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A sledger's boots are visible in an explosion of snow during an attempt to jump a ramp at the Queen Elizabeth country park near Petersfield in southern England December 3, 2010. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

A sledger's boots are visible in an explosion of snow during an attempt to jump a ramp at the Queen Elizabeth country park near Petersfield in southern England December 3, 2010. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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Five-month-old Roshni, child of a woman labourer (R), rests in a basket at a roadside construction site in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh December 10, 2010. India's domestically driven economy grew 8.9 percent for the second straight quarter in the three months to end-September on higher consumption, with the government forecasting higher growth in the next two quarters. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

Five-month-old Roshni, child of a woman labourer (R), rests in a basket at a roadside construction site in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh December 10, 2010. India's domestically driven economy grew 8.9 percent for the second straight quarter in the three months to end-September on higher consumption, with the government forecasting higher growth in the next two quarters. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

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An inmate waves a Chilean flag from inside San Miguel public prison, after a fire broke out in the building, killing 81 inmates, in Santiago December 8, 2010. Fire engulfed the prison in the Chilean capital early, killing 81 inmates and critically injuring 14 others, prison officials said, in the worst-ever accident in the country's jail system. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

An inmate waves a Chilean flag from inside San Miguel public prison, after a fire broke out in the building, killing 81 inmates, in Santiago December 8, 2010. Fire engulfed the prison in the Chilean capital early, killing 81 inmates and critically injuring 14 others, prison officials said, in the worst-ever accident in the country's jail system. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

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Demonstrators jump off burning park benches during a protest outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London December 9, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

Demonstrators jump off burning park benches during a protest outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London December 9, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men look at a forest fire that broke out near kibbutz Beit Oren in the north of Israel December 2, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men look at a forest fire that broke out near kibbutz Beit Oren in the north of Israel December 2, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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Fireworks explode over St. Basil Cathedral at Red Square during New Year's Day celebrations in Moscow January 1, 2011. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

Fireworks explode over St. Basil Cathedral at Red Square during New Year's Day celebrations in Moscow January 1, 2011. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

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A man dressed as Santa Claus holds a flare as he wakeboards at a water ski set on a small lake in Hamburg december 5, 2010. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

A man dressed as Santa Claus holds a flare as he wakeboards at a water ski set on a small lake in Hamburg december 5, 2010. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

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Paramilitary soldiers stand guard as plumes of smoke rise from a burning fuel tanker after it was attacked in Chaman, in Pakistan's Balochistan province, along the Afghan border December 31, 2010. REUTERS/Saeed Ali Achakzai

Paramilitary soldiers stand guard as plumes of smoke rise from a burning fuel tanker after it was attacked in Chaman, in Pakistan's Balochistan province, along the Afghan border December 31, 2010. REUTERS/Saeed Ali Achakzai

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A Roman statue stands on the shore of the Mediterranean sea in the southern city of Ashkelon December 14, 2010. The statue that had been buried for centuries has been unearthed by the winter gales that have raked Israel's coast. The white-marble figure of a woman in toga and sandals was found in the remains of a cliff that crumbled under the force of winds, waves and rain at the ancient port of Ashkelon, the Israel Antiquities...more

A Roman statue stands on the shore of the Mediterranean sea in the southern city of Ashkelon December 14, 2010. The statue that had been buried for centuries has been unearthed by the winter gales that have raked Israel's coast. The white-marble figure of a woman in toga and sandals was found in the remains of a cliff that crumbled under the force of winds, waves and rain at the ancient port of Ashkelon, the Israel Antiquities Authority said. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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A man walks in the flooded streets in Barlovento in the state of Miranda outside Caracas, Venezuela, December 1, 2010. REUTERS/Miranda Government/Handout

A man walks in the flooded streets in Barlovento in the state of Miranda outside Caracas, Venezuela, December 1, 2010. REUTERS/Miranda Government/Handout

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A Palestinian protester uses a sling to throw stones at Israeli security forces during clashes at a protest against the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah December 31, 2010. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

A Palestinian protester uses a sling to throw stones at Israeli security forces during clashes at a protest against the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah December 31, 2010. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

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An image of Liu Xiaobo is projected on a hotel in the centre of Oslo following the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony December 10, 2010. Jailed Chinese dissident Liu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in a ceremony where he was represented by an empty chair and he dedicated it from prison to the "lost souls" of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. REUTERS/Toby Melville

An image of Liu Xiaobo is projected on a hotel in the centre of Oslo following the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony December 10, 2010. Jailed Chinese dissident Liu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in a ceremony where he was represented by an empty chair and he dedicated it from prison to the "lost souls" of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. REUTERS/Toby Melville

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Former conservative minister Kostis Hatzidakis is covered with blood after about 200 leftists attacked him with stones and sticks, shouting: "Thieves! Shame on you!" in central Athens, Greece, December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Former conservative minister Kostis Hatzidakis is covered with blood after about 200 leftists attacked him with stones and sticks, shouting: "Thieves! Shame on you!" in central Athens, Greece, December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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Soldiers wait inside a bus before a military parade to celebrate Romania's National Day in central Bucharest December 1, 2010. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

Soldiers wait inside a bus before a military parade to celebrate Romania's National Day in central Bucharest December 1, 2010. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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A swimmer dives into the icy water as the roof of a tower is reflected in the Houhai Lake during winter in central Beijing, December 21, 2010. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic

A swimmer dives into the icy water as the roof of a tower is reflected in the Houhai Lake during winter in central Beijing, December 21, 2010. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic

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Mannequins are pictured next to a container during an emergency response drill to simulate the aftermath of a dirty bomb explosion outside Madrid December 2, 2010. REUTERS/Andrea Comas

Mannequins are pictured next to a container during an emergency response drill to simulate the aftermath of a dirty bomb explosion outside Madrid December 2, 2010. REUTERS/Andrea Comas

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A boy carries a pumpkin at a wholesale vegetable market in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh December 3, 2010. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

A boy carries a pumpkin at a wholesale vegetable market in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh December 3, 2010. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

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Balkar men, dressed in national clothes, sit during a heavy snowfall as they take part in a protest rally in central Moscow, December 9, 2010. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Balkar men, dressed in national clothes, sit during a heavy snowfall as they take part in a protest rally in central Moscow, December 9, 2010. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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Cardboard versions of New York's Statue of Liberty, the Sydney Opera House, Paris' Eiffel Tower, Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer, London's Big Ben, Cairo's Great Pyramid of Giza, Mexico's Angel of Independence, Agra's Taj Mahal and Beijing's Temple of Heaven stand in the ocean at the Gaviota Azul beach in Cancun December 8, 2010. Greenpeace staged a performance sinking the world's best known landmarks in the ocean as climate...more

Cardboard versions of New York's Statue of Liberty, the Sydney Opera House, Paris' Eiffel Tower, Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer, London's Big Ben, Cairo's Great Pyramid of Giza, Mexico's Angel of Independence, Agra's Taj Mahal and Beijing's Temple of Heaven stand in the ocean at the Gaviota Azul beach in Cancun December 8, 2010. Greenpeace staged a performance sinking the world's best known landmarks in the ocean as climate talks take place in the beach resort. REUTERS/Gerardo Garcia

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Customers rest their feet in a tank containing "doctor fish" at a "fish spa" inside a shopping mall in Singapore December 18, 2010. The "fish spa" consists of shallow tanks of Garra Rufa fish. The fish exfoliate feet by eating away dead skin, according to the spa company. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

Customers rest their feet in a tank containing "doctor fish" at a "fish spa" inside a shopping mall in Singapore December 18, 2010. The "fish spa" consists of shallow tanks of Garra Rufa fish. The fish exfoliate feet by eating away dead skin, according to the spa company. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

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Airline travellers queue at Frankfurt's airport, Germany, December 20, 2010. REUTERS/Alex Domanski

Airline travellers queue at Frankfurt's airport, Germany, December 20, 2010. REUTERS/Alex Domanski

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People play soccer on the Costa do Sol beach in Maputo, Mozambique, December 26, 2010. REUTERS/Grant Neuenburg

People play soccer on the Costa do Sol beach in Maputo, Mozambique, December 26, 2010. REUTERS/Grant Neuenburg

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Mounted police ride during a protest in Westminster in central London December 9, 2010. . REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Mounted police ride during a protest in Westminster in central London December 9, 2010. . REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

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Nikica, the hippopotamus walks partially submerged in a flooded yard at a village in Berislavci, about 25 km (15 miles) south of the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica, December 6, 2010. Nikola Pejovic, owner of a private zoo, says that the 12-year-old, 2-ton hippopotamus was released from her cage after the flood. The only hippopotamus from Montenegro regularly escapes from the mountainous Adriatic nation's zoo during seasonal...more

Nikica, the hippopotamus walks partially submerged in a flooded yard at a village in Berislavci, about 25 km (15 miles) south of the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica, December 6, 2010. Nikola Pejovic, owner of a private zoo, says that the 12-year-old, 2-ton hippopotamus was released from her cage after the flood. The only hippopotamus from Montenegro regularly escapes from the mountainous Adriatic nation's zoo during seasonal floods. REUTERS/Stevo Vasiljevic

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A skateboarder falls off his longboard during a competition in Caracas, Venezuela, October 10, 2010. REUTERS/Gil Montano

A skateboarder falls off his longboard during a competition in Caracas, Venezuela, October 10, 2010. REUTERS/Gil Montano

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New houses are seen in Huaxi village, at Jiangsu province December 3, 2010. In China's richest village of Huaxi, a booming market town of 36,000 in the affluent eastern province of Jiangsu, every family has at least one house, two cars and $250,000 in the bank. Officials from elsewhere in China tour Huaxi to find out how this once sleepy village, just 576 residents in the 1950s, is now so rich and why non-local businessmen would...more

New houses are seen in Huaxi village, at Jiangsu province December 3, 2010. In China's richest village of Huaxi, a booming market town of 36,000 in the affluent eastern province of Jiangsu, every family has at least one house, two cars and $250,000 in the bank. Officials from elsewhere in China tour Huaxi to find out how this once sleepy village, just 576 residents in the 1950s, is now so rich and why non-local businessmen would donate million-dollar factories to buy the privilege of a local residence permit. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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A member of the main opposition Democratic Party (DP) makes his way past a barricade of furniture, created by his party to block lawmakers of the ruling Grand National Party and their aides, near an entrance of the main conference hall of parliament in Seoul December 8, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

A member of the main opposition Democratic Party (DP) makes his way past a barricade of furniture, created by his party to block lawmakers of the ruling Grand National Party and their aides, near an entrance of the main conference hall of parliament in Seoul December 8, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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A woman tries to hear her relative, who is being held in a police bus for demonstrating, near a detention centre in Minsk, Belarus, December 20, 2010. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

A woman tries to hear her relative, who is being held in a police bus for demonstrating, near a detention centre in Minsk, Belarus, December 20, 2010. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

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A fire-fighter searches for passengers inside a burned public bus, which caught fire because of an electric fault, in Jakarta, Indonesia, December 10, 2010. REUTERS/Beawiharta

A fire-fighter searches for passengers inside a burned public bus, which caught fire because of an electric fault, in Jakarta, Indonesia, December 10, 2010. REUTERS/Beawiharta

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A figure of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is placed in a Neapolitan Christmas creche by Gennaro Di Virgilio depicting the Nativity of Jesus in Naples, December 6, 2010. REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

A figure of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is placed in a Neapolitan Christmas creche by Gennaro Di Virgilio depicting the Nativity of Jesus in Naples, December 6, 2010. REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

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Asma Begum and her eleven-month-old daughter Afsana, survivors of an acid attack, rest at the burn unit of the Dhaka Medical College in Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 11, 2010. Begum and Afsana were attacked with acid by her relatives on December 10 due to problems arising from her sister's divorce, according to Begum and hospital authorities. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

Asma Begum and her eleven-month-old daughter Afsana, survivors of an acid attack, rest at the burn unit of the Dhaka Medical College in Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 11, 2010. Begum and Afsana were attacked with acid by her relatives on December 10 due to problems arising from her sister's divorce, according to Begum and hospital authorities. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

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A police officer detains a Tibetan exile outside the venue of the India-China joint meeting in New Delhi December 16, 2010. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

A police officer detains a Tibetan exile outside the venue of the India-China joint meeting in New Delhi December 16, 2010. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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A Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim man bleeds after tapping his forehead with a razor during a ceremony marking Ashura in Nabatiyeh, southern Lebanon, December 16, 2010. Shi'ite mourners beat themselves during Ashura with steel-tipped flails or slash their bodies with knives to mark the death anniversary of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, who was killed during a battle in A.D. 680 in Kerbala, a city in modern-day Iraq....more

A Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim man bleeds after tapping his forehead with a razor during a ceremony marking Ashura in Nabatiyeh, southern Lebanon, December 16, 2010. Shi'ite mourners beat themselves during Ashura with steel-tipped flails or slash their bodies with knives to mark the death anniversary of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, who was killed during a battle in A.D. 680 in Kerbala, a city in modern-day Iraq. REUTERS/ Ali Hashisho

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Germany's Kathrin Hoelzl clears a gate during the first run of the women's giant slalom World Cup race in Semmering, Austria, December 28, 2010. REUTERS/Christiane Bauer

Germany's Kathrin Hoelzl clears a gate during the first run of the women's giant slalom World Cup race in Semmering, Austria, December 28, 2010. REUTERS/Christiane Bauer

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A photograph taken from behind a curtain shows an Afghan Shi'ite Muslim woman clad in burqa stand at the entrance of Chendawol mosque during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Kabul December 13, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

A photograph taken from behind a curtain shows an Afghan Shi'ite Muslim woman clad in burqa stand at the entrance of Chendawol mosque during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Kabul December 13, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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A dog looks out of the window of a vehicle while stopped in traffic during a snowstorm on I-95 in New Jersey December 26, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A dog looks out of the window of a vehicle while stopped in traffic during a snowstorm on I-95 in New Jersey December 26, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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A researcher dressed in a panda costume puts a panda cub into a box before its physical examination at the Hetaoping Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong National Nature Reserve, Sichuan province December 3, 2010. The 4-month old cub, the first in the centre to be trained for reintroduction into the wild, is monitored by hidden cameras. Researchers performing physical examinations on the cub wear panda...more

A researcher dressed in a panda costume puts a panda cub into a box before its physical examination at the Hetaoping Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong National Nature Reserve, Sichuan province December 3, 2010. The 4-month old cub, the first in the centre to be trained for reintroduction into the wild, is monitored by hidden cameras. Researchers performing physical examinations on the cub wear panda costumes to ensure that the cub's environment is devoid of human influence, according to local media. REUTERS/Stringer

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A woman walks near a blockade point at the entrance of El Alto, Bolivia, December 29, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado

A woman walks near a blockade point at the entrance of El Alto, Bolivia, December 29, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado

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A policeman throws a stone to protesters during an anti-corruption protest in Makassar, Indonesia, December 9, 2010. REUTERS/Yusuf Ahmad

A policeman throws a stone to protesters during an anti-corruption protest in Makassar, Indonesia, December 9, 2010. REUTERS/Yusuf Ahmad

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Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi walks with her son Kim Aris as he leaves Yangon December 7, 2010. Aris, the younger of two sons of Suu Kyi and her late husband British academic Michael Aris, visited his mother for the first time in ten years after she was released from the house arrest in November. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi walks with her son Kim Aris as he leaves Yangon December 7, 2010. Aris, the younger of two sons of Suu Kyi and her late husband British academic Michael Aris, visited his mother for the first time in ten years after she was released from the house arrest in November. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

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A man clears snow to form a path in a yard during in Berlin, December 2, 2010. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

A man clears snow to form a path in a yard during in Berlin, December 2, 2010. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

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A Israeli soldier runs towards Palestinian demonstrators (not seen) protesting against the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah December 24, 2010. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

A Israeli soldier runs towards Palestinian demonstrators (not seen) protesting against the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah December 24, 2010. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

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Terrance Austin of the Washington Redskins is tackled by William Middleton of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half of their NFL football game in Jacksonville, Florida December 26, 2010. REUTERS/Daron Dean

Terrance Austin of the Washington Redskins is tackled by William Middleton of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half of their NFL football game in Jacksonville, Florida December 26, 2010. REUTERS/Daron Dean

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Members of Qatar's delegation react after the announcement that Qatar is going to be host nation for the FIFA World Cup 2022, in Zurich December 2, 2010. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Members of Qatar's delegation react after the announcement that Qatar is going to be host nation for the FIFA World Cup 2022, in Zurich December 2, 2010. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

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U.S. actress Angelina Jolie arrives for the Spanish premiere of the movie "The Tourist" in Madrid, December 16, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Medina

U.S. actress Angelina Jolie arrives for the Spanish premiere of the movie "The Tourist" in Madrid, December 16, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Medina

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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi attends a session at the Senate in Rome December 14, 2010. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi attends a session at the Senate in Rome December 14, 2010. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

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Sula (R), an elderly Greek Orthodox woman, attends a Christmas mass at the Greek Orthodox patriarchal cathedral of St. George in Istanbul December 25, 2010. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Sula (R), an elderly Greek Orthodox woman, attends a Christmas mass at the Greek Orthodox patriarchal cathedral of St. George in Istanbul December 25, 2010. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

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People dressed as zebras rest in the centre of La Paz, Bolivia, December 23, 2010. About a hundred people dressed as zebras, took up positions at the city's main intersections, to help pedestrians cross roads and to teach drivers to stop as part of a new campaign by City Hall to relieve traffic chaos. REUTERS/David Mercado

People dressed as zebras rest in the centre of La Paz, Bolivia, December 23, 2010. About a hundred people dressed as zebras, took up positions at the city's main intersections, to help pedestrians cross roads and to teach drivers to stop as part of a new campaign by City Hall to relieve traffic chaos. REUTERS/David Mercado

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A man holds his pet while making a descent on his longboard in Caracas December 26, 2010. Every Sunday, young and old gather to practice longboarding, which in recent times has become a popular sport in Caracas. REUTERS/Gil Montano

A man holds his pet while making a descent on his longboard in Caracas December 26, 2010. Every Sunday, young and old gather to practice longboarding, which in recent times has become a popular sport in Caracas. REUTERS/Gil Montano

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A firefighter and a resident help evacuate a resident at the site of an explosion of a Pemex pipeline in the village of San Martin Texmelucan near Puebla December 19, 2010. The oil pipeline exploded in central Mexico, creating a "river of fire" and killing 22 people, a local official said. REUTERS/Oscar Bolanos

A firefighter and a resident help evacuate a resident at the site of an explosion of a Pemex pipeline in the village of San Martin Texmelucan near Puebla December 19, 2010. The oil pipeline exploded in central Mexico, creating a "river of fire" and killing 22 people, a local official said. REUTERS/Oscar Bolanos

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A flooded graveyard is seen in the village of Berislavci, 25km south of the capital Podgorica, Montenegro, December 6, 2010. REUTERS/Stevo Vasiljevic

A flooded graveyard is seen in the village of Berislavci, 25km south of the capital Podgorica, Montenegro, December 6, 2010. REUTERS/Stevo Vasiljevic

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Afghan graduate patrol men stand in line after meeting Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron at the Helmand Police training centre near Lashkar Gah December 6, 2010. Cameron, visiting Afghanistan on an unannounced trip, said troops could start withdrawing from the country as early as next year. REUTERS/ Leon Neal/Pool

Afghan graduate patrol men stand in line after meeting Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron at the Helmand Police training centre near Lashkar Gah December 6, 2010. Cameron, visiting Afghanistan on an unannounced trip, said troops could start withdrawing from the country as early as next year. REUTERS/ Leon Neal/Pool

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A southern Sudanese shepherd holds a stick as herd of bulls walk in a street in Juba December 26, 2010. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A southern Sudanese shepherd holds a stick as herd of bulls walk in a street in Juba December 26, 2010. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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A child plays in a pool of coloured balls at an indoor playground in Beijing December 24, 2010. REUTERS/Grace Liang

A child plays in a pool of coloured balls at an indoor playground in Beijing December 24, 2010. REUTERS/Grace Liang

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (L) salutes an honor cordon as he arrives aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Arabian Sea December 6, 2010. REUTERS/Win McNamee/Pool

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (L) salutes an honor cordon as he arrives aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Arabian Sea December 6, 2010. REUTERS/Win McNamee/Pool

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is driven away from City of Westminster Magistrates Court in a police van, in central London December 14, 2010. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is driven away from City of Westminster Magistrates Court in a police van, in central London December 14, 2010. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

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Police officers detain a couple during an unauthorised protest rally to defend article 31 of the Russian constitution, in St. Petersburg December 31, 2010. Opposition activists have been holding demonstrations on the 31st day of each month to mark the article, which guarantees the right of assembly. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

Police officers detain a couple during an unauthorised protest rally to defend article 31 of the Russian constitution, in St. Petersburg December 31, 2010. Opposition activists have been holding demonstrations on the 31st day of each month to mark the article, which guarantees the right of assembly. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

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Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper gestures while singing with a band during the Conservative caucus Christmas party in Ottawa December 8, 2010. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper gestures while singing with a band during the Conservative caucus Christmas party in Ottawa December 8, 2010. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

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A worshipper arranges flower decorations to celebrate the upcoming Christmas Day in a Christian church in Kunming, Yunnan province, China, December 23, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

A worshipper arranges flower decorations to celebrate the upcoming Christmas Day in a Christian church in Kunming, Yunnan province, China, December 23, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

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Friends disagree during a game of checkers at a home for senior citizens in Guatemala City December 11, 2010. REUTERS/Daniel LeClair

Friends disagree during a game of checkers at a home for senior citizens in Guatemala City December 11, 2010. REUTERS/Daniel LeClair

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