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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.

Municipal policemen march on their motorcycles during a rally by local government workers, against the public sector reforms and layoffs Greece has promised its international lenders, in Athens...Municipal policemen march on their motorcycles during a rally by local government workers, against the public sector reforms and layoffs Greece has promised its international lenders, in Athens July 8, 2013. The euro zone must decide on Monday how to keep Greece on a lifeline but is divided over whether to delay aid payments to Athens to force through unpopular reforms ranging from sacking public workers to selling state assets. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Municipal policemen on their motorcycles join a protest by local government workers in Athens against the public sector reforms and layoffs the Greek government has promised its international lenders. The eurozone must decide on Monday how to keep Greece on a lifeline but is divided over whether to delay aid payments to the country to force through unpopular measures ranging from sacking public workers to selling state assets. 

Indian laborers works to erect a temporary structure for an event in Ahmadabad, India, Thursday, June 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

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Labourers work to erect a temporary structure for an event in Ahmadabad, India, on Thursday. 

Kashmiri men fish from the weed-covered Dal Lake in Srinagar...Kashmiri men fish from the weed-covered Dal Lake in Srinagar June 25, 2013.

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Kashmiri men fish from the weed-covered Dal Lake in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, on Tuesday.

Activists of the PAH mortgage victims platform occupy a branch of the BBVA bank to demand the renegotiation of the mortgages of 232 families, in Sabadell, near Barcelona, June 21, 2013

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Activists of the PAH mortgage victims platform occupy a branch of BBVA bank in Sabadell, near Barcelona, to demand the renegotiation of the mortgages of 232 families, on Friday. 

(L-R) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta arrive for a family photo on the second day of the G8 Summit at Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, Britain, 18 June 2013. Leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, USA and UK are meeting at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland for the G8 Summit 17-18 June. The leaders were holding their second and final day of talks on 18 June, with the global economy and tax avoidance high on the agenda.

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On day two of the G8 Summit at Lough Erne, leaders take a walk on Tuesday in the area around the two connected lakes in Northern Ireland. From left to right, Shinzo Abe, Japanese prime minister, Angela Merkel, German chancellor, Vladimir Putin, Russian president, David Cameron, British prime minister, Barack Obama, US president, Francois Hollande, French president, Stephen Harper, Canadian prime minister, and Enrico Letta, Italian prime minister. The leaders are meeting for talks that include the global economy and tax avoidance

Morning sunlight illuminates a prt of the community along the creek in P. Casal district on June 9, 2013 in Manila, Philippines. It has been reported that 105,000 of 580,000 informal settlers in Manila have set up home in disaster prone areas. Recent reports have named the Philippines as Asia's fastest growing economy, however the housing shortage is still a major concern for many of Manila's poorest communities.

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Morning sunlight illuminates a part of the community along the creek in P. Casal district in Manila, Philippines

A worker is seen between signboards of shops as he works to change an advertisement board outside a shopping mall in Beijing...A worker is seen between signboards of shops as he works to change an advertisement board outside a shopping mall in Beijing June 6, 2013. Activity in China's services sector expanded in May but at a pace little changed from the month before, the latest sign that the world's No. 2 economy is struggling to regain momentum.REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

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A worker is seen between shop signboards as he works to change an advertisement board outside a shopping mall in Beijing on Thursday. 

Marialena, a homeless AIDS sufferer and former drug addict who is on a methadone rehabilitation program, sleeps under a bridge in central Athens...Marialena, a 42-year-old homeless AIDS sufferer and former drug addict who is on a methadone rehabilitation program, sleeps under a bridge in central Athens May 13, 2013. Since the debt crisis erupted in 2009, hundreds of thousands of Greeks have lost their jobs and the unemployment rate in the country reached 26.8 percent in March, new figures show. According to Praxis, a non-governmental organisation, the number of homeless in Greece has nearly doubled to over 20,000 from 11,000 in 2009. Picture taken May 13, 2013. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)    ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 13 OF 41 FOR PACKAGE 'DOWN AND OUT IN ATHENS'. TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'UNEMPLOYMENT YANNIS'

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Marialena, a 42 year-old homeless AIDS sufferer and former drug addict who is on a methadone rehabilitation programme, sleeps under a bridge in central Athens