BUSINESS DISTRICT: Pedestrians cross a street in the financial district of Hong Kong. Asian stock markets fell across the board, largely on the back of declines in the US triggered by concerns over a strengthening dollar and falling oil prices. (Philippe Lopez, AFP)
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