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A worker dries ceramic hot water bottles in the sun before they are fired in a kiln in Tajimi, Gifu, Japan. The traditional ceramic bottle became popular again about 10 years ago as people rediscovered they were a great way to keep warm and required minimum use of electricity. They are popular among office workers, who use the ceramic bottles to keep their feet warm

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A worker dries ceramic hot water bottles in the sun before they are fired in a kiln in Tajimi, Gifu, Japan. The traditional ceramic bottle became popular again about 10 years ago as people rediscovered they were a great way to keep warm and required minimum use of electricity. They are popular among office workers, who use the ceramic bottles to keep their feet warm

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