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Afghan residents queue to receive their voter cards for the upcoming presidential election at a voter registration centre in Herat on March 31, 2014. Crowds queued up outside voter registration centres in Afghanistan and presidential candidates held large outdoor rallies for supporters five days ahead of elections that have been shaken by Taliban attacks. The vote, which will choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai, comes as US-led foreign troops withdraw after 13 years of fighting the fierce Islamist insurgency raging across the south and east of the country.

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Voters queue to receive their polling cards, for the upcoming presidential election in Afghanistan, at a registration centre in Herat on Monday. Presidential candidates held large outdoor rallies five days ahead of elections that have been shaken by Taliban attacks.

Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul prepare to leave after an election rally in Mazar-I-Shariff...Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul prepare to leave after an election rally in Mazar-i-Shariff, northern Afghanistan March 27, 2014. The Afghan presidential election will be held on April 5. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul prepare to leave after an election rally in Mazari Sharif in northern Afghanistan. The Afghan presidential election will be held on April 5.

Pakistani women, wash their laundry at a water reservoir, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, March 20, 2014. The United Nations has proclaimed that March 20 is the International Day of Happiness.

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Pakistani women, wash their laundry at a water reservoir, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. The United Nations has proclaimed that March 20 is the International Day of Happiness.

Afghan women line up to have their picture taken to register for the upcoming presidential elections in a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Last minute registration of voters continues despite the fact that more than 21 million voter registration cards have been issued while only roughly 12 million Afghans are eligible to vote. The discrepancy is the result of repeated registrations since the first round of elections in Afghanistan in 2004. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

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Women in Afghanistan line up to have their picture taken at a school in Kabul, Afghanistan to register for presidential elections. Last-minute registration of voters continues despite more than 21 million voter registration cards having been issued while only roughly 12 million Afghans are eligible to vote. The discrepancy is the result of repeated registrations since the first round of elections in Afghanistan in 2004. 

In this photograph taken on March 5, 201...In this photograph taken on March 5, 2014, sixty-five year old Indian widow Urmila Tiwari poses at the Meerasahabhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, some 135 kilometres (80 miles) south of New Delhi, ahead of International Women's Day. Tiwari has lived at the ashram for over a year and says, I love to live here, among good people. Banished by families who see them as a financial drain, or believe they bring bad fortune, desperately poor widows have for centuries travelled to the northern city of Vrindavan, where the Hindu god Krishna is said to have grown up, to pray and wait to die. Traditionally, Vrindavans widows sung hymns and begged in the pilgrimage city on the banks of the Yamuna River, living in seclusion and shame and expected to dress in white, signifying the loss of colour from their lives. The Meerasahabhagini Ashram run by the Sulabh International NGO offers a place where some of Vrindavans estimated 15,000 widows can live together, providing support and friendship that bind them into a community. International Women's Day falls on March 8.

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Sixty-five-year old Indian widow Urmila Tiwari poses at the Meerasahabhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, some 135 kilometres south of New Delhi, ahead of International Women’s Day. Ms Tiwari has lived at the ashram for over a year and says, “I love to live here, among good people”. Banished by families who see them as a financial drain, or believe they bring bad fortune, desperately poor widows have for centuries travelled to the northern city of Vrindavan, where the Hindu god Krishna is said to have grown up, to pray and wait to die. The Meerasahabhagini Ashram run by the Sulabh International NGO offers a place where some of Vrindavans estimated 15,000 widows can live together, providing support and friendship that bind them into a community. International Women’s Day falls on Saturday 

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Members of the German team celebrate their 3-2 win over Japan in the Sochi Winter Olympics women’s ice hockey game at Shayba Arena

An Orthodox Jewish woman reads from a holy book as she prays at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's old city, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Jewish women from the group known as "Women of the Wall," convenes monthly prayer services at the Western Wall, wearing prayer shawls and performing rituals that ultra-Orthodox Jews believe only men are allowed to do.

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An Orthodox Jewish woman reads from a holy book as she prays at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem‘s old city. A group known as Women of the Wall convene monthly for prayers, wearing prayer shawls and performing rituals that ultra-Orthodox Jews believe only men are allowed to do.

Great Britian's (left to Right) Laura Trott, Dani King, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell, on their way to breaking the world record in the Women's Team , Pursuit during day one of the 2013 UCI Track Cycling World Cup at the National Cycling Centre, Manchester.

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Great Britain’s Laura Trott, Dani King, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell on their way to breaking the world record in the Women’s Team Pursuit, during day one of the 2013 UCI Track Cycling World Cup at the National Cycling Centre, Manchester.

Vowing empowerment of women...epa03929651 Participants of an annual convention of women's advocacy groups chant slogans vowing to empower women, in Seoul, South Korea, 30 October 2013. President Park Geun-hye spoke at the convention and promised to make the country a better place for women, with more jobs and opportunities, and less gender-based discrimination. One of the slogans was 'Becoming one Korea, through women's power.'  EPA/YONHAP

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Participants of an annual convention of women’s advocacy groups chant slogans vowing to empower women, in Seoul, South Korea. President Park Geun-hye spoke at the convention and promised to make the country a better place for women, with more jobs and opportunities, and less gender-based discrimination. One of the slogans was ‘Becoming one Korea, through women’s power.’ 

Femen Protests Saudi Prohibition On Women Drivers...BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 28:  (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains nudity.) Activists from the women's rights-group Femen bare their breasts while protesting outside the Saudi embassy against the prohibition on women driving in Saudi Arabia on October 28, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A small number of women in Saudi Arabia protested on Saturday against the ban on women driving, the Arab state is the only country in the world that prohibits women from driving a car.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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Activists from the women’s rights group Femen protest outside the Saudi embassy in Berlin at the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia. A small number of women in Saudi Arabia protested on Saturday against the ban on women driving. The Arab state is the only country in the world that prohibits women from driving a car.

Women push themselves into a train carriage at Sudimara train station

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Women push themselves into a train carriage at Sudimara train station on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, on Friday

Iranian women pray during the Eid al-Fitr prayer in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. The Eid al-Fitr celebration marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, during which Muslims all over the world fast from sunrise to sunset.

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Women at Eid al-Fitr prayers in Tehran, Iran, on Friday, to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan

ndonesian Muslim women hold prayers on ...Indonesian Muslim women hold prayers on the first night of the holy month of Ramadan at the Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta on July 9, 2013. Islam's holy month of Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims worldwide marked by fasting, abstaining from foods, sex and smoking from dawn to dusk for soul cleansing and strengthening the spiritual bond between them and the Almighty.   AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images

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Indonesian Muslim women on Tuesday hold prayers at the Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan.

Egyptian protesters demonstrate against President Morsi in Tahrir square...epa03771073 Egyptian female protesters shout slogans against President Morsi, during a protest in Tahrir square, Cairo, Egypt, 02 July 2013. Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on 02 July criticized an ultimatum by the Egyptian military to resolve a deepening political crisis, as his supporters and opponents vowed to continue protesting. Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group has called on its supporters to take to the streets in support of the president.  Protesters opposed to Morsi began arriving at Tahrir Square and near the presidential palace, after opposition groups vowed to demonstrate until the president resigned.  EPA/ANDRE PAIN

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Female protesters in Egypt shout slogans against President Mohamed Morsi, during a protest in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday. Islamist Mr Morsi criticised an ultimatum by the Egyptian military to resolve a deepening political crisis, as his supporters and opponents vowed to continue protesting. Mr Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood group has called on its supporters to take to the streets in support of the president. Protesters opposed to Mr Morsi began arriving at Tahrir Square and near the presidential palace, after opposition groups vowed to demonstrate until the president resigned. 

Former indentured housemaids, or "Kamalaris", dressed in traditional attires, attend a protest demanding rehabilitation and social security outside Singha Durbar office complex, which houses the Prime Minister's office and other ministries, in Kathmandu June 4, 2013. Kamalaris, who are sold as domestic labourers to work under landlords, often struggle with poverty and re-integration back into society after being freed from servitude, according to news reports.

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Former indentured housemaids, or ‘Kamalaris’, dressed in traditional attires, attend a protest demanding rehabilitation and social security outside the Singha Durbar office complex, which houses the prime minister’s office and other ministries, in Kathmandu on Tuesday. Kamalaris, who are sold as domestic labourers to work under landlords, often struggle with poverty and re-integration back into society after being freed from servitude. 

Hindu women carry Kalash during a religious procession locally known as Ganga Kalash Yatra in Ahmedabad...Hindu women carry Kalash, earthen pots containing sacred water with a coconut on top of them, during a religious procession locally known as Ganga Kalash Yatra in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad May 22, 2013. REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

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Hindu women carry Kalash, earthen pots containing sacred water with a coconut on top, during a religious procession locally known as Ganga Kalash Yatra in India’s western city of Ahmedabad on Wednesday.

Ariel Castro, Pedro Castro and Onil Castro appear in court in Cleveland,...Ariel Castro (R), Pedro Castro (C) and Onil Castro appear in court in Cleveland, Ohio, May 9, 2013. Ariel Castro, 52, a veteran school bus driver fired from his job last fall, was formally charged with kidnapping and raping the three women, who were rescued from his house on May 6 evening shortly before his arrest.  REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Ariel Castro (R), Pedro Castro (C) and Onil Castro appear in court in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday. Ariel Castro, 52, a veteran school bus driver was fired from his job last autumn, was formally charged with kidnapping and raping the three women, who were rescued from his house on Monday. 

Women collect water from a rain-water pond on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen

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Women collect water from a pond on the outskirts of Sanaa in Yemen

Female members of the Indonesian military attend a roll call to mark Kartini Day in Jakarta on April 22, 2013. The event is held to enhance integrity and solidarity for Indonesian women commemorating the birth of Raden Ajeng Kartini, an Indonesian heroine born in 1879, a pioneer in the emancipation of Indonesian women.

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Female members of the Indonesian military attend a roll call to mark Kartini day in Jakarta. The event is held to enhance integrity and solidarity for Indonesian women commemorating the birth of Raden Ajeng Kartini, born in 1879 and a pioneer in the emancipation of Indonesian women.