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<p>A defected army soldier backing anti-government protesters jumps off a container as he secures a street where protesters marched to demand the trial of Yemen's outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah </p>

A defected army soldier backing anti-government protesters jumps off a container as he secures a street where protesters marched to demand the trial of Yemen's outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah...more

A defected army soldier backing anti-government protesters jumps off a container as he secures a street where protesters marched to demand the trial of Yemen's outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

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<p>North Korean traffic control women react as they make a condolence call for deceased leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang, December 21, 2011. 

REUTERS/Kyodo </p>

North Korean traffic control women react as they make a condolence call for deceased leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang, December 21, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

North Korean traffic control women react as they make a condolence call for deceased leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang, December 21, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>Men with brooms stand amidst pigeons outside the Hazrat Ali, or Blue Mosque, in Mazar-e-Sharif, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Thomas Peter </p>

Men with brooms stand amidst pigeons outside the Hazrat Ali, or Blue Mosque, in Mazar-e-Sharif, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Men with brooms stand amidst pigeons outside the Hazrat Ali, or Blue Mosque, in Mazar-e-Sharif, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>A girl rests in a hammock at an evacuation center for Typhoon Washi survivors in the southern Philippines city of Cagayan de Oro, December 22, 2011. 

REUTERS/Erik De Castro </p>

A girl rests in a hammock at an evacuation center for Typhoon Washi survivors in the southern Philippines city of Cagayan de Oro, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A girl rests in a hammock at an evacuation center for Typhoon Washi survivors in the southern Philippines city of Cagayan de Oro, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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<p>A new work by British artist Banksy, in the form of a billboard, adorns a wall near the Canary Wharf financial district in London, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

A new work by British artist Banksy, in the form of a billboard, adorns a wall near the Canary Wharf financial district in London, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A new work by British artist Banksy, in the form of a billboard, adorns a wall near the Canary Wharf financial district in London, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>Fist fighters battle during the Musangwe, an age old tradition where men and boys display their fighting skills, at Gaba Village in Limpopo province, December 22, 2011. 

REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko </p>

Fist fighters battle during the Musangwe, an age old tradition where men and boys display their fighting skills, at Gaba Village in Limpopo province, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Fist fighters battle during the Musangwe, an age old tradition where men and boys display their fighting skills, at Gaba Village in Limpopo province, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

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<p>A demonstrator dressed as a Santa Claus is arrested by riot policemen during clashes with students protesting against the government to demand changes in the public state education system in Santiago, December 22, 2011. 
REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado </p>

A demonstrator dressed as a Santa Claus is arrested by riot policemen during clashes with students protesting against the government to demand changes in the public state education system in Santiago, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado more

A demonstrator dressed as a Santa Claus is arrested by riot policemen during clashes with students protesting against the government to demand changes in the public state education system in Santiago, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

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<p>An Afghan man takes a nap during the launch of a new coalition bloc in Kabul December 22, 2011. 

REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail </p>

An Afghan man takes a nap during the launch of a new coalition bloc in Kabul December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

An Afghan man takes a nap during the launch of a new coalition bloc in Kabul December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

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<p>A soldier's boot and blood stains are seen on the ground after a bomb attack occurred in Alawi district in central Baghdad, December 22, 2011. 

REUTERS/Saad Shalash </p>

A soldier's boot and blood stains are seen on the ground after a bomb attack occurred in Alawi district in central Baghdad, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Saad Shalash

A soldier's boot and blood stains are seen on the ground after a bomb attack occurred in Alawi district in central Baghdad, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Saad Shalash

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<p>A French riot policeman stands in front of Franco-Turks protesters during a demonstration next to the National Assembly in Paris, December 22, 2011 ahead of a parliamentary vote on a bill that would make it a crime to deny the 1915 mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks was genocide. 

REUTERS/Charles Platiau </p>

A French riot policeman stands in front of Franco-Turks protesters during a demonstration next to the National Assembly in Paris, December 22, 2011 ahead of a parliamentary vote on a bill that would make it a crime to deny the 1915 mass killing of...more

A French riot policeman stands in front of Franco-Turks protesters during a demonstration next to the National Assembly in Paris, December 22, 2011 ahead of a parliamentary vote on a bill that would make it a crime to deny the 1915 mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks was genocide. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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<p>Pupils recite morning prayers during a lesson at an ultra-Orthodox Jewish boys school in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Beitar Illit December 22, 2011. 

REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun </p>

Pupils recite morning prayers during a lesson at an ultra-Orthodox Jewish boys school in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Beitar Illit December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Pupils recite morning prayers during a lesson at an ultra-Orthodox Jewish boys school in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Beitar Illit December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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<p>Anti-government protesters shout slogans as a riot policeman looks on in the village of Abusaiba west of Manama, December 22, 2011. 

REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed </p>

Anti-government protesters shout slogans as a riot policeman looks on in the village of Abusaiba west of Manama, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Anti-government protesters shout slogans as a riot policeman looks on in the village of Abusaiba west of Manama, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

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<p>A six-day-old baby girl Aizee "Sendang" Tumanda (C), born on the rooftop of a health center at the height of raging floodwaters brought by Typhoon Washi, yawns at an evacuation center in the southern Philippines city of Cagayan de Oro December 22, 2011. 

REUTERS/Erik De Castro </p>

A six-day-old baby girl Aizee "Sendang" Tumanda (C), born on the rooftop of a health center at the height of raging floodwaters brought by Typhoon Washi, yawns at an evacuation center in the southern Philippines city of Cagayan de Oro December 22,...more

A six-day-old baby girl Aizee "Sendang" Tumanda (C), born on the rooftop of a health center at the height of raging floodwaters brought by Typhoon Washi, yawns at an evacuation center in the southern Philippines city of Cagayan de Oro December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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<p>Nikolai Vasilyev water-skis while dressed as Santa Claus along the Yenisei River outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk December 22, 2011. Vasilyev, 58, a teacher of the Krasnoyarsk Aerospace College, constructed the self-made water skis to travel on the water surface.  

REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin </p>

Nikolai Vasilyev water-skis while dressed as Santa Claus along the Yenisei River outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk December 22, 2011. Vasilyev, 58, a teacher of the Krasnoyarsk Aerospace College, constructed the self-made water skis to...more

Nikolai Vasilyev water-skis while dressed as Santa Claus along the Yenisei River outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk December 22, 2011. Vasilyev, 58, a teacher of the Krasnoyarsk Aerospace College, constructed the self-made water skis to travel on the water surface. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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<p>Tamara Llagas (L) reacts next to first runner-up Raquel Bonilla after winning the Miss Sevilla pageant in the Andalusian capital of Seville, Spain, December 22, 2011.

REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo </p>

Tamara Llagas (L) reacts next to first runner-up Raquel Bonilla after winning the Miss Sevilla pageant in the Andalusian capital of Seville, Spain, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo

Tamara Llagas (L) reacts next to first runner-up Raquel Bonilla after winning the Miss Sevilla pageant in the Andalusian capital of Seville, Spain, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo

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<p>A woman wearing a burqa stands in front of the Hazrat Ali, or Blue Mosque, in Mazar-e-Sharif December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Thomas Peter </p>

A woman wearing a burqa stands in front of the Hazrat Ali, or Blue Mosque, in Mazar-e-Sharif December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A woman wearing a burqa stands in front of the Hazrat Ali, or Blue Mosque, in Mazar-e-Sharif December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>Locals look at riot police standing in a line as they block the entrance from the main highway to the town of Haimen, Guangdong province December 22, 2011. 

REUTERS/David Gray </p>

Locals look at riot police standing in a line as they block the entrance from the main highway to the town of Haimen, Guangdong province December 22, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

Locals look at riot police standing in a line as they block the entrance from the main highway to the town of Haimen, Guangdong province December 22, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

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<p>A woman pauses in front of candles to pay her respects to late former Czech President Vaclav Havel at Wenceslas Square in Prague, December 22, 2011. 

REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov</p>

A woman pauses in front of candles to pay her respects to late former Czech President Vaclav Havel at Wenceslas Square in Prague, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

A woman pauses in front of candles to pay her respects to late former Czech President Vaclav Havel at Wenceslas Square in Prague, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

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<p>Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (R) and China's Vice President Xi Jinping stand at attention during a welcoming ceremony at the Government house in Bangkok, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang </p>

Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (R) and China's Vice President Xi Jinping stand at attention during a welcoming ceremony at the Government house in Bangkok, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang

Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (R) and China's Vice President Xi Jinping stand at attention during a welcoming ceremony at the Government house in Bangkok, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang

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<p>A woman wearing shoes and dress adorned with old lottery tickets attend the draw for Spain's Christmas Lottery "El Gordo" in Madrid, December 22, 2011. The total prize money of 2.52 billion euros ($3.29 billion) is split into thousands of cash prizes amongst hundreds of winning numbers. REUTERS/Andrea Comas </p>

A woman wearing shoes and dress adorned with old lottery tickets attend the draw for Spain's Christmas Lottery "El Gordo" in Madrid, December 22, 2011. The total prize money of 2.52 billion euros ($3.29 billion) is split into thousands of cash prizes...more

A woman wearing shoes and dress adorned with old lottery tickets attend the draw for Spain's Christmas Lottery "El Gordo" in Madrid, December 22, 2011. The total prize money of 2.52 billion euros ($3.29 billion) is split into thousands of cash prizes amongst hundreds of winning numbers. REUTERS/Andrea Comas

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<p>Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta is checked by Toronto Maple Leafs forward Matt Frattin during the third period of their NHL hockey game in Toronto December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Cassese </p>

Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta is checked by Toronto Maple Leafs forward Matt Frattin during the third period of their NHL hockey game in Toronto December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Cassese

Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta is checked by Toronto Maple Leafs forward Matt Frattin during the third period of their NHL hockey game in Toronto December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Cassese

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<p>Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev enters the hall to make his last annual state of the nation address at the Kremlin in Moscow December 22, 2011. 

REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool</p>

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev enters the hall to make his last annual state of the nation address at the Kremlin in Moscow December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev enters the hall to make his last annual state of the nation address at the Kremlin in Moscow December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool

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<p>Firemen spray foam near Belgium's Pensions Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne's cabinet during a public sector strike in Brussels December 22, 2011. 

REUTERS/Thierry Roge </p>

Firemen spray foam near Belgium's Pensions Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne's cabinet during a public sector strike in Brussels December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Thierry Roge

Firemen spray foam near Belgium's Pensions Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne's cabinet during a public sector strike in Brussels December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Thierry Roge

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<p>Two citizens help a man affected by tear gas during a protest against the government to demand changes in the public state education system in Valparaiso city, northwest of Santiago, December 22, 2011. 

REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez </p>

Two citizens help a man affected by tear gas during a protest against the government to demand changes in the public state education system in Valparaiso city, northwest of Santiago, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez

Two citizens help a man affected by tear gas during a protest against the government to demand changes in the public state education system in Valparaiso city, northwest of Santiago, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez

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