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TOPSHOTS  A protester shout as police officers try to remove the chairs displayed to block the entrance of the Taiwanese Parliament which is occupied by activists to protest against moves by the ruling Kuomintang party to ratify a contentious trade agreement with Chinain, in Taipei on March 19, 2014. Late on March 18 around 200 students and activists broke through a security barrier and took over the main chamber in Taiwan's parliament, singing and dancing in protest against the trade agreement. AFP  PHOTO / SAM YEHSAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images

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A protester shouts as police officers try to remove chairs blocking the entrance to the Taiwanese parliament which has been occupied by activists protesting moves by the ruling Kuomintang party to ratify a contentious trade agreement with China. About 200 students and activists broke through a security barrier and took over the main chamber in Taiwan‘s parliament. Read more

Officials pose for photos near U.S. and Chinese national flags in a meeting room before the opening session of the 24th China-U.S. Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

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Officials pose for photos near US and Chinese national flags in a meeting room before the opening session of the 24th China-US Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in BeijingRead more

Students take part in a pro-European rally in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on November 28, 2013. An EU summit to cap years of effort to bring ex-Soviet states into the Western fold opens with its ambitions dented on November 28 after Ukraine, the biggest prize, balked at the last moment under Russian pressure. Kiev's surprise decision to scrap a landmark political and trade accord with the European Union just days before has set off a war of words between East and West reminiscent of the Cold War and sparked some of the biggest protests in Ukraine in a decade.

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Students take part in a pro-European rally in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. An EU summit to cap years of effort to bring ex-Soviet states into the Western fold opens with its ambitions dented on Thursday after Ukraine, the biggest prize, balked at the last moment under Russian pressure. Kiev’s surprise decision to scrap a landmark political and trade accord with the European Union just days before has set off a war of words between East and West reminiscent of the Cold War and sparked some of the biggest protests in Ukraine in a decade.

A Muslim trader attends to her customer at a market ahead of Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Malaysia's northeastern town of Kota Bharu.

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A Muslim trader attends to her customer at a market ahead of Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Kota Bharu, a town in northeastern Malaysia.

Containers and cars are loaded on freight trains at the railroad shunting yard in Maschen near Hamburg, Germany.

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Containers and cars are loaded on freight trains at the railroad shunting yard in Maschen near Hamburg, Germany

A worker makes chair frames to be woven with rattan at a workshop manufacturing furniture in Trangsan village on May 15, 2013 near Sukoharjo, Central Java, Indonesia. Indonesia's Deputy Industry Minister has been looking at ways to boost the rattan trade in Indonesia. The government put a stop to raw rattan exports in 2012 in an attempt to increase the sales of rattan products. Reports suggest this has been a marked success with total exports of rattan products up USD $57.78 in 2012 compared to 2011.

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A worker makes chair frames to be woven with rattan at a workshop manufacturing furniture in Trangsan village near Sukoharjo, Central Java province, Indonesia. Indonesia’s deputy industry minister has been looking at ways to boost the rattan trade in the country. The government put a stop to raw rattan exports in 2012 in an attempt to increase sales of rattan products, which rose in 2012.

Julia Gillard Visits Papua New Guinea - Day 2...PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - MAY 10:  Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard poses for photographers with students from Marianville girls secondary school on May 10, 2013 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The three-day visit is a chance for the two nations to strengthen economic ties, with talks being held on key issues including, trade, military defense, and the controversial Australian detention center on Manus Island.The trip is the first official visit for Prime Minister Julia Gillard to the Pacific Island Nation and the first visit since former prime minster Kevin Rudd visited in 2007.

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard poses for photographers with students from Marianville girls secondary school on Friday in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The three-day visit is a chance for the two nations to strengthen economic ties, with talks being held on key issues including, trade, military defense and the controversial Australian detention center on Manus Island. The trip is the first official visit for Prime Minister Gillard to the Pacific island nation and the first visit since former Prime Minster Kevin Rudd visited in 2007. Read more

Ashoor Mohammad, 60, waits for customers on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday,

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Ashoor Mohammad, 60, waits for customers on the outskirts of Kabul, AfghanistanRead more

Demonstrators, including members of the European Parliament, dressed as zombies, dance to the music of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" while participating in a flash-mob in front of the EU Parliament in Brussels...Demonstrators, including members of the European Parliament (MEP), dressed as zombies, dance to the music of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" while participating in a flash-mob in front of the EU Parliament in Brussels April 9, 2013.

Demonstrators dressed as zombies dance to the music of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' while participating in a flash mob in front of the European Parliament in Brussels. Francois Lenoir/Reuters

A flash mob, which included members of the European Parliament, was organised on Tuesday in protest against possible EU-India free trade agreements that could endanger access to medicines. Read more