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A supporter of Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party, wears a headgear with a portrait of Modi during a rally in Ahmedabad...A supporter of Gujarat's chief minister and Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), wears a headgear with a portrait of Modi during a rally being addressed by Modi ahead of the 2014 general elections, in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad February 20, 2014. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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A supporter of Narendra Modi, Gujarat’s chief minister and the prime ministerial candidate for India‘s main opposition Bharatiya Janata party, at a rally addressed by Mr Modi in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad ahead of the 2014 general elections 

Rebekah Brooks (2nd L), former News Inte...Rebekah Brooks (2nd L), former News International chief executive smiles as she arrives with her husband Charlie (L) for the phone-hacking trial at the Old Bailey court in London on February 19, 2014.  Eight defendants are on trial in the case, including former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson. They all deny the charges, which arise from the scandal that shut the News of the World in July 2011.

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Rebekah Brooks, former News International chief executive, arrives with her husband Charlie for the phone-hacking trial at the Old Bailey court in London. Eight defendants are on trial in the case, including former News of the World editors Mrs Brooks and Andy Coulson. They all deny the charges, which arise from the scandal that shut the News of the World in July 2011. 

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 

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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A worker power-washes the West Wing of the White House in Washington D.C

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 

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. 

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 

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. 

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 

New Bundestag Convenes As Old Government Is Dismissed...BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 22:  German Chancellor and Chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats (CDU) Angela Merkel (C) chats with leading German Social Democrats (SPD) members Sigmar Gabriel (R), Thomas Oppermann (L) and Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the first session of the new Bundestag following recent nationwide  elections on October 22, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The session heralds the beginning of the 18th legislative period, though the German government remains in transition as the Christian Democrats (CDU) and German Social Democrats (SPD) are still in the process of coalition negotiations whose outcome remains u

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German chancellor and chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats (CDU) Angela Merkel chats with leading German Social Democrats (SPD) members Sigmar Gabriel (right), Thomas Oppermann (left) and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, at the first session of the new Bundestag, following recent nationwide elections in the country. The German government remains in transition as the CDU and SPD are still in coalition negotiations

US Vice President Joe Biden greets Environmental Protection Agency workers with muffins as they return to work after 16 days of a government shutdown at the William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building in Washington DC.

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Joe Biden, US vice-president, greets Environmental Protection Agency workers with muffins as they return to work after 16 days of a US government shutdown at the William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building in Washington.

French President Francois Hollande introduces his delegation to South Africa's President Jacob Zuma at the Union Building in Pretoria...French President Francois Hollande (L) introduces his delegation to South Africa's President Jacob Zuma at the Union Building in Pretoria October 14, 2013. France will lend 100 million euros ($135 million) to South African state power utility Eskom to help it finance solar power projects in Africa's largest economy, according to a communique obtained by Reuters on Monday. The deal will be signed as a part of a summit between Hollande and Zuma, which started on Monday in Pretoria. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

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François Hollande, French president, introduces his delegation to South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma during a summit between the two leaders in Pretoria. France has agreed to lend €100m to South African state power utility Eskom to help it finance solar power projects in Africa’s largest economy, according to a communiqué. The deal will be signed as a part of the summit. 

Thousands of people line up for charity ...Thousands of people line up for charity packages being given out by the politically-influential Filipino sect, Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) in Manila on October 14, 2013, as they hold a massive evangelical event in five arias in the city that attracted over a million people and brought Manila to a standstill with gigantic traffic jams. The sect of about three million is dwarfed by the country's huge number of Roman Catholics but is known for the unity and the discipline its followers show to their leaders. Its members vote as a bloc which gives them great political weight. During elections, many Filipino politicians seek the 'anointment' of the leaders of the sect to win the votes of their followers.   AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTOJAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images

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Thousands of people line up for charity packages being given out by the Filipino sect Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) in Manila as they hold an evangelical event in five areas in the city. The event attracted more than 1m people and brought Manila to a standstill. The sect of about 3m is dwarfed by the number of Roman Catholics but is known for the unity and discipline its followers show to their leaders. Its members vote as a bloc which gives them political weight.

A Belgian firefighter takes part in a protest for better work conditions in central Brussels.

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A Belgian firefighter takes part in a protest for better work conditions in central Brussels.

An Alternative View Of The Conservative Party Annual Conference...MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01:  (EDITOR'S NOTE: Image was processed using digital filters. Colour version not available) Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, delivers his speech in the Main Hall of Manchester Central on the third day of the Conservative Party Conference on October 1, 2013 in Manchester, England. David Cameron has unveiled a Government pilot scheme for GP surgeries to open from 8am until 8pm seven days, backed by 50 million GBP of funding.

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Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, delivers a speech on Wednesday on the third day of the Conservative Party’s annual conference in Manchester, UK.

Home Secretary, Theresa May, photographed infront of pictures of her predecessors in the Home Office this morning.

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Theresa May, British home secretary, is photographed in front of pictures of her predecessors at the Home Office on Friday. 

Men and women attend a meeting for a new political party called Movement for Change in Kabul...Men and women attend a meeting for a new political party called Movement for Change in Kabul, September 26, 2013. Hundreds of men and women gathered to discuss the presidential and parliamentary elections, due in early April next year. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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Men and women on Thursday attend a meeting for new political party Movement for Change in Kabul. Hundreds of people gathered to discuss the presidential and parliamentary elections, due next April.