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Sara the walrus and her Russian trainer Sergiy perform during a show at Dolphinarium in Istanbul December 4, 2008. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Sara the walrus and her Russian trainer Sergiy perform during a show at Dolphinarium in Istanbul December 4, 2008. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

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A man raises his arms after exiting a Thai Airways flight, the first to land at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport December 3, 2008, after a week-long anti-government protest paralyzed air travel. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

A man raises his arms after exiting a Thai Airways flight, the first to land at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport December 3, 2008, after a week-long anti-government protest paralyzed air travel. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

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A man dressed as a Star Wars character leaves the "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination" exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney December 3, 2008. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

A man dressed as a Star Wars character leaves the "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination" exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney December 3, 2008. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

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Afghan children play in an empty pool as a man (top) exercises on the edge of the pool in Kabul December 18, 2008. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Afghan children play in an empty pool as a man (top) exercises on the edge of the pool in Kabul December 18, 2008. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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DRC army soldiers (FARDC) jump start a truck near the front line with the National Congress for People's Defense (CNDP) forces north of the city of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo December 7, 2008. REUTERS/Peter Andrews

DRC army soldiers (FARDC) jump start a truck near the front line with the National Congress for People's Defense (CNDP) forces north of the city of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo December 7, 2008. REUTERS/Peter Andrews

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Polar bear Knut is pictured two days ahead of his second birthday in his enclosure at the Berlin Zoo, December 3, 2008. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

Polar bear Knut is pictured two days ahead of his second birthday in his enclosure at the Berlin Zoo, December 3, 2008. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

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Lorene Parker watches outside through a window at her house, which is in foreclosure in Detroit, Michigan December 11, 2008. Parker of Detroit fell behind on her mortgage with Bank of America when she had large medical bills from heart and liver double transplant. Parker's home is in foreclosure and scheduled for sheriff sale in court. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Lorene Parker watches outside through a window at her house, which is in foreclosure in Detroit, Michigan December 11, 2008. Parker of Detroit fell behind on her mortgage with Bank of America when she had large medical bills from heart and liver double transplant. Parker's home is in foreclosure and scheduled for sheriff sale in court. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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Children play soccer during sunset at a beach in Lima December 26, 2008. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

Children play soccer during sunset at a beach in Lima December 26, 2008. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

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A woman searches for usable coal at a cinder dump site near a power plant in Changzhi, Shanxi province December 15, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

A woman searches for usable coal at a cinder dump site near a power plant in Changzhi, Shanxi province December 15, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

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Synchronised swimmers perform during the ceremonial opening of central Europe's largest indoor aquaworld complex in Budapest on December 4, 2008. REUTERS/Karoly Arvai

Synchronised swimmers perform during the ceremonial opening of central Europe's largest indoor aquaworld complex in Budapest on December 4, 2008. REUTERS/Karoly Arvai

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Russian Orthodox church believers and clerics pay tribute to the late Patriarch Alexiy placed for public viewing in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral December 8, 2008. Russian Orthodox Christians flocked to pay tribute to Patriarch Alexiy II as he lay in state in a Moscow cathedral, thanking him for the revival of the faith after decades of communist repression. Alexiy II, enthroned in 1990 a year before the demise of the...more

Russian Orthodox church believers and clerics pay tribute to the late Patriarch Alexiy placed for public viewing in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral December 8, 2008. Russian Orthodox Christians flocked to pay tribute to Patriarch Alexiy II as he lay in state in a Moscow cathedral, thanking him for the revival of the faith after decades of communist repression. Alexiy II, enthroned in 1990 a year before the demise of the Soviet Union, died of heart failure on Friday. He was 79. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

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An ultra-Orthodox Jew mourns beside the body of Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg during the funeral for him and his wife, Rivka, in Kfar Chabad near Tel Aviv December 2, 2008. Rabbi Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, were among the five hostages killed at the Jewish center and the more than 144 people dead in Mumbai after the attacks by Islamist militants on luxury hotels and other sites in India's financial capital. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis more

An ultra-Orthodox Jew mourns beside the body of Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg during the funeral for him and his wife, Rivka, in Kfar Chabad near Tel Aviv December 2, 2008. Rabbi Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, were among the five hostages killed at the Jewish center and the more than 144 people dead in Mumbai after the attacks by Islamist militants on luxury hotels and other sites in India's financial capital. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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A passerby looks at a burned car outside Athens' Polytechnic December 11, 2008. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A passerby looks at a burned car outside Athens' Polytechnic December 11, 2008. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

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Italian soccer club AC Milan's new player David Beckham (L) of Britain smiles during his presentation at San Siro Stadium in Milan December 21, 2008. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

Italian soccer club AC Milan's new player David Beckham (L) of Britain smiles during his presentation at San Siro Stadium in Milan December 21, 2008. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

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Israeli police officers evict a Jewish settler from a disputed building in the West Bank city of Hebron December 4, 2008. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Israeli police officers evict a Jewish settler from a disputed building in the West Bank city of Hebron December 4, 2008. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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An Israeli soldier shouts during scuffles with Palestinian stone-throwers at Qalandiya checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah December 29, 2008. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

An Israeli soldier shouts during scuffles with Palestinian stone-throwers at Qalandiya checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah December 29, 2008. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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Palestinians walk in front of tyres set ablaze by Palestinian stone-throwers, protesting Israel's offensive in Gaza, in al-Ram in the West Bank on the outskirts of Jerusalem December 30, 2008. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Palestinians walk in front of tyres set ablaze by Palestinian stone-throwers, protesting Israel's offensive in Gaza, in al-Ram in the West Bank on the outskirts of Jerusalem December 30, 2008. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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Israeli military police soldiers and ultra-Orthodox Jews take cover after a rocket landed near Kibbutz Zikim,just outside the northern Gaza Strip December 28, 2008. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Israeli military police soldiers and ultra-Orthodox Jews take cover after a rocket landed near Kibbutz Zikim,just outside the northern Gaza Strip December 28, 2008. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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A supporter of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra lies down on the main road and holds a Thai flag during a protest against the government outside Parliament in Bangkok December 29, 2008. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang

A supporter of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra lies down on the main road and holds a Thai flag during a protest against the government outside Parliament in Bangkok December 29, 2008. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang

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Video frame grab of President George W. Bush ducking from a shoe during a news conference in Baghdad December 14, 2008. An Iraqi reporter called visiting U.S. President Bush a "dog" in Arabic and threw his shoes at him during a news conference in Baghdad. Iraqi security officers and U.S. secret service agents leapt at the man and dragged him struggling and screaming out of the room where Bush was giving a news conference with Iraqi...more

Video frame grab of President George W. Bush ducking from a shoe during a news conference in Baghdad December 14, 2008. An Iraqi reporter called visiting U.S. President Bush a "dog" in Arabic and threw his shoes at him during a news conference in Baghdad. Iraqi security officers and U.S. secret service agents leapt at the man and dragged him struggling and screaming out of the room where Bush was giving a news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. REUTERS/Reuters TV

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A homeless man sits outside of a free community kitchen, waiting his turn to eat in Valparaiso city, about 75 miles (120 km) northwest of Santiago, December 24,2008. REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez

A homeless man sits outside of a free community kitchen, waiting his turn to eat in Valparaiso city, about 75 miles (120 km) northwest of Santiago, December 24,2008. REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez

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Members of a local ice swimmers club roll around in snow after taking a dive in the Yenisei river in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, December 14, 2008. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

Members of a local ice swimmers club roll around in snow after taking a dive in the Yenisei river in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, December 14, 2008. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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A man looks at a sculpture by Van De Weghe of U.S. during the Art Basel show in Miami Beach, Florida December 4, 2008. Art Basel Miami Beach is the sister event of Switzerland's prestigious Art Basel show. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A man looks at a sculpture by Van De Weghe of U.S. during the Art Basel show in Miami Beach, Florida December 4, 2008. Art Basel Miami Beach is the sister event of Switzerland's prestigious Art Basel show. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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Security personnel guard the shipping platform during a ceremony marking the beginning of direct shipping between China and Taiwan in Shanghai's Deepwater Port December 15, 2008. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Security personnel guard the shipping platform during a ceremony marking the beginning of direct shipping between China and Taiwan in Shanghai's Deepwater Port December 15, 2008. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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Slovenia's alex Glebov crashes in the men's Super-G event at the Alpine Skiing World Cup in Val Gardena, northern Italy December 19, 2008. Italy's Werner Heel won the race ahead of Didier Defago of Switzerland and Patrick Jaerbyn of Sweden. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Slovenia's alex Glebov crashes in the men's Super-G event at the Alpine Skiing World Cup in Val Gardena, northern Italy December 19, 2008. Italy's Werner Heel won the race ahead of Didier Defago of Switzerland and Patrick Jaerbyn of Sweden. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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A woman carries a shopping bag from Macy's department store as she walks along 34th street in New York City, December 23, 2008, the second to last shopping day before Christmas. REUTERS/Mike Segar

A woman carries a shopping bag from Macy's department store as she walks along 34th street in New York City, December 23, 2008, the second to last shopping day before Christmas. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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Carolina Panthers DeAngelo Williams (34) reacts as he is introduced prior to playing the Denver Broncos during an NFL game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, on December 14, 2008. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Carolina Panthers DeAngelo Williams (34) reacts as he is introduced prior to playing the Denver Broncos during an NFL game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, on December 14, 2008. REUTERS/Chris Keane

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A Muslim boy reads a book in Jammu December 23, 2008. REUTERS/Amit Gupta

A Muslim boy reads a book in Jammu December 23, 2008. REUTERS/Amit Gupta

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O.J. Simpson speaks to District Court Judge Jackie Glass (not in photo) before his sentencing at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas, Nevada December 5, 2008. Simpson and co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart were sentenced to at least 15 years on 12 charges, including felony kidnapping, armed robbery and conspiracy related to a 2007 confrontation with sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel. REUTERS/Issac...more

O.J. Simpson speaks to District Court Judge Jackie Glass (not in photo) before his sentencing at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas, Nevada December 5, 2008. Simpson and co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart were sentenced to at least 15 years on 12 charges, including felony kidnapping, armed robbery and conspiracy related to a 2007 confrontation with sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel. REUTERS/Issac Brekken/POOL

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Bernard Madoff walks back to his apartment in New York December 17, 2008. Disgraced financier Madoff, accused of orchestrating a $50 billion fraud, was placed under house arrest as BNP Paribas became the latest European bank to be sideswiped by the scandal. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Bernard Madoff walks back to his apartment in New York December 17, 2008. Disgraced financier Madoff, accused of orchestrating a $50 billion fraud, was placed under house arrest as BNP Paribas became the latest European bank to be sideswiped by the scandal. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois waves to the media after he addressed questions about charges brought against him of conspiracy and bribery, including allegations he was seeking to benefit financially from his appointment of a successor to the Senate seat that was vacated by President-elect Barack Obama during a news conference in Chicago, December 19, 2008. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois waves to the media after he addressed questions about charges brought against him of conspiracy and bribery, including allegations he was seeking to benefit financially from his appointment of a successor to the Senate seat that was vacated by President-elect Barack Obama during a news conference in Chicago, December 19, 2008. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

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Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke is seen through a backdrop of doors as he addresses housing issues at a home ownership and mortgage conference at the Federal Reserve in Washington, December 4, 2008. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke is seen through a backdrop of doors as he addresses housing issues at a home ownership and mortgage conference at the Federal Reserve in Washington, December 4, 2008. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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A young refugee from Myanmar of Chin origin leaves after her classes at a flat in Kuala Lumpur December 4, 2008. About 150 refugees between age 4 and 17 who left Myanmar for a better life attended classes taught by nine volunteer teachers as part of the preparation before they settle at their host countries. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad

A young refugee from Myanmar of Chin origin leaves after her classes at a flat in Kuala Lumpur December 4, 2008. About 150 refugees between age 4 and 17 who left Myanmar for a better life attended classes taught by nine volunteer teachers as part of the preparation before they settle at their host countries. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad

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Austria's Wolfgang Loitzl soars through the air during the qualification for the first event of the 4-hills ski jumping tournament in the southern German winter sport resort of Oberstdorf, December 28, 2008. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Austria's Wolfgang Loitzl soars through the air during the qualification for the first event of the 4-hills ski jumping tournament in the southern German winter sport resort of Oberstdorf, December 28, 2008. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

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The space shuttle Endeavour, mounted atop its modified Boeing 747 carrier aircraft, flies over California's Mojave Desert on its way back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida after completing the STS-126 mission in this photo taken on December 10, 2008 and released by NASA on December 17, 2008. REUTERS/NASA-Carla Thomas/Handout

The space shuttle Endeavour, mounted atop its modified Boeing 747 carrier aircraft, flies over California's Mojave Desert on its way back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida after completing the STS-126 mission in this photo taken on December 10, 2008 and released by NASA on December 17, 2008. REUTERS/NASA-Carla Thomas/Handout

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A coal miner showers at the Sanyuan Coal Mine in Changzhi, Shanxi province December 19, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

A coal miner showers at the Sanyuan Coal Mine in Changzhi, Shanxi province December 19, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

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A visitor mourns for victims of the Sichuan earthquake at the Donghekou Earthquake Site Park in Qingchuan County, Sichuan province December 26, 2008. China is still struggling to build housing and infrastructure for millions of people made homeless by the May 12 Sichuan earthquake which killed 80,000 people. REUTERS/Stringer

A visitor mourns for victims of the Sichuan earthquake at the Donghekou Earthquake Site Park in Qingchuan County, Sichuan province December 26, 2008. China is still struggling to build housing and infrastructure for millions of people made homeless by the May 12 Sichuan earthquake which killed 80,000 people. REUTERS/Stringer

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A riot policeman in flames runs to escape during a riot in Athens December 12, 2008. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A riot policeman in flames runs to escape during a riot in Athens December 12, 2008. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

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Soldiers jump during their training period at 11 Gorkha Rifles Regimental Centre in the northern Indian city Lucknow December 17, 2008. REUTERS/Pawan Kumar

Soldiers jump during their training period at 11 Gorkha Rifles Regimental Centre in the northern Indian city Lucknow December 17, 2008. REUTERS/Pawan Kumar

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A man dressed as Saint Nicholas uses a restroom during a break from his performance at a Christmas market in the city center of Hamburg December 6, 2008. REUTERS/Christian Charisius (GERMANY)

A man dressed as Saint Nicholas uses a restroom during a break from his performance at a Christmas market in the city center of Hamburg December 6, 2008. REUTERS/Christian Charisius (GERMANY)

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A visitor writes on a message board near Taj Mahal hotel to commemorate the one month anniversary of the Mumbai attacks in Mumbai December 26, 2008. REUTERS/Arko Datta

A visitor writes on a message board near Taj Mahal hotel to commemorate the one month anniversary of the Mumbai attacks in Mumbai December 26, 2008. REUTERS/Arko Datta

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A child sits on the shoulders of a policeman in a police cordon during a pro-Palestinian protest in response to the air strikes on Gaza near the Israeli Embassy in London December 29, 2008. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

A child sits on the shoulders of a policeman in a police cordon during a pro-Palestinian protest in response to the air strikes on Gaza near the Israeli Embassy in London December 29, 2008. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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A supporter of Ghana's ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) performs before a campaign rally by NPP presidential candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at Accra Academy school park in Accra, December 5, 2008. REUTERS/Yaw Bibini

A supporter of Ghana's ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) performs before a campaign rally by NPP presidential candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at Accra Academy school park in Accra, December 5, 2008. REUTERS/Yaw Bibini

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A Palestinian youth throws a stone towards Israeli border police officers at Shuafat refugee camp in the West Bank near Jerusalem in protest of the Israeli offensive in Gaza December 29, 2008. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A Palestinian youth throws a stone towards Israeli border police officers at Shuafat refugee camp in the West Bank near Jerusalem in protest of the Israeli offensive in Gaza December 29, 2008. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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A European Honey Bee has a cocaine solution administered to its back by Doctor Andrew Barron at the Department of Brain, Behaviour and Evolution at Macquarie University in Sydney December 29, 2008. An Australian scientist is doping up honey bees with cocaine to study how their brain reacts to the drug, and possibly find a way to stop addiction in humans. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A European Honey Bee has a cocaine solution administered to its back by Doctor Andrew Barron at the Department of Brain, Behaviour and Evolution at Macquarie University in Sydney December 29, 2008. An Australian scientist is doping up honey bees with cocaine to study how their brain reacts to the drug, and possibly find a way to stop addiction in humans. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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An Israeli mourner cries during the funeral for Irit Sheetrit in the southern city of Ashdod December 30, 2008. In Ashdod, Sheetrit bolted from her car to seek shelter after a siren sounded, but she tripped and fell in the street, where she was killed by a rocket, local officials said. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

An Israeli mourner cries during the funeral for Irit Sheetrit in the southern city of Ashdod December 30, 2008. In Ashdod, Sheetrit bolted from her car to seek shelter after a siren sounded, but she tripped and fell in the street, where she was killed by a rocket, local officials said. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

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Palestinian relatives of Tawfiq Qanan, who was killed in an Israeli air strike, mourn during his funeral in Gaza December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Palestinian relatives of Tawfiq Qanan, who was killed in an Israeli air strike, mourn during his funeral in Gaza December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

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Actress Meryl Streep books a trade during a visit to ICAP, the world's largest interdealer broker, in Jersey City, New Jersey, December 10, 2008. ICAP hosted its 16th annual global Charity Day during which company revenues are donated to over 100 charities around the world. REUTERS/Jacob Silberberg

Actress Meryl Streep books a trade during a visit to ICAP, the world's largest interdealer broker, in Jersey City, New Jersey, December 10, 2008. ICAP hosted its 16th annual global Charity Day during which company revenues are donated to over 100 charities around the world. REUTERS/Jacob Silberberg

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A trader holds on to a phone on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange December 5, 2008. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A trader holds on to a phone on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange December 5, 2008. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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Jayden James Federline cries before his mother, Britney Spears, performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" in New York December 2, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Jayden James Federline cries before his mother, Britney Spears, performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" in New York December 2, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Singer Christina Aguilera performs "I loves You Porgy" at "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! Countdown to Music's Biggest Night" in Los Angeles December 3, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Singer Christina Aguilera performs "I loves You Porgy" at "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! Countdown to Music's Biggest Night" in Los Angeles December 3, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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President George W. Bush greets cadets after speaking during his visit to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, December 9, 2008. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President George W. Bush greets cadets after speaking during his visit to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, December 9, 2008. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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A boy listens to a "fortune telling" machine at a fair in Mumbai December 18, 2008. REUTERS/Arko Datta

A boy listens to a "fortune telling" machine at a fair in Mumbai December 18, 2008. REUTERS/Arko Datta

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