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Workers collect sugar cane at the largest sugar factory in the Central African Republic in Ngakobo, 450Km East of the capital Bangui, on June 5, 2014. A sugar refinery -- the wartorn Central African Republic's biggest factory -- is back in business after soldiers recaptured it from former rebels who occupied it for more than a year. In a rare boost to the impoverished nation's battered economy, the plant's 150 employees are back on the job in Ngakobo in the east of the former French colony -- with African peacekeepers providing security.

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Workers collect sugar cane at the largest sugar factory in the Central African Republic in Ngakobo, 450km east of the capital Bangui.

Indonesians Protest For Higher Wages On May Day 2014...JAKARTA, INDONESIA - MAY 1:  Indonesian labour activists representing underpaid and downtrodden workers perform during a Labour Day protest on May 1, 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia.  Protesters across Indonesia have organised rallies to demand higher wages, as Indonesia recognises its first national labour day holiday. (Photo by Ed Wray/Getty Images)

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Indonesian labour activists perform during a Labour day protest in Jakarta, Indonesia, one of several rallies taking place across the country to demand higher wages 

Crossrail construction workers on the Connaught tunnel below the Royal Docks in east London. Derelict since 2006 when rail services stopped using the route, works are taking place to deepen, strengthen and widen the structure to ensure that is ready for the arrival of crossrail trains, from 2018 up to 12 trains an hour in each direction will run through the tunnel first built in 1878 linking Woolwich to Custom House, Canary Wharf and Central London.

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Crossrail construction workers on the Connaught tunnel below the Royal Docks in east London. Derelict since 2006 when rail services stopped using the route, works are taking place to deepen, strengthen and widen the structure to ensure that is ready for the arrival of crossrail trains, from 2018 up to 12 trains an hour in each direction will run through the tunnel first built in 1878 linking Woolwich to Custom House, Canary Wharf and Central London.

Workers install a float, with a large mannequin figure depicting the King of the Carnival during preparations for the 130th Nice carnival parade, Thursday, Feb. 13 , 2013, in Nice, southeastern France.  The 130th Nice Carnival runs from February 14 until March 4 and will celebrate the theme "King of gastronomy".

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Workers install a large mannequin depicting the King of the Carnival during preparations for the 130th Nice Carnival in southeastern France

Port workers demonstrate outside the customs building in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. The protesters say the government is not paying retired port workers their state pension plan, affecting over 1,000 of their union members.

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Port workers demonstrate outside the customs building in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The protesters say the government is not paying retired port workers their state pension plan, affecting over 1,000 of their union members.

Health workers from different states attend a function to celebrate the third year after India was declared polio free in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.

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Health workers from different states attend a function in New Delhi, India, to celebrate three years since India was declared polio free

Pedestrians wait to cross a street in Seoul on January 27, 2014. South Korea's economy grew at a slightly slower 0.9 percent in the fourth quarter of last year, as falling construction investments offset a rise in exports, state data showed January 23.

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Pedestrians wait to cross a street in Seoul on Monday. South Korea’s economy grew at a slightly slower 0.9 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year, as falling construction investments offset a rise in exports, state data showed.

A man carrying a helmet and with his face hooded attends a rally near Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana on January 23, 2014. Tens of thousands of workers at the world's three top platinum producers were set to down tools today in a pay strike that could have a devastating impact in Africa's largest economy. Up to 80,000 workers at Impala Platinum, Anglo American Platinum and Lonmin mines will embark on an indefinite strike from early Thursday, after their demand to double the minimum monthly wage to $1,150 was rejected.

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Tens of thousands of workers at the world’s three top platinum producers downed tools on Thursday in South Africa in a pay strike that could have a devastating impact on Africa’s largest economy. Here, protesters gather near Lonmin’s platinum mine in Marikana.

Workers undertake drainage repairs on a street on a commercial street in Beijing on December 10, 2013. Chinese inflation decelerated to 3.0 percent in November, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said, well under the government's target for the year.

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Workers undertake drainage repairs on a commercial street in Beijing. Chinese inflation slowed to 3% in November, the National Bureau of Statistics said, comfortably below the government’s target of 3.5% for the year.

In early morning darkness, workers prepare heavy machinery for the day as rebuilding work continues on the beach area of Seaside Heights and Seaside Park, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. A large Sandy-related fire on the boardwalk in September has slowed progress in the area.

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In early morning darkness, workers prepare heavy machinery for the day as rebuilding work continues on the beach area of Seaside Heights and Seaside Park, New Jersey. Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of hurricane Sandy.

Palestinian factory workers rest inside ...Palestinian factory workers rest inside concrete pipes as they wait for the start of a working day in Gaza City on October 23, 2013. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED ABEDMOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images

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Palestinian factory workers rest inside concrete pipes as they wait for the start of a working day in Gaza City on Wednesday. 

Firemen take part in a demonstration of Italian trade unions Cobas and Usb against austerity measures and European politics. Thousands of people protested against economic austerity in Rome today as partial transport strikes across the country cancelled dozens of flights and snarled buses and trains.

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Firemen take part in a demonstration of Italian trade unions Cobas and Usb against austerity measures and European politics. Thousands of people protested against economic austerity in Rome today as partial transport strikes across the country cancelled dozens of flights and snarled buses and trains.

Union workers from Serikat Pekerja Seluruh Indonesia (SPSI) walk during a protest at the business district in Jakarta, October 17, 2013. Almost one thousand workers participated in the protest, demanding wage raises and objecting to outsourcing, according to local media on Thursday.

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Members of trade union Serikat Pekerja Seluruh Indonesia walk during a protest in the business district in Jakarta. Almost 1,000 workers participated in the protest, demanding wage raises and objecting to outsourcing, according to local media on Thursday.

A man wearing a mask burns a flare on October 15, 2013 in Marseille, southern France, as he takes part in a protest called by French workers' unions (UNEF, UNL, CGT, FSU and FO), against the government's plans to reform France's retirement system.

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A man wearing a mask burns a flare on Tuesday in Marseille, southern France, as he takes part in a protest called by French workers’ union, against the government’s plans to reform France’s retirement system.

Employees of the French chemical firm Kem One demonstrate in the streets of Lyon on September 26, 2013 as Lyon's commercial court examined their situation. The 1,300 employees of Kem One, placed into receivership since March 27, were due to be informed about potential buyers and their restructuring projects but the court delayed its final decision to December 12.

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Employees of the French chemical group Kem One demonstrate in the streets of Lyon on Thursday as the city’s commercial court examined their situation. The 1,300 staff of Kem One, placed into receivership since March 27, were due to be informed about potential buyers and their restructuring projects but the court delayed its final decision until December 12.

Workers wait to enter a construction site early in the morning near an advertisement urging people to protect environment, in Beijing on Thursday.

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Workers wait to enter a construction site early in the morning on Thursday near an advertisement urging people to protect environment, in Beijing.

Laborers cut grass in the City of Knowledge in Panama City September 20, 2013.

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Labourers cut grass in the City of Knowledge in Panama City on Friday.

Protesters chant slogans and carry a banner reading "No", during a rally organized by Greece's ADEDY main public sector union, in central Athens, on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Hundreds of state employees took part in the rally  and held a 4-hour work stoppage to protest planned mandatory public sector employee transfers and suspensions as part of the government's harsh austerity drive.

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Protesters chant slogans and carry a banner reading “No”, during a rally organised by Greece’s Adedy main public sector union in Athens on Thursday. Hundreds of state employees took part in the rally and held a four-hour work stoppage to protest against planned mandatory public sector employee transfers and suspensions as part of the government’s austerity drive

Afghans travel on a bus, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013.

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Afghans travel on a bus, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday

Men eat lunch and relax on a stairway covered in artificial grass near St. Pancras Station in London...Men eat lunch and relax on a stairway covered in artificial grass near St. Pancras Station in London August 20 2013.  REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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Men relax and chat while enjoying the UK’s sunny, warm weather on steps covered in artificial grass near St. Pancras Station in London on Tuesday