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Janicee Buco, wearing a pair of red high heels shoes speaks before a crowd as they join Vietnamese nationals in commemoration of the Vietnam-China border war in 1979, in front of the Chinese consulate in Makati's financial district, south of Manila, the Philippines, 17 February 2014. Dozens of Filipino and Vietnamese nationals rallied outside the Chinese Embassy to protest against China's alleged bullying over the Philippines and Vietnam territorial dispute in the South China Sea. Protesters aimed to support Manila in an ongoing stand-off with China. China claims most of the South China Sea and Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei have competing claims over it.

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Dozens of Filipino and Vietnamese nationals rally outside the Chinese embassy in Makati’s financial district, south of Manila, the Philippines, to protest against China’s behaviour in a territorial dispute in the South China Sea. Janicee Buco, wearing red shoes, addresses the crowd as they commemorate the 1979 Vietnam-China border war.

Thai rice farmers protest against the government in Thailand...epa04082850 Thai Army soldiers are seen standing guard during a rice farmers rally at a temporary office of the cabinet of caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, at the office for the Permanent Secretary for Defense in Bangkok, Thailand, 17 February 2014. Thousands of rice farmers protested demanding the government to pay their rice, which is under a rice-pledging scheme. The government failed to raise 100 billion Thai baht (3.1 billion US dollar or 2.2 billion euro) to pay more than one million rice growers since early October 2013.  EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

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Thai soldiers stand guard during a rice farmers rally at the temporary headquarters of the cabinet of Yingluck Shinawatra, caretaker prime minister, at the office for the Permanent Secretary for Defense in Bangkok, Thailand. Thousands of rice farmers are demanding the government pay them for their rice under a rice subsidy scheme. The government has failed to raise 100bn Thai baht ($3.1bn) to pay more than 1m rice farmers. Read more

Bahraini anti-government protesters wait for riot police between clashes in the debris-filled main street of Malkiya, Bahrain, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. Rubbish and oil smeared on the road are meant to deter police jeeps from entering the village, where shops were shuttered in observance of a general strike called by anti-government groups in the run-up to Friday's third anniversary of the pro-democracy uprising in the Gulf island kingdom.

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Anti-government protesters wait for riot police between clashes in the debris-filled main street of Malkiya, Bahrain. Rubbish and oil smeared on the road are meant to deter police jeeps from entering the village, where shops were shuttered in observance of a general strike called by opposition groups in the run-up to Friday’s third anniversary of the pro-democracy uprising in the Gulf kingdom.

Anti-government protesters aimed at disrupting government offices, block the entrance to the Department of Forestry Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Bangkok. Thailand's Constitutional Court has rejected petitions brought by both the government and main opposition party accusing each other of attempting to overthrow the country's system of government during recent elections.

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Anti-government protesters block the entrance of the department of forestry in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand’s constitutional court has rejected petitions brought by both the government and main opposition party accusing each other of attempting to overthrow the country’s system of government during recent elections.

African asylum seekers gesture during a protest outside the Ministry of Interior in Tel Aviv, Israel, 11 February 2014. Over 1,000 African migrants, which mostly arrive from Eritrea and Sudan, marched from southern Tel Aviv's Levinski Park to the Ministry of Interior. The asylum seekers are protesting since weeks  against Israel's refusal to grant them refugee status and the opening of 'Holot', the new detention facility in the country's south.

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African asylum seekers gesture during a protest outside the Ministry of Interior in Tel Aviv, Israel. Over 1,000 African migrants, which mostly arrive from Eritrea and Sudan, marched from southern Tel Aviv’s Levinski Park to the Ministry of Interior.

Riot police stand behind crosses installed by anti-government protesters in memory of the people who have died and went missing during clashes in Ukraine, near the barricades in Kiev...Riot police stand behind crosses installed by anti-government protesters in memory of the people who have died and went missing during clashes in Ukraine, near the barricades in Kiev February 11, 2014. Ukrainian protesters, now in their third month of action, kept up pressure on President Viktor Yanukovich on Sunday with a mass rally where opposition leaders called for an end to his "dictatorial" powers.  REUTERS/Konstantin Grishin

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Riot police stand behind crosses installed by anti-government protesters in Kiev, in memory of the people who have died or gone missing during clashes in the Ukraine Read more

Cambodian protesters react during a protest outside the appeals court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 11 February 2014. Protesters called on Cambodian authorities to release human rights activists and garment workers arrested during a protest demanding increased wages on 02 and 03 January 2014.

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Cambodian protesters outside the appeals court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Protesters called on authorities to release human rights activists and garment workers arrested during a protest demanding increased wages

Kenyan gays and lesbians and others supporting their cause wear masks to preserve their anonymity as they stage a rare protest, against Uganda's increasingly tough stance against homosexuality and in solidarity with their counterparts there, outside the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. Homosexuality has been criminalized in Uganda where lawmakers have recently passed a new bill, which appears to have wide support among Ugandans, that prescribes life imprisonment for "aggravated" homosexual acts.

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Kenyan supporters of gay and lesbian rights wear masks as they protest outside the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya, against Uganda’s tough stance on homosexuality. Uganda lawmakers recently passed a bill that prescribed life imprisonment for ‘aggravated’ homosexual acts

A rice farmer reacts to speeches during a protest demanding payment of a rice subsidy program from the government outside the Permanent Secretary for Defense in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. An ambitious rice buying program that Thailand's ruling party hoped would uplift millions of its poor rural supporters may end up helping to bring down the increasingly cornered government.

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A rice farmer reacts to speeches during a protest demanding payment of a rice subsidy from the government outside the office of the permanent secretary for defense in Bangkok, Thailand. The ambitious rice-buying programme was intended by Thailand’s ruling party to uplift millions of its poor rural supporters

Protesters dance at a crossroad in Hebron, near Pretoria, on February 7, 2014 during a protest for basic government services. South African police fired stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets on February 6, 2014 to disperse thousands of rioters demanding basic government services in communities near Pretoria and Johannesburg. Security forces were deployed to several flashpoints in Gauteng province as protesters blocked streets and set ablaze police stations and other municipal buildings as well as tyres.

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Protesters dance at a crossroad in Hebron, near Pretoria, on Friday during a protest for basic government services. South African police fired stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets on Thursday to disperse thousands of rioters demanding basic government services in communities near Pretoria and Johannesburg.