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 Read more
Workers collect sugar cane at the largest sugar factory in the Central African Republic in Ngakobo, 450km east of the capital Bangui.
Firefighters try to douse a fire at a cotton factory in the northern Indian city of Allahabad on Thursday
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.
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.
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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 on Tuesday
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An employee works inside an undergarment factory in Kolkata, India.
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