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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

Japan's jobless rate rises to 4.1 percent in August...epa03890579 Young women wearing dark suits worn by new employees cross a street in Tokyo, Japan, 01 October 2013. According to data released by the government, Japan's unemployment rate climbed by 0.3 percentage points to 4.1 percent from the previous month for the first increase in six months. The jobless rate for men rose to 4.5 percent from 4.2 percent in July, while that for women climbed to 3.7 percent from 3.3 percent.  EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

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Young women wearing dark suits worn by new employees cross a street in Tokyo, Japan. Government data show unemployment climbed 0.3 percentage points to 4.1% from the previous month, the first increase in 6 months. The jobless rate for men rose to 4.5% from 4.2% in July, while that for women climbed to 3.7% from 3.3%. 

This picture taken on September 20, 2013...This picture taken on September 20, 2013 shows labourers unloading fish from a trawler at a port in Pattani, southern Thailand. Each day a small army of labourers from countries including Myanmar and Cambodia -- some legal, some undocumented -- man rusting trawlers or help offload and sort the catch at ports around the country.    AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULTCHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images

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Labourers unload fish from a trawler at a port in Pattani, southern Thailand. Each day a small army of labourers from countries including Myanmar and Cambodia work sorting the daily catch at ports around the country. 

A child sleeps on the back of her mother as she sells fruits to customers along the streets in the ancient city of Bhaktapur...A child sleeps on the back of her mother as she sells fruits to customers along the streets in the ancient city of Bhaktapur, near Nepal's capital Kathmandu September 23, 2013. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: SOCIETY)

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A child sleeps on the back of her mother as she sells fruit in the ancient city of Bhaktapur, near Nepal’s capital Kathmandu 

A labourer works inside an iron factory on the outskirts of Jammu...A labourer works inside an iron factory on the outskirts of Jammu August 29, 2013. The sense of crisis building around the rupee's precipitous fall is likely to deepen on Friday with the release of data expected to show India's economy slowing to dangerously low levels. Picture taken August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta

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A labourer works inside an iron factory on the outskirts of Jammu. The sense of crisis building around the rupee’s precipitous fall is likely to deepen on Friday with the release of data expected to show India’s economy slowing to dangerously low levels

Local resident Diarra looks in a mirror as she gets her hair done next to a clothing store display in Bamako...Local resident Aminata Diarra looks in a mirror as she gets her hair done next to a clothing store display in Bamako August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: SOCIETY)

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Local resident Aminata Diarra looks in a mirror as she gets her hair done next to a clothing store display in Bamako, Mali on Tuesday 

Refugio poses for a photograph inside her house in Zitlaltepec...Refugio, 82, poses for a photograph inside her house in Zitlaltepec, July 26, 2013. Mexico's poverty rate fell 0.6 percent between 2010 and 2012 to 53.3 million people, the government's social development agency Coneval said. Factoring in population growth, the ranks of the poor grew by half a million people in that time. Picture taken July 26, 2013. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Refugio, 82, inside her house in Zitlaltepec. Mexico’s poverty rate fell 0.6 per cent between 2010 and 2012 to 53.3m people, the government’s social development agency Coneval said. Factoring in population growth, the ranks of the poor grew by 500,000 people in that time. 

Chinese women walks past a shadow casted on the floor, as they shop inside a shopping mall in Beijing, China.

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Shoppers walk across shadows cast on the floor of a mall in Beijing, China. The country’s leaders face new pressure to stimulate a slowing economy after growth fell to its lowest level since 1991, depressed by weak trade and efforts to cool a credit boom.