Employees work at a factory in Jiaozuo, Henan province, China
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Tourists walk through the Attalos arcade in Athens, past the ancient marble head of Greek historian Herodotus
A man holding an umbrella crosses the street in a business district in Tokyo, Japan
A dog lies down as its owner begs on a street nearby in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday
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
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, 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 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 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, 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 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.
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 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.
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