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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. 

 Delegates request a question during the Miliband Q&A.

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Delegates request a question during leader Ed Miliband’s Q & A session on the final day of the Labour party conference 

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (right) walks through the Hall of Honour with the Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, on Parliament Hill, Ottowa, Canada.

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Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper (right) walks through the Hall of Honour with the Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, on Parliament Hill, Ottowa, Canada.

Labour Annual Conference ...Delegates walk past an anti-nuclear campaigner and his dog as they arrive for the second day of the Labour Party Annual Conference in Brighton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 23, 2013. See PA LABOUR stories.

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Delegates walk past an anti-nuclear campaigner and his dog as they arrive for the second day of the Labour party annual conference in Brighton 

People walk by a puddle reflecting a giant election billboard featuring German Chancellor Angela Merkel's famous diamond-shape hands in Berlin, Germany.

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People walk by a puddle reflecting a giant election billboard featuring German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s famous diamond-shape hands in Berlin, Germany.

Liberal Democrats Autumn Conference, Glasgow. Leader of the Lib Dems and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, arrives at the conference hall ahead of his keynote speech this afternoon.

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Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats and deputy prime minister, arrives at the conference hall ahead of his keynote speech to delegates at the end of the Liberal Democrat Autumn Party conference in Glasgow 

Indian Muslims wear masks with a picture of Narendra Modi, Gujarat state Chief Minister and the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP)'s prime ministerial candidate, as a part of Modi's birthday celebration outside a mosque in Mumbai

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Indian Muslims wear masks with a picture of Narendra Modi, Gujarat state chief minister and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate, as a part of Modi’s birthday celebration outside a mosque in Mumbai

The Liberal Democrats Hold Their Annual Party Conference...GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 16:  Britain's Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrats party leader Nick Clegg speaks during a question and answer session at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) on September 16, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. Nick Clegg has denied any suggestions of a rift between him and his Cabinet colleague Business secretary Vince Cable over the Liberal Democrats future economic policy.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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Nick Clegg, Britain’s deputy prime minister, speaks during a question and answer session at the Liberal Democrat party conference in Glasgow, Scotland on Monday. Mr Clegg has denied any suggestions of a rift between him and Vince Cable, the business secretary, over the Liberal Democrats future economic policy. 

A young boy holding an Independentist Catala flag (Senyera) smiles as Catalans gather in a bid to create a 400-kilometre (250-mile) human chain, part of a campaign for independence from Spain during Catalonia National Day, or Diada, in Barcelona.

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A young boy holding an Independentist Catalan flag (Senyera) smiles as Catalans gather in a bid to create a 400-kilometre (250-mile) human chain, part of a campaign for independence from Spain during Catalonia National Day, or Diada, in Barcelona

Trade unionists parade during a demonstration on the first day of the Polish National Days of Protest in Warsaw, Poland.

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Trade unionists parade during a demonstration on the first day of the Polish National Days of Protest in Warsaw, Poland

A vendor sells pig masks during an interfaith prayer vigil calling for the abolishment of the "pork barrel" funds under the Priority Development Assistance Fund at the Edsa Shrine in Quezon city, Manila

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A vendor in Quezon city, Manila sells pig masks on Wednesday during an interfaith prayer vigil calling for the abolishment of the Priority Development Assistance Fund, also known as “pork barrel”, a discretionary fund in the Philippines available to members of Congress.

Members of the European Parliament vote during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

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Members of the European Parliament vote during a plenary session in Strasbourg, France.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, right, and Britain's Foreign Minister William Hague, left, leave after a news conference on Syria at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in central London.

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John Kerry, US secretary of state, right, watches Britain’s foreign minister William Hague leave after a press conference on Syria at the foreign and commonwealth office in London.

An election campaign posters of German Chancellor Angela Merkel is photographed through a car window covered with rain drops in Berlin, ahead of the elections on the 22nd September.

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An election campaign poster for German Chancellor Angela Merkel is seen through a car window in Berlin. Germany goes to the polls for a general election on September 22.

Brazil's Minister of Foreign Affairs Machado walks to greet Japan's Foreign Minister Kishida before a meeting at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia...Brazil's Minister of Foreign Affairs Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado walks to greet Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (not pictured) before a meeting at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia September 2, 2013. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino (BRAZIL - Tags: POLITICS)

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Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado, Brazil’s minister of foreign affairs, walks to greet Japan‘s foreign minister Fumio Kishida before a meeting at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Brazil