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Pictures of the Year 2009

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Finance
Finance
KOREA-FIRE/
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January 20, 2009
A squatter reacts on top of a building which is engulfed in flames as police in a container box approach...
Seoul, South Korea
A squatter reacts on top of a building which is engulfed in flames as police in a container box approach...
A squatter reacts on top of a building which is engulfed in flames as police in a container box approach to suppress them in Seoul early January 20, 2009. More than 40 people are believed to be trapped inside a building in Seoul that was engulfed in flames in a standoff between police and residents protesting demolition in the area, a Reuters witness said on Tuesday. Dozens of tenants of the largely commercial area in the middle of the South Korean capital slated for a major redevelopment project have been fighting with police and throwing Molotov cocktails since early Monday, demanding better compensation. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won (SOUTH KOREA)
FORECLOSURES
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December 31, 2008
A young girl jumps rope on the sidewalk next to her family's belongings after she, her parents, and her...
Waco, UNITED STATES
Young girl plays next to family belongings after family is evicted from house in Waco, Texas
A young girl jumps rope on the sidewalk next to her family's belongings after she, her parents, and her four brothers and sisters, received a court order of eviction that was carried out by McLennan County Deputy Constables in Waco, Texas, December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES)
OBAMA/
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January 30, 2009
U.S. President Barack Obama steps over a planter off the stage after signing the Middle Class Working...
Washington, UNITED STATES
U.S. President Barack Obama steps over a planter off the stage after signing the Middle Class Working...
U.S. President Barack Obama steps over a planter off the stage after signing the Middle Class Working Families Task Force executive order, as Vice President Joe Biden (R) follows him in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 30, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES)
SWITZERLAND/
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January 28, 2009
A protestor hangs from the logo of the Swiss bank UBS during a demonstration against the ongoing Davos'...
Basel, Switzerland
A protestor hangs from the logo of the Swiss bank UBS during a demonstration against the ongoing Davos'...
A protestor hangs from the logo of the Swiss bank UBS during a demonstration against the ongoing Davos' World Economic Forum's (WEF) annual meeting in Basel January 28, 2009. REUTERS/Michael Buholzer (SWITZERLAND)
ICELAND/
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January 25, 2009
A demonstrator carries a cone during a protest in Reykjavik January 25, 2009. Iceland's Minister of Commerce...
Reykjavik, Iceland
A demonstrator carries a cone during a protest in Reykjavik
A demonstrator carries a cone during a protest in Reykjavik January 25, 2009. Iceland's Minister of Commerce quit on Sunday, calling into question the government's ability to rule until an early election in May and tackle the country's economic collapse. Commerce Minister Bjorgvin Sigurdsson said he was resigning because of his role in the collapse that has prompted protesters to call for the government's immediate resignation. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins (ICELAND)
CALIFORNIA/UNEMPLOYMENT
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January 26, 2009
A handmade sign painted on the side of a pickup truck reading "hard worker" is shown in San Francisco,...
San Francisco, UNITED STATES
handmade sign painted on the side of a pickup truck reading "hard worker" is shown in San Francisco
A handmade sign painted on the side of a pickup truck reading "hard worker" is shown in San Francisco, California, January 25, 2009. California's unemployment rate jumped to 9.3 percent in December, a 14-year high for the state and significantly higher than the month's national average of 7.2 percent. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES)
BRITAIN-GDP/
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January 23, 2009
A woman walks past a shop front in High Wycombe, in southern England January 23, 2009. Britain entered...
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
A woman walks past a shop front in High Wycombe
A woman walks past a shop front in High Wycombe, in southern England January 23, 2009. Britain entered recession for the first time since 1991 on Friday when figures showed output contracted by 1.5 percent in the final three months of 2008. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN)
JAPAN-FOREX/
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January 23, 2009
People are reflected on an electronic board displaying exchange rates in Tokyo January 23, 2009. Japan's...
Tokyo, Japan
People are reflected on an electronic board displaying exchange rates in Tokyo
People are reflected on an electronic board displaying exchange rates in Tokyo January 23, 2009. Japan's best-known retail currency trader, a housewife who made 800 million yen ($9 million) on the dollar, euro and pound, says although markets are volatile it may be a good year to buy the Australian dollar and Turkish lira. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN)
BRITAIN-AUTOS/
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January 22, 2009
Honda cars are parked in rows at docks, in Southampton, southern England January 22, 2009. British car...
London, United Kingdom
Honda cars are parked in rows at docks in Southampton, southern England
Honda cars are parked in rows at docks, in Southampton, southern England January 22, 2009. British car output fell at its sharpest pace in almost 20 years in December, with production barely half that of 12 months earlier as the economic slowdown sapped consumer demand, an industry body said on Thursday. Britain's car industry is dominated by foreign manufacturers such as Japan's Nissan and Honda, which have cut production and jobs sharply after falling demand, both in Britain and for the three quarters of cars that are exported. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty (BRITAIN)
UKRPROMBANK/RECEIVERSHIP
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January 21, 2009
A man leaves a branch of Ukrprombank in Kiev January 21, 2009. Ukraine's central bank said on Wednesday...
Kiev, Ukraine
Man leaves branch of Ukrprombank in Kiev
A man leaves a branch of Ukrprombank in Kiev January 21, 2009. Ukraine's central bank said on Wednesday it had placed medium-sized bank Ukrprombank in receivership, protecting it from its creditors for six months. REUTERS/Konstantin Chernichkin (UKRAINE)
USA/
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January 21, 2009
New York Federal Reserve Bank President Timothy Geithner, US President Barack Obama's nominee for Treasury...
Washington, UNITED STATES
Geithner testifies in his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Hill in...
New York Federal Reserve Bank President Timothy Geithner, US President Barack Obama's nominee for Treasury Secretary, testifies in his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 21, 2009. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES)
MADOFF/
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January 14, 2009
A man holds a sign referring to accused swindler Bernard Madoff outside Madoff's luxury apartment building...
New York, UNITED STATES
Man holds sign outside Bernard Madoff's home on New York City's upper East side
A man holds a sign referring to accused swindler Bernard Madoff outside Madoff's luxury apartment building on New York City's upper east side, January 14, 2009. Madoff was later driven away to appear at a hearing in Manhattan federal court in lower Manhattan. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES)
MARKETS-GLOBAL/
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January 15, 2009
A man sleeps after monitoring stock market prices on computer monitors inside a securities company in...
Taipei, Taiwan
A man sleeps after monitoring stock market prices on computer monitors inside a securities company in...
A man sleeps after monitoring stock market prices on computer monitors inside a securities company in Taipei January 15, 2009. Bleak economic data globally and a deepening banking crisis in the United States knocked Asian shares to a five-week low on Thursday, while safe-haven government bonds benefited from renewed market jitters. REUTERS/Nicky Loh (TAIWAN)
SWITZERLAND/
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January 18, 2009
A paint covered Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) logo is seen on the headquarters of the bank in Zurich...
Zurich, Switzerland
A paint covered UBS logo is seen on the headquarters of the bank in Zurich
A paint covered Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) logo is seen on the headquarters of the bank in Zurich January 18, 2009. According to Zurich's city Police, a group of unidentified protesters hurled paint against the building on Saturday evening. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann (SWITZERLAND)
BRITAIN-BANKS/
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January 19, 2009
A man gestures whilst speaking on a mobile telephone at Barclays Bank in the financial district of Canary...
London, United Kingdom
A man gestures whilst speaking on a mobile telephone at Barclays Bank in the financial district of Canary...
A man gestures whilst speaking on a mobile telephone at Barclays Bank in the financial district of Canary Wharf in London January 19, 2009. Britain unveiled a second support package on Monday for struggling banks to try and get lending flowing again in an economy lurching into its first recession since the early 1990s. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs (BRITAIN)
BRITAIN/
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January 19, 2009
A man removes a placard after a demonstration outside the Staythorpe power station, central England,...
STAYTHORPE, United Kingdom
Man removes placard after demonstration outside the Staythorpe power station
A man removes a placard after a demonstration outside the Staythorpe power station, central England, January 19, 2009. Union members protested at the site of the new power station over claims overseas workers were being hired instead of UK staff. REUTERS/Darren Staples (BRITAIN)
ASIA/FENGSHUI
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January 21, 2009
Birds rest on a sculpture of an ox outside the Hong Kong Stock Exchange January 20, 2009. Stock investors...
Hong Kong, China
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Birds rest on a sculpture of an ox outside the Hong Kong Stock Exchange January 20, 2009. Stock investors reeling from last year's market mayhem may take some solace from practitioners of the ancient Chinese art of feng shui, who predict a calmer, if subdued, performance in the coming Chinese Year of the Ox. To match feature ASIA/FENGSHUI REUTERS/Bobby Yip (CHINA)
BRITAIN/
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January 12, 2009
Representatives of smaller shareholders in Northern Rock carry placards, in London January 12, 2009....
London, United Kingdom
Representatives of smaller shareholders in Northern Rock carry placards in London
Representatives of smaller shareholders in Northern Rock carry placards, in London January 12, 2009. They were in London to highlight the shareholders claim for fair compensation after losing shares when the bank was nationalised. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty (BRITAIN)
BRITAIN-JOBS/
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January 12, 2009
Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown listens to questions at an Employment Summit in central London...
London, United Kingdom
Britain's Prime Minister Brown listens to questions at Employment Summit in central London
Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown listens to questions at an Employment Summit in central London January 12, 2009. Brown pledged on Monday to spend 500 million pounds ($754 million) to stem rising unemployment caused by the financial crisis. With the jobless total already at a decade-high and set to climb further as companies hit by the credit crunch lay off thousands of workers, Brown said he was determined to not to let unemployment spiral out of control. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN)
BRITAIN/
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January 06, 2009
A shopper leaves a branch of Woolworths in Putney in west London January 6, 2009. The British retail...
London, United Kingdom
A shopper leaves a branch of Woolworths in Putney in west London
A shopper leaves a branch of Woolworths in Putney in west London January 6, 2009. The British retail store finishes trading at the last of its nationwide chain of stores today, after no buyer was found when the company went into administration. REUTERS/Andrew Parsons (BRITAIN)
FRANCE-STRIKE/
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January 29, 2009
Commuters wait on a platform for their regional train in a station in central Paris as one-day nationwide...
Paris, France
Commuters wait on a platform for their regional train in central Paris as one-day nationwide strike hits...
Commuters wait on a platform for their regional train in a station in central Paris as one-day nationwide strike hits transportation services January 29, 2009. Hundreds of thousands of workers take part in a nationwide strike angry at what they say are insufficient government measures to tackle the economic crisis. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (FRANCE) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE SEE: GM1E59T1IKO01
BRITAIN-GDP/
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January 23, 2009
A woman sits on her balcony (TOP RIGHT) in a tower block in west London January 22, 2009. Britain entered...
London, United Kingdom
A woman sits on her balcony in a tower block in west London
A woman sits on her balcony (TOP RIGHT) in a tower block in west London January 22, 2009. Britain entered recession for the first time since 1991 on January 23, 2009 when figures showed output contracted by 1.5 percent in the final three months of 2008. Photograph taken on January 22, 2009. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN)
FINANCIAL/ADVENTURE
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January 23, 2009
People walk past a lion mount at the annual Dallas Safari Club Convention in Dallas, Texas January 10,...
Dallas, UNITED STATES
To match feature FINANCIAL/ADVENTURE
People walk past a lion mount at the annual Dallas Safari Club Convention in Dallas, Texas January 10, 2009. From arduous trips to the end of the world to bids to reach its highest summit to elephant hunting safaris in Africa, the upper echelons of the outdoor adventure industry seem to rise above the global financial crisis and recession. Photo taken January 10, 2009. To match feature FINANCIAL/ADVENTURE REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES)
BRITAIN-BAILOUT/
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January 16, 2009
Pedestrians walk through the Canary Wharf financial district of London January 16, 2009. British ministers...
London, United Kingdom
Pedestrians walk through the Canary Wharf financial district of London
Pedestrians walk through the Canary Wharf financial district of London January 16, 2009. British ministers will be hammering out a package of radical measures at the weekend that could include fresh capital injections into banks, The Times reported on Friday, citing sources close to the negotiations.REUTERS/Andrew Winning (BRITAIN)
GERMANY-ECB/
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January 15, 2009
Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank (ECB) listens to reporter's questions during...
Frankfurt, Germany
Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank (ECB) listens to reporter's questions during...
Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank (ECB) listens to reporter's questions during his monthly news conference at the ECB headquarter in Frankfurt, January 15, 2009. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (Germany)
SWITZERLAND/
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January 14, 2009
An employee sits amongst safe boxes before the public opening of the safe room of the Zuercher Kantonalbank...
Zurich, Switzerland
An Employee checks safe boxes before the public opening of the safe room of the Zuercher Kantonalbank...
An employee sits amongst safe boxes before the public opening of the safe room of the Zuercher Kantonalbank (ZKB) at the Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich January 14, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann (SWITZERLAND)
BRITAIN-ECONOMY/
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January 13, 2009
Property letting and sale signs are seen above shops in south London January 13, 2009. The economy went...
London, United Kingdom
Property letting and sale signs are seen above shops in south London
Property letting and sale signs are seen above shops in south London January 13, 2009. The economy went into steep decline at the end of last year when consumers tightened their belts, businesses slashed jobs and the housing market ground to a virtual standstill, a trio of surveys showed Tuesday. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN)
BANKISLAM/ACQUISITION
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January 13, 2009
An employee of Bank Islam works at a branch in Putrajaya outside Kuala Lumpur January 13, 2009. Malaysia's...
Putrajaya, Malaysia
An employee of Bank Islam works at a branch in Putrajaya outside Kuala Lumpur
An employee of Bank Islam works at a branch in Putrajaya outside Kuala Lumpur January 13, 2009. Malaysia's Bank Islam has identified a potential domestic merger or acquisition partner, with the aim of creating of a large Islamic bank, its managing director said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA)
FRANCE/
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January 07, 2009
A woman carries shopping bags in Strasbourg during the first day of winter sales in France January 7,...
Strasbourg, France
A woman carries shopping bags in Strasbourg during the first day of winter sales in France
A woman carries shopping bags in Strasbourg during the first day of winter sales in France January 7, 2009. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE)
AUTOS/DEALERS
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January 01, 2009
A tattered flag for Buick automobiles flies above an empty car lot, once filled with General Motors automobiles...
Daly City, UNITED STATES
Tattered flag flies at General Motors automobile dealership that closed in Daly City
A tattered flag for Buick automobiles flies above an empty car lot, once filled with General Motors automobiles from GMC, Buick and Pontiac, in Daly City, California December 31, 2008, after the dealership closed for business. In December as lawmakers and the White House closed in on a deal to extend aid to U.S. automakers, concerns about the survival of the companies and their brands were compounding problems for their cash-strapped dealers. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES)
FINANCIAL/TIMES
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January 01, 2009
A sign advertising a home for sale at a reduced price is shown in Pacifica, California December 31, 2008....
Daly City, UNITED STATES
Home shown for sale in Pacifica
A sign advertising a home for sale at a reduced price is shown in Pacifica, California December 31, 2008. House prices in the area dropped again in October, local media reported on Tuesday. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES)
AUTOSHOW/
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January 13, 2009
A plug is seen coming from the Chevrolet Volt electric car during the North American International Auto...
Detroit, UNITED STATES
A plug is seen coming from the Chevrolet Volt electric car during the North American International Auto...
A plug is seen coming from the Chevrolet Volt electric car during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan January 13, 2009. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (UNITED STATES)
STANFORD/
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February 17, 2009
A United States Marshal walks into a Stanford Financial Group office building in the upscale Galleria...
Houston, UNITED STATES
A United States Marshal walks into a Stanford Financial Group office building in the upscale Galleria...
A United States Marshal walks into a Stanford Financial Group office building in the upscale Galleria District of Houston February 17, 2009. Marshals entered the firm's buildings Tuesday morning and the company is now "under the management of a receiver," according to a sign taped to the window of the group's Houston headquarters. U.S. authorities charged Texas billionaire Allen Stanford and three of his companies with "massive ongoing fraud" on Tuesday as federal agents swooped in on Stanford's U.S. Headquarters. REUTERS/Donna Carson (UNITED STATES)
CONGO-DEMOCRATIC
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February 09, 2009
Money changer Kwami Longange poses for a portrait on a streetcorner in Goma in eastern Congo, February...
Goma, Congo, Democratic Republic of the
A money changer poses for a portrait in Goma in eastern Congo
Money changer Kwami Longange poses for a portrait on a streetcorner in Goma in eastern Congo, February 9, 2009. Longange, nicknamed "le Bon" - the Good - is a Sappeur, the local name for a dandy dresser. He has some 200 different matching outfits that he wears to work as a money changer and musician. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO)
RUSSIA/
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February 28, 2009
A vendor eats sugar candy while standing next to her goods at a market during celebrations for Maslenitsa,...
Suzdal, Russia
A vendor eats sugar candy while standing next to her goods at a market during celebrations for Maslenitsa...
A vendor eats sugar candy while standing next to her goods at a market during celebrations for Maslenitsa, or Pancake Week, in the ancient town of Suzdal, some 200 km (124 miles) northeast of Moscow, February 28, 2009. Millions of Russians this week celebrate "Maslenitsa" to mark the end of winter, which the Orthodox Church has accommodated as a week of feasting before Lent. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov (RUSSIA)
GERMANY-MARKETS/
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February 24, 2009
A stock trader dressed as a chicken stands on the trading floor at the German stock exchange in Frankfurt,...
Frankfurt, Germany
A stock trader dressed as a chicken stands on the trading floor at the German stock exchange in Frankfurt...
A stock trader dressed as a chicken stands on the trading floor at the German stock exchange in Frankfurt, February 24, 2009. Despite the crisis scenario Frankfurt's burse traders followed a long tradition to wear carnival costumes at Germany's carnival Tuesday. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (GERMANY)
BRITAIN-ECONOMY/
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February 18, 2009
A demonstrator is seen holding a placard outside the Total Lindsey refinery during a protest over the...
IMMINGHAM, United Kingdom
To match feature BRITAIN-ECONOMY
A demonstrator is seen holding a placard outside the Total Lindsey refinery during a protest over the use of foreign workers in Lincolnshire, northern England, in this February 2, 2009 file photo. Whether or not that is true -- and there is plenty of evidence that hundreds of thousands of migrant workers from new European Union states who have come to Britain in the past four years have added much more to the economy than they have taken away -- it highlights a worrying aspect of the downturn in Britain: an accelerating drift towards economic nationalism. To match feature BRITAIN-ECONOMY/ REUTERS/Phil Noble/Files (BRITAIN)
MARKETS-PRECIOUS-COMEX
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February 12, 2009
A man works on the on the phones at the gold futures trading pit at the New York Mercantile Exchange,...
New York, UNITED STATES
Man works on phones at gold futures trading pit at New York Mercantile Exchange
A man works on the on the phones at the gold futures trading pit at the New York Mercantile Exchange, February 12, 2009. U.S. gold futures climbed above the $950 level on Thursday, ignoring a stronger dollar and weaker energy prices as investment buying surged in bullion-backed exchange-traded funds amid economic uncertainties. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES)
G7/
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February 14, 2009
European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet gestures as he attends a news conference during a...
Rome, Italy
European Central Bank President Trichet gestures as he attends a news conference during a G7 finance...
European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet gestures as he attends a news conference during a G7 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Rome February 14, 2009. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico (ITALY)
CONGO-DEMOCRATIC
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February 23, 2009
A gold miner scoops mud while digging an open pit at the Chudja mine in the Kilomoto concession near...
KOBU, Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Gold miner scoops mud while digging an open pit in northeastern Congo
A gold miner scoops mud while digging an open pit at the Chudja mine in the Kilomoto concession near the village of Kobu, 100 km (62 miles) from Bunia in north-eastern Congo, February 23, 2009. Civil conflict in Congo has been driven for more than a decade by the violent struggle for control over the country's vast natural resources, including gold, diamonds and timber, most of which is exploited using hard manual labour. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO)
SINGAPORE-MIGRANTS/
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February 16, 2009
A migrant worker from Bangladesh shows his empty wallet to the camera as workers gather near a government...
Singapore, Singapore
A migrant worker from Bangladesh shows his empty wallet to the camera in Singapore
A migrant worker from Bangladesh shows his empty wallet to the camera as workers gather near a government office in Singapore February 16, 2009. A group of over 50 Bangladeshi migrant workers gathered near Singapore's Ministry of Manpower on Monday, urging the government to give them work and help retrieve their overdue pay from previous employers. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash (SINGAPORE)
G20/EUROPE
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February 22, 2009
Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, Czech Prime Ministyer Mirek Topolanek, German Chancellor...
Berlin, Germany
European leaders prepare for a family picture after a meeting in the Chancellery in Berlin
Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, Czech Prime Ministyer Mirek Topolanek, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, French Economic Strategy Minister Christine Lagarde, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck (L-R) look down at stickers as they prepare for a family picture after a meeting in the Chancellery in Berlin, February 22, 2009. European leaders met in Berlin on Sunday to agree a common stance on overhauling global financial rules but their summit risked being overshadowed by concerns about the fragility of euro zone and eastern European states. REUTERS/Wolfgang Kumm/Pool (GERMANY)
NISSAN/
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February 09, 2009
A Nissan car is reflected in a mirror outside a Nissan Motor Co factory in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo,...
Yokosuka, Japan
A Nissan car is reflected in a mirror outside a Nissan Motor Co factory in Yokosuka
A Nissan car is reflected in a mirror outside a Nissan Motor Co factory in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, February 9, 2009. Nissan Motor Co, Japan's No. 3 carmaker, posted a big quarterly loss on Monday and warned it would lose money this year, making its first fall into the red since Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn took the reins in 1999. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN)
CHINA
RTXBBEK
February 07, 2009
A job-seeker visits a company's booth at a job fair in the Shanghai Stadium February 7, 2009. With the...
Shanghai, China
A job-seeker visits a company's booth at a job fair in the Shanghai Stadium
A job-seeker visits a company's booth at a job fair in the Shanghai Stadium February 7, 2009. With the Chinese government pinning its hopes for economic resurgence on stronger rural demand, the swelling ranks of jobless migrant workers are making it a much tougher task, Xinhua News Agency reported. REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA)
OBAMA ECONOMY/VOLCKER
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February 06, 2009
U.S. President Barack Obama (C) signs an Executive Order establishing the President's Economic Recovery...
Washington, UNITED STATES
Obama signs an Executive Order establishing the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board in the...
U.S. President Barack Obama (C) signs an Executive Order establishing the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board in the East Room at the White House in Washington February 6, 2009. REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES)
USA/
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February 04, 2009
Nathan Peterson of Liberty Tax Services, dressed as the Statue of Liberty, waves a sign at drivers in...
Denver, UNITED STATES
Nathan Peterson of Liberty Tax Services dressed as the Statue of Liberty waves a sign at drivers in Westminster...
Nathan Peterson of Liberty Tax Services, dressed as the Statue of Liberty, waves a sign at drivers in Westminster, Colorado February 4, 2009. Peterson was trying to encourage customers to come into the tax office to have their taxes prepared and was advertising loans against tax refunds. U.S. tax forms are due to be filed April 15th. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
MARKETS/
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March 27, 2009
Traders stand outside the New York Stock Exchange, March 27, 2009. Wall Street capped a strong week on...
New York, UNITED STATES
Traders stand outside the New York Stock Exchange
Traders stand outside the New York Stock Exchange, March 27, 2009. Wall Street capped a strong week on a down note on Friday as investors booked profits in the wake of the recent upward surge and bank shares dropped after bank executives indicated March had been a tougher month for the industry than the previous two. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES BUSINESS POLITICS IMAGE OF THE DAY TOP PICTURE)
FRANCE/
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March 16, 2009
Shoppers walk near a vintage Fiat 500 car in the courtyard of Paris's newest concept store, "Merci" or...
Paris, France
Shoppers walk near a vintage Fiat 500 car in the courtyard of Paris's newest concept store, "Merci" or...
Shoppers walk near a vintage Fiat 500 car in the courtyard of Paris's newest concept store, "Merci" or "Thank You", located on three floors of a 1920's industrial building, on March 16, 2009. The store offers vintage and second-hand clothes, cut-price designer wear and home goods from factory sales in France's first "charity" store where profits go to a foundation that benefits children. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (BUSINESS)
VOLKSWAGEN/
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March 13, 2009
New Volkswagen models Scirocco and Golf 6 (red) are stored at the 'CarTowers' in the theme park 'Autostadt'...
Wolfsburg, Germany
New Volkswagen cars are stored at Car storage Towers at Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg
New Volkswagen models Scirocco and Golf 6 (red) are stored at the 'CarTowers' in the theme park 'Autostadt' next to the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg March 12, 2009. Volkswagen AG, the world's third largest carmaker, said in the company's annual news conference on Thursday that vehicle sales, revenue and earnings would all decline this year as a crisis in the auto industry continues. The 'Autostadt' is the worlds largest car distribution centre with an average of 550 new cars collected by customers daily. Picture taken March 12. REUTERS/Christian Charisius (GERMANY TRANSPORT BUSINESS IMAGE OF THE DAY TOP PICTURE)
CANADA/
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March 05, 2009
A man, with a sign strapped to his back, uses a megaphone to attract the attention of potential employers...
Toronto, Canada
A man uses a megaphone to attract the attention of potential employers on Bay Street in the financial...
A man, with a sign strapped to his back, uses a megaphone to attract the attention of potential employers as he hands out resumes on Bay Street in the financial district in Toronto, March 5, 2009. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA)
BRAZIL/
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March 05, 2009
Workers harvest soybeans at a farm in Tangara da Serra, Mato Grosso state in western Brazil, March 5,...
Mato Grosso, Brazil
Workers harvest soybeans at a farm in Tangara da Serra
Workers harvest soybeans at a farm in Tangara da Serra, Mato Grosso state in western Brazil, March 5, 2009. Brazil's 2008/9 soybean production is estimated to be 57.2 million tonnes. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE: ALSO SEE GM1E5870VDC01
FINANCIAL/USA-BERNANKE
RTXCB08
March 03, 2009
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the Senate Budget Committee on Capitol Hill...
Washington, UNITED STATES
US Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke testifies before the Senate Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in...
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the Senate Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington March 3, 2009. Bernanke on Tuesday urged bold action action to pull the economy out of a deepening slump, even if it means a surge in U.S. government debt. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES)
CHILE-FINANCIAL/CRISIS
RTXBHPQ
February 11, 2009
Men walk through the financial district next to Santiago´s stock exchange February 11, 2009. Chilean...
Santiago, Chile
Men walk through the financial district next to Santiago´s stock exchange
Men walk through the financial district next to Santiago´s stock exchange February 11, 2009. Chilean blue chips fell more than two percent a day earlier, tracking deeper losses on Wall Street after a revamped U.S. financial rescue plan failed to ease market nerves, while the peso firmed to a four-month high against the dollar. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE) FOR BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE: ALSO SEE GM1E5A700G101
BRITAIN/
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March 05, 2009
A demonstrator wears a placard during a protest outside the Royal Bank of Scotland building in the city...
London, United Kingdom
Demonstrator wears a placard during a protest in London
A demonstrator wears a placard during a protest outside the Royal Bank of Scotland building in the city of London March 5, 2009. REUTERS/Andrew Winning (BRITAIN)
FINANCIAL/AIG-PROTESTS
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March 19, 2009
Jane Hoffman demonstrates outside a Bank of America branch in Portsmouth, New Hampshire March 19, 2009,...
Portsmouth, UNITED STATES
Jane Hoffman demonstrates outside a Bank of America branch in Portsmouth
Jane Hoffman demonstrates outside a Bank of America branch in Portsmouth, New Hampshire March 19, 2009, one of many protests planned outside banks across the United States. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES BUSINESS CONFLICT)
FINANCIAL/IMF-AID
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March 09, 2009
A Haitian woman gestures as she walks in a street in Port-au-Prince March 8, 2009. The International...
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
A Haitian woman gestures as she walks in a street in Port-au-Prince
A Haitian woman gestures as she walks in a street in Port-au-Prince March 8, 2009. The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday warned that the global crisis had shifted to the world's poorest nations and 22 countries may need as much as $25 billion in additional funding in 2009 to cope with the downturn. REUTERS/ Eduardo Munoz (HAITI POLITICS SOCIETY BUSINESS)
USA/
RTXCW74
March 17, 2009
Rob Bennett (L), Kami Ballard (C), and James Meece relax at a homeless tent city in Sacramento, California...
Sacramento, UNITED STATES
Bennett, Ballard, and Meece relax at a homeless tent city in Sacramento
Rob Bennett (L), Kami Ballard (C), and James Meece relax at a homeless tent city in Sacramento, California March 15, 2009. Sacramento's tent city has seen an increase in population as unemployment numbers grow in the US. REUTERS/ Max Whittaker (UNITED STATES SOCIETY )
FINANCIAL/AIG-PROTEST
RTXCZKT
March 19, 2009
Demonstrators protest outside the Goldman Sachs building in New York, March 19, 2009. The action was...
New York, UNITED STATES
Demonstrators protest against outside the Goldman Sachs building in New York
Demonstrators protest outside the Goldman Sachs building in New York, March 19, 2009. The action was part of a national protest against major U.S. banks and firms with participants calling on Congress to take action on employee free choice, health care, and banking reform. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES BUSINESS CONFLICT)
HONGKONG/
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March 20, 2009
Kong Siu-kau, 63, a cage home resident for several years relying on government pension, sits in his cage...
Hong Kong, China
Cage home resident sits in his cage bed in Hong Kong
Kong Siu-kau, 63, a cage home resident for several years relying on government pension, sits in his cage bed in Hong Kong March 20, 2009. The monthly rent of a caged-bed, the lowest standard for a shelter in Hong Kong besides sleeping on the street, costs $150. Hong Kong's unemployment rate has risen to five percent, the highest level since June 2006, government said on Tuesday. Labour Secretary Matthew Cheung said the worsening job market was noticeable and he expects unemployment to rise further, government radio reported. REUTERS/Bobby Yip (CHINA BUSINESS POLITICS)
FINANCIAL/BANKERS-FIGHTBACK
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April 16, 2009
A worker replaces a pane of glass in the vandalised home of former Royal Bank of Scotland chief Fred...
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
To match feature FINANCIAL/BANKERS-FIGHTBACK
A worker replaces a pane of glass in the vandalised home of former Royal Bank of Scotland chief Fred Goodwin in Edinburgh, Scotland, in this March 25, 2009 file photo. Bankers may rank below journalists among the professions least trusted by Britons, but they refuse to accept all the blame for the worst financial crisis in 70 years. To match feature FINANCIAL/BANKERS-FIGHTBACK REUTERS/Russell Cheyne/Files (BRITAIN BUSINESS)
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