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<p>Thailand's Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (R) punches Japan's Satoshi Hosono during their World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight title bout in Tokyo January 11, 2010.   REUTERS/Toru Hanai </p>

Thailand's Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (R) punches Japan's Satoshi Hosono during their World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight title bout in Tokyo January 11, 2010. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Thailand's Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (R) punches Japan's Satoshi Hosono during their World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight title bout in Tokyo January 11, 2010. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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<p>A man stands next to a real estate poster of newly-built apartment blocks in central Beijing January 11, 2010. China vowed on Sunday not to let foreign speculative investment affect the property market, the latest expression of official concern that real-estate prices are racing ahead too fast. REUTERS/Jason Lee  </p>

A man stands next to a real estate poster of newly-built apartment blocks in central Beijing January 11, 2010. China vowed on Sunday not to let foreign speculative investment affect the property market, the latest expression of official concern that...more

A man stands next to a real estate poster of newly-built apartment blocks in central Beijing January 11, 2010. China vowed on Sunday not to let foreign speculative investment affect the property market, the latest expression of official concern that real-estate prices are racing ahead too fast. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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<p>Japanese women in kimonos take pictures of themselves as they celebrate the Coming of Age Day at Toshimaen amusement park in Tokyo January 11, 2010. Youths across Japan are honoured with special coming-of-age ceremonies when they reach the age of 20.  REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

Japanese women in kimonos take pictures of themselves as they celebrate the Coming of Age Day at Toshimaen amusement park in Tokyo January 11, 2010. Youths across Japan are honoured with special coming-of-age ceremonies when they reach the age of 20....more

Japanese women in kimonos take pictures of themselves as they celebrate the Coming of Age Day at Toshimaen amusement park in Tokyo January 11, 2010. Youths across Japan are honoured with special coming-of-age ceremonies when they reach the age of 20. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>Saudi students pray for rain in Riyadh January 11, 2010. Saudi Arabia King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz has called for Istisqa (rain-seeking) prayers to be held all over Saudi Arabia on Monday, a statement issued by the Royal court said. The statement urged Muslims throughout the Kingdom to take part in the prayers, usually performed early in the morning in pursuit of Prophet's Sunnah (Traditions), during drought or a delay in rainfall, Saudi Press Agency said.  REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed</p>

Saudi students pray for rain in Riyadh January 11, 2010. Saudi Arabia King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz has called for Istisqa (rain-seeking) prayers to be held all over Saudi Arabia on Monday, a statement issued by the Royal court said. The statement...more

Saudi students pray for rain in Riyadh January 11, 2010. Saudi Arabia King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz has called for Istisqa (rain-seeking) prayers to be held all over Saudi Arabia on Monday, a statement issued by the Royal court said. The statement urged Muslims throughout the Kingdom to take part in the prayers, usually performed early in the morning in pursuit of Prophet's Sunnah (Traditions), during drought or a delay in rainfall, Saudi Press Agency said. REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed

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<p>A woman decorated in Thailand's national colours greets the crowd from the stage during a protest by the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) in Khao Yai Thiang January 11, 2010. Thousands of supporters of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra rallied on Monday outside the rural home of a royal adviser they accuse of involvement in the 2006 coup that toppled the billionaire. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

A woman decorated in Thailand's national colours greets the crowd from the stage during a protest by the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) in Khao Yai Thiang January 11, 2010. Thousands of supporters of former premier Thaksin...more

A woman decorated in Thailand's national colours greets the crowd from the stage during a protest by the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) in Khao Yai Thiang January 11, 2010. Thousands of supporters of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra rallied on Monday outside the rural home of a royal adviser they accuse of involvement in the 2006 coup that toppled the billionaire. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>A protester from the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) holds a baton with a picture of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra as she dances during a protest in Khao Yai Thiang January 11, 2010. Thousands of supporters of Thaksin rallied on Monday outside the rural home of a royal adviser they accuse of involvement in the 2006 coup that toppled the billionaire.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

A protester from the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) holds a baton with a picture of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra as she dances during a protest in Khao Yai Thiang January 11, 2010. Thousands of supporters of Thaksin...more

A protester from the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) holds a baton with a picture of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra as she dances during a protest in Khao Yai Thiang January 11, 2010. Thousands of supporters of Thaksin rallied on Monday outside the rural home of a royal adviser they accuse of involvement in the 2006 coup that toppled the billionaire. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>A statue of the late Chinese leader Mao Zedong is seen beside an unfinished residential construction site in Taiyuan, Shanxi province January 11, 2010. China vowed on Sunday not to let foreign speculative investment affect the property market, the latest expression of official concern that real estate prices are racing ahead too fast.  REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A statue of the late Chinese leader Mao Zedong is seen beside an unfinished residential construction site in Taiyuan, Shanxi province January 11, 2010. China vowed on Sunday not to let foreign speculative investment affect the property market, the...more

A statue of the late Chinese leader Mao Zedong is seen beside an unfinished residential construction site in Taiyuan, Shanxi province January 11, 2010. China vowed on Sunday not to let foreign speculative investment affect the property market, the latest expression of official concern that real estate prices are racing ahead too fast. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>People await the arrival of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in his private residence at Grazioli palace in Rome January 11, 2010.  REUTERS/Max Rossi  </p>

People await the arrival of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in his private residence at Grazioli palace in Rome January 11, 2010. REUTERS/Max Rossi

People await the arrival of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in his private residence at Grazioli palace in Rome January 11, 2010. REUTERS/Max Rossi

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<p>A woman walks by a car covered in snow in Madrid January 11, 2010. Snow and icy weather blanketed large parts of Spain and Europe disrupting air, road and train travel. REUTERS/Susana Vera </p>

A woman walks by a car covered in snow in Madrid January 11, 2010. Snow and icy weather blanketed large parts of Spain and Europe disrupting air, road and train travel. REUTERS/Susana Vera

A woman walks by a car covered in snow in Madrid January 11, 2010. Snow and icy weather blanketed large parts of Spain and Europe disrupting air, road and train travel. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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<p>Pope Benedict XVI (L) is greeted by ambassador of Iran to the Holy See Ali Akbar Naseri during a meeting with foreign ambassadors at the Vatican January 11, 2010.  REUTERS/Maurizio Brambatti/Pool   </p>

Pope Benedict XVI (L) is greeted by ambassador of Iran to the Holy See Ali Akbar Naseri during a meeting with foreign ambassadors at the Vatican January 11, 2010. REUTERS/Maurizio Brambatti/Pool

Pope Benedict XVI (L) is greeted by ambassador of Iran to the Holy See Ali Akbar Naseri during a meeting with foreign ambassadors at the Vatican January 11, 2010. REUTERS/Maurizio Brambatti/Pool

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<p>U.S. Marines from India Company, 3rd Battalion 4th Marines, wait to go for a mission from base Delaram in Nimroz province, southern Afghanistan January 11, 2010. REUTERS/Marko Djurica </p>

U.S. Marines from India Company, 3rd Battalion 4th Marines, wait to go for a mission from base Delaram in Nimroz province, southern Afghanistan January 11, 2010. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

U.S. Marines from India Company, 3rd Battalion 4th Marines, wait to go for a mission from base Delaram in Nimroz province, southern Afghanistan January 11, 2010. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

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<p>Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown leaves after a delivering a speech at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre London January 11, 2010. Brown will attempt to reassert his authority over his ruling Labour Party on Monday after surviving a plot to depose him less than five months before an election that he is expected to lose.     REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth   </p>

Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown leaves after a delivering a speech at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre London January 11, 2010. Brown will attempt to reassert his authority over his ruling Labour Party on Monday after surviving a plot...more

Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown leaves after a delivering a speech at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre London January 11, 2010. Brown will attempt to reassert his authority over his ruling Labour Party on Monday after surviving a plot to depose him less than five months before an election that he is expected to lose. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

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<p>Islamist militants ride on minibus in south Mogadishu Wardiglay neighborhood of Somalia's capital Mogadishu, January 11, 2010. Fighting killed at least 18 people on Monday in two towns in central Somalia where rebels battled a pro-government militia and each other, according to witnesses. REUTERS/Feisal Omar </p>

Islamist militants ride on minibus in south Mogadishu Wardiglay neighborhood of Somalia's capital Mogadishu, January 11, 2010. Fighting killed at least 18 people on Monday in two towns in central Somalia where rebels battled a pro-government militia...more

Islamist militants ride on minibus in south Mogadishu Wardiglay neighborhood of Somalia's capital Mogadishu, January 11, 2010. Fighting killed at least 18 people on Monday in two towns in central Somalia where rebels battled a pro-government militia and each other, according to witnesses. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

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<p>A tourist walks among tomb stones covered by snow at Prague's Jewish Cemetery January 11, 2010, as the cold weather hit the Europe in recent days.      REUTERS/Petr Josek</p>

A tourist walks among tomb stones covered by snow at Prague's Jewish Cemetery January 11, 2010, as the cold weather hit the Europe in recent days. REUTERS/Petr Josek

A tourist walks among tomb stones covered by snow at Prague's Jewish Cemetery January 11, 2010, as the cold weather hit the Europe in recent days. REUTERS/Petr Josek

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<p>Policemen stand guard at the Chaize Stadium before the start of the African Cup of Nations match between Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso, in Cabinda January 11, 2010.
      REUTERS/Rafael Marchante   </p>

Policemen stand guard at the Chaize Stadium before the start of the African Cup of Nations match between Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso, in Cabinda January 11, 2010. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

Policemen stand guard at the Chaize Stadium before the start of the African Cup of Nations match between Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso, in Cabinda January 11, 2010. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

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<p>U.S. Navy Ship HSV 2 Swift sails into the Kenyan Port City of Mombasa, January 11, 2010. The naval ship is part of an international initiative developed by United States Naval Forces Europe-Africa, which aims to work cooperatively with international partners to improve maritime safety and security in Africa as part of U.S. Africa Command's Security Cooperation program. REUTERS/Joseph Okanga </p>

U.S. Navy Ship HSV 2 Swift sails into the Kenyan Port City of Mombasa, January 11, 2010. The naval ship is part of an international initiative developed by United States Naval Forces Europe-Africa, which aims to work cooperatively with international...more

U.S. Navy Ship HSV 2 Swift sails into the Kenyan Port City of Mombasa, January 11, 2010. The naval ship is part of an international initiative developed by United States Naval Forces Europe-Africa, which aims to work cooperatively with international partners to improve maritime safety and security in Africa as part of U.S. Africa Command's Security Cooperation program. REUTERS/Joseph Okanga

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<p>People look for precious stones in the mine dump piled by major mining companies at a jade mine in Pharkant township in Myanmar's Kachin state January 11, 2010. Being abundantly rich in mineral resources, Myanmar produced over 30 million kilos of jade during 2008-09 (April/March) fiscal, compared with over 20.23 million kilos a year ago, according to official data. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun </p>

People look for precious stones in the mine dump piled by major mining companies at a jade mine in Pharkant township in Myanmar's Kachin state January 11, 2010. Being abundantly rich in mineral resources, Myanmar produced over 30 million kilos of...more

People look for precious stones in the mine dump piled by major mining companies at a jade mine in Pharkant township in Myanmar's Kachin state January 11, 2010. Being abundantly rich in mineral resources, Myanmar produced over 30 million kilos of jade during 2008-09 (April/March) fiscal, compared with over 20.23 million kilos a year ago, according to official data. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

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<p>Members of the Al-Athamna family play outside their clay house in the northern Gaza Strip January 11, 2010. Palestinians in Gaza suspect that temporary clay houses they are being given to replace homes destroyed a year ago in the Israeli offensive are a sign that the United Nations is giving up on reconstruction.  REUTERS/Suhaib Salem </p>

Members of the Al-Athamna family play outside their clay house in the northern Gaza Strip January 11, 2010. Palestinians in Gaza suspect that temporary clay houses they are being given to replace homes destroyed a year ago in the Israeli offensive...more

Members of the Al-Athamna family play outside their clay house in the northern Gaza Strip January 11, 2010. Palestinians in Gaza suspect that temporary clay houses they are being given to replace homes destroyed a year ago in the Israeli offensive are a sign that the United Nations is giving up on reconstruction. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

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<p>General view of the set-up "Personnes" by French artist Christian Boltanski for the Monumenta 2010 event at the "Grand Palais" in Paris January 11, 2010.   REUTERS/Benoit Tessier </p>

General view of the set-up "Personnes" by French artist Christian Boltanski for the Monumenta 2010 event at the "Grand Palais" in Paris January 11, 2010. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

General view of the set-up "Personnes" by French artist Christian Boltanski for the Monumenta 2010 event at the "Grand Palais" in Paris January 11, 2010. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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<p>A man takes an escalator down inside the National Retail Federation Annual Convention and Expo in New York January 11, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton </p>

A man takes an escalator down inside the National Retail Federation Annual Convention and Expo in New York January 11, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A man takes an escalator down inside the National Retail Federation Annual Convention and Expo in New York January 11, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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<p>Auto show workers climb down ladders after working on a Dodge Ram truck that is attached to the ceiling upside down as part of the Chrysler display during press days of the 2010 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan January 11, 2010. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook  </p>

Auto show workers climb down ladders after working on a Dodge Ram truck that is attached to the ceiling upside down as part of the Chrysler display during press days of the 2010 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit,...more

Auto show workers climb down ladders after working on a Dodge Ram truck that is attached to the ceiling upside down as part of the Chrysler display during press days of the 2010 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan January 11, 2010. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

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<p>A tugboat and barge are seen locked in ice on the Hudson river, as seen from the 65 foot Coast Guard cutter Wire as she breaks ice on the Hudson River near Kingston, New York January 11, 2010. Cutter Wire and four other U.S. Coast Guard cutters are responsible for keeping a navigable channel open through the ice so that an average of 300 vessels that transit the Hudson River during the winter months, carrying over 5 million barrels of petroleum products including vital home heating oil, reach the communities of the northeast region.   REUTERS/Mike Segar </p>

A tugboat and barge are seen locked in ice on the Hudson river, as seen from the 65 foot Coast Guard cutter Wire as she breaks ice on the Hudson River near Kingston, New York January 11, 2010. Cutter Wire and four other U.S. Coast Guard cutters are...more

A tugboat and barge are seen locked in ice on the Hudson river, as seen from the 65 foot Coast Guard cutter Wire as she breaks ice on the Hudson River near Kingston, New York January 11, 2010. Cutter Wire and four other U.S. Coast Guard cutters are responsible for keeping a navigable channel open through the ice so that an average of 300 vessels that transit the Hudson River during the winter months, carrying over 5 million barrels of petroleum products including vital home heating oil, reach the communities of the northeast region. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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<p>A member of Tintin and his Bullfighter Dwarfs dances with a cow during a show in the town of Choachi, near Bogota, January 11, 2010. REUTERS/Fredy Builes </p>

A member of Tintin and his Bullfighter Dwarfs dances with a cow during a show in the town of Choachi, near Bogota, January 11, 2010. REUTERS/Fredy Builes

A member of Tintin and his Bullfighter Dwarfs dances with a cow during a show in the town of Choachi, near Bogota, January 11, 2010. REUTERS/Fredy Builes

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<p>Wrestlers train at the gymnasium of one of the most prestigious wrestling clubs in New Delhi January 12, 2010. India in general is famous for its mud wrestling but more and more young athletes are now taking up mat wrestling to gain access to the top international competitions like the Olympic Games or the upcoming Commonwealth Games. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause </p>

Wrestlers train at the gymnasium of one of the most prestigious wrestling clubs in New Delhi January 12, 2010. India in general is famous for its mud wrestling but more and more young athletes are now taking up mat wrestling to gain access to the top...more

Wrestlers train at the gymnasium of one of the most prestigious wrestling clubs in New Delhi January 12, 2010. India in general is famous for its mud wrestling but more and more young athletes are now taking up mat wrestling to gain access to the top international competitions like the Olympic Games or the upcoming Commonwealth Games. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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