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<p>A woman is warded off by policemen as she tries to stop a demolition of a house built illegally on public land in Zuoling, Hubei province, December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A woman is warded off by policemen as she tries to stop a demolition of a house built illegally on public land in Zuoling, Hubei province, December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

A woman is warded off by policemen as she tries to stop a demolition of a house built illegally on public land in Zuoling, Hubei province, December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Delegates take a break during a night plenary meeting at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) at the Bella Center in Copenhagen December 19, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Charisius </p>

Delegates take a break during a night plenary meeting at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) at the Bella Center in Copenhagen December 19, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

Delegates take a break during a night plenary meeting at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) at the Bella Center in Copenhagen December 19, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

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<p>A woman walks in a park during a heavy snowfall in the centre of Sofia, December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov</p>

A woman walks in a park during a heavy snowfall in the centre of Sofia, December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

A woman walks in a park during a heavy snowfall in the centre of Sofia, December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

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<p>An Israeli police officer immobilizes a demonstrator during a sit-in demonstration against Jewish settlements and in solidarity with Palestinian families who were evicted from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis </p>

An Israeli police officer immobilizes a demonstrator during a sit-in demonstration against Jewish settlements and in solidarity with Palestinian families who were evicted from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem December...more

An Israeli police officer immobilizes a demonstrator during a sit-in demonstration against Jewish settlements and in solidarity with Palestinian families who were evicted from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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<p>Roosters fight at a traditional competition in Herat December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl </p>

Roosters fight at a traditional competition in Herat December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

Roosters fight at a traditional competition in Herat December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

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<p>A worker welds steel frames at a construction site of a railway bridge in Zhengzhou, Henan province December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Donald Chan </p>

A worker welds steel frames at a construction site of a railway bridge in Zhengzhou, Henan province December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Donald Chan

A worker welds steel frames at a construction site of a railway bridge in Zhengzhou, Henan province December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Donald Chan

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<p>Tourists walk underneath the replacement of the sign "Arbeit macht frei" (work will set you free) in Auschwitz, Oswiecim, December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Irek Dorozanski </p>

Tourists walk underneath the replacement of the sign "Arbeit macht frei" (work will set you free) in Auschwitz, Oswiecim, December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Irek Dorozanski

Tourists walk underneath the replacement of the sign "Arbeit macht frei" (work will set you free) in Auschwitz, Oswiecim, December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Irek Dorozanski

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<p>Israelis walk on the beach during sunset in the southern city of Ashkelon December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Amir Cohen </p>

Israelis walk on the beach during sunset in the southern city of Ashkelon December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Israelis walk on the beach during sunset in the southern city of Ashkelon December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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<p>A U.S. Marine, attached to the 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, walks through a water canal in an empty farm field while patrolling through Garmsir district of Helmand Province December 18, 2009.   REUTERS/Adrees Latif  </p>

A U.S. Marine, attached to the 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, walks through a water canal in an empty farm field while patrolling through Garmsir district of Helmand Province December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Adrees Latif more

A U.S. Marine, attached to the 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, walks through a water canal in an empty farm field while patrolling through Garmsir district of Helmand Province December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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<p>A man, performing a head stand on a bucket for money from passers by, falls forward in Princes Street in Edinburgh, Scotland December 18, 2009. REUTERS/David Moir </p>

A man, performing a head stand on a bucket for money from passers by, falls forward in Princes Street in Edinburgh, Scotland December 18, 2009. REUTERS/David Moir

A man, performing a head stand on a bucket for money from passers by, falls forward in Princes Street in Edinburgh, Scotland December 18, 2009. REUTERS/David Moir

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<p>A man gestures during the arrival of  Sri Lanka's retired head general of the Army Sarath Fonseka at his first political rally for the presidential campaign in Kandy, 72 miles (116 km) from Colombo, December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds </p>

A man gestures during the arrival of Sri Lanka's retired head general of the Army Sarath Fonseka at his first political rally for the presidential campaign in Kandy, 72 miles (116 km) from Colombo, December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Andrew...more

A man gestures during the arrival of Sri Lanka's retired head general of the Army Sarath Fonseka at his first political rally for the presidential campaign in Kandy, 72 miles (116 km) from Colombo, December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

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<p>People pose for photographs inside a snow globe shaped Christmas decoration outside a shopping mall in downtown Taipei December 18, 2009.  REUTERS/Nicky Loh </p>

People pose for photographs inside a snow globe shaped Christmas decoration outside a shopping mall in downtown Taipei December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Nicky Loh

People pose for photographs inside a snow globe shaped Christmas decoration outside a shopping mall in downtown Taipei December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Nicky Loh

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<p>The eye of a goose is pictured at the Schwarzbauer geese farm in Hohenried near Ingolstadt December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle </p>

The eye of a goose is pictured at the Schwarzbauer geese farm in Hohenried near Ingolstadt December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

The eye of a goose is pictured at the Schwarzbauer geese farm in Hohenried near Ingolstadt December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

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<p>An image of swan is projected on a screen created by a water fountain during a press preview of "Odaiba water illumination" show in Tokyo December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

An image of swan is projected on a screen created by a water fountain during a press preview of "Odaiba water illumination" show in Tokyo December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

An image of swan is projected on a screen created by a water fountain during a press preview of "Odaiba water illumination" show in Tokyo December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>Workers arrange "wishing spheres" as part of an art installation on the Singapore River December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Edgar Su </p>

Workers arrange "wishing spheres" as part of an art installation on the Singapore River December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Workers arrange "wishing spheres" as part of an art installation on the Singapore River December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Edgar Su

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<p>The carcass of a flamingo lies on the drying shores of Lake Nakuru in Kenya's Rift Valley, 160km (99 miles) west of the capital Nairobi, December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya </p>

The carcass of a flamingo lies on the drying shores of Lake Nakuru in Kenya's Rift Valley, 160km (99 miles) west of the capital Nairobi, December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

The carcass of a flamingo lies on the drying shores of Lake Nakuru in Kenya's Rift Valley, 160km (99 miles) west of the capital Nairobi, December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

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<p>Workers shape a snow sculpture featuring the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest prior to the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Sheng Li </p>

Workers shape a snow sculpture featuring the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest prior to the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Sheng Li

Workers shape a snow sculpture featuring the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest prior to the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Sheng Li

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<p>The Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft is rolled out by train to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome December 18, 2009.  REUTERS/Bill Ingalls/NASA   </p>

The Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft is rolled out by train to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Bill Ingalls/NASA

The Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft is rolled out by train to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Bill Ingalls/NASA

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<p>Director James Cameron signs autographs after accepting a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni  </p>

Director James Cameron signs autographs after accepting a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Director James Cameron signs autographs after accepting a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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<p>An Afghan man stands in Takhtesafar recreational area in Herat December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl </p>

An Afghan man stands in Takhtesafar recreational area in Herat December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

An Afghan man stands in Takhtesafar recreational area in Herat December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

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<p>A resident shows the water she gets at her home in a poor neighborhood in Mexico City December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte </p>

A resident shows the water she gets at her home in a poor neighborhood in Mexico City December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte

A resident shows the water she gets at her home in a poor neighborhood in Mexico City December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte

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<p>A 30-metre high Christmas tree, which came from a forest in Belgium's Vallonia region, is officially lit during a ceremony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican December 18, 2009.  REUTERS/Tony Gentile </p>

A 30-metre high Christmas tree, which came from a forest in Belgium's Vallonia region, is officially lit during a ceremony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

A 30-metre high Christmas tree, which came from a forest in Belgium's Vallonia region, is officially lit during a ceremony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

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<p>Judges watch as South Korea's Kim Hyun-ki soars through the air during the qualifying jump of the individual large hill ski jumping World Cup in Engelberg December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Michael Buholzer</p>

Judges watch as South Korea's Kim Hyun-ki soars through the air during the qualifying jump of the individual large hill ski jumping World Cup in Engelberg December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Michael Buholzer

Judges watch as South Korea's Kim Hyun-ki soars through the air during the qualifying jump of the individual large hill ski jumping World Cup in Engelberg December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Michael Buholzer

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<p>A boy looks through a window covered with decorations for Christmas and the New Year at a children's hospital near the village of Daubeni, some 70 km (43 miles) west of Minsk, December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko  </p>

A boy looks through a window covered with decorations for Christmas and the New Year at a children's hospital near the village of Daubeni, some 70 km (43 miles) west of Minsk, December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

A boy looks through a window covered with decorations for Christmas and the New Year at a children's hospital near the village of Daubeni, some 70 km (43 miles) west of Minsk, December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

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