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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. 

 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.