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An employee of the "Seita-Imperial tobacco" plant in Carquefou wears the symbolic cask of comic book hero Asterix during a protest at the entrance of the factory on April 16, 2014. Imperial Tobacco yesterday announced the closure of factories in Britain and France with the loss of 900 jobs, citing declining sales in Europe, tougher anti-smoking measures and the growth of contraband sales. The two factories concerned are Carquefou's one, where 327 people are employed, and Nottingham in central England, which has 540 staff.

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An employee of the Seita-Imperial Tobacco plant in Carquefou wears the symbolic cask of comic book hero Asterix during a protest at the entrance of the factory. Imperial Tobacco on Tuesday announced the closure of factories in Britain and France with the loss of 900 jobs.

Afghan worker prepares candies at a factory in Herat, Afghanistan, 16 April 2014. The economy of Afghanistan has improved significantly since 2002 due to the induction of billions of dollars in international aid and investments. The recent improvement is also due to remarkable progress in agricultural production especially Grapes, Pomegranates, Apricots, melons and superior Potatoes.

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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.

Brooks Saddle works

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A craftsman inspects a saddle at Brooks Saddle works, Smethwick, Birmingham.

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A Bodet worker carries a clock at a plant in Trémentines, western France. Bodet has manufactured clocks since 1868 for churches, stations, sports halls and employs 630 workers in France.

Employees work inside a limestone powder factory in an industrial area in Mumbai

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Employees work inside a limestone powder factory in an industrial area in Mumbai on Tuesday

An employee works inside an undergarment factory in Kolkata March 10, 2014.

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An employee works inside an undergarment factory in Kolkata, India.

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. Read more

Aisha carries coal to be used for cooking and heating from a brick-making factory in Jalalabad...Aisha 11, carries coal to be used for cooking and heating from a brick-making factory in Jalalabad December 17, 2013.

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Aisha 11, carries coal to be used for cooking and heating from a brick-making factory in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

An employee works in a textile factory in Huaibei, east China's Anhui province on Thursday. China's manufacturing activity expanded at its strongest pace in seven months in October, British banking giant HSBC said, adding to evidence the world's second-largest economy is recovering.

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A textile factory worker in Huaibei, in east China’s Anhui province, on Thursday

Palestinian factory workers rest inside ...Palestinian factory workers rest inside concrete pipes as they wait for the start of a working day in Gaza City on October 23, 2013. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED ABEDMOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images

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Palestinian factory workers rest inside concrete pipes as they wait for the start of a working day in Gaza City on Wednesday. Read more