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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 negotiationsRead more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

 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 Read more

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.