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<p>Steam billows from the cooling towers of a coal power plant in the western town of Gelsenkirchen December 2, 2009. 



REUTERS/Ina Fassbender </p>

Steam billows from the cooling towers of a coal power plant in the western town of Gelsenkirchen December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Steam billows from the cooling towers of a coal power plant in the western town of Gelsenkirchen December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

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<p>EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to film or take pictures in Tehran.

A man holds a placard during a protest gathering in front of the British embassy in Tehran December 2, 2009. The gathering was held to ask British government to return Arash Hejazi, who fled to London after being identified as a witness in the death of Neda Agha-Soltan. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN CONFLICT CRIME LAW POLITICS)</p>

EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to film or take pictures in Tehran. A man holds a placard during a protest gathering in front of the British embassy in Tehran December 2, 2009. The...more

EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to film or take pictures in Tehran. A man holds a placard during a protest gathering in front of the British embassy in Tehran December 2, 2009. The gathering was held to ask British government to return Arash Hejazi, who fled to London after being identified as a witness in the death of Neda Agha-Soltan. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN CONFLICT CRIME LAW POLITICS)

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<p>A dancer from the Momix dance company performs during their show 'Bothanica' in Madrid December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Juan Medina (SPAIN ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)</p>

A dancer from the Momix dance company performs during their show 'Bothanica' in Madrid December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Juan Medina (SPAIN ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)

A dancer from the Momix dance company performs during their show 'Bothanica' in Madrid December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Juan Medina (SPAIN ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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<p>Didi Senft, a cycling fan better known as 'El Diablo', rides his so-called 'Santa Claus bicycle' as he poses for the media in Storkow, south of the German capital Berlin, December 2, 2009. 



REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch </p>

Didi Senft, a cycling fan better known as 'El Diablo', rides his so-called 'Santa Claus bicycle' as he poses for the media in Storkow, south of the German capital Berlin, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Didi Senft, a cycling fan better known as 'El Diablo', rides his so-called 'Santa Claus bicycle' as he poses for the media in Storkow, south of the German capital Berlin, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

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<p>Six-year-old Sneha Shahu (L) receives treatment in a rehabilitation centre for children who were born with mental and physical disabilities in Bhopal December 2, 2009. Bhopalis and environmental groups say many more people have been harmed since Union Carbide Corp, now part of Dow Chemical Co., developed a toxic gas leak in 1984 resulting in thousands of people dying in the aftermath, in what is called one of the world's worst industrial disaster. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (INDIA DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)</p>

Six-year-old Sneha Shahu (L) receives treatment in a rehabilitation centre for children who were born with mental and physical disabilities in Bhopal December 2, 2009. Bhopalis and environmental groups say many more people have been harmed since...more

Six-year-old Sneha Shahu (L) receives treatment in a rehabilitation centre for children who were born with mental and physical disabilities in Bhopal December 2, 2009. Bhopalis and environmental groups say many more people have been harmed since Union Carbide Corp, now part of Dow Chemical Co., developed a toxic gas leak in 1984 resulting in thousands of people dying in the aftermath, in what is called one of the world's worst industrial disaster. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (INDIA DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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<p>New Zealand All Blacks rugby players attend a team training session in London December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN SPORT RUGBY)</p>

New Zealand All Blacks rugby players attend a team training session in London December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN SPORT RUGBY)

New Zealand All Blacks rugby players attend a team training session in London December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN SPORT RUGBY)

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<p>The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal speaks to the military at US base Kandahar Airfield, Kandahar, Afghanistan, December 2, 2009. The first of 30,000 new U.S. troops will arrive in Afghanistan in two to three weeks, top U.S. officials said on Wednesday, even as they made clear plans to start bringing the soldiers home in 18 months could slip.  REUTERS/Mustafa Quraishi/Pool (AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT MILITARY POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)</p>

The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal speaks to the military at US base Kandahar Airfield, Kandahar, Afghanistan, December 2, 2009. The first of 30,000 new U.S. troops will arrive in Afghanistan in two to three...more

The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal speaks to the military at US base Kandahar Airfield, Kandahar, Afghanistan, December 2, 2009. The first of 30,000 new U.S. troops will arrive in Afghanistan in two to three weeks, top U.S. officials said on Wednesday, even as they made clear plans to start bringing the soldiers home in 18 months could slip. REUTERS/Mustafa Quraishi/Pool (AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT MILITARY POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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<p>A woman cries during a rally "Russia Against Terror", commemorating the victims of the crashed Nevsky express train, at Poklonnaya Hill in the Victory Park in Moscow, December 2, 2009. 


REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin</p>

A woman cries during a rally "Russia Against Terror", commemorating the victims of the crashed Nevsky express train, at Poklonnaya Hill in the Victory Park in Moscow, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

A woman cries during a rally "Russia Against Terror", commemorating the victims of the crashed Nevsky express train, at Poklonnaya Hill in the Victory Park in Moscow, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

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<p>Local activists shout slogans during a torch rally to mark the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster in Bhopal, December 2, 2009. 



REUTERS/Reinhard Krause </p>

Local activists shout slogans during a torch rally to mark the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster in Bhopal, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

Local activists shout slogans during a torch rally to mark the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster in Bhopal, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>John Daly of the U.S. lines up his putt at the fourth hole during the first round of the 2009 Australian Open Golf Tournament in Sydney, December 3, 2009. 



REUTERS/Daniel Munoz</p>

John Daly of the U.S. lines up his putt at the fourth hole during the first round of the 2009 Australian Open Golf Tournament in Sydney, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

John Daly of the U.S. lines up his putt at the fourth hole during the first round of the 2009 Australian Open Golf Tournament in Sydney, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

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<p>Steam billowing from the cooling towers of Vattenfall's Jaenschwalde brown coal power station is reflected in the water of a lake near Cottbus, eastern Germany, December 2, 2009. 



REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski </p>

Steam billowing from the cooling towers of Vattenfall's Jaenschwalde brown coal power station is reflected in the water of a lake near Cottbus, eastern Germany, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

Steam billowing from the cooling towers of Vattenfall's Jaenschwalde brown coal power station is reflected in the water of a lake near Cottbus, eastern Germany, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

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<p>U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen (R) is pictured alongside an anti-war protester holding up a sign prior to his testimony at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Afghanistan war on Capitol Hill, December 2, 2009. 



REUTERS/Jason Reed </p>

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen (R) is pictured alongside an anti-war protester holding up a sign prior to his testimony at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Afghanistan war on Capitol Hill, December...more

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen (R) is pictured alongside an anti-war protester holding up a sign prior to his testimony at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Afghanistan war on Capitol Hill, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Reed

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<p>A trader works on the floor of the Stock Exchange in New York, December 2, 2009. 



REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

A trader works on the floor of the Stock Exchange in New York, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A trader works on the floor of the Stock Exchange in New York, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>Sailors line the deck of the French helicopter carrier Jeanne d'Arc as it gets under way in Brest, western France, December 2, 2009. 



REUTERS/Stephane Mahe </p>

Sailors line the deck of the French helicopter carrier Jeanne d'Arc as it gets under way in Brest, western France, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Sailors line the deck of the French helicopter carrier Jeanne d'Arc as it gets under way in Brest, western France, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

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<p>Hapoel Tel-Aviv's Douglas da Silva (R) looks on in the goalmouth as Celtic's Georios Samaras (L) runs away to celebrate scoring during their Europa League soccer match at Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow, Scotland December 2, 2009. 



REUTERS/David Moir </p>

Hapoel Tel-Aviv's Douglas da Silva (R) looks on in the goalmouth as Celtic's Georios Samaras (L) runs away to celebrate scoring during their Europa League soccer match at Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow, Scotland December 2, 2009. REUTERS/David...more

Hapoel Tel-Aviv's Douglas da Silva (R) looks on in the goalmouth as Celtic's Georios Samaras (L) runs away to celebrate scoring during their Europa League soccer match at Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow, Scotland December 2, 2009. REUTERS/David Moir

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<p>Afghan workers build a combat resupply area while a Chinook CH-47F transport helicopter prepares to land at FOB Salerno, Afghanistan, December 2, 2009. 



REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra </p>

Afghan workers build a combat resupply area while a Chinook CH-47F transport helicopter prepares to land at FOB Salerno, Afghanistan, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Afghan workers build a combat resupply area while a Chinook CH-47F transport helicopter prepares to land at FOB Salerno, Afghanistan, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

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<p>Supporters of Bolivia's President Evo Morales hold smoke canisters during a campaign rally in Santa Cruz, December 2, 2009. 



REUTERS/Stringer</p>

Supporters of Bolivia's President Evo Morales hold smoke canisters during a campaign rally in Santa Cruz, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

Supporters of Bolivia's President Evo Morales hold smoke canisters during a campaign rally in Santa Cruz, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A Palestinian carries a sack of flour received from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) headquarters in Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza strip, December 2, 2009.



REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa </p>

A Palestinian carries a sack of flour received from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) headquarters in Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza strip, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

A Palestinian carries a sack of flour received from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) headquarters in Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza strip, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

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<p>Fog covers the hills in the historical city centre of Perugia, December 3, 2009. 



REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi </p>

Fog covers the hills in the historical city centre of Perugia, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Fog covers the hills in the historical city centre of Perugia, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

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<p>China's Wang Hao returns a shot to Japan's Jun Mizutani (top) during the East Asian Games men's team table tennis qualifiers in Hong Kong, December 3, 2009. 



REUTERS/Tyrone Siu </p>

China's Wang Hao returns a shot to Japan's Jun Mizutani (top) during the East Asian Games men's team table tennis qualifiers in Hong Kong, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

China's Wang Hao returns a shot to Japan's Jun Mizutani (top) during the East Asian Games men's team table tennis qualifiers in Hong Kong, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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<p>Canada's Britt Janyk peels tape from her face, worn to protected her from the cold, during training for the women's World Cup Downhill alpine skiing in Lake Louise, Alberta December 2, 2009. 



REUTERS/Andy Clark </p>

Canada's Britt Janyk peels tape from her face, worn to protected her from the cold, during training for the women's World Cup Downhill alpine skiing in Lake Louise, Alberta December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Andy Clark

Canada's Britt Janyk peels tape from her face, worn to protected her from the cold, during training for the women's World Cup Downhill alpine skiing in Lake Louise, Alberta December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Andy Clark

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<p>A labourer works at the construction site of China Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo site in Shanghai, December 2, 2009. 



REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A labourer works at the construction site of China Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo site in Shanghai, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

A labourer works at the construction site of China Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo site in Shanghai, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Pregnant women wearing traditional dresses listen at a concert at Lima's maternity hospital, December 2, 2009. 



REUTERS/Mariana Bazo</p>

Pregnant women wearing traditional dresses listen at a concert at Lima's maternity hospital, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

Pregnant women wearing traditional dresses listen at a concert at Lima's maternity hospital, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

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<p>U.S ski racer Alice McKennis speeds past a gate during training for the women's World Cup downhill alpine skiing race in Lake Louise, Alberta, December 2, 2009. 



REUTERS/Mike Blake </p>

U.S ski racer Alice McKennis speeds past a gate during training for the women's World Cup downhill alpine skiing race in Lake Louise, Alberta, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Blake

U.S ski racer Alice McKennis speeds past a gate during training for the women's World Cup downhill alpine skiing race in Lake Louise, Alberta, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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