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<p>An environmentalist dressed as a polar bear rests after a candlelight vigil to raise awareness about climate change, in Taipei December 12, 2009. The largest-ever climate talks formally opened in Copenhagen, Denmark, aiming to agree the outlines of global deal to stave off dangerous climate change, such as rising seas and more intense storms. REUTERS/Nicky Loh </p>

An environmentalist dressed as a polar bear rests after a candlelight vigil to raise awareness about climate change, in Taipei December 12, 2009. The largest-ever climate talks formally opened in Copenhagen, Denmark, aiming to agree the outlines of...more

An environmentalist dressed as a polar bear rests after a candlelight vigil to raise awareness about climate change, in Taipei December 12, 2009. The largest-ever climate talks formally opened in Copenhagen, Denmark, aiming to agree the outlines of global deal to stave off dangerous climate change, such as rising seas and more intense storms. REUTERS/Nicky Loh

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<p>Britain's Queen Elizabeth boards a scheduled train at the Kings Cross station in London to go to Kings Lynn in Norfolk, December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Stefan Rousseau/Pool </p>

Britain's Queen Elizabeth boards a scheduled train at the Kings Cross station in London to go to Kings Lynn in Norfolk, December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Stefan Rousseau/Pool

Britain's Queen Elizabeth boards a scheduled train at the Kings Cross station in London to go to Kings Lynn in Norfolk, December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Stefan Rousseau/Pool

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<p>A Cuban sackcloth-dressed worshipper crawls as he pushes a rock to pay homage along a road leading to the shrine of Saint Lazarus in the town of Rincon, some 30 km from Havana December 17, 2009. The annual pilgrimage to one of Cuba's most sacred icons drew thousands of both Roman Catholic believers, and followers of the Afro-Cuban Santeria faith for whom Saint Lazarus also symbolizes the deity of Babalu-Aye, introduced by African slaves brought to Cuba when it was a Spanish colony. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan </p>

A Cuban sackcloth-dressed worshipper crawls as he pushes a rock to pay homage along a road leading to the shrine of Saint Lazarus in the town of Rincon, some 30 km from Havana December 17, 2009. The annual pilgrimage to one of Cuba's most sacred...more

A Cuban sackcloth-dressed worshipper crawls as he pushes a rock to pay homage along a road leading to the shrine of Saint Lazarus in the town of Rincon, some 30 km from Havana December 17, 2009. The annual pilgrimage to one of Cuba's most sacred icons drew thousands of both Roman Catholic believers, and followers of the Afro-Cuban Santeria faith for whom Saint Lazarus also symbolizes the deity of Babalu-Aye, introduced by African slaves brought to Cuba when it was a Spanish colony. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

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<p>A hat belonging to a tourist lies on the spot of a traffic accident near Hurghada December 14, 2009. Three German tourists were killed when their vehicle was in a collision with a freight train near the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada, a security source and a witness said. REUTERS/Tarek Mostafa </p>

A hat belonging to a tourist lies on the spot of a traffic accident near Hurghada December 14, 2009. Three German tourists were killed when their vehicle was in a collision with a freight train near the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada, a security...more

A hat belonging to a tourist lies on the spot of a traffic accident near Hurghada December 14, 2009. Three German tourists were killed when their vehicle was in a collision with a freight train near the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada, a security source and a witness said. REUTERS/Tarek Mostafa

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<p>A victim is taken away from the site of a bomb blast in Kabul December 15, 2009.  REUTERS/Ahmad Masood </p>

A victim is taken away from the site of a bomb blast in Kabul December 15, 2009. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

A victim is taken away from the site of a bomb blast in Kabul December 15, 2009. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>Snakes are held in mosquito net before a snake show in Yangon late December 15, 2009. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun </p>

Snakes are held in mosquito net before a snake show in Yangon late December 15, 2009. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Snakes are held in mosquito net before a snake show in Yangon late December 15, 2009. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

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<p>A U.S army soldier from Task Force Denali 1-40 CAV prays during a Christian worship service at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Clark in Khowst province, Afghanistan, December 13, 2009.REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra</p>

A U.S army soldier from Task Force Denali 1-40 CAV prays during a Christian worship service at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Clark in Khowst province, Afghanistan, December 13, 2009.REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A U.S army soldier from Task Force Denali 1-40 CAV prays during a Christian worship service at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Clark in Khowst province, Afghanistan, December 13, 2009.REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

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<p>A Japanese Macaque (or Snow Monkey) sits in the snow after climbing out of a hot spring in Yamanouchi town, central Japan, December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Pablo Sanchez </p>

A Japanese Macaque (or Snow Monkey) sits in the snow after climbing out of a hot spring in Yamanouchi town, central Japan, December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Pablo Sanchez

A Japanese Macaque (or Snow Monkey) sits in the snow after climbing out of a hot spring in Yamanouchi town, central Japan, December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Pablo Sanchez

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<p>A man and a child sleep outside the the Basilica of Guadalupe next to an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, patron saint of Mexican Catholics, in Mexico City December 12, 2009. Millions of Mexicans make a pilgrimage to arrive on December 12 at the Basilica every year, the anniversary of what Catholics believe was when the apparition of the Virgin Mary appear before Juan Diego, an indigenous Mexican.REUTERS/Henry Romero </p>

A man and a child sleep outside the the Basilica of Guadalupe next to an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, patron saint of Mexican Catholics, in Mexico City December 12, 2009. Millions of Mexicans make a pilgrimage to arrive on December 12 at the...more

A man and a child sleep outside the the Basilica of Guadalupe next to an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, patron saint of Mexican Catholics, in Mexico City December 12, 2009. Millions of Mexicans make a pilgrimage to arrive on December 12 at the Basilica every year, the anniversary of what Catholics believe was when the apparition of the Virgin Mary appear before Juan Diego, an indigenous Mexican.REUTERS/Henry Romero

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<p>Hezbollah supporters mourn Imam Hussein as Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters via a screen during a religious ceremony in the suburbs of Beirut December 17, 2009. The ceremony commemorates the eve of the ten-day Ashura festival which falls on the first day of the Islamic lunar month of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar. During Ashura, Muslim Shiites pay tribute to Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad, who died in battle in Kerbala in 680 A.D. REUTERS/ Issam Kobeisy </p>

Hezbollah supporters mourn Imam Hussein as Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters via a screen during a religious ceremony in the suburbs of Beirut December 17, 2009. The ceremony commemorates the eve of the...more

Hezbollah supporters mourn Imam Hussein as Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters via a screen during a religious ceremony in the suburbs of Beirut December 17, 2009. The ceremony commemorates the eve of the ten-day Ashura festival which falls on the first day of the Islamic lunar month of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar. During Ashura, Muslim Shiites pay tribute to Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad, who died in battle in Kerbala in 680 A.D. REUTERS/ Issam Kobeisy

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<p>A general view of Argentina's Perito Moreno glacier during sunset near the city of El Calafate, in the Patagonian province of Santa Cruz, December 14, 2009. Scientists warn that glaciers in the Andes are melting because of the effects of climate change. According to studies, these accumulations of ice are thawing at a pace so fast that they could disappear in 25 years. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci </p>

A general view of Argentina's Perito Moreno glacier during sunset near the city of El Calafate, in the Patagonian province of Santa Cruz, December 14, 2009. Scientists warn that glaciers in the Andes are melting because of the effects of climate...more

A general view of Argentina's Perito Moreno glacier during sunset near the city of El Calafate, in the Patagonian province of Santa Cruz, December 14, 2009. Scientists warn that glaciers in the Andes are melting because of the effects of climate change. According to studies, these accumulations of ice are thawing at a pace so fast that they could disappear in 25 years. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

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<p>An Afghan policeman stands guard in front of a billboard in Herat December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl </p>

An Afghan policeman stands guard in front of a billboard in Herat December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

An Afghan policeman stands guard in front of a billboard in Herat December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

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<p>Two Serbian policemen stand guard during a taxi drivers' protest in downtown Belgrade December 17, 2009. Hundreds of taxi drivers and truckers blocked central Belgrade on Thursday to protest against government economic plans which include a tighter tax regime. This image is rotated 180 degrees. REUTERS/Marko Djurica </p>

Two Serbian policemen stand guard during a taxi drivers' protest in downtown Belgrade December 17, 2009. Hundreds of taxi drivers and truckers blocked central Belgrade on Thursday to protest against government economic plans which include a tighter...more

Two Serbian policemen stand guard during a taxi drivers' protest in downtown Belgrade December 17, 2009. Hundreds of taxi drivers and truckers blocked central Belgrade on Thursday to protest against government economic plans which include a tighter tax regime. This image is rotated 180 degrees. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

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<p>A police officer beats a protester at a road block during a demonstration outside the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen December 16, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Charisius </p>

A police officer beats a protester at a road block during a demonstration outside the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen December 16, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

A police officer beats a protester at a road block during a demonstration outside the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen December 16, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

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<p>Alejandra Maria Torres stands topless on a street after being beaten, doused with gasoline and lit on fire during a lynching in Guatemala City December 15, 2009. Passengers of a public bus accused Torres and three men, who escaped on foot, of participating in an armed robbery. According to local media, 219 people were lynched so far this year and 45 of them died. Torres was taken into custody after police arrived on the scene. REUTERS/Rodrigo Arias </p>

Alejandra Maria Torres stands topless on a street after being beaten, doused with gasoline and lit on fire during a lynching in Guatemala City December 15, 2009. Passengers of a public bus accused Torres and three men, who escaped on foot, of...more

Alejandra Maria Torres stands topless on a street after being beaten, doused with gasoline and lit on fire during a lynching in Guatemala City December 15, 2009. Passengers of a public bus accused Torres and three men, who escaped on foot, of participating in an armed robbery. According to local media, 219 people were lynched so far this year and 45 of them died. Torres was taken into custody after police arrived on the scene. REUTERS/Rodrigo Arias

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<p>Andean women wait before playing a game at the national native women soccer championship in Lima December 12, 2009. More than 70 women from six cities of Peru took part in the final stage of the tournament. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil </p>

Andean women wait before playing a game at the national native women soccer championship in Lima December 12, 2009. More than 70 women from six cities of Peru took part in the final stage of the tournament. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

Andean women wait before playing a game at the national native women soccer championship in Lima December 12, 2009. More than 70 women from six cities of Peru took part in the final stage of the tournament. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

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<p>Kim Hong-taek, 87, wearing a Santa Claus outfit, hula-hoops during his voluntary performance at the Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul December 15, 2009. Kim said that he hula-hoops to improve his health and at the same time provide entertainment to passers-by. The performance will continue throughout the Christmas season.  REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak </p>

Kim Hong-taek, 87, wearing a Santa Claus outfit, hula-hoops during his voluntary performance at the Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul December 15, 2009. Kim said that he hula-hoops to improve his health and at the same time provide entertainment to...more

Kim Hong-taek, 87, wearing a Santa Claus outfit, hula-hoops during his voluntary performance at the Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul December 15, 2009. Kim said that he hula-hoops to improve his health and at the same time provide entertainment to passers-by. The performance will continue throughout the Christmas season. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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<p>A red fox hangs on a fence in the Glens of Antrim after being shot by hunters who provide a service to farmers who regard the animal as vermin, in Cushendall, County Antrim. December 15, 2009. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton </p>

A red fox hangs on a fence in the Glens of Antrim after being shot by hunters who provide a service to farmers who regard the animal as vermin, in Cushendall, County Antrim. December 15, 2009. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

A red fox hangs on a fence in the Glens of Antrim after being shot by hunters who provide a service to farmers who regard the animal as vermin, in Cushendall, County Antrim. December 15, 2009. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

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<p>Tsunami survivor Abhilash Jeyaraj, also known as "Baby 81", yawns as he watches TV at home before catching a ride to school in Kurukkalmadam in Batticaloa district November 23, 2009. The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami brought international fame to Baby 81, but the parents of the two-month-old who miraculously survived the deadly wave say it has only brought misfortune. Found in the debris left by the wave that wrecked swathes of Sri Lanka's coast and killed 226,000 along the Indian Ocean rim, Jeyaraj became a phenomenon after international media reported nine sets of parents had come forward to claim him. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds </p>

Tsunami survivor Abhilash Jeyaraj, also known as "Baby 81", yawns as he watches TV at home before catching a ride to school in Kurukkalmadam in Batticaloa district November 23, 2009. The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami brought international fame to Baby...more

Tsunami survivor Abhilash Jeyaraj, also known as "Baby 81", yawns as he watches TV at home before catching a ride to school in Kurukkalmadam in Batticaloa district November 23, 2009. The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami brought international fame to Baby 81, but the parents of the two-month-old who miraculously survived the deadly wave say it has only brought misfortune. Found in the debris left by the wave that wrecked swathes of Sri Lanka's coast and killed 226,000 along the Indian Ocean rim, Jeyaraj became a phenomenon after international media reported nine sets of parents had come forward to claim him. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

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<p>Cast member Sarah Jessica Parker (R) stands in front of the media on the red carpet at the film premiere of "Did You Hear About The Morgans?" in New York December 14, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly</p>

Cast member Sarah Jessica Parker (R) stands in front of the media on the red carpet at the film premiere of "Did You Hear About The Morgans?" in New York December 14, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Cast member Sarah Jessica Parker (R) stands in front of the media on the red carpet at the film premiere of "Did You Hear About The Morgans?" in New York December 14, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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