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Friday, 1 February, 2002, 18:12 GMT
Picture gallery: World Economic Forum
More than 3,000 politicians, business executives and religious leaders have gathered at the World Economic Forum in New York.

Meanwhile, on the streets of Manhattan, throngs of protesters are holding peaceful demonstrations opposing the conference and globalisation.

Waldorf Hotel, New York
The floodlit Waldorf Astoria Hotel where the conference is being held

Police line
Police line up in riot gear outside the United Nations building in Manhattan

US Secretary of State, Colin Powell
US Secretary of State Colin Powell addresses delegates at the Forum

Mounted police
Mounted police move down 48th Street to take up secure positions

Former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani
Former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani at the opening session

Protesters in New York
Protesters gather on Fifth Avenue outside a Gap store

Police road block
Police block a road in midtown Manhattan

Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah
Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah talks about re-building the country

Protesters at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil
Protesters sit on a lawn at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil

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