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<p>Visitors walk past a sculpture by British artist Anthony Gormley, entitled "Close I", at the Museum of Contemporary Art, MARCO, in Monterrey, northern Mexico November 20, 2008.  REUTERS/Tomas Bravo </p>

Visitors walk past a sculpture by British artist Anthony Gormley, entitled "Close I", at the Museum of Contemporary Art, MARCO, in Monterrey, northern Mexico November 20, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

Visitors walk past a sculpture by British artist Anthony Gormley, entitled "Close I", at the Museum of Contemporary Art, MARCO, in Monterrey, northern Mexico November 20, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>An England soccer fan arrives at Berlin's Schoenefeld airport November 19, 2008.  REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke </p>

An England soccer fan arrives at Berlin's Schoenefeld airport November 19, 2008. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

An England soccer fan arrives at Berlin's Schoenefeld airport November 19, 2008. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

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<p>"Bamgoo", an electric car with a body made out of bamboo, is displayed in Kyoto, western Japan, November 14, 2008. The sixty-kilogram single-seater ecologically friendly concept car, which measures 270 centimeters in length, 130 centimeters in width and 165 centimeters in height, is developed by Kyoto University Venture Business Laboratory featuring bamboo articles in the Kyoto area. The car can run for 50 kilometers on a single charge. REUTERS/Issei Kato </p>

"Bamgoo", an electric car with a body made out of bamboo, is displayed in Kyoto, western Japan, November 14, 2008. The sixty-kilogram single-seater ecologically friendly concept car, which measures 270 centimeters in length, 130 centimeters in width...more

"Bamgoo", an electric car with a body made out of bamboo, is displayed in Kyoto, western Japan, November 14, 2008. The sixty-kilogram single-seater ecologically friendly concept car, which measures 270 centimeters in length, 130 centimeters in width and 165 centimeters in height, is developed by Kyoto University Venture Business Laboratory featuring bamboo articles in the Kyoto area. The car can run for 50 kilometers on a single charge. REUTERS/Issei Kato

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<p>Veterinary charity PDSA nurse Jennie Keen is seen holding Tinks, a 13-year-old cat, in this undated handout photograph received in London on November 19, 2008. Eight of Britain's most overweight pets are to embark on a 100-day diet and fitness regime in a bid to be crowned this year's pet fit club champion. REUTERS/PDSA/Handout </p>

Veterinary charity PDSA nurse Jennie Keen is seen holding Tinks, a 13-year-old cat, in this undated handout photograph received in London on November 19, 2008. Eight of Britain's most overweight pets are to embark on a 100-day diet and fitness regime...more

Veterinary charity PDSA nurse Jennie Keen is seen holding Tinks, a 13-year-old cat, in this undated handout photograph received in London on November 19, 2008. Eight of Britain's most overweight pets are to embark on a 100-day diet and fitness regime in a bid to be crowned this year's pet fit club champion. REUTERS/PDSA/Handout

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<p>A model presents a creation by Kazakhstan's Kenje design house during Kazakhstan fashion week in Almaty November 11, 2008. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov </p>

A model presents a creation by Kazakhstan's Kenje design house during Kazakhstan fashion week in Almaty November 11, 2008. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

A model presents a creation by Kazakhstan's Kenje design house during Kazakhstan fashion week in Almaty November 11, 2008. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

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<p>A model presents a creation by Belarussian designer Olga Rodionova during the Festival of Vanguard Art, Mammoth 2008, in Minsk November 16, 2008. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko</p>

A model presents a creation by Belarussian designer Olga Rodionova during the Festival of Vanguard Art, Mammoth 2008, in Minsk November 16, 2008. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

A model presents a creation by Belarussian designer Olga Rodionova during the Festival of Vanguard Art, Mammoth 2008, in Minsk November 16, 2008. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

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<p>A fake copy of the New York Times (bottom), declaring "Iraq War Ends," is seen here with a copy of the real New York Times in New York November 12, 2008. A group of pranksters handed out more than 1.2 million fake New York Times newspapers mainly in New York City and Los Angeles with a front page story declaring "Iraq War Ends." REUTERS/Brendan McDermid </p>

A fake copy of the New York Times (bottom), declaring "Iraq War Ends," is seen here with a copy of the real New York Times in New York November 12, 2008. A group of pranksters handed out more than 1.2 million fake New York Times newspapers mainly in...more

A fake copy of the New York Times (bottom), declaring "Iraq War Ends," is seen here with a copy of the real New York Times in New York November 12, 2008. A group of pranksters handed out more than 1.2 million fake New York Times newspapers mainly in New York City and Los Angeles with a front page story declaring "Iraq War Ends." REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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<p>Clyde, a 315-pound (142.8 kg) orangutan, studies the oregano he found in his habitat at the San Diego Zoo in San Diego, California, November 13, 2008. The oregano was one of several culinary herbs that were scattered around his exhibit in celebration of Great Ape Awareness Days at the Zoo. REUTERS/Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo/Handout </p>

Clyde, a 315-pound (142.8 kg) orangutan, studies the oregano he found in his habitat at the San Diego Zoo in San Diego, California, November 13, 2008. The oregano was one of several culinary herbs that were scattered around his exhibit in celebration...more

Clyde, a 315-pound (142.8 kg) orangutan, studies the oregano he found in his habitat at the San Diego Zoo in San Diego, California, November 13, 2008. The oregano was one of several culinary herbs that were scattered around his exhibit in celebration of Great Ape Awareness Days at the Zoo. REUTERS/Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo/Handout

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<p>Two pictures of a woman's face, one modified (R) and one unmodified, are seen on a computer monitor in the office of Professor Dani Lischinksi in Jerusalem November 18, 2008. An Israeli team of computer scientists may have the answer to optimising your looks without radically altering them. The team, which includes Lischinksi, have developed a computer software model based on the innate preferences that studies show we have for human faces. REUTERS/Baz Ratner </p>

Two pictures of a woman's face, one modified (R) and one unmodified, are seen on a computer monitor in the office of Professor Dani Lischinksi in Jerusalem November 18, 2008. An Israeli team of computer scientists may have the answer to optimising...more

Two pictures of a woman's face, one modified (R) and one unmodified, are seen on a computer monitor in the office of Professor Dani Lischinksi in Jerusalem November 18, 2008. An Israeli team of computer scientists may have the answer to optimising your looks without radically altering them. The team, which includes Lischinksi, have developed a computer software model based on the innate preferences that studies show we have for human faces. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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<p>A Chinese acrobat performs during an India-China cultural exchange programme in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata November 24, 2008. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal </p>

A Chinese acrobat performs during an India-China cultural exchange programme in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata November 24, 2008. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal

A Chinese acrobat performs during an India-China cultural exchange programme in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata November 24, 2008. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal

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<p>A gold bra, valued at over US$40,000, is seen on display at the China International Jewellery Fair in Beijing November 12, 2008.  REUTERS/David Gray </p>

A gold bra, valued at over US$40,000, is seen on display at the China International Jewellery Fair in Beijing November 12, 2008. REUTERS/David Gray

A gold bra, valued at over US$40,000, is seen on display at the China International Jewellery Fair in Beijing November 12, 2008. REUTERS/David Gray

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<p>Wishroom Representative Director Masayuki Tsuchiya puts on his company's men's bra in Tokyo November 22, 2008. The Japanese online lingerie retailer is selling bras for cross-dressing men and they've quickly become one of its most popular items. REUTERS/Toru Hanai </p>

Wishroom Representative Director Masayuki Tsuchiya puts on his company's men's bra in Tokyo November 22, 2008. The Japanese online lingerie retailer is selling bras for cross-dressing men and they've quickly become one of its most popular items....more

Wishroom Representative Director Masayuki Tsuchiya puts on his company's men's bra in Tokyo November 22, 2008. The Japanese online lingerie retailer is selling bras for cross-dressing men and they've quickly become one of its most popular items. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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<p>"Tongues" by Indian artist Ebenezer Sunder Singh is seen at the artParis-Abu Dhabi Modern and Contemporary Art Fair at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi November 17, 2008.  REUTERS/Jumana El Heloueh </p>

"Tongues" by Indian artist Ebenezer Sunder Singh is seen at the artParis-Abu Dhabi Modern and Contemporary Art Fair at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi November 17, 2008. REUTERS/Jumana El Heloueh

"Tongues" by Indian artist Ebenezer Sunder Singh is seen at the artParis-Abu Dhabi Modern and Contemporary Art Fair at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi November 17, 2008. REUTERS/Jumana El Heloueh

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<p>Schoolgirls sit inside a decorative installation at a shopping mall in Hong Kong November 19, 2008. REUTERS/Bobby Yip </p>

Schoolgirls sit inside a decorative installation at a shopping mall in Hong Kong November 19, 2008. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Schoolgirls sit inside a decorative installation at a shopping mall in Hong Kong November 19, 2008. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

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<p>A visitor stands in front of artist Ju Duoqi's work "Liberty Leading the Vegetables" at her "The Vegetable Museum" exhibition at a photo gallery in Beijing November 25, 2008. REUTERS/Jason Lee </p>

A visitor stands in front of artist Ju Duoqi's work "Liberty Leading the Vegetables" at her "The Vegetable Museum" exhibition at a photo gallery in Beijing November 25, 2008. REUTERS/Jason Lee

A visitor stands in front of artist Ju Duoqi's work "Liberty Leading the Vegetables" at her "The Vegetable Museum" exhibition at a photo gallery in Beijing November 25, 2008. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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<p>Re-enactors from Plimoth Plantation, Wampanoag Indian Jonathan Perry (C), dressed as Hobbamock, and Shann Young (L), dressed as pilgrim Edward Winslow, arrive for a visit and a Thanksgiving meal with patients at Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts November 25, 2008. An anonymous businessman donated the meal to the Children's Hospital after winning the bid on eBay for a Plimoth Plantation fund-raising Thanksgiving meal. Plimoth Plantation is a 17th century living history museum marking the pilgrim's colony and the Native American culture already in place in what would become Massachusetts. REUTERS/Brian Snyder</p>

Re-enactors from Plimoth Plantation, Wampanoag Indian Jonathan Perry (C), dressed as Hobbamock, and Shann Young (L), dressed as pilgrim Edward Winslow, arrive for a visit and a Thanksgiving meal with patients at Children's Hospital in Boston,...more

Re-enactors from Plimoth Plantation, Wampanoag Indian Jonathan Perry (C), dressed as Hobbamock, and Shann Young (L), dressed as pilgrim Edward Winslow, arrive for a visit and a Thanksgiving meal with patients at Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts November 25, 2008. An anonymous businessman donated the meal to the Children's Hospital after winning the bid on eBay for a Plimoth Plantation fund-raising Thanksgiving meal. Plimoth Plantation is a 17th century living history museum marking the pilgrim's colony and the Native American culture already in place in what would become Massachusetts. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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<p>Police commandos from India's northern state of Punjab take part in a laughter exercise during a yoga session at the commando complex in Mohali November 14, 2008. REUTERS/Ajay Verma </p>

Police commandos from India's northern state of Punjab take part in a laughter exercise during a yoga session at the commando complex in Mohali November 14, 2008. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

Police commandos from India's northern state of Punjab take part in a laughter exercise during a yoga session at the commando complex in Mohali November 14, 2008. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

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<p>Members of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) perform a yak dance during celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the creation of the NCC in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata November 23, 2008. The NCC, which is composed of members from the student community, is the second line of the Indian Defence. REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw </p>

Members of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) perform a yak dance during celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the creation of the NCC in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata November 23, 2008. The NCC, which is composed of members from the student...more

Members of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) perform a yak dance during celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the creation of the NCC in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata November 23, 2008. The NCC, which is composed of members from the student community, is the second line of the Indian Defence. REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw

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<p>Hot-air balloons fly over the Palote dam during the "Hot Air Balloons Festival" in the city of Leon, in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico November 17, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Armas </p>

Hot-air balloons fly over the Palote dam during the "Hot Air Balloons Festival" in the city of Leon, in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico November 17, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Armas

Hot-air balloons fly over the Palote dam during the "Hot Air Balloons Festival" in the city of Leon, in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico November 17, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Armas

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<p>A student from the Vanita Mahavidyalaya high school has a concrete block broken across her chest during the school's annual sports day in Hyderabad November 22, 2008. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder </p>

A student from the Vanita Mahavidyalaya high school has a concrete block broken across her chest during the school's annual sports day in Hyderabad November 22, 2008. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder

A student from the Vanita Mahavidyalaya high school has a concrete block broken across her chest during the school's annual sports day in Hyderabad November 22, 2008. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder

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<p>Artistes perform on the last day of a two-day long fair organized by the Chandigarh administration as a platform to promote the talent of singers, dancers, comedians, magicians, actors and acrobats in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh November 23, 2008. REUTERS/Ajay Verma </p>

Artistes perform on the last day of a two-day long fair organized by the Chandigarh administration as a platform to promote the talent of singers, dancers, comedians, magicians, actors and acrobats in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh November...more

Artistes perform on the last day of a two-day long fair organized by the Chandigarh administration as a platform to promote the talent of singers, dancers, comedians, magicians, actors and acrobats in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh November 23, 2008. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

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<p>Children ride in floats on the last day of a two-day long fair organized by the Chandigarh administration as a platform to promote the talent of singers, dancers, comedians, magicians, actors and acrobats in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh November 23, 2008. REUTERS/Ajay Verma </p>

Children ride in floats on the last day of a two-day long fair organized by the Chandigarh administration as a platform to promote the talent of singers, dancers, comedians, magicians, actors and acrobats in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh...more

Children ride in floats on the last day of a two-day long fair organized by the Chandigarh administration as a platform to promote the talent of singers, dancers, comedians, magicians, actors and acrobats in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh November 23, 2008. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

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<p>A man dressed as Superman stands near police officers in front of the government palace in Lima prior to the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao, November 19, 2008. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo</p>

A man dressed as Superman stands near police officers in front of the government palace in Lima prior to the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao, November 19, 2008. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

A man dressed as Superman stands near police officers in front of the government palace in Lima prior to the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao, November 19, 2008. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

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<p>Workers tattoo a pig in the "Art Farm" of Belgian conceptual artist Wim Delvoye at the outskirts of Beijing November 20, 2008. Delvoye has staff consisting of local farmers to raise the pigs and professionals to tattoo them with cartoons or symbols. The animals would then be displayed at art exhibitions and their skins sold to collectors after they were slaughtered. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause </p>

Workers tattoo a pig in the "Art Farm" of Belgian conceptual artist Wim Delvoye at the outskirts of Beijing November 20, 2008. Delvoye has staff consisting of local farmers to raise the pigs and professionals to tattoo them with cartoons or symbols....more

Workers tattoo a pig in the "Art Farm" of Belgian conceptual artist Wim Delvoye at the outskirts of Beijing November 20, 2008. Delvoye has staff consisting of local farmers to raise the pigs and professionals to tattoo them with cartoons or symbols. The animals would then be displayed at art exhibitions and their skins sold to collectors after they were slaughtered. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>A parked car and scooter are covered in guano dropped by starlings along the banks of the Tiber river in Rome November 22, 2008. A hazard to walkers, motorists and some of the world's most treasured monuments, thousands of the starlings earlier this month forced a Ryanair passenger jet to make an emergency landing at the city's Ciampino airport. On their own the birds, which each weigh about 80 grams (3 ounces), are not much danger. But when flying in flocks so dense they can block out the sun, they are a hazard and their stench is like a poorly cleaned cage at a zoo. REUTERS/Chris Helgren </p>

A parked car and scooter are covered in guano dropped by starlings along the banks of the Tiber river in Rome November 22, 2008. A hazard to walkers, motorists and some of the world's most treasured monuments, thousands of the starlings earlier this...more

A parked car and scooter are covered in guano dropped by starlings along the banks of the Tiber river in Rome November 22, 2008. A hazard to walkers, motorists and some of the world's most treasured monuments, thousands of the starlings earlier this month forced a Ryanair passenger jet to make an emergency landing at the city's Ciampino airport. On their own the birds, which each weigh about 80 grams (3 ounces), are not much danger. But when flying in flocks so dense they can block out the sun, they are a hazard and their stench is like a poorly cleaned cage at a zoo. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

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<p>Swimmers jump in the river Aare during a traditional swimming event in Bern November 23, 2008. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth </p>

Swimmers jump in the river Aare during a traditional swimming event in Bern November 23, 2008. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Swimmers jump in the river Aare during a traditional swimming event in Bern November 23, 2008. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

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<p>People take part in a sponsored Sudoku competition in a shopping mall in Singapore November 15, 2008. The competition offers a prize of 2,000 Singapore dollars ($1,321) for the winner of the popular mathematical puzzle game. REUTERS/Russell Boyce </p>

People take part in a sponsored Sudoku competition in a shopping mall in Singapore November 15, 2008. The competition offers a prize of 2,000 Singapore dollars ($1,321) for the winner of the popular mathematical puzzle game. REUTERS/Russell Boyce more

People take part in a sponsored Sudoku competition in a shopping mall in Singapore November 15, 2008. The competition offers a prize of 2,000 Singapore dollars ($1,321) for the winner of the popular mathematical puzzle game. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

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