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<p>A man stands near the crowned head of a statue of Jesus being built in Swiebodzin, 110 km (68 miles) west of Poznan, western Poland, November 4, 2010. The statue, whose body is 33 metres (108 ft) high, is expected to be completed in November. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel </p>

A man stands near the crowned head of a statue of Jesus being built in Swiebodzin, 110 km (68 miles) west of Poznan, western Poland, November 4, 2010. The statue, whose body is 33 metres (108 ft) high, is expected to be completed in November....more

A man stands near the crowned head of a statue of Jesus being built in Swiebodzin, 110 km (68 miles) west of Poznan, western Poland, November 4, 2010. The statue, whose body is 33 metres (108 ft) high, is expected to be completed in November. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

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<p>A performer of Maltese theatre collective "rubberbodies" takes part in a rehearsal for "100" in Cospicua in Valletta's Grand Harbour November 8, 2010. The rubberbodies collective is creating the performance, which touches on the themes of love and gender, in an abandoned warehouse in a disused, derelict part of what was once the Malta Drydocks. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi</p>

A performer of Maltese theatre collective "rubberbodies" takes part in a rehearsal for "100" in Cospicua in Valletta's Grand Harbour November 8, 2010. The rubberbodies collective is creating the performance, which touches on the themes of love and...more

A performer of Maltese theatre collective "rubberbodies" takes part in a rehearsal for "100" in Cospicua in Valletta's Grand Harbour November 8, 2010. The rubberbodies collective is creating the performance, which touches on the themes of love and gender, in an abandoned warehouse in a disused, derelict part of what was once the Malta Drydocks. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

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<p>People practise their ropework at a climbing gym in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk November 17, 2010. The free rock climbing facility, which is located in the cellar of an apartment building, is part of a programme supported by the local municipal authorities, the School of Rescuers, to allow amateur rock climbers to practise their sport. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin </p>

People practise their ropework at a climbing gym in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk November 17, 2010. The free rock climbing facility, which is located in the cellar of an apartment building, is part of a programme supported by the local municipal...more

People practise their ropework at a climbing gym in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk November 17, 2010. The free rock climbing facility, which is located in the cellar of an apartment building, is part of a programme supported by the local municipal authorities, the School of Rescuers, to allow amateur rock climbers to practise their sport. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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<p>Souvenir mugs and plates, made to mark the engagement between Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton, are displayed at Aynsley China in Stoke-on-Trent, central England November 17, 2010. The company has produced mugs and plates as part of  a pre-production run prior to full production. The marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton next year could give a 620 million pound ($985 million) boost to the British economy, retail reseachers Verdict said on Wednesday.    REUTERS/Darren Staples </p>

Souvenir mugs and plates, made to mark the engagement between Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton, are displayed at Aynsley China in Stoke-on-Trent, central England November 17, 2010. The company has produced mugs and plates as part of a...more

Souvenir mugs and plates, made to mark the engagement between Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton, are displayed at Aynsley China in Stoke-on-Trent, central England November 17, 2010. The company has produced mugs and plates as part of a pre-production run prior to full production. The marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton next year could give a 620 million pound ($985 million) boost to the British economy, retail reseachers Verdict said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Darren Staples

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<p>A Muslim pilgrim arrives in Mena November 16, 2010. Millions flock to Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual haj pilgrimage, a duty for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha to mark the end of the haj by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows and camels to commemorate Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command. REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed  </p>

A Muslim pilgrim arrives in Mena November 16, 2010. Millions flock to Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual haj pilgrimage, a duty for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha to mark the end of the...more

A Muslim pilgrim arrives in Mena November 16, 2010. Millions flock to Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual haj pilgrimage, a duty for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha to mark the end of the haj by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows and camels to commemorate Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command. REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed

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<p>The plastinated body of a man is pictured during an exhibition preview at Naturhistorisches Museum (Natural History Museum) in Vienna, November 16, 2010. The human body is on display for comparision at "Koerperwelten der Tiere" (Body Worlds of Animals), an exhibition of polymer preserved animals of German anatomist Gunther von Hagens, which opens on November 17 and runs until March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader</p>

The plastinated body of a man is pictured during an exhibition preview at Naturhistorisches Museum (Natural History Museum) in Vienna, November 16, 2010. The human body is on display for comparision at "Koerperwelten der Tiere" (Body Worlds of...more

The plastinated body of a man is pictured during an exhibition preview at Naturhistorisches Museum (Natural History Museum) in Vienna, November 16, 2010. The human body is on display for comparision at "Koerperwelten der Tiere" (Body Worlds of Animals), an exhibition of polymer preserved animals of German anatomist Gunther von Hagens, which opens on November 17 and runs until March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

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<p>The world's tallest man, Sultan Kosen of Turkey, listens to a question as a photographer takes a picture during a news conference in Rio de Janeiro November 18, 2010. Kosen, at 2 metres 46.5 cm (8 feet 1 inch) tall, also claims the record for the largest hands and largest feet. He attended an event to promote the Guinness World Records 2011 book. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes</p>

The world's tallest man, Sultan Kosen of Turkey, listens to a question as a photographer takes a picture during a news conference in Rio de Janeiro November 18, 2010. Kosen, at 2 metres 46.5 cm (8 feet 1 inch) tall, also claims the record for the...more

The world's tallest man, Sultan Kosen of Turkey, listens to a question as a photographer takes a picture during a news conference in Rio de Janeiro November 18, 2010. Kosen, at 2 metres 46.5 cm (8 feet 1 inch) tall, also claims the record for the largest hands and largest feet. He attended an event to promote the Guinness World Records 2011 book. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

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<p>The world's shortest living man, Khagendra Thapa Magar, 67.08 centimetres (26.4 inches) tall, waves as he is lifted by his caretaker Min Bahadur Thapa at an event celebrating the annual Guinness World Records Day, being celebrated worldwide on Thursday, in Kathmandu November 18, 2010.  REUTERS/Gopal Chitrakar </p>

The world's shortest living man, Khagendra Thapa Magar, 67.08 centimetres (26.4 inches) tall, waves as he is lifted by his caretaker Min Bahadur Thapa at an event celebrating the annual Guinness World Records Day, being celebrated worldwide on...more

The world's shortest living man, Khagendra Thapa Magar, 67.08 centimetres (26.4 inches) tall, waves as he is lifted by his caretaker Min Bahadur Thapa at an event celebrating the annual Guinness World Records Day, being celebrated worldwide on Thursday, in Kathmandu November 18, 2010. REUTERS/Gopal Chitrakar

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<p>A participant races in his home-made vehicle on a 600-meter-track during the Red Bull Soapbox Race in Monterrey November 6, 2010. The race is judged on speed, creativity and showmanship, with competitors having to navigate their home-made human powered vehicles through obstacles on the track in the best time. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo </p>

A participant races in his home-made vehicle on a 600-meter-track during the Red Bull Soapbox Race in Monterrey November 6, 2010. The race is judged on speed, creativity and showmanship, with competitors having to navigate their home-made human...more

A participant races in his home-made vehicle on a 600-meter-track during the Red Bull Soapbox Race in Monterrey November 6, 2010. The race is judged on speed, creativity and showmanship, with competitors having to navigate their home-made human powered vehicles through obstacles on the track in the best time. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>Members of Canada's Cirque du Soleil perform on a sidewalk in Times Square as they promote the opening of their annual Wintuk show in New York November 16, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn </p>

Members of Canada's Cirque du Soleil perform on a sidewalk in Times Square as they promote the opening of their annual Wintuk show in New York November 16, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

Members of Canada's Cirque du Soleil perform on a sidewalk in Times Square as they promote the opening of their annual Wintuk show in New York November 16, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

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<p>Sergey Burlakov holds his pneumatic rifle during a training session at a shooting gallery in the town of Taganrog, some 70 km (43 miles) north-west of the city of Rostov-on-Don, November 15, 2010. Burlakov, 39, lost his limbs in an accident. In 2003, American press declared Sergey Burlakov 'The Citizen of the World' - he was the first in the world to finish the marathon distance with two artificial limbs. Burlakov is keen to represent Russia in shooting at 2012 Paralympic Games in London.  REUTERS/Vladimir Konstantinov </p>

Sergey Burlakov holds his pneumatic rifle during a training session at a shooting gallery in the town of Taganrog, some 70 km (43 miles) north-west of the city of Rostov-on-Don, November 15, 2010. Burlakov, 39, lost his limbs in an accident. In 2003,...more

Sergey Burlakov holds his pneumatic rifle during a training session at a shooting gallery in the town of Taganrog, some 70 km (43 miles) north-west of the city of Rostov-on-Don, November 15, 2010. Burlakov, 39, lost his limbs in an accident. In 2003, American press declared Sergey Burlakov 'The Citizen of the World' - he was the first in the world to finish the marathon distance with two artificial limbs. Burlakov is keen to represent Russia in shooting at 2012 Paralympic Games in London. REUTERS/Vladimir Konstantinov

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<p>Pianist Liu Wei who is armless, plays piano with his toes during a practice session for a promotional event for a local television channel, in Beijing, November 15, 2010. Liu, 23, who plays with his toes has won the first series of China's version of the internationally popular television talent show "China's Got Talent." The pianist, from Beijing, who taught himself to play the piano at age 18, impressed the audience with his performance of "You're Beautiful," singing and using his feet to play the piano. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic </p>

Pianist Liu Wei who is armless, plays piano with his toes during a practice session for a promotional event for a local television channel, in Beijing, November 15, 2010. Liu, 23, who plays with his toes has won the first series of China's version of...more

Pianist Liu Wei who is armless, plays piano with his toes during a practice session for a promotional event for a local television channel, in Beijing, November 15, 2010. Liu, 23, who plays with his toes has won the first series of China's version of the internationally popular television talent show "China's Got Talent." The pianist, from Beijing, who taught himself to play the piano at age 18, impressed the audience with his performance of "You're Beautiful," singing and using his feet to play the piano. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic

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<p>Four-year-old Hu Yunxing (L) displays her abdomen, which measures 1.06 m in circumference, at a rented house in Yuncheng, Shanxi province, November 14, 2010. Hu's abdomen has grown bigger since she was eight-months-old for an unknown reason, local media reported. Hu's family has decided to take her to Beijing to undergo further medical examination. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

Four-year-old Hu Yunxing (L) displays her abdomen, which measures 1.06 m in circumference, at a rented house in Yuncheng, Shanxi province, November 14, 2010. Hu's abdomen has grown bigger since she was eight-months-old for an unknown reason, local...more

Four-year-old Hu Yunxing (L) displays her abdomen, which measures 1.06 m in circumference, at a rented house in Yuncheng, Shanxi province, November 14, 2010. Hu's abdomen has grown bigger since she was eight-months-old for an unknown reason, local media reported. Hu's family has decided to take her to Beijing to undergo further medical examination. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>People cast long shadows as they walk across a lawn that someone has traced with the outline in the shape of a heart, opposite the Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) on a sunny autumn day in Berlin, November 14, 2010. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski </p>

People cast long shadows as they walk across a lawn that someone has traced with the outline in the shape of a heart, opposite the Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) on a sunny autumn day in Berlin, November 14, 2010. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

People cast long shadows as they walk across a lawn that someone has traced with the outline in the shape of a heart, opposite the Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) on a sunny autumn day in Berlin, November 14, 2010. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

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<p>Giant panda Basi holds a doll of the Guangzhou Asian Games mascot at Fuzhou Panda World in Fuzhou, Fujian province November 12, 2010. Basi, a 30-year-old female giant panda, was the archetype of the mascot Panpan during the Beijing Asian Games in 1990, local media reported. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

Giant panda Basi holds a doll of the Guangzhou Asian Games mascot at Fuzhou Panda World in Fuzhou, Fujian province November 12, 2010. Basi, a 30-year-old female giant panda, was the archetype of the mascot Panpan during the Beijing Asian Games in...more

Giant panda Basi holds a doll of the Guangzhou Asian Games mascot at Fuzhou Panda World in Fuzhou, Fujian province November 12, 2010. Basi, a 30-year-old female giant panda, was the archetype of the mascot Panpan during the Beijing Asian Games in 1990, local media reported. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Men lead recently purchased camels by rickshaw ahead of Eid al-Adha celebrations in Lahore November 14, 2010.  REUTERS/Mohsin Raza  </p>

Men lead recently purchased camels by rickshaw ahead of Eid al-Adha celebrations in Lahore November 14, 2010. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

Men lead recently purchased camels by rickshaw ahead of Eid al-Adha celebrations in Lahore November 14, 2010. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

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<p>A demonstrator is tied to a plank of wood during a protest in central London November 10, 2010. A group of protesters against higher university tuition fees broke into the headquarters of Britain's governing Conservative party on Wednesday, smashing the glass reception area and streaming up onto the roof.       REUTERS/Toby Melville</p>

A demonstrator is tied to a plank of wood during a protest in central London November 10, 2010. A group of protesters against higher university tuition fees broke into the headquarters of Britain's governing Conservative party on Wednesday, smashing...more

A demonstrator is tied to a plank of wood during a protest in central London November 10, 2010. A group of protesters against higher university tuition fees broke into the headquarters of Britain's governing Conservative party on Wednesday, smashing the glass reception area and streaming up onto the roof. REUTERS/Toby Melville

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<p>Youths squat near heaters to keep warm before a medical examination for enlistment in the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in Suining, Sichuan province November 10, 2010. The PLA started its annual recruitment campaign from November 1, Xinhua News Agency reported. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

Youths squat near heaters to keep warm before a medical examination for enlistment in the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in Suining, Sichuan province November 10, 2010. The PLA started its annual recruitment campaign from November 1, Xinhua News...more

Youths squat near heaters to keep warm before a medical examination for enlistment in the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in Suining, Sichuan province November 10, 2010. The PLA started its annual recruitment campaign from November 1, Xinhua News Agency reported. REUTERS/Stringer

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