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
Aisha 11, carries coal to be used for cooking and heating from a brick-making factory in Jalalabad, Afghanistan
A textile factory worker in Huaibei, in east China’s Anhui province, on Thursday
Palestinian factory workers rest inside concrete pipes as they wait for the start of a working day in Gaza City on Wednesday. Read more