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Francis has already used the symbolic power of his office to change attitudes

Over a thousand protesters drove gathered to show their dissatisfaction with Manila administrator's decisions

Thousands of bikers protest in Manila

Local government legislation is seeking to curtail many of the rights enjoyed by motorcyclists

Filipino resident Brix Mercado (C) is being shielded by his family to prevent the local police from arresting him during a demolition of shanties at Sitio San Roque in Quezon City
Children ride in a makeshift raft as they are evacuated from flooding brought by tropical depression 'Agaton' in Butuan

Hiroo Onoda: Military officer who refused to believe that Japan had lost the Second World War and stayed in the jungle for 29 years

Hiroo Onoda was a former Japanese intelligence officer, an imperial soldier for whom absolute loyalty and devotion to Emperor Hirohito and his country were paramount in his philosophy, so much so that he refused to surrender following Japan’s defeat in 1945. He remained hidden for another 29 years.

March 1974: Hiroo Onoda (2nd left) walking from the jungle where he had hidden since World War II. Onoda has died at the age of 91

Hiroo Onoda, the last Japanese soldier to give himself in: “When I surrendered, the past seemed like a dream”

Second Lt. Onoda, who finally surrendered in 1974, has died at the age of 91

Hiroo Onoda: Japanese soldier who refused to surrender for 29 years has died

Army intelligence officer hid in a Philippines jungle until 1974

The UK's National Crime Agency describes the paedophile ring in the Philippines as 'a significant and emerging threat'

Police smash Philippines paedophile live-streaming ring

Operation Endeavour saw British police join forces with US and Australia investigators during two-year inquiry into international paedophile ring

Jamie Murray (L) suffered from heat stroke following his victory with doubles partner John Peers (R) over Matt Reid and Luke Saville at the Australian Open

Australian Open: Jamie Murray suffers heatstroke after doubles victory with partner John Peers over Matt Reid and Luke Saville

Murray required medical treatment shortly after the win as temperatures continue to soar beyond the 40C mark

Vibrant Guangzhou

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Filipino devotees carry an unconscious woman during the Black Nazarene procession in Manila. The procession jammed thoroughfares in the capital, and nearly 584 people were brought to first aid stations for treatment for cuts on their feet, dizziness and high blood pressure
Carnivorous plants are in danger of being wiped out

Pitcher perfect - but carnivorous plants are at risk

Botanists fear that newly discovered species of meat-eating flowers are losing their habitat and may already be extinct

The Liaoning docked at Dalian Port in December 2013

China's Liaoning aircraft carrier completes sea trials

Trial run was notable for near-collision with an American ship

The Philippine capital Manila on New Year's Day. At least six people have died in two separate bomb attacks in other parts of the country.

Six people die in bomb attacks in the Philippines

15 people were also wounded in the two separate explosions

Happy New Year from New Zealand: How the world is seeing in 2014

As the UK counts down to midnight, countries around the world have been ringing in the New Year with a series of dazzling firework displays.

Ikumi Yoshimatsu has become the heroine in a drama that her supporters say has exposed one of the nation's dirtiest secrets: claims that the Yakuza helps to run the entertainment industry

Miss Japan Ikumi Yoshimatsu joins battle against mafia in the media

A beauty queen is in hiding after exposing a major talent agency’s alleged links to a crime syndicate

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