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<p>Iranian opposition supporters beat police forces during clashes in central Tehran December 27, 2009.    REUTERS/Stringer</p>

Iranian opposition supporters beat police forces during clashes in central Tehran December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

Iranian opposition supporters beat police forces during clashes in central Tehran December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Ethnic Hmong people ride on a truck guarded by the military on the way out of the Ban Huay Nam Khao camp to the border with Laos, in Phetchabun province northeast of Bangkok December 28, 2009.   REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang</p>

Ethnic Hmong people ride on a truck guarded by the military on the way out of the Ban Huay Nam Khao camp to the border with Laos, in Phetchabun province northeast of Bangkok December 28, 2009. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang

Ethnic Hmong people ride on a truck guarded by the military on the way out of the Ban Huay Nam Khao camp to the border with Laos, in Phetchabun province northeast of Bangkok December 28, 2009. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang

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<p>Civilians, including primary and middle school students, participate in a winter military camp at a training camp run by retired marines in Ansan, about 40 km (25 miles) southwest of Seoul, December 27, 2009.   REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won</p>

Civilians, including primary and middle school students, participate in a winter military camp at a training camp run by retired marines in Ansan, about 40 km (25 miles) southwest of Seoul, December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

Civilians, including primary and middle school students, participate in a winter military camp at a training camp run by retired marines in Ansan, about 40 km (25 miles) southwest of Seoul, December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

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<p>Members of a winter swimming club form a 2010 sign in the snow on the bank of the Yenisei River as they celebrate the coming of the new year in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, December 27, 2009.   REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin</p>

Members of a winter swimming club form a 2010 sign in the snow on the bank of the Yenisei River as they celebrate the coming of the new year in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

Members of a winter swimming club form a 2010 sign in the snow on the bank of the Yenisei River as they celebrate the coming of the new year in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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<p>Catholic nuns take part in a Catholic mass to support the traditional family unit in central Madrid December 27, 2009.   REUTERS/Susana Vera</p>

Catholic nuns take part in a Catholic mass to support the traditional family unit in central Madrid December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Susana Vera

Catholic nuns take part in a Catholic mass to support the traditional family unit in central Madrid December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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<p>Lebanon's Hezbollah members beat themselves during the Ashura ceremony held in Beirut's suburbs December 27, 2009.   REUTERS/Jamal Saidi </p>

Lebanon's Hezbollah members beat themselves during the Ashura ceremony held in Beirut's suburbs December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi

Lebanon's Hezbollah members beat themselves during the Ashura ceremony held in Beirut's suburbs December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi

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<p>President Barack Obama Aloha Bobblehead Dolls are displayed for sale in the Waikiki Beach area of Honolulu, Hawaii, December 27, 2009.   REUTERS/Larry Downing</p>

President Barack Obama Aloha Bobblehead Dolls are displayed for sale in the Waikiki Beach area of Honolulu, Hawaii, December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Larry Downing

President Barack Obama Aloha Bobblehead Dolls are displayed for sale in the Waikiki Beach area of Honolulu, Hawaii, December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Larry Downing

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<p>A column of ash shoots up into the sky in a mild eruption of the Mayon volcano in Cagsawa town, Albay province, south of Manila December 27, 2009.    REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco</p>

A column of ash shoots up into the sky in a mild eruption of the Mayon volcano in Cagsawa town, Albay province, south of Manila December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

A column of ash shoots up into the sky in a mild eruption of the Mayon volcano in Cagsawa town, Albay province, south of Manila December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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<p>Hamas police officers fire a gun salute at Rafah cemetery in the southern Gaza Strip during a ceremony marking the first anniversary of Israel's three-week offensive in Gaza, December 27, 2009.    REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa</p>

Hamas police officers fire a gun salute at Rafah cemetery in the southern Gaza Strip during a ceremony marking the first anniversary of Israel's three-week offensive in Gaza, December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Hamas police officers fire a gun salute at Rafah cemetery in the southern Gaza Strip during a ceremony marking the first anniversary of Israel's three-week offensive in Gaza, December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

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<p>Afghan Shi'ite Muslims flagellate themselves with chains during an Ashura procession in Kabul December 27, 2009.    REUTERS/Marko Djurica</p>

Afghan Shi'ite Muslims flagellate themselves with chains during an Ashura procession in Kabul December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Afghan Shi'ite Muslims flagellate themselves with chains during an Ashura procession in Kabul December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

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<p>Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor (R) challenges Arsenal's Manuel Almunia during their English Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium in London December 27, 2009.   REUTERS/Kieran Doherty</p>

Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor (R) challenges Arsenal's Manuel Almunia during their English Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium in London December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty

Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor (R) challenges Arsenal's Manuel Almunia during their English Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium in London December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty

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<p>Members of the local election committee open a ballot box after closing poll in Tashkent December 27, 2009.    REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov</p>

Members of the local election committee open a ballot box after closing poll in Tashkent December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Members of the local election committee open a ballot box after closing poll in Tashkent December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

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<p>Iranian Shi'ite Muslims carry a huge religious symbol as they take part in the Ashura festival in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 27, 2009.    REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl</p>

Iranian Shi'ite Muslims carry a huge religious symbol as they take part in the Ashura festival in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

Iranian Shi'ite Muslims carry a huge religious symbol as they take part in the Ashura festival in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

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<p>A boy plays at a playground in Kabul December 27, 2009.   REUTERS/Marko Djurica</p>

A boy plays at a playground in Kabul December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

A boy plays at a playground in Kabul December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

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<p>A New York Giants fan walks past empty seats at the Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey December 27, 2009.     REUTERS/Mike Segar</p>

A New York Giants fan walks past empty seats at the Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Segar

A New York Giants fan walks past empty seats at the Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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<p>Firefighters work to extinguish a forest fire in Valparaiso city, about 75 miles (121 km) northwest of Santiago December 26, 2009. More than 500 hectares (1235 acres) of land have been burnt due to multiple fires near Valparaiso city but there have been no reported cases of deaths or injuries, local authorities said.   REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez</p>

Firefighters work to extinguish a forest fire in Valparaiso city, about 75 miles (121 km) northwest of Santiago December 26, 2009. More than 500 hectares (1235 acres) of land have been burnt due to multiple fires near Valparaiso city but there have...more

Firefighters work to extinguish a forest fire in Valparaiso city, about 75 miles (121 km) northwest of Santiago December 26, 2009. More than 500 hectares (1235 acres) of land have been burnt due to multiple fires near Valparaiso city but there have been no reported cases of deaths or injuries, local authorities said. REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez

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<p>The feet of an actor are seen during a re-enactment of the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the "Taziyeh" religious theatre performance on Ashura in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 27, 2009.     REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl</p>

The feet of an actor are seen during a re-enactment of the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the "Taziyeh" religious theatre performance on Ashura in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl more

The feet of an actor are seen during a re-enactment of the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the "Taziyeh" religious theatre performance on Ashura in Yazd, about 700 km (435 miles) south of Tehran, December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

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<p>A man dressed as Father Frost, the Russian equivalent to Santa Claus, makes a bungee jump from a bridge across the Yenisei River in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, December 27, 2009.   REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin</p>

A man dressed as Father Frost, the Russian equivalent to Santa Claus, makes a bungee jump from a bridge across the Yenisei River in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

A man dressed as Father Frost, the Russian equivalent to Santa Claus, makes a bungee jump from a bridge across the Yenisei River in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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<p>New York Giants' Domenik Hixon (C) is gang tackled by a host of Carolina Panthers players as he tried to move the ball forward on a kick return during the second quarter of their NFL game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey December 27, 2009.   REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine</p>

New York Giants' Domenik Hixon (C) is gang tackled by a host of Carolina Panthers players as he tried to move the ball forward on a kick return during the second quarter of their NFL game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey December 27,...more

New York Giants' Domenik Hixon (C) is gang tackled by a host of Carolina Panthers players as he tried to move the ball forward on a kick return during the second quarter of their NFL game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

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<p>French speleologist Franck Maciejak exits the Gouffre de Romy near Pierre Saint Martin in the French Pyrenees December 27, 2009.   REUTERS/Stringer</p>

French speleologist Franck Maciejak exits the Gouffre de Romy near Pierre Saint Martin in the French Pyrenees December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

French speleologist Franck Maciejak exits the Gouffre de Romy near Pierre Saint Martin in the French Pyrenees December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A Shi'ite Muslim child cries as he bleeds after he was cut on the head with a blade during a ceremony marking Ashura in Nabatieh, south Lebanon, December 27, 2009.   REUTERS/Sharif Karim</p>

A Shi'ite Muslim child cries as he bleeds after he was cut on the head with a blade during a ceremony marking Ashura in Nabatieh, south Lebanon, December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Sharif Karim

A Shi'ite Muslim child cries as he bleeds after he was cut on the head with a blade during a ceremony marking Ashura in Nabatieh, south Lebanon, December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Sharif Karim

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<p>Labourers set up scaffolding at a construction site in Hefei, Anhui province December 27, 2009.    REUTERS/Stringer</p>

Labourers set up scaffolding at a construction site in Hefei, Anhui province December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

Labourers set up scaffolding at a construction site in Hefei, Anhui province December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Israeli soldiers stand together during a protest by left-wing activists calling for an end to Israel's blockade on the Gaza Strip, at Zikim beach just outside northern Gaza December 27, 2009.   REUTERS/Amir Cohen</p>

Israeli soldiers stand together during a protest by left-wing activists calling for an end to Israel's blockade on the Gaza Strip, at Zikim beach just outside northern Gaza December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Israeli soldiers stand together during a protest by left-wing activists calling for an end to Israel's blockade on the Gaza Strip, at Zikim beach just outside northern Gaza December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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<p>Ultra-Orthodox Jews hold a protest near Intel Corp's electronic chip plant in Jerusalem December 27, 2009.    REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen </p>

Ultra-Orthodox Jews hold a protest near Intel Corp's electronic chip plant in Jerusalem December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

Ultra-Orthodox Jews hold a protest near Intel Corp's electronic chip plant in Jerusalem December 27, 2009. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

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