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Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party, sets out his view on the economy ahead of the next general election at the Senate house, London this morning.

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Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour party, at the Senate House, London, on Friday morning, where he set out his view on the UK economy Read more

A worker power washes the West Wing of t...A worker power washes the West Wing of the White House January 15, 2014 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKIBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

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Ukrainian police officers stand in line during protests in Kiev. Ukrainian pro-Europe demonstrators vowed to stay on the streets and continue their blockade of government buildings, despite a police threat to crack down "harshly" to enforce a court order that they disperse.

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Ukrainian police officers stand in line during protests in Kiev. Ukrainian pro-Europe demonstrators vowed to stay on the streets and continue their blockade of government buildings, despite a police threat to enforce a court order that the protesters disperse.

Voters line up to show their voter ID cards at a polling station in Seelampur, east Delhi, India. State assembly elections were held in the Indian capital, regarded as a test for general elections scheduled for 2014.

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People show their voter ID cards at a polling station in Seelampur, east Delhi, India. State assembly elections were held in the Indian capital, regarded as a test for general elections scheduled for 2014.

From left, German Social Democratic Party (SPD), chairman  Sigmar Gabriel, Chancellor and chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Angela Merkel and the chairman of the Christian Social Union (CSU), Horst Seehofer are reflected as they brief the media at a news conference after they signed  a coalition agreement in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. On Wednesday night Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and Germany's main center-left party reached a deal to form a new government, more than two months after the country's elections. Negotiators from Merkel's Union bloc and the Social Democrats concluded their agreement to form a "grand coalition" of Germany's biggest parties after a final all-night round of talks.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

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From left, Sigmar Gabriel, German Social Democratic Party chair, Angela Merkel, chancellor and chair of the Christian Democratic Union, and Horst Seehofer, chair of the Christian Social Union, are reflected as they brief the media at a news conference after signing a coalition agreement in Berlin, Germany Read more

A Thai anti-government protester blows a whistle as she participates in a protest at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand. Thai Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, called for an end to protests against a bill that would provide amnesty for political crimes after the lower house of parliament cancelled further legislation on the issue.

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A protester blows a whistle as she joins an anti-government rally at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand. Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand’s prime minister, called for an end to the protests against a proposed political amnesty bill, which she believes could solve Thailand’s longstanding divisions

A woman dances as people celebrate referendum results in Abyei...A woman dances as people celebrate referendum results in Abyei October 31, 2013. Permanent residents of the disputed Abyei region overwhelmingly voted to join South Sudan on Thursday in a symbolic referendum that could antagonise heavily armed Arab nomads who drive their livestock through the area and claim it for Sudan.  REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu.

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Residents of Abyei in Sudan celebrate after the results of a referendum showed that the disputed region had voted overwhelmingly to join South Sudan. Read more

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2ndR) i...German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2ndR) is greeted by French President Francois Hollande prior to their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of a EU summit on October 24, 2013. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, reportedly the target of US snooping on her mobile phone, said on October 24 that such conduct between friends was unacceptable.  AFP PHOTO / POOL / Michel EulerMICHEL EULER/AFP/Getty Images

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German chancellor Angela Merkel is greeted by French president François Hollande prior to their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels Read more

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls speaks to the press as he leaves the Elysee Palace in Paris, on October 23, 2013, after the weekly cabinet meeting.      AFP PHOTO MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images

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French interior minister Manuel Valls speaks to the press as he leaves the Elysée Palace in Paris after the weekly cabinet meeting. Read more

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu K...Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives on October 22, 2013 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, to receive the Sakharov Human Rights prize she won in 1990 at the height of the Myanmar military crackdown. She won the Sakharov Prize in 1990 as the military ignored elections won by her National League for Democracy party after a bloody popular uprising was suppressed. The military put Suu Kyi under house arrest for long periods and she was only freed in 2010, having insisted all the while on the need for reform and democracy in Myanmar.           AFP PHOTO/FREDERICK FLORINFREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images

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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, to receive the Sakharov EU human uights prize she won in 1990 at the height of the military crackdown in Myanmar Read more