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A firefighter looks on at the seniors residence Residence du Havre after a fire in L'Isle Verte, Quebec. REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger

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A firefighter looks on at the seniors residence Residence du Havre after a fire in L’Isle Verte, Quebec on Friday.

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 

Elderly Indians participate in celebrations to mark International Day of Older Persons at an old age home in Ahmadabad, India, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Much of the world is not prepared to support the ballooning population of elderly people, including many of the fastest-aging countries, according to a global study scheduled to be released Tuesday, Oct. 1, by the United Nations and an elder rights group.

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Elderly Indians take part in celebrations to mark the International Day of Older Persons at a home in Ahmadabad, India, on Tuesday. Much of the world is unprepared for the ballooning population of elderly people, including many of the fastest-aging countries, according to a global study to be released by the UN and a rights group for the elderly.

An elderly economically backward villager listens to a speaker, unseen, during a rally demanding pension for elderly poor citizens in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013.

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An elderly woman listens to a speaker, unseen, during a rally demanding pensions for elderly poor citizens in New Delhi, India.

An elderly Pakistani woman holds a plastic bag, while standing at a window of a food distribution center, hoping to receive a ration of rice at a shrine in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, June 7, 2013. People who visit shrines and pray that their wishes are fulfilled usually offer food to be distributed to the poor.

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An elderly Pakistani woman holds a plastic bag, while standing at a window of a food distribution centre, hoping to receive a ration of rice at a shrine in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Friday. People who visit shrines and pray that their wishes are fulfilled usually offer food to be distributed to the poor 

Free Eye surgery camp at Phullary Monastry

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Elderly Nepalese men wear eye patches after having cataract surgery at a free eye camp at Gokarna, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, on Thursday. About 300 elderly people from across the country will receive free cataract surgery through the project

Russia Victory Day

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Russian second world war veterans leave Red Square after the Victory Day parade on Thursday. Vladimir Putin, Russian President, said at the annual military procession that Russia will be a guarantor of world security. Mr Putin’s short speech came at the culmination of Victory Day, marking the defeat of Nazi Germany 68 years ago. It is Russia’s most important secular holiday, honouring the huge military and civilian losses of the second world war and showing off the country’s modern arsenal