sign on the Lapa Arches during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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
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 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
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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.
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.
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 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 He has been replaced by Manuel Valls, who poses a potential threat to President François Hollande, whose popularity remains low.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 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, located on the north of the Sea of Azov in eastern Ukraine.
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
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 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 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, 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.
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.