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A male polar bear carries the head of a polar bear cub it killed and cannibalized in an area about 300 km (186 miles) north of the Canadian town of Churchill in this picture taken November 20, 2009. REUTERS/Iain D. Williams

A male polar bear carries the head of a polar bear cub it killed and cannibalized in an area about 300 km (186 miles) north of the Canadian town of Churchill in this picture taken November 20, 2009. REUTERS/Iain D. Williams

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A Palestinian youth practises his parkour skills in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip December 31, 2009. Parkour, or "the art of moving", involves moving from one point to another as efficiently and quickly as possible while overcoming obstacles using mainly the capabilities of the human physique. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

A Palestinian youth practises his parkour skills in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip December 31, 2009. Parkour, or "the art of moving", involves moving from one point to another as efficiently and quickly as possible while overcoming obstacles using mainly the capabilities of the human physique. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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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....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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A resident shows the water she gets at her home in a poor neighborhood in Mexico City December 17, 2009. A lack of rainfall and the growing needs of a thirsty capital city full of leaky pipes is draining the many lakes that once covered Mexico City's vast urban plain and even then city residents know their water by the brownish color it leaves the spout. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte

A resident shows the water she gets at her home in a poor neighborhood in Mexico City December 17, 2009. A lack of rainfall and the growing needs of a thirsty capital city full of leaky pipes is draining the many lakes that once covered Mexico City's vast urban plain and even then city residents know their water by the brownish color it leaves the spout. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte

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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...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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Graffiti art is seen on a wall next to the Regent's Canal, in Camden in London December 22, 2009. British media have attributed the new work to acclaimed British street artist Banksy. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Graffiti art is seen on a wall next to the Regent's Canal, in Camden in London December 22, 2009. British media have attributed the new work to acclaimed British street artist Banksy. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin travels in Russia's first high speed train Sapsan in Leningrad Region December 19, 2009. Travelling at up to 250 km (155 miles) an hour, the Sapsan will cut the journey time between Russia's two main cities of Moscow and St Petersburg to three hours 45 minutes from at least four and a half hours. REUTERS/Ria Novosti/Alexei Druzhinin/Pool

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin travels in Russia's first high speed train Sapsan in Leningrad Region December 19, 2009. Travelling at up to 250 km (155 miles) an hour, the Sapsan will cut the journey time between Russia's two main cities of Moscow and St Petersburg to three hours 45 minutes from at least four and a half hours. REUTERS/Ria Novosti/Alexei Druzhinin/Pool

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Beduin Maliha Abu Gazal (C) mourns the death of her nephew, Hani Abu Gazal, on the eve of the first anniversary of a three-week Gaza war that killed some 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis, in the Northern Gaza Strip December 26, 2009. Israeli soldiers shot and killed three Palestinians near a border fence in northern Gaza they suspected of trying to infiltrate from the Hamas-ruled territory but a Hamas security source said the...more

Beduin Maliha Abu Gazal (C) mourns the death of her nephew, Hani Abu Gazal, on the eve of the first anniversary of a three-week Gaza war that killed some 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis, in the Northern Gaza Strip December 26, 2009. Israeli soldiers shot and killed three Palestinians near a border fence in northern Gaza they suspected of trying to infiltrate from the Hamas-ruled territory but a Hamas security source said the three were shot as they collected scrap metal. A total of six Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, in the bloodiest violent outbreak in months. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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Iranian opposition supporters beat police forces during clashes in central Tehran December 27, 2009. A senior Iranian police official denied a report on an opposition website that four pro-reform protesters were killed during clashes in Tehran on Sunday, the Students News Agency ISNA reported. REUTERS/Stringer

Iranian opposition supporters beat police forces during clashes in central Tehran December 27, 2009. A senior Iranian police official denied a report on an opposition website that four pro-reform protesters were killed during clashes in Tehran on Sunday, the Students News Agency ISNA reported. REUTERS/Stringer

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U.S. actor Johnny Depp poses on the red carpet as he arrives for the Japan premiere for his movie "Public Enemies" in Tokyo December 10, 2009. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

U.S. actor Johnny Depp poses on the red carpet as he arrives for the Japan premiere for his movie "Public Enemies" in Tokyo December 10, 2009. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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Indonesians release lanterns into the sky in an attempt to break a world record in Jakarta December 5, 2009. REUTERS/Supri

Indonesians release lanterns into the sky in an attempt to break a world record in Jakarta December 5, 2009. REUTERS/Supri

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A child touches a column in the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 24, 2009, ahead of Christmas. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A child touches a column in the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 24, 2009, ahead of Christmas. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

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A school girl walks on a road covered with oil and soot at an industrial area in Mumbai December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Arko Datta

A school girl walks on a road covered with oil and soot at an industrial area in Mumbai December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Arko Datta

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A worker pulls a publicity cut-out of a Bollywood movie in Mumbai December 16, 2009. REUTERS/Arko Datta

A worker pulls a publicity cut-out of a Bollywood movie in Mumbai December 16, 2009. REUTERS/Arko Datta

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A demonstrator protests during a climate change march in London, December 5, 2009. Thousands of people joined a climate change march in central London on Saturday calling for world leaders to agree a deal to protect the environment at their summit in Copenhagen. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

A demonstrator protests during a climate change march in London, December 5, 2009. Thousands of people joined a climate change march in central London on Saturday calling for world leaders to agree a deal to protect the environment at their summit in Copenhagen. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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An environmentalist dressed as a polar bear rests after a candlelight vigil to raise awareness about climate change, in Taipei December 12, 2009. REUTERS/Nicky Loh

An environmentalist dressed as a polar bear rests after a candlelight vigil to raise awareness about climate change, in Taipei December 12, 2009. REUTERS/Nicky Loh

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A woman screams for help from police as she gets crushed against a metal barrier at Sri Lanka former army chief General Sarath Fonseka's first political rally for his presidential campaign in Kandy, 72 miles (116 km) from Colombo, December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

A woman screams for help from police as she gets crushed against a metal barrier at Sri Lanka former army chief General Sarath Fonseka's first political rally for his presidential campaign in Kandy, 72 miles (116 km) from Colombo, December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

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Family members hold bags of toys they received at Fred Jordan Mission's 66th annual Family Christmas Celebration and Toy Party in Los Angeles, California, December 20, 2009. Approximately 10,000 underprivileged children and their families lined up to receive some 50,000 new toys, warm clothes, blankets and Christmas dinner food bags during the event. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Family members hold bags of toys they received at Fred Jordan Mission's 66th annual Family Christmas Celebration and Toy Party in Los Angeles, California, December 20, 2009. Approximately 10,000 underprivileged children and their families lined up to receive some 50,000 new toys, warm clothes, blankets and Christmas dinner food bags during the event. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

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Aston Villa's John Carew heads the ball clear during their English Premier League soccer match against Liverpool at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England, December 29, 2009. REUTERS/Darren Staples

Aston Villa's John Carew heads the ball clear during their English Premier League soccer match against Liverpool at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England, December 29, 2009. REUTERS/Darren Staples

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Children play with snow in the middle of the traffic roundabout at Columbus Circle in New York December 20, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Children play with snow in the middle of the traffic roundabout at Columbus Circle in New York December 20, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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American university student Amanda Knox's mother Edda (L) and her sister Deanna (L) take pictures in the courtroom during Knox's murder trial in Perugia December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

American university student Amanda Knox's mother Edda (L) and her sister Deanna (L) take pictures in the courtroom during Knox's murder trial in Perugia December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

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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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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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Members of Barcelona's soccer team throw coach Pep Guardiola in the air after defeating Estudiantes in their FIFA Club World Cup final soccer match at Zayed Sports City stadium in Abu Dhabi December 19, 2009. REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed

Members of Barcelona's soccer team throw coach Pep Guardiola in the air after defeating Estudiantes in their FIFA Club World Cup final soccer match at Zayed Sports City stadium in Abu Dhabi December 19, 2009. REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed

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A swimmer takes a glass of brandy after a swim in the Serpentine river on Christmas Day in Hyde Park, central London, December 25, 2009. For over 100 years swimmers have taken part in the Christmas Day "Peter Pan" swim in the Serpentine. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

A swimmer takes a glass of brandy after a swim in the Serpentine river on Christmas Day in Hyde Park, central London, December 25, 2009. For over 100 years swimmers have taken part in the Christmas Day "Peter Pan" swim in the Serpentine. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

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An illegal immigrant boy from Myanmar collects plastic at a rubbish dump site near Mae Sot December 22, 2009. Despite terrible living conditions and the fear of being sent back to their country, several hundred illegal immigrants from Myanmar live and earn an average of $1 per day collecting plastic at the rubbish dump near the border town of Mae Sot. Myanmar's long-standing political crisis has forced millions of people to cross...more

An illegal immigrant boy from Myanmar collects plastic at a rubbish dump site near Mae Sot December 22, 2009. Despite terrible living conditions and the fear of being sent back to their country, several hundred illegal immigrants from Myanmar live and earn an average of $1 per day collecting plastic at the rubbish dump near the border town of Mae Sot. Myanmar's long-standing political crisis has forced millions of people to cross the border for a better and safer life. The first refugees arrived and set up camps in the Myanmar-Thailand border in 1984. Now, there are over 140,000 refugees in nine official camps along Thailand's western border. Many more are expected to be in unofficial settlements. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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Swimmer is seen on a beach covered by snow in Nice, southeastern France, December 19, 2009. REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

Swimmer is seen on a beach covered by snow in Nice, southeastern France, December 19, 2009. REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

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Deer graze on a frosty morning in Richmond Park in London, December 23, 2009. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Deer graze on a frosty morning in Richmond Park in London, December 23, 2009. REUTERS/Toby Melville

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An evacuee weeps during the wake of her sister who died of a heart attack at a makeshift evacuation center for residents living at the slopes of the Mayon Volcano in Legaspi city, about 500 km (310 miles) south of Manila December 21, 2009. REUTERS/Erik de Castro

An evacuee weeps during the wake of her sister who died of a heart attack at a makeshift evacuation center for residents living at the slopes of the Mayon Volcano in Legaspi city, about 500 km (310 miles) south of Manila December 21, 2009. REUTERS/Erik de Castro

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Singer Usher poses for a portrait to promote his new album and fragrance in New York December 16, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Singer Usher poses for a portrait to promote his new album and fragrance in New York December 16, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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A Greek Orthodox priest (L) sweeps inside the Church of Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, ahead of Orthodox Christmas in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 29, 2009. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A Greek Orthodox priest (L) sweeps inside the Church of Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, ahead of Orthodox Christmas in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 29, 2009. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

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A salesman speaks on his mobile phone as he walks out of his shop selling electrical appliances in downtown Shanghai December 30, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

A salesman speaks on his mobile phone as he walks out of his shop selling electrical appliances in downtown Shanghai December 30, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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Eric Lipps, 52, waits in line to enter the NYCHires Job Fair in New York December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Eric Lipps, 52, waits in line to enter the NYCHires Job Fair in New York December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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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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Palestinians build a house with clay bricks next to other houses that were destroyed during the three-week offensive Israel launched last year, in Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip December 20, 2009. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinians build a house with clay bricks next to other houses that were destroyed during the three-week offensive Israel launched last year, in Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip December 20, 2009. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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A U.S. Marine, with the 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, climbs a wall while performing house to house searches in the Garmsir district of Helmand Province December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

A U.S. Marine, with the 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, climbs a wall while performing house to house searches in the Garmsir district of Helmand Province December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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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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A Shi'ite Muslim scratches the forehead of a child during an Ashura procession in New Delhi December 28, 2009. Ashura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

A Shi'ite Muslim scratches the forehead of a child during an Ashura procession in New Delhi December 28, 2009. Ashura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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A worker smells a dried fish to check its quality at a processing facility on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, December 7, 2009. The dried fish, which weighs around 5 kg (11 lb) each, costs 56 yuan (about 8.2 USD) per kilo, local media said. REUTERS/Lang Lang

A worker smells a dried fish to check its quality at a processing facility on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, December 7, 2009. The dried fish, which weighs around 5 kg (11 lb) each, costs 56 yuan (about 8.2 USD) per kilo, local media said. REUTERS/Lang Lang

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A broker sleeps at the Dubai Financial Market December 23, 2009. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A broker sleeps at the Dubai Financial Market December 23, 2009. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

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Sean Goldman arrives at the U.S. consulate with his Brazilian stepfather Joao Paulo Lins e Silva in Rio de Janeiro December 24, 2009. Goldman's Brazilian family returned him to his American father ending a legal saga that strained ties between the countries. The legal battle over the 9-year-old sparked tensions between the United States and Brazil, and reached a crescendo with a threat in Washington to hold up the approval of...more

Sean Goldman arrives at the U.S. consulate with his Brazilian stepfather Joao Paulo Lins e Silva in Rio de Janeiro December 24, 2009. Goldman's Brazilian family returned him to his American father ending a legal saga that strained ties between the countries. The legal battle over the 9-year-old sparked tensions between the United States and Brazil, and reached a crescendo with a threat in Washington to hold up the approval of billions of dollars of trade benefits to the South American nation. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

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Yoel Shalit, the brother of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, stands in front of cardboard cut-outs of his brother during a protest calling for his release outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem December 21, 2009. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Yoel Shalit, the brother of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, stands in front of cardboard cut-outs of his brother during a protest calling for his release outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem December 21, 2009. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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Ethnic Hmong refugees stand inside a truck during an operation to deport of thousands ethnic Hmong asylum-seekers to Laos at the Ban Huay Nam Khao camp in Phetchabun province, about 416 km (258 miles) northeast of Bangkok December 28, 2009. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang

Ethnic Hmong refugees stand inside a truck during an operation to deport of thousands ethnic Hmong asylum-seekers to Laos at the Ban Huay Nam Khao camp in Phetchabun province, about 416 km (258 miles) northeast of Bangkok December 28, 2009. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang

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A delegate sleeps during a break in an all-night plenary meeting at the UN Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen December 19, 2009. REUTERS/Bob Strong

A delegate sleeps during a break in an all-night plenary meeting at the UN Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen December 19, 2009. REUTERS/Bob Strong

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Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is helped by police after he was attacked in downtown Milan December 13, 2009. Berlusconi was taken to hospital with blood smeared over his face after Massimo Tartaglia hurled a small model of Milan cathedral at him at a political rally, police said. REUTERS/Livio Anticoli/Italian Prime Minister's Press Office/Handout

Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is helped by police after he was attacked in downtown Milan December 13, 2009. Berlusconi was taken to hospital with blood smeared over his face after Massimo Tartaglia hurled a small model of Milan cathedral at him at a political rally, police said. REUTERS/Livio Anticoli/Italian Prime Minister's Press Office/Handout

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The horn of a bull breaks off before a bullfight at the Plaza de Acho bullring in Lima December 6, 2009. The bull, which broke its horn after crashing into one of the wooden walls of the bullring, was then replaced by another bull for the fight. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

The horn of a bull breaks off before a bullfight at the Plaza de Acho bullring in Lima December 6, 2009. The bull, which broke its horn after crashing into one of the wooden walls of the bullring, was then replaced by another bull for the fight. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

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Flags are draped over the caskets of the four slain Lakewood Police Department officers at a memorial service in Tacoma, Washington, December 8, 2009. Four officers were shot and killed in the Tacoma suburb of Parkland on November 29, 2009, by Maurice Clemmons, who was later shot and killed by police. REUTERS/Robert Sorbo

Flags are draped over the caskets of the four slain Lakewood Police Department officers at a memorial service in Tacoma, Washington, December 8, 2009. Four officers were shot and killed in the Tacoma suburb of Parkland on November 29, 2009, by Maurice Clemmons, who was later shot and killed by police. REUTERS/Robert Sorbo

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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...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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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. REUTERS/ Issam Kobeisy

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. REUTERS/ Issam Kobeisy

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A pro-Telangana supporter shouts during a protest demanding a separate state, in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad December 29, 2009. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder

A pro-Telangana supporter shouts during a protest demanding a separate state, in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad December 29, 2009. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder

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Mohamed Ibrahim, 48, testifies before being stoned by militants from Hizbul Islam for illicit sexual intercourse with a woman in the Afgoye district, December 13, 2009. Ibrahim was sentenced to death by a local Islamic court after he was found guilty of infidelity. REUTERS/Stringer

Mohamed Ibrahim, 48, testifies before being stoned by militants from Hizbul Islam for illicit sexual intercourse with a woman in the Afgoye district, December 13, 2009. Ibrahim was sentenced to death by a local Islamic court after he was found guilty of infidelity. REUTERS/Stringer

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A passenger holding her baby prepares to go through a security checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport December 29, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

A passenger holding her baby prepares to go through a security checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport December 29, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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Japan's Musashi Ogura (top) grapples with North Korea's Ri Chol-ryong during the men's -66 kg final judo match at the East Asian Games in Hong Kong December 13, 2009. Ogura won the match. REUTERS/Tim Chong

Japan's Musashi Ogura (top) grapples with North Korea's Ri Chol-ryong during the men's -66 kg final judo match at the East Asian Games in Hong Kong December 13, 2009. Ogura won the match. REUTERS/Tim Chong

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A competitor dances in front of judges at a casting call for the second season of the reality television programme "Dance Your Ass Off," in which overweight or obese contestants hope to lose weight by dancing, in New York, December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A competitor dances in front of judges at a casting call for the second season of the reality television programme "Dance Your Ass Off," in which overweight or obese contestants hope to lose weight by dancing, in New York, December 18, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez (2nd R) and his Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales (R) walk after participating at the U.N. Climate Conference in Copenhagen, December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Caballero/Bolivian Presidency/Handout

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez (2nd R) and his Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales (R) walk after participating at the U.N. Climate Conference in Copenhagen, December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Caballero/Bolivian Presidency/Handout

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The body of a victim is pulled out by residents at the scene of a cargo train derailment in Nairobi's Kibera slum December 21, 2009. REUTERS/Noor Khamis

The body of a victim is pulled out by residents at the scene of a cargo train derailment in Nairobi's Kibera slum December 21, 2009. REUTERS/Noor Khamis

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A supporter of Liu Xiaobo, one of China's most prominent dissidents, is pushed into a police car after scuffling with officers outside the courthouse where Liu is on trial in Beijing December 23, 2009. REUTERS/David Gray

A supporter of Liu Xiaobo, one of China's most prominent dissidents, is pushed into a police car after scuffling with officers outside the courthouse where Liu is on trial in Beijing December 23, 2009. REUTERS/David Gray

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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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Sinta Nuriyah, wife of former Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid (also known as Gus Dur) is accompanied by her daughters as they mourn in front of Wahid's body before the funeral, at their residence in South Jakarta December 31, 2009. Wahid, a Muslim cleric who served as the country's fourth president after years in opposition to strongman President Suharto, died in hospital at the age of 69. REUTERS/Dadang Tri

Sinta Nuriyah, wife of former Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid (also known as Gus Dur) is accompanied by her daughters as they mourn in front of Wahid's body before the funeral, at their residence in South Jakarta December 31, 2009. Wahid, a Muslim cleric who served as the country's fourth president after years in opposition to strongman President Suharto, died in hospital at the age of 69. REUTERS/Dadang Tri

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A drop of water falls from a melting piece of ice on Argentina's Perito Moreno glacier near the city of El Calafate, in the Patagonian province of Santa Cruz, December 16, 2009. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

A drop of water falls from a melting piece of ice on Argentina's Perito Moreno glacier near the city of El Calafate, in the Patagonian province of Santa Cruz, December 16, 2009. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

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