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<p>A monk prays for a dead man in the station hall of the Shanxi Taiyuan Train Station in Shanxi, China, November 25, 2011. A monk who was waiting for the train performed a religious ceremony for the man, who was found dead, Xinhua News Agency reported. 

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A monk prays for a dead man in the station hall of the Shanxi Taiyuan Train Station in Shanxi, China, November 25, 2011. A monk who was waiting for the train performed a religious ceremony for the man, who was found dead, Xinhua News Agency reported....more

A monk prays for a dead man in the station hall of the Shanxi Taiyuan Train Station in Shanxi, China, November 25, 2011. A monk who was waiting for the train performed a religious ceremony for the man, who was found dead, Xinhua News Agency reported. REUTERS/Asianewsphoto

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<p>People traveling towards Yangon look through windows as the train stops at Danyingone Station, Myanmar, December 2, 2011. 
REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

People traveling towards Yangon look through windows as the train stops at Danyingone Station, Myanmar, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

People traveling towards Yangon look through windows as the train stops at Danyingone Station, Myanmar, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>Police arrest Sadeque Hossain Khoka, Dhaka City mayor and vice chairman of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), during clashes between police and BNP activists in front of Dhaka Judge Court in Dhaka, December 4, 2011. 

 REUTERS/Andrew Biraj </p>

Police arrest Sadeque Hossain Khoka, Dhaka City mayor and vice chairman of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), during clashes between police and BNP activists in front of Dhaka Judge Court in Dhaka, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

Police arrest Sadeque Hossain Khoka, Dhaka City mayor and vice chairman of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), during clashes between police and BNP activists in front of Dhaka Judge Court in Dhaka, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

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<p>Police officers run through the backyard of a house while chasing members of a gang in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, December 2, 2011. 

REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez </p>

Police officers run through the backyard of a house while chasing members of a gang in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

Police officers run through the backyard of a house while chasing members of a gang in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

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<p>U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hugs Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi as they meet at Suu Kyi's house in Yangon, December 2, 2011. 

REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun </p>

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hugs Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi as they meet at Suu Kyi's house in Yangon, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hugs Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi as they meet at Suu Kyi's house in Yangon, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

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<p>A Russian navy serviceman stands in front of a voting booth at a polling station during the parliamentary election in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Sevastopol, December 4, 2011. 

REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A Russian navy serviceman stands in front of a voting booth at a polling station during the parliamentary election in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Sevastopol, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

A Russian navy serviceman stands in front of a voting booth at a polling station during the parliamentary election in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Sevastopol, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Gloria Cain, wife of Republican presidential candidate and businessman Herman Cain, gestures towards him during his announcement that he is "suspending" his campaign, in Atlanta, Georgia, December 3, 2011. 

REUTERS/John Adkisson </p>

Gloria Cain, wife of Republican presidential candidate and businessman Herman Cain, gestures towards him during his announcement that he is "suspending" his campaign, in Atlanta, Georgia, December 3, 2011. REUTERS/John Adkisson

Gloria Cain, wife of Republican presidential candidate and businessman Herman Cain, gestures towards him during his announcement that he is "suspending" his campaign, in Atlanta, Georgia, December 3, 2011. REUTERS/John Adkisson

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<p>Deaf ballet student Vitoria Torres (L) and her handicapped classmate Julia Carruci rehearse Don Quixote at the Association of Ballet and Arts for the Blind, in Sao Paulo, November 5, 2011. 

REUTERS/Nacho Doce</p>

Deaf ballet student Vitoria Torres (L) and her handicapped classmate Julia Carruci rehearse Don Quixote at the Association of Ballet and Arts for the Blind, in Sao Paulo, November 5, 2011. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Deaf ballet student Vitoria Torres (L) and her handicapped classmate Julia Carruci rehearse Don Quixote at the Association of Ballet and Arts for the Blind, in Sao Paulo, November 5, 2011. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

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<p>A Shi'ite Muslim flagellates himself during a Muharram procession ahead of Ashura, as people watch from the top of Shams Ali Khan Imambargah in Amroha, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, India, December 4, 2011. 

 REUTERS/Adnan Abidi </p>

A Shi'ite Muslim flagellates himself during a Muharram procession ahead of Ashura, as people watch from the top of Shams Ali Khan Imambargah in Amroha, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, India, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi more

A Shi'ite Muslim flagellates himself during a Muharram procession ahead of Ashura, as people watch from the top of Shams Ali Khan Imambargah in Amroha, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, India, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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<p>Anti-government protesters perform evening prayers at Taghyeer (Change) Square, where protesters have been camping for ten months to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah </p>

Anti-government protesters perform evening prayers at Taghyeer (Change) Square, where protesters have been camping for ten months to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah more

Anti-government protesters perform evening prayers at Taghyeer (Change) Square, where protesters have been camping for ten months to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

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<p>Tiger Woods of the U.S. drops his club as he tees off on the fifth hole during the second round of the Chevron World Challenge PGA golf tournament in Thousand Oaks, California, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Tiger Woods of the U.S. drops his club as he tees off on the fifth hole during the second round of the Chevron World Challenge PGA golf tournament in Thousand Oaks, California, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Tiger Woods of the U.S. drops his club as he tees off on the fifth hole during the second round of the Chevron World Challenge PGA golf tournament in Thousand Oaks, California, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Shi'ite Muslims march during a re-enactment of the battle of Kerbala during a mourning process, two days before the Shi'ite will mark the day of Ashura, in Saksakieh village, southern Lebanon, December 4, 2011. 

REUTERS/Ali Hashisho </p>

Shi'ite Muslims march during a re-enactment of the battle of Kerbala during a mourning process, two days before the Shi'ite will mark the day of Ashura, in Saksakieh village, southern Lebanon, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho

Shi'ite Muslims march during a re-enactment of the battle of Kerbala during a mourning process, two days before the Shi'ite will mark the day of Ashura, in Saksakieh village, southern Lebanon, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho

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<p>Anarchists burn flares, shout and hold a banner during a protest after voting closed in Russia's parliamentary election in central Moscow, December 4, 2011. Banner reads "We were cheated". REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov </p>

Anarchists burn flares, shout and hold a banner during a protest after voting closed in Russia's parliamentary election in central Moscow, December 4, 2011. Banner reads "We were cheated". REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

Anarchists burn flares, shout and hold a banner during a protest after voting closed in Russia's parliamentary election in central Moscow, December 4, 2011. Banner reads "We were cheated". REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

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<p>An Indian Navy soldier dispenses smoke from a canister during a dress rehearsal ahead of Navy Day celebrations in Mumbai, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

An Indian Navy soldier dispenses smoke from a canister during a dress rehearsal ahead of Navy Day celebrations in Mumbai, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

An Indian Navy soldier dispenses smoke from a canister during a dress rehearsal ahead of Navy Day celebrations in Mumbai, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Labourers push a pontoon to construct a temporary bridge for Magh Mela festival on the river Ganges in the northern Indian city of Allahabad, December 3, 2011. 

REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash </p>

Labourers push a pontoon to construct a temporary bridge for Magh Mela festival on the river Ganges in the northern Indian city of Allahabad, December 3, 2011. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash

Labourers push a pontoon to construct a temporary bridge for Magh Mela festival on the river Ganges in the northern Indian city of Allahabad, December 3, 2011. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash

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<p>A man dressed as Saint Nicolas waits for children at a scout company in Brussels, December 4, 2011. 

REUTERS/Yves Herman </p>

A man dressed as Saint Nicolas waits for children at a scout company in Brussels, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Yves Herman

A man dressed as Saint Nicolas waits for children at a scout company in Brussels, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Yves Herman

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<p>Students are arrested during a protest against the government to demand changes in the public state education system in Santiago, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Vera</p>

Students are arrested during a protest against the government to demand changes in the public state education system in Santiago, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Vera

Students are arrested during a protest against the government to demand changes in the public state education system in Santiago, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Vera

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<p>Shi'ite Muslims flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession ahead of Ashura in Amroha in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, December 4, 2011. 

REUTERS/Adnan Abidi </p>

Shi'ite Muslims flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession ahead of Ashura in Amroha in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Shi'ite Muslims flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession ahead of Ashura in Amroha in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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<p>A swimmer dives into the icy water of a lake of Beiling park in Shenyang, Liaoning province, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

A swimmer dives into the icy water of a lake of Beiling park in Shenyang, Liaoning province, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

A swimmer dives into the icy water of a lake of Beiling park in Shenyang, Liaoning province, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Spain's Rafael Nadal runs towards Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro after defeating him at their Davis Cup final reverse singles rubber at the Olympic Stadium in Seville December 4, 2011. 

REUTERS/Javier Diaz </p>

Spain's Rafael Nadal runs towards Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro after defeating him at their Davis Cup final reverse singles rubber at the Olympic Stadium in Seville December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Javier Diaz

Spain's Rafael Nadal runs towards Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro after defeating him at their Davis Cup final reverse singles rubber at the Olympic Stadium in Seville December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Javier Diaz

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<p>Kashmiri Shi'ite mourners, who tried to defy restrictions imposed by the authorities, run amid teargas in Srinagar, December 4, 2011. 

REUTERS/Danish Ismail </p>

Kashmiri Shi'ite mourners, who tried to defy restrictions imposed by the authorities, run amid teargas in Srinagar, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

Kashmiri Shi'ite mourners, who tried to defy restrictions imposed by the authorities, run amid teargas in Srinagar, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

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<p>Catholic nuns hold booklets with pictures of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej as they sing outside the Royal Palace in Bangkok to mark his birthday, December 4, 2011. 
REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

Catholic nuns hold booklets with pictures of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej as they sing outside the Royal Palace in Bangkok to mark his birthday, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Catholic nuns hold booklets with pictures of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej as they sing outside the Royal Palace in Bangkok to mark his birthday, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>Palestinian demonstrators use a wooden plank to get a burning tyre over the other side of the controversial Israeli barrier where Israeli soldiers are positioned during clashes at a weekly protest against the barrier in the West Bank village of Nilin, near Ramallah, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman </p>

Palestinian demonstrators use a wooden plank to get a burning tyre over the other side of the controversial Israeli barrier where Israeli soldiers are positioned during clashes at a weekly protest against the barrier in the West Bank village of...more

Palestinian demonstrators use a wooden plank to get a burning tyre over the other side of the controversial Israeli barrier where Israeli soldiers are positioned during clashes at a weekly protest against the barrier in the West Bank village of Nilin, near Ramallah, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

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<p>Police officers hold the line outside the Federal Reserve Bank after Occupy San Francisco demonstrators were seen cutting the zip ties connecting the barricades in San Francisco, December 1, 2011. 

REUTERS/Stephen Lam</p>

Police officers hold the line outside the Federal Reserve Bank after Occupy San Francisco demonstrators were seen cutting the zip ties connecting the barricades in San Francisco, December 1, 2011. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Police officers hold the line outside the Federal Reserve Bank after Occupy San Francisco demonstrators were seen cutting the zip ties connecting the barricades in San Francisco, December 1, 2011. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

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<p>People walk past the Facebook wall inside their office in New York, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz </p>

People walk past the Facebook wall inside their office in New York, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

People walk past the Facebook wall inside their office in New York, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

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<p>EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on leaving the office to report, film or take pictures in Tehran. Members of the Basij militia wait outside Tehran's Mehrabad airport to welcome diplomats expelled from Britain, December 3, 2011. 

REUTERS/Caren Firouz </p>

EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on leaving the office to report, film or take pictures in Tehran. Members of the Basij militia wait outside Tehran's Mehrabad airport to welcome diplomats expelled...more

EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on leaving the office to report, film or take pictures in Tehran. Members of the Basij militia wait outside Tehran's Mehrabad airport to welcome diplomats expelled from Britain, December 3, 2011. REUTERS/Caren Firouz

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<p>Revellers take part in the "Trem do Samba" (Train of Samba) event in Rio de Janeiro, December 3, 2011. 


REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes </p>

Revellers take part in the "Trem do Samba" (Train of Samba) event in Rio de Janeiro, December 3, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Revellers take part in the "Trem do Samba" (Train of Samba) event in Rio de Janeiro, December 3, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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<p>A supporter of South Ossetian Presidential candidate Alla Dzhioyeva dances during a rally in the central square in Tskhinvali, Georgia, December 2, 2011. 

REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko </p>

A supporter of South Ossetian Presidential candidate Alla Dzhioyeva dances during a rally in the central square in Tskhinvali, Georgia, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko

A supporter of South Ossetian Presidential candidate Alla Dzhioyeva dances during a rally in the central square in Tskhinvali, Georgia, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko

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<p>An American flag flies above the Senior Mission Commander Command Mayor Cell at Camp Adder, near Nasiriyah, Iraq December 3, 2011. The last 13,000 U.S. troops will pull out of Iraq by the end of the year. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton </p>

An American flag flies above the Senior Mission Commander Command Mayor Cell at Camp Adder, near Nasiriyah, Iraq December 3, 2011. The last 13,000 U.S. troops will pull out of Iraq by the end of the year. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

An American flag flies above the Senior Mission Commander Command Mayor Cell at Camp Adder, near Nasiriyah, Iraq December 3, 2011. The last 13,000 U.S. troops will pull out of Iraq by the end of the year. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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<p>Luka Modric of Tottenham Hotspur is tripped during their English Premier League match against Bolton Wanderers at White Hart Lane, north London, December 3, 2011. REUTERS/Andrew Winning </p>

Luka Modric of Tottenham Hotspur is tripped during their English Premier League match against Bolton Wanderers at White Hart Lane, north London, December 3, 2011. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

Luka Modric of Tottenham Hotspur is tripped during their English Premier League match against Bolton Wanderers at White Hart Lane, north London, December 3, 2011. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

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<p>A Buddhist novice monk gets his head shaved at a monastery in central Yangon, Myanmar, December 3, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

A Buddhist novice monk gets his head shaved at a monastery in central Yangon, Myanmar, December 3, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A Buddhist novice monk gets his head shaved at a monastery in central Yangon, Myanmar, December 3, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>Paramilitary policemen practise drills inside the Forbidden City during a heavy haze and smog night in central Beijing, December 4, 2011. 
REUTERS/Jason Lee </p>

Paramilitary policemen practise drills inside the Forbidden City during a heavy haze and smog night in central Beijing, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Paramilitary policemen practise drills inside the Forbidden City during a heavy haze and smog night in central Beijing, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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<p>Andean people protest against Newmont Mining's Conga gold project during a march near the Cortada lagoon in Peru's region of Cajamarca, November 24, 2011. 

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Andean people protest against Newmont Mining's Conga gold project during a march near the Cortada lagoon in Peru's region of Cajamarca, November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

Andean people protest against Newmont Mining's Conga gold project during a march near the Cortada lagoon in Peru's region of Cajamarca, November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

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<p>Sinead Smyth of Australia (R) competes with Elaia Torrontegui of Spain during the Olympics 2012 Taekwondo test event at the ExCel centre in east London, December 3, 2011. REUTERS/Toby Melville </p>

Sinead Smyth of Australia (R) competes with Elaia Torrontegui of Spain during the Olympics 2012 Taekwondo test event at the ExCel centre in east London, December 3, 2011. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Sinead Smyth of Australia (R) competes with Elaia Torrontegui of Spain during the Olympics 2012 Taekwondo test event at the ExCel centre in east London, December 3, 2011. REUTERS/Toby Melville

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<p>Competitors dressed as Santa Claus take part in the annual five kilometre Santa Dash in Liverpool, northern England, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Phil Noble </p>

Competitors dressed as Santa Claus take part in the annual five kilometre Santa Dash in Liverpool, northern England, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Competitors dressed as Santa Claus take part in the annual five kilometre Santa Dash in Liverpool, northern England, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Phil Noble

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<p>Baltimore Ravens' Lardarius Webb dives into the endzone after returning a punt 68 yards for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland, Ohio December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk </p>

Baltimore Ravens' Lardarius Webb dives into the endzone after returning a punt 68 yards for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland, Ohio December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk more

Baltimore Ravens' Lardarius Webb dives into the endzone after returning a punt 68 yards for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland, Ohio December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk

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<p>Shi'ite Muslims flagellate themselves during a Moharram procession ahead of Ashura in Jammu, December 2, 2011.  REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta </p>

Shi'ite Muslims flagellate themselves during a Moharram procession ahead of Ashura in Jammu, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta

Shi'ite Muslims flagellate themselves during a Moharram procession ahead of Ashura in Jammu, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta

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<p>Recruits of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) take part in a training session at a military base in Jinan, Shandong Province, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/China Daily</p>

Recruits of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) take part in a training session at a military base in Jinan, Shandong Province, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/China Daily

Recruits of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) take part in a training session at a military base in Jinan, Shandong Province, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/China Daily

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<p>A security guard carries a hot water flask as he walks along a path as the first snowfall this winter covers the Chinese capital, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray </p>

A security guard carries a hot water flask as he walks along a path as the first snowfall this winter covers the Chinese capital, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

A security guard carries a hot water flask as he walks along a path as the first snowfall this winter covers the Chinese capital, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

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<p>A riot police officer (R) tries to detain a demonstrator on a pedestrian way in Seoul, December 3, 2011. While police did not permit the rally at Gwanghwamun Plaza in central Seoul, people marched on the streets on Saturday to demand the invalidation of South Korea's free trade agreement (FTA) with the U.S. and the resignation of South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak. 

REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won </p>

A riot police officer (R) tries to detain a demonstrator on a pedestrian way in Seoul, December 3, 2011. While police did not permit the rally at Gwanghwamun Plaza in central Seoul, people marched on the streets on Saturday to demand the invalidation...more

A riot police officer (R) tries to detain a demonstrator on a pedestrian way in Seoul, December 3, 2011. While police did not permit the rally at Gwanghwamun Plaza in central Seoul, people marched on the streets on Saturday to demand the invalidation of South Korea's free trade agreement (FTA) with the U.S. and the resignation of South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

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<p>A nun casts her vote at a polling booth in Sarajevo, December 3, 2011. Croatian nationals living in Bosnia went to the polls on December 3 and 4. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic </p>

A nun casts her vote at a polling booth in Sarajevo, December 3, 2011. Croatian nationals living in Bosnia went to the polls on December 3 and 4. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

A nun casts her vote at a polling booth in Sarajevo, December 3, 2011. Croatian nationals living in Bosnia went to the polls on December 3 and 4. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

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<p>Owen Williams (top) of Wales vies against Ed Jenkins of Australia during their Sevens World Series rugby match in Dubai, December 2, 2011. Wales beat Australia 33-14. REUTERS/Sonza Gabriel (</p>

Owen Williams (top) of Wales vies against Ed Jenkins of Australia during their Sevens World Series rugby match in Dubai, December 2, 2011. Wales beat Australia 33-14. REUTERS/Sonza Gabriel (

Owen Williams (top) of Wales vies against Ed Jenkins of Australia during their Sevens World Series rugby match in Dubai, December 2, 2011. Wales beat Australia 33-14. REUTERS/Sonza Gabriel (

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<p>Lara Gut of Switzerland is surrounded by snow while stopping following her fourth place finish during the Women's World Cup Super G alpine skiing race in Lake Louise, Alberta December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Andy Clark </p>

Lara Gut of Switzerland is surrounded by snow while stopping following her fourth place finish during the Women's World Cup Super G alpine skiing race in Lake Louise, Alberta December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Andy Clark

Lara Gut of Switzerland is surrounded by snow while stopping following her fourth place finish during the Women's World Cup Super G alpine skiing race in Lake Louise, Alberta December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Andy Clark

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<p>Participants compete on the Bund near the Huangpu River during the Shanghai international Marathon in Shanghai, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Penny Young </p>

Participants compete on the Bund near the Huangpu River during the Shanghai international Marathon in Shanghai, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Penny Young

Participants compete on the Bund near the Huangpu River during the Shanghai international Marathon in Shanghai, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Penny Young

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<p>Women climb the stairs to the stands before the start of the Davis Cup final singles rubber match of Spain's Rafael Nadal against Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro at the Olympic Stadium in Seville, December 4, 2011. 

REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo </p>

Women climb the stairs to the stands before the start of the Davis Cup final singles rubber match of Spain's Rafael Nadal against Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro at the Olympic Stadium in Seville, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo more

Women climb the stairs to the stands before the start of the Davis Cup final singles rubber match of Spain's Rafael Nadal against Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro at the Olympic Stadium in Seville, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo

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<p>Smoke rises from a government vehicle after it was set on fire by members of the Youth Association Nepal (YAN), a sister wing of the Communist Party of Nepal Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML), during a protest in Kathmandu, December 4, 2011. 

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Smoke rises from a government vehicle after it was set on fire by members of the Youth Association Nepal (YAN), a sister wing of the Communist Party of Nepal Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML), during a protest in Kathmandu, December 4, 2011....more

Smoke rises from a government vehicle after it was set on fire by members of the Youth Association Nepal (YAN), a sister wing of the Communist Party of Nepal Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML), during a protest in Kathmandu, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

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<p>Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn assists Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej (C) as he delivers his birthday speech from the balcony of the Grand Palace together with Queen Sirikit (3rd R), Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (2nd R), Princess Chulabhorn (L) and other members of royal family in Bangkok, December 5, 2011. King Bhumibol celebrates his 84th birthday on Monday. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn assists Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej (C) as he delivers his birthday speech from the balcony of the Grand Palace together with Queen Sirikit (3rd R), Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (2nd R), Princess Chulabhorn...more

Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn assists Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej (C) as he delivers his birthday speech from the balcony of the Grand Palace together with Queen Sirikit (3rd R), Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (2nd R), Princess Chulabhorn (L) and other members of royal family in Bangkok, December 5, 2011. King Bhumibol celebrates his 84th birthday on Monday. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Afghan men sell bread along a street as they wait for customers in Kabul, December 5, 2011. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani </p>

Afghan men sell bread along a street as they wait for customers in Kabul, December 5, 2011. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Afghan men sell bread along a street as they wait for customers in Kabul, December 5, 2011. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

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A man and a $120,000 banana

A man and a $120,000 banana

A performance artist who ate a banana taped to a wall that was an artwork valued at $120,000 said his actions were not vandalism and he does not regret his snack at Art Basel in Miami Beach, Florida.

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