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Pictures of the month: September

<p>The body of a stranded pilot whale is seen on a beach in the coastal region of Bustamante Bay in the Argentine Patagonian province of Chubut September 14, 2009. REUTERS/Maxi Jonas </p>

The body of a stranded pilot whale is seen on a beach in the coastal region of Bustamante Bay in the Argentine Patagonian province of Chubut September 14, 2009. REUTERS/Maxi Jonas

The body of a stranded pilot whale is seen on a beach in the coastal region of Bustamante Bay in the Argentine Patagonian province of Chubut September 14, 2009. REUTERS/Maxi Jonas

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<p>A girl, re-enacting a scene from 70 years ago, stands in front of the Winton train before its departure from Prague to London September 1, 2009. The historical train departed from Prague to re-trace the original route from Prague to London with several survivors and descendants of 669 so-called "Winton's children" on board. The "Winton's children" were rescued by Sir Nicholas Winton in 1939 from being sent to their deaths in Nazi concentration camps. REUTERS/Petr Josek</p>

A girl, re-enacting a scene from 70 years ago, stands in front of the Winton train before its departure from Prague to London September 1, 2009. The historical train departed from Prague to re-trace the original route from Prague to London with...more

A girl, re-enacting a scene from 70 years ago, stands in front of the Winton train before its departure from Prague to London September 1, 2009. The historical train departed from Prague to re-trace the original route from Prague to London with several survivors and descendants of 669 so-called "Winton's children" on board. The "Winton's children" were rescued by Sir Nicholas Winton in 1939 from being sent to their deaths in Nazi concentration camps. REUTERS/Petr Josek

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<p>A woman sits between carriages as the train travels to Mymensing from Dhaka September 20, 2009. Millions of residents in Dhaka are travelling home from the capital city to celebrate the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj </p>

A woman sits between carriages as the train travels to Mymensing from Dhaka September 20, 2009. Millions of residents in Dhaka are travelling home from the capital city to celebrate the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the fasting...more

A woman sits between carriages as the train travels to Mymensing from Dhaka September 20, 2009. Millions of residents in Dhaka are travelling home from the capital city to celebrate the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

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<p>Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi pauses as he speaks in front of Ali Abdussalam Treki of Libya, President of the sixty-fourth session of the United Nations General Assembly, at the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, September 23, 2009. Gaddafi, in his first ever address to the United Nations, accused the veto-wielding powers of the Security Council of betraying the principles of the U.N. charter. REUTERS/Mike Segar </p>

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi pauses as he speaks in front of Ali Abdussalam Treki of Libya, President of the sixty-fourth session of the United Nations General Assembly, at the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York,...more

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi pauses as he speaks in front of Ali Abdussalam Treki of Libya, President of the sixty-fourth session of the United Nations General Assembly, at the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, September 23, 2009. Gaddafi, in his first ever address to the United Nations, accused the veto-wielding powers of the Security Council of betraying the principles of the U.N. charter. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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<p>An Iranian Tondar missile is launched during a test at an unknown location in central Iran September 27, 2009. Iran test-fired short-range missiles to show it was prepared to head off any military threat, four days before the Islamic Republic is due to hold rare talks with world powers worried about its nuclear ambitions. REUTERS/Fars News/Ali Shayegan </p>

An Iranian Tondar missile is launched during a test at an unknown location in central Iran September 27, 2009. Iran test-fired short-range missiles to show it was prepared to head off any military threat, four days before the Islamic Republic is due...more

An Iranian Tondar missile is launched during a test at an unknown location in central Iran September 27, 2009. Iran test-fired short-range missiles to show it was prepared to head off any military threat, four days before the Islamic Republic is due to hold rare talks with world powers worried about its nuclear ambitions. REUTERS/Fars News/Ali Shayegan

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<p>John Casas, 15, prepares to go for an athletics training session in Medellin September 17, 2009. Casas, who lives in the violent Comuna 13 neighborhood in Medellin, lost his legs in a car accident. The Casas family were displaced by civil war from their home in Uraba, Antioquia province. John is being helped by a rehabilitation center and dreams of participating in the Paralympics in London 2012. REUTERS/Albeiro Lopera </p>

John Casas, 15, prepares to go for an athletics training session in Medellin September 17, 2009. Casas, who lives in the violent Comuna 13 neighborhood in Medellin, lost his legs in a car accident. The Casas family were displaced by civil war from...more

John Casas, 15, prepares to go for an athletics training session in Medellin September 17, 2009. Casas, who lives in the violent Comuna 13 neighborhood in Medellin, lost his legs in a car accident. The Casas family were displaced by civil war from their home in Uraba, Antioquia province. John is being helped by a rehabilitation center and dreams of participating in the Paralympics in London 2012. REUTERS/Albeiro Lopera

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<p>Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya sleeps inside the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa September 22, 2009. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido </p>

Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya sleeps inside the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa September 22, 2009. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya sleeps inside the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa September 22, 2009. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

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<p>Models wait in the backstage before the show of Seduzioni Diamonds Valeria Marini Spring/Summer 2010 women's collection in Milan September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini </p>

Models wait in the backstage before the show of Seduzioni Diamonds Valeria Marini Spring/Summer 2010 women's collection in Milan September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Models wait in the backstage before the show of Seduzioni Diamonds Valeria Marini Spring/Summer 2010 women's collection in Milan September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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<p>Army cooks stand in order outside their kitchen at the 60th National Day Parade Village on the outskirts of Beijing September 10, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

Army cooks stand in order outside their kitchen at the 60th National Day Parade Village on the outskirts of Beijing September 10, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Army cooks stand in order outside their kitchen at the 60th National Day Parade Village on the outskirts of Beijing September 10, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>Israeli models display wedding dresses made mostly from toilet paper in Tel Aviv September 8, 2009. Seven designers created gowns made mostly from toilet paper as part of an advertising campaign for an Israeli toilet paper company to mark September 9, 2009 (09/09/09), one of the most popular dates for wedding ceremonies. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen </p>

Israeli models display wedding dresses made mostly from toilet paper in Tel Aviv September 8, 2009. Seven designers created gowns made mostly from toilet paper as part of an advertising campaign for an Israeli toilet paper company to mark September...more

Israeli models display wedding dresses made mostly from toilet paper in Tel Aviv September 8, 2009. Seven designers created gowns made mostly from toilet paper as part of an advertising campaign for an Israeli toilet paper company to mark September 9, 2009 (09/09/09), one of the most popular dates for wedding ceremonies. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

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<p>A boy attends a ceremony on the first day of classes at Roberto Poland school in Havana September 1, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A boy attends a ceremony on the first day of classes at Roberto Poland school in Havana September 1, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

A boy attends a ceremony on the first day of classes at Roberto Poland school in Havana September 1, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Belgian milk producers pour about 3 million litres (793,000 gallons) of milk on a field near the Belgian city of Ciney September 16, 2009 in protest over a growing industrial dispute over low prices. Support is growing among European Union member states for a new regulatory set-up for milk farmers struggling with depressed prices, France's agriculture minister, Michel Barnier, said. REUTERS/Yves Herman </p>

Belgian milk producers pour about 3 million litres (793,000 gallons) of milk on a field near the Belgian city of Ciney September 16, 2009 in protest over a growing industrial dispute over low prices. Support is growing among European Union member...more

Belgian milk producers pour about 3 million litres (793,000 gallons) of milk on a field near the Belgian city of Ciney September 16, 2009 in protest over a growing industrial dispute over low prices. Support is growing among European Union member states for a new regulatory set-up for milk farmers struggling with depressed prices, France's agriculture minister, Michel Barnier, said. REUTERS/Yves Herman

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<p>Anabel Veloso, dancer from the flamenco company "Deje Flamenco", performs during the flamenco show "Nacidos del Mar" (Born of the Sea), at Roquetas de Mar Aquarium in southeast Spain September 16, 2009. REUTERS/Francisco Bonilla </p>

Anabel Veloso, dancer from the flamenco company "Deje Flamenco", performs during the flamenco show "Nacidos del Mar" (Born of the Sea), at Roquetas de Mar Aquarium in southeast Spain September 16, 2009. REUTERS/Francisco Bonilla

Anabel Veloso, dancer from the flamenco company "Deje Flamenco", performs during the flamenco show "Nacidos del Mar" (Born of the Sea), at Roquetas de Mar Aquarium in southeast Spain September 16, 2009. REUTERS/Francisco Bonilla

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<p>A two-day-old baby Siamang yawns at its mother's lap at the Central Zoo in Kathmandu September 10, 2009. REUTERS/Deepa Shrestha </p>

A two-day-old baby Siamang yawns at its mother's lap at the Central Zoo in Kathmandu September 10, 2009. REUTERS/Deepa Shrestha

A two-day-old baby Siamang yawns at its mother's lap at the Central Zoo in Kathmandu September 10, 2009. REUTERS/Deepa Shrestha

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<p>An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man holds a chicken during Kaparot in the southern city of Ashdod September 27, 2009, ahead of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, which starts at sundown Sunday. Kaparot is an ancient custom connected to Yom Kippur where white chickens are slaughtered as a symbolic gesture of atonement. REUTERS/Amir Cohen </p>

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man holds a chicken during Kaparot in the southern city of Ashdod September 27, 2009, ahead of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, which starts at sundown Sunday. Kaparot is an ancient custom connected to Yom Kippur...more

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man holds a chicken during Kaparot in the southern city of Ashdod September 27, 2009, ahead of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, which starts at sundown Sunday. Kaparot is an ancient custom connected to Yom Kippur where white chickens are slaughtered as a symbolic gesture of atonement. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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<p>A man with a large beard attends the international World Beard and Moustache Championships in Gruendau near Frankfurt September 19, 2009. Over 160 participants compete in 17 categories of beard and moustache styles. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski </p>

A man with a large beard attends the international World Beard and Moustache Championships in Gruendau near Frankfurt September 19, 2009. Over 160 participants compete in 17 categories of beard and moustache styles. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

A man with a large beard attends the international World Beard and Moustache Championships in Gruendau near Frankfurt September 19, 2009. Over 160 participants compete in 17 categories of beard and moustache styles. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

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<p>A member of the Edmonton Eskimos cheer squad is tossed into the air in front of a record 41,000 people during the annual Labor Day classic football game between the Edmonton Eskimos and the Calgary Stampeders in Calgary, Alberta, September 7, 2009. REUTERS/Todd Korol </p>

A member of the Edmonton Eskimos cheer squad is tossed into the air in front of a record 41,000 people during the annual Labor Day classic football game between the Edmonton Eskimos and the Calgary Stampeders in Calgary, Alberta, September 7, 2009....more

A member of the Edmonton Eskimos cheer squad is tossed into the air in front of a record 41,000 people during the annual Labor Day classic football game between the Edmonton Eskimos and the Calgary Stampeders in Calgary, Alberta, September 7, 2009. REUTERS/Todd Korol

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<p>A U.S Marine from Delta Company of 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion searches an Afghan man for weapons near the town of Khan Neshin in Rig district of Helmand province, southern Afghanistan September8, 2009. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic </p>

A U.S Marine from Delta Company of 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion searches an Afghan man for weapons near the town of Khan Neshin in Rig district of Helmand province, southern Afghanistan September8, 2009. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A U.S Marine from Delta Company of 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion searches an Afghan man for weapons near the town of Khan Neshin in Rig district of Helmand province, southern Afghanistan September8, 2009. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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<p>A cat sits on petfood at a stall in a market in Bangkok September 8, 2009. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang </p>

A cat sits on petfood at a stall in a market in Bangkok September 8, 2009. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang

A cat sits on petfood at a stall in a market in Bangkok September 8, 2009. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang

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<p>A policeman checks a window as he stands guard near the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, September 29, 2009, where ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has taken refuge. REUTERS/Henry Romero </p>

A policeman checks a window as he stands guard near the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, September 29, 2009, where ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has taken refuge. REUTERS/Henry Romero

A policeman checks a window as he stands guard near the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, September 29, 2009, where ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has taken refuge. REUTERS/Henry Romero

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<p>A woman dives in a lake in the Lobau area, the floodplain forest along the Danube River, as she enjoys the last summerdays in Vienna September 7, 2009. REUTERS/Herwig Prammer </p>

A woman dives in a lake in the Lobau area, the floodplain forest along the Danube River, as she enjoys the last summerdays in Vienna September 7, 2009. REUTERS/Herwig Prammer

A woman dives in a lake in the Lobau area, the floodplain forest along the Danube River, as she enjoys the last summerdays in Vienna September 7, 2009. REUTERS/Herwig Prammer

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<p>Director of the movie and cast member Drew Barrymore poses at the premiere of "Whip It" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California September 29, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni </p>

Director of the movie and cast member Drew Barrymore poses at the premiere of "Whip It" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California September 29, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Director of the movie and cast member Drew Barrymore poses at the premiere of "Whip It" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California September 29, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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<p>Martin Fortunato, the son of slain Italian captain Antonio Fortunato, cries he touches a coffin of one of the six Italian soldiers killed in Afghanistan during a funeral service at Saint Paul Basilica in Rome September 21, 2009. A majority of Italians already wanted their troops pulled out of Afghanistan before a bomb on September 17, 2009 killed six Italian soldiers and the lobby for withdrawal will now get stronger, a pollster said. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi </p>

Martin Fortunato, the son of slain Italian captain Antonio Fortunato, cries he touches a coffin of one of the six Italian soldiers killed in Afghanistan during a funeral service at Saint Paul Basilica in Rome September 21, 2009. A majority of...more

Martin Fortunato, the son of slain Italian captain Antonio Fortunato, cries he touches a coffin of one of the six Italian soldiers killed in Afghanistan during a funeral service at Saint Paul Basilica in Rome September 21, 2009. A majority of Italians already wanted their troops pulled out of Afghanistan before a bomb on September 17, 2009 killed six Italian soldiers and the lobby for withdrawal will now get stronger, a pollster said. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

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<p>An injured girl cries during an evacuation after an earthquake hit Padang, Indonesia's Sumatra island September 30, 2009. REUTERS/Muhammad Fitrah/Singgalang Newspaper </p>

An injured girl cries during an evacuation after an earthquake hit Padang, Indonesia's Sumatra island September 30, 2009. REUTERS/Muhammad Fitrah/Singgalang Newspaper

An injured girl cries during an evacuation after an earthquake hit Padang, Indonesia's Sumatra island September 30, 2009. REUTERS/Muhammad Fitrah/Singgalang Newspaper

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<p>Abdel Basset al-Megrahi sits in a wheelchair in his room at a hospital in Tripoli September 9, 2009. The dying Libyan convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing and freed on compassionate grounds despite U.S. objections was met by African parliamentary deputies in an apparent public show of support. REUTERS/Ismail Zetouny</p>

Abdel Basset al-Megrahi sits in a wheelchair in his room at a hospital in Tripoli September 9, 2009. The dying Libyan convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing and freed on compassionate grounds despite U.S. objections was met by African parliamentary...more

Abdel Basset al-Megrahi sits in a wheelchair in his room at a hospital in Tripoli September 9, 2009. The dying Libyan convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing and freed on compassionate grounds despite U.S. objections was met by African parliamentary deputies in an apparent public show of support. REUTERS/Ismail Zetouny

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<p>The World Heritage-listed Kinderdijk windmills are illuminated by LED lights, at the Kinderdijk September 7, 2009. The wind mills are lit up this year to mark the first time energy-efficient LED lighting has been used. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen </p>

The World Heritage-listed Kinderdijk windmills are illuminated by LED lights, at the Kinderdijk September 7, 2009. The wind mills are lit up this year to mark the first time energy-efficient LED lighting has been used. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

The World Heritage-listed Kinderdijk windmills are illuminated by LED lights, at the Kinderdijk September 7, 2009. The wind mills are lit up this year to mark the first time energy-efficient LED lighting has been used. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

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<p>Don Fleming, 82, sits on the bench while taking part in a geriatric hockey tournament in Burnaby, British Columbia September 8, 2009. Players from the United States and Canada gathered to play in the three-day tournament involving those 75 years and older and 80s and older. REUTERS/Andy Clark </p>

Don Fleming, 82, sits on the bench while taking part in a geriatric hockey tournament in Burnaby, British Columbia September 8, 2009. Players from the United States and Canada gathered to play in the three-day tournament involving those 75 years and...more

Don Fleming, 82, sits on the bench while taking part in a geriatric hockey tournament in Burnaby, British Columbia September 8, 2009. Players from the United States and Canada gathered to play in the three-day tournament involving those 75 years and older and 80s and older. REUTERS/Andy Clark

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<p>German Chancellery Affairs minister Thomas de Maiziere (L-R), Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung, German President Horst Koehler, President of Germany's lower house of parliament Norbert Lammert, President of Germany's upper house of parliament Peter Mueller and President of the Germany's Constitutional Court Hans-Juergen Papier attend a wreath laying ceremony at the memorial dedicated to German soldiers who died in service, in Berlin, September 8, 2009. REUTERS/Hannibal/Pool </p>

German Chancellery Affairs minister Thomas de Maiziere (L-R), Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung, German President Horst Koehler, President of Germany's lower house of parliament Norbert Lammert, President of Germany's upper house of parliament Peter...more

German Chancellery Affairs minister Thomas de Maiziere (L-R), Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung, German President Horst Koehler, President of Germany's lower house of parliament Norbert Lammert, President of Germany's upper house of parliament Peter Mueller and President of the Germany's Constitutional Court Hans-Juergen Papier attend a wreath laying ceremony at the memorial dedicated to German soldiers who died in service, in Berlin, September 8, 2009. REUTERS/Hannibal/Pool

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<p>A man takes a break from cleaning a house swamped by flash floods brought on by Typhoon Ketsana, locally known as Ondoy, in a middle class residential neighbourhood in Marikina city east of Manila September 28, 2009.  REUTERS/Erik de Castro </p>

A man takes a break from cleaning a house swamped by flash floods brought on by Typhoon Ketsana, locally known as Ondoy, in a middle class residential neighbourhood in Marikina city east of Manila September 28, 2009. REUTERS/Erik de Castro

A man takes a break from cleaning a house swamped by flash floods brought on by Typhoon Ketsana, locally known as Ondoy, in a middle class residential neighbourhood in Marikina city east of Manila September 28, 2009. REUTERS/Erik de Castro

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<p>Kanye West (L) interrupts the acceptance speech from best female video winner Taylor Swift (R) at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in New York, September 13, 2009.  REUTERS/Gary Hershorn (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT)</p>

Kanye West (L) interrupts the acceptance speech from best female video winner Taylor Swift (R) at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in New York, September 13, 2009. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT)

Kanye West (L) interrupts the acceptance speech from best female video winner Taylor Swift (R) at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in New York, September 13, 2009. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT)

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<p>A woman tries on a headscarf at a market in Makassar, South Sulawesi September 13, 2009. Indonesia Muslim women shop for new outfits in preparation for the Eid al-Fitr festival to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.  REUTERS/Yusuf Ahmad  (INDONESIA SOCIETY RELIGION IMAGES OF THE DAY)</p>

A woman tries on a headscarf at a market in Makassar, South Sulawesi September 13, 2009. Indonesia Muslim women shop for new outfits in preparation for the Eid al-Fitr festival to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. REUTERS/Yusuf Ahmad...more

A woman tries on a headscarf at a market in Makassar, South Sulawesi September 13, 2009. Indonesia Muslim women shop for new outfits in preparation for the Eid al-Fitr festival to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. REUTERS/Yusuf Ahmad (INDONESIA SOCIETY RELIGION IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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<p>Serena Williams (L) of the U.S. talks with tournament referee Brian Earley (2nd,R) and an official as a line judge (R) stands by during the match against Kim Clijsters of Belgium at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 12, 2009. Clijsters won the match 6-4 7-5, which ended in controversy when Williams was called for a foot-fault on a second serve to go match point down.      REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES SPORT TENNIS)</p>

Serena Williams (L) of the U.S. talks with tournament referee Brian Earley (2nd,R) and an official as a line judge (R) stands by during the match against Kim Clijsters of Belgium at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 12, 2009....more

Serena Williams (L) of the U.S. talks with tournament referee Brian Earley (2nd,R) and an official as a line judge (R) stands by during the match against Kim Clijsters of Belgium at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 12, 2009. Clijsters won the match 6-4 7-5, which ended in controversy when Williams was called for a foot-fault on a second serve to go match point down. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES SPORT TENNIS)

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<p>Monks play volleyball at Rabdey Dratsang in the southeastern district of Samdrup Jongkhar in Bhutan September 3, 2009. Five decades ago, Bhutan was a feudal, medieval place with no roads, proper schools or hospitals and scarcely any contact with the outside world. Today education and healthcare are free and life expectancy has risen to 66 years from less than 40. REUTERS/Singye Wangchuk </p>

Monks play volleyball at Rabdey Dratsang in the southeastern district of Samdrup Jongkhar in Bhutan September 3, 2009. Five decades ago, Bhutan was a feudal, medieval place with no roads, proper schools or hospitals and scarcely any contact with the...more

Monks play volleyball at Rabdey Dratsang in the southeastern district of Samdrup Jongkhar in Bhutan September 3, 2009. Five decades ago, Bhutan was a feudal, medieval place with no roads, proper schools or hospitals and scarcely any contact with the outside world. Today education and healthcare are free and life expectancy has risen to 66 years from less than 40. REUTERS/Singye Wangchuk

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<p>Family photos of Jaycee Dugard are pictured as they were made available to Reuters in Los Angeles September 3, 2009. Phillip Garrido, a 58-year-old registered sex offender, and his 54-year-old wife, Nancy Garrido, pleaded not guilty on Friday to a total of 29 charges related to the kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard from her South Lake Tahoe, California neighborhood in June 1991. Dugard, now 29, was found after a parole officer for Garrido became suspicious, prompting a search of his home about 100 miles (160 km) southwest of where she was abducted. Images show, R to L,  Dugard as a three-year old ballerina, in October 1990 dressed as a punk rocker, and in 1991 as she attends the Rose Parade. REUTERS/Handout (UNITED STATES CRIME LAW) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS</p>

Family photos of Jaycee Dugard are pictured as they were made available to Reuters in Los Angeles September 3, 2009. Phillip Garrido, a 58-year-old registered sex offender, and his 54-year-old wife, Nancy Garrido, pleaded not guilty on Friday to a...more

Family photos of Jaycee Dugard are pictured as they were made available to Reuters in Los Angeles September 3, 2009. Phillip Garrido, a 58-year-old registered sex offender, and his 54-year-old wife, Nancy Garrido, pleaded not guilty on Friday to a total of 29 charges related to the kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard from her South Lake Tahoe, California neighborhood in June 1991. Dugard, now 29, was found after a parole officer for Garrido became suspicious, prompting a search of his home about 100 miles (160 km) southwest of where she was abducted. Images show, R to L, Dugard as a three-year old ballerina, in October 1990 dressed as a punk rocker, and in 1991 as she attends the Rose Parade. REUTERS/Handout (UNITED STATES CRIME LAW) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

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<p>A German woman wearing a traditional Black Forest costume casts her ballot during the country's general election (Bundestagswahl) at the polling station in Gutach, in the southern German Black Forest region September 27, 2009.  REUTERS/Miro Kuzmanovic </p>

A German woman wearing a traditional Black Forest costume casts her ballot during the country's general election (Bundestagswahl) at the polling station in Gutach, in the southern German Black Forest region September 27, 2009. REUTERS/Miro...more

A German woman wearing a traditional Black Forest costume casts her ballot during the country's general election (Bundestagswahl) at the polling station in Gutach, in the southern German Black Forest region September 27, 2009. REUTERS/Miro Kuzmanovic

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<p>A man takes a photograph of the just visible Sydney Opera House (top L) as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009. Gale force winds battered eastern Australia bringing huge dust storms to the nation's heavily populated east coast. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne </p>

A man takes a photograph of the just visible Sydney Opera House (top L) as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009. Gale force winds battered eastern Australia bringing huge dust storms to the nation's heavily populated east coast....more

A man takes a photograph of the just visible Sydney Opera House (top L) as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009. Gale force winds battered eastern Australia bringing huge dust storms to the nation's heavily populated east coast. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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<p>Police officers run to disperse demonstrators during a protest against the G20 Pittsburgh Summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania September 24, 2009. REUTERS/Carlos Barria </p>

Police officers run to disperse demonstrators during a protest against the G20 Pittsburgh Summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania September 24, 2009. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Police officers run to disperse demonstrators during a protest against the G20 Pittsburgh Summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania September 24, 2009. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>Riders urinate during the 17th stage of the Tour of Spain "La Vuelta" cycling race between Ciudad Real and Talavera de la Reina, September 16, 2009. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal </p>

Riders urinate during the 17th stage of the Tour of Spain "La Vuelta" cycling race between Ciudad Real and Talavera de la Reina, September 16, 2009. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

Riders urinate during the 17th stage of the Tour of Spain "La Vuelta" cycling race between Ciudad Real and Talavera de la Reina, September 16, 2009. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

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<p>Members of the Spanish Air Force acrobatic group 'Patrulla Aguila' perform a manoeuvre during an air show in Evora September 20, 2009. REUTERS/Nacho Doce </p>

Members of the Spanish Air Force acrobatic group 'Patrulla Aguila' perform a manoeuvre during an air show in Evora September 20, 2009. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Members of the Spanish Air Force acrobatic group 'Patrulla Aguila' perform a manoeuvre during an air show in Evora September 20, 2009. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

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<p>Police stand over six suspected armed robbers arrested in central Cape Town, September 3, 2009. South Africa has one of the world's highest rates of violent crime, with 18,487 murders, 36,190 rapes, and 14,201 reported carjackings in 2007-8, according to police. Many crimes go unreported. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings </p>

Police stand over six suspected armed robbers arrested in central Cape Town, September 3, 2009. South Africa has one of the world's highest rates of violent crime, with 18,487 murders, 36,190 rapes, and 14,201 reported carjackings in 2007-8,...more

Police stand over six suspected armed robbers arrested in central Cape Town, September 3, 2009. South Africa has one of the world's highest rates of violent crime, with 18,487 murders, 36,190 rapes, and 14,201 reported carjackings in 2007-8, according to police. Many crimes go unreported. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

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<p>Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad listens to a reporter's questions during a news conference in New York, September 25, 2009. Ahmadinejad said the United States, Britain and France would "regret" accusing Iran of hiding a nuclear fuel facility, saying it was not a secret site. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson </p>

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad listens to a reporter's questions during a news conference in New York, September 25, 2009. Ahmadinejad said the United States, Britain and France would "regret" accusing Iran of hiding a nuclear fuel facility,...more

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad listens to a reporter's questions during a news conference in New York, September 25, 2009. Ahmadinejad said the United States, Britain and France would "regret" accusing Iran of hiding a nuclear fuel facility, saying it was not a secret site. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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<p>President Barack Obama wipes raindrops off the shoulder of first lady Michelle Obama as they arrive at the Phipps Conservatory for an opening reception and working dinner for heads of delegation at the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania September 24, 2009. REUTERS/Chris Wattie </p>

President Barack Obama wipes raindrops off the shoulder of first lady Michelle Obama as they arrive at the Phipps Conservatory for an opening reception and working dinner for heads of delegation at the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania September...more

President Barack Obama wipes raindrops off the shoulder of first lady Michelle Obama as they arrive at the Phipps Conservatory for an opening reception and working dinner for heads of delegation at the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania September 24, 2009. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

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<p>Kim Clijsters of Belgium and her daughter Jada pose with the trophy after she defeated Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in the women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 13, 2009. REUTERS/Shaun Best </p>

Kim Clijsters of Belgium and her daughter Jada pose with the trophy after she defeated Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in the women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 13, 2009. REUTERS/Shaun Best

Kim Clijsters of Belgium and her daughter Jada pose with the trophy after she defeated Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in the women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 13, 2009. REUTERS/Shaun Best

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<p>A dancer in body paint waits for his performance beside a spectator during festivities marking the end of the annual harvest festival of "Onam" in the southern Indian city of Thrissur September 5, 2009. The ten-day-long festival is celebrated annually in India's southern coastal state of Kerala to symbolise the return of King Mahabali to meet his beloved subjects. REUTERS/Sivaram V </p>

A dancer in body paint waits for his performance beside a spectator during festivities marking the end of the annual harvest festival of "Onam" in the southern Indian city of Thrissur September 5, 2009. The ten-day-long festival is celebrated...more

A dancer in body paint waits for his performance beside a spectator during festivities marking the end of the annual harvest festival of "Onam" in the southern Indian city of Thrissur September 5, 2009. The ten-day-long festival is celebrated annually in India's southern coastal state of Kerala to symbolise the return of King Mahabali to meet his beloved subjects. REUTERS/Sivaram V

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<p>Palestinian women pray next to a grave in a cemetery on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr in the West Bank city of Ramallah September 20, 2009. Eid al-fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, during which Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and sexual relations from sunrise to sunset. REUTERS/Fadi Arouri </p>

Palestinian women pray next to a grave in a cemetery on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr in the West Bank city of Ramallah September 20, 2009. Eid al-fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, during...more

Palestinian women pray next to a grave in a cemetery on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr in the West Bank city of Ramallah September 20, 2009. Eid al-fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, during which Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and sexual relations from sunrise to sunset. REUTERS/Fadi Arouri

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<p>A Canadian soldier lifts weights in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, September 21, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

A Canadian soldier lifts weights in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, September 21, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A Canadian soldier lifts weights in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, September 21, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is met with protesters with signs as he arrives to testify before the Congressional Oversight Panel on TARP on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 10, 2009. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang </p>

U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is met with protesters with signs as he arrives to testify before the Congressional Oversight Panel on TARP on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 10, 2009. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang

U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is met with protesters with signs as he arrives to testify before the Congressional Oversight Panel on TARP on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 10, 2009. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang

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<p>A model falls as she displays a creation as part of Mila Schon Spring/Summer 2010 women's collection during Milan Fashion Week September 29, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo </p>

A model falls as she displays a creation as part of Mila Schon Spring/Summer 2010 women's collection during Milan Fashion Week September 29, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

A model falls as she displays a creation as part of Mila Schon Spring/Summer 2010 women's collection during Milan Fashion Week September 29, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

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<p>A local woman crosses a street as Chinese security personnel march through the centre of Urumqi in China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region September 7, 2009. China's troubled far-western city of Urumqi has spelt out potential punishments for spreading rumours after days of sometimes deadly unrest and panic about reported syringe attacks that fanned ethnic tensions. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

A local woman crosses a street as Chinese security personnel march through the centre of Urumqi in China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region September 7, 2009. China's troubled far-western city of Urumqi has spelt out potential punishments for spreading...more

A local woman crosses a street as Chinese security personnel march through the centre of Urumqi in China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region September 7, 2009. China's troubled far-western city of Urumqi has spelt out potential punishments for spreading rumours after days of sometimes deadly unrest and panic about reported syringe attacks that fanned ethnic tensions. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>Samoan police carry the body of a tsumani victim found in the waters near Matavai on the southern coast of Western Samoa September 30, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne </p>

Samoan police carry the body of a tsumani victim found in the waters near Matavai on the southern coast of Western Samoa September 30, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

Samoan police carry the body of a tsumani victim found in the waters near Matavai on the southern coast of Western Samoa September 30, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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<p>A pair of twins sit in a classroom on the first day of classes in an elementary school in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain September 10, 2009. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo</p>

A pair of twins sit in a classroom on the first day of classes in an elementary school in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain September 10, 2009. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo

A pair of twins sit in a classroom on the first day of classes in an elementary school in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain September 10, 2009. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo

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<p>A resident does a handstand during a morning exercise session at the Temple of Sun Park in Beijing September 13, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Lee </p>

A resident does a handstand during a morning exercise session at the Temple of Sun Park in Beijing September 13, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Lee

A resident does a handstand during a morning exercise session at the Temple of Sun Park in Beijing September 13, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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<p>A police officer removes a rock to clear a road while indigenous women look at him during a road blockade in Guachala, 80 km (50 miles) north of Quito, September 28, 2009. Indian leaders called for protest against plans by Rafael Correas's government to privatize water resources. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja </p>

A police officer removes a rock to clear a road while indigenous women look at him during a road blockade in Guachala, 80 km (50 miles) north of Quito, September 28, 2009. Indian leaders called for protest against plans by Rafael Correas's government...more

A police officer removes a rock to clear a road while indigenous women look at him during a road blockade in Guachala, 80 km (50 miles) north of Quito, September 28, 2009. Indian leaders called for protest against plans by Rafael Correas's government to privatize water resources. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja

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<p>Security forces clash with protestors in this frame grab taken from September 28, 2009 footage . The death toll from a crackdown by Guinean security forces on opponents of the military junta has risen to 157, a local rights group said on September 29,2009, quoting hospital sources in the capital. Security forces on Monday opened fire on tens of thousands of protesters urging military ruler Captain Moussa Dadis Camara to step down, bringing broad international condemnation and the threat of sanctions from the African Union. REUTERS/Reuters TV </p>

Security forces clash with protestors in this frame grab taken from September 28, 2009 footage . The death toll from a crackdown by Guinean security forces on opponents of the military junta has risen to 157, a local rights group said on September...more

Security forces clash with protestors in this frame grab taken from September 28, 2009 footage . The death toll from a crackdown by Guinean security forces on opponents of the military junta has risen to 157, a local rights group said on September 29,2009, quoting hospital sources in the capital. Security forces on Monday opened fire on tens of thousands of protesters urging military ruler Captain Moussa Dadis Camara to step down, bringing broad international condemnation and the threat of sanctions from the African Union. REUTERS/Reuters TV

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<p>Photographers and videographers train their cameras on a model as she presents a creation from the Rosa Cha Spring 2010 collection at New York Fashion Week September 10, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson </p>

Photographers and videographers train their cameras on a model as she presents a creation from the Rosa Cha Spring 2010 collection at New York Fashion Week September 10, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Photographers and videographers train their cameras on a model as she presents a creation from the Rosa Cha Spring 2010 collection at New York Fashion Week September 10, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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<p>Old cars are pictured at a junkyard in Hanau, 40km south of Frankfurt, September 2, 2009. Under the measure which has helped boost demand for cars in Germany, the government was offering car owners 2,500 euros ($3,375) if they turn in vehicles over nine years old and switch to new models with lower emissions (Abwrackpraemie). The offer ended on September 2nd after over two million cars were turned in. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach </p>

Old cars are pictured at a junkyard in Hanau, 40km south of Frankfurt, September 2, 2009. Under the measure which has helped boost demand for cars in Germany, the government was offering car owners 2,500 euros ($3,375) if they turn in vehicles over...more

Old cars are pictured at a junkyard in Hanau, 40km south of Frankfurt, September 2, 2009. Under the measure which has helped boost demand for cars in Germany, the government was offering car owners 2,500 euros ($3,375) if they turn in vehicles over nine years old and switch to new models with lower emissions (Abwrackpraemie). The offer ended on September 2nd after over two million cars were turned in. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

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<p>Miami Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano (L) leaps into the air to avoid a tackle by Indianapolis Colts Tim Jennings during the fourth quarter in their NFL football game in Miami, Florida September 21, 2009. REUTERS/Hans Deryk </p>

Miami Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano (L) leaps into the air to avoid a tackle by Indianapolis Colts Tim Jennings during the fourth quarter in their NFL football game in Miami, Florida September 21, 2009. REUTERS/Hans Deryk

Miami Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano (L) leaps into the air to avoid a tackle by Indianapolis Colts Tim Jennings during the fourth quarter in their NFL football game in Miami, Florida September 21, 2009. REUTERS/Hans Deryk

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<p>Convicted murderer and former Charles Manson family member, Susan Atkins, lies on a moveable bed during her parole hearing at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla, California September 2, 2009. Atkins was again denied parole, remaining the longest-incarcerated female inmate in the California penal system. REUTERS/Ben Margot/Pool </p>

Convicted murderer and former Charles Manson family member, Susan Atkins, lies on a moveable bed during her parole hearing at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla, California September 2, 2009. Atkins was again denied parole,...more

Convicted murderer and former Charles Manson family member, Susan Atkins, lies on a moveable bed during her parole hearing at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla, California September 2, 2009. Atkins was again denied parole, remaining the longest-incarcerated female inmate in the California penal system. REUTERS/Ben Margot/Pool

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<p>Japan's Prime Minister Taro Aso leaves his final news conference as premier at his official residence in Tokyo September 16, 2009.  REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

Japan's Prime Minister Taro Aso leaves his final news conference as premier at his official residence in Tokyo September 16, 2009. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Japan's Prime Minister Taro Aso leaves his final news conference as premier at his official residence in Tokyo September 16, 2009. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>U.S. actress Eva Mendes poses for photographers on the red carpet at the 66th Venice Film Festival September 4, 2009. Mendes stars in the movie "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans". REUTERS/Tony Gentile </p>

U.S. actress Eva Mendes poses for photographers on the red carpet at the 66th Venice Film Festival September 4, 2009. Mendes stars in the movie "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans". REUTERS/Tony Gentile

U.S. actress Eva Mendes poses for photographers on the red carpet at the 66th Venice Film Festival September 4, 2009. Mendes stars in the movie "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans". REUTERS/Tony Gentile

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