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<p>A child sleeps in a makeshift cradle as a homeless boy sleeps on the pavement in Mumbai, December 3, 2009. 



REUTERS/Arko Datta </p>

A child sleeps in a makeshift cradle as a homeless boy sleeps on the pavement in Mumbai, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Arko Datta

A child sleeps in a makeshift cradle as a homeless boy sleeps on the pavement in Mumbai, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Arko Datta

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<p>Fireworks explode near Wat Saket temple and Phu Khao Thong, or Golden Mountain, to mark the birthday of Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, December 3, 2009. 



REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom </p>

Fireworks explode near Wat Saket temple and Phu Khao Thong, or Golden Mountain, to mark the birthday of Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

Fireworks explode near Wat Saket temple and Phu Khao Thong, or Golden Mountain, to mark the birthday of Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

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<p>Monks look out of a temple in Tango monastery on the outskirts of Thimphu, December 3, 2009. 



REUTERS/Singye Wangchuk </p>

Monks look out of a temple in Tango monastery on the outskirts of Thimphu, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Singye Wangchuk

Monks look out of a temple in Tango monastery on the outskirts of Thimphu, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Singye Wangchuk

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<p>A North Korean defector known as Ahn Soo-chul, 10, stretches out while his mother speaks to the media during a news conference for the human rights of North Korean people, in Seoul, December 3, 2009. 



REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak </p>

A North Korean defector known as Ahn Soo-chul, 10, stretches out while his mother speaks to the media during a news conference for the human rights of North Korean people, in Seoul, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

A North Korean defector known as Ahn Soo-chul, 10, stretches out while his mother speaks to the media during a news conference for the human rights of North Korean people, in Seoul, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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<p>Actress Kate Beckinsale's shadow can be seen as she arrives for the premiere of the film "Everybody's Fine" in New York, December 3, 2009. 



REUTERS/Lucas Jackson </p>

Actress Kate Beckinsale's shadow can be seen as she arrives for the premiere of the film "Everybody's Fine" in New York, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Actress Kate Beckinsale's shadow can be seen as she arrives for the premiere of the film "Everybody's Fine" in New York, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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<p>Indian police detain a member of All Jammu and Kashmir Handicapped Association (AJKHA) during a protest to mark World Disability Day near the office of United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) in Srinagar, December 3, 2009. 



REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli </p>

Indian police detain a member of All Jammu and Kashmir Handicapped Association (AJKHA) during a protest to mark World Disability Day near the office of United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) in Srinagar, December 3,...more

Indian police detain a member of All Jammu and Kashmir Handicapped Association (AJKHA) during a protest to mark World Disability Day near the office of United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) in Srinagar, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

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<p>Sporting's Liedson Muniz jumps for the ball during their Europa League soccer match against Heerenveen at Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, December 3, 2009. 



REUTERS/Nacho Doce </p>

Sporting's Liedson Muniz jumps for the ball during their Europa League soccer match against Heerenveen at Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Sporting's Liedson Muniz jumps for the ball during their Europa League soccer match against Heerenveen at Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

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<p>A worker prepares to re-hang a "Portrait of a Young Woman", an oil painting recently acknowledged to be by baroque master Peter Paul Rubens, at Sotheby's in central London, December 3, 2009. 



REUTERS/Andrew Winning </p>

A worker prepares to re-hang a "Portrait of a Young Woman", an oil painting recently acknowledged to be by baroque master Peter Paul Rubens, at Sotheby's in central London, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

A worker prepares to re-hang a "Portrait of a Young Woman", an oil painting recently acknowledged to be by baroque master Peter Paul Rubens, at Sotheby's in central London, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

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<p>A picture of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej is illuminated during the International Balloon Festival in Ayutthaya, December 3, 2009. 



REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

A picture of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej is illuminated during the International Balloon Festival in Ayutthaya, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A picture of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej is illuminated during the International Balloon Festival in Ayutthaya, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>Zimbabwe's Finance Minister Tendai Biti displays the briefcase containing the 2010 National Budget to the media upon his arrival at the Parliament Building in Harare, December 2, 2009. 



REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo </p>

Zimbabwe's Finance Minister Tendai Biti displays the briefcase containing the 2010 National Budget to the media upon his arrival at the Parliament Building in Harare, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Zimbabwe's Finance Minister Tendai Biti displays the briefcase containing the 2010 National Budget to the media upon his arrival at the Parliament Building in Harare, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

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<p>American university student Amanda Knox (C) and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito (R) are escorted into a courtroom during their murder trial session in Perugia, December 3, 2009. 



REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi </p>

American university student Amanda Knox (C) and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito (R) are escorted into a courtroom during their murder trial session in Perugia, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

American university student Amanda Knox (C) and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito (R) are escorted into a courtroom during their murder trial session in Perugia, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

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<p>U.S. President Barack Obama (L) reacts beside daughters Malia (2nd L) and Sasha and first lady Michelle Obama (R) as they light the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in Washington, December 3, 2009. 



REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque </p>

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) reacts beside daughters Malia (2nd L) and Sasha and first lady Michelle Obama (R) as they light the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in Washington, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) reacts beside daughters Malia (2nd L) and Sasha and first lady Michelle Obama (R) as they light the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in Washington, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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<p>Prosthetic leg technician Hv Chandima (R) measures the legs of Kaushalya Hirushani (C) as her mother Chandani Hirushani holds her at the Aawas International personalised prosthetic limb clinic and manufacturer in Nagoda, south of Colombo, December 3, 2009. 



REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds </p>

Prosthetic leg technician Hv Chandima (R) measures the legs of Kaushalya Hirushani (C) as her mother Chandani Hirushani holds her at the Aawas International personalised prosthetic limb clinic and manufacturer in Nagoda, south of Colombo, December 3,...more

Prosthetic leg technician Hv Chandima (R) measures the legs of Kaushalya Hirushani (C) as her mother Chandani Hirushani holds her at the Aawas International personalised prosthetic limb clinic and manufacturer in Nagoda, south of Colombo, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

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<p>Girls cry on the coffin of their mother during a funeral for journalists killed in Maguindanao massacre in General Santos city in southern Philippines, December 4, 2009. 



REUTERS/Erik de Castro </p>

Girls cry on the coffin of their mother during a funeral for journalists killed in Maguindanao massacre in General Santos city in southern Philippines, December 4, 2009. REUTERS/Erik de Castro

Girls cry on the coffin of their mother during a funeral for journalists killed in Maguindanao massacre in General Santos city in southern Philippines, December 4, 2009. REUTERS/Erik de Castro

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<p>A school girl walks on a road covered with oil and soot at an industrial area in Mumbai, December 3, 2009.



REUTERS/Arko Datta</p>

A school girl walks on a road covered with oil and soot at an industrial area in Mumbai, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Arko Datta

A school girl walks on a road covered with oil and soot at an industrial area in Mumbai, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Arko Datta

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<p>American university student Amanda Knox's mother Edda (L) and her sister Deanna (L) take pictures in the courtroom during Knox's murder trial in Perugia, December 3, 2009. 



REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi </p>

American university student Amanda Knox's mother Edda (L) and her sister Deanna (L) take pictures in the courtroom during Knox's murder trial in Perugia, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

American university student Amanda Knox's mother Edda (L) and her sister Deanna (L) take pictures in the courtroom during Knox's murder trial in Perugia, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

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<p>Colorado Avalanche Matt Hendricks (L) fights with Pittsburgh Penguins Craig Adams in the second period of their NHL game in Pittsburgh, December 3, 2009. 



REUTERS/David DeNoma </p>

Colorado Avalanche Matt Hendricks (L) fights with Pittsburgh Penguins Craig Adams in the second period of their NHL game in Pittsburgh, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/David DeNoma

Colorado Avalanche Matt Hendricks (L) fights with Pittsburgh Penguins Craig Adams in the second period of their NHL game in Pittsburgh, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/David DeNoma

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<p>A youth heads a soccer ball on the streets of the Khayelitsha township in Cape Town, December 3, 2009. 



REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach </p>

A youth heads a soccer ball on the streets of the Khayelitsha township in Cape Town, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

A youth heads a soccer ball on the streets of the Khayelitsha township in Cape Town, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

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<p>Women labourers rest at a construction site in Jammu, December 3, 2009. 



REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta </p>

Women labourers rest at a construction site in Jammu, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta

Women labourers rest at a construction site in Jammu, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta

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<p>AC Sparta Prague's goal keeper Jaromir Blazek (L) fails to save a goal by Orlando Engelaar (not pictured) during their Europa League match against PSV Eindhoven at the Phillips stadium in Eindhoven, December 3, 2009. 



REUTERS/Jerry Lampen </p>

AC Sparta Prague's goal keeper Jaromir Blazek (L) fails to save a goal by Orlando Engelaar (not pictured) during their Europa League match against PSV Eindhoven at the Phillips stadium in Eindhoven, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

AC Sparta Prague's goal keeper Jaromir Blazek (L) fails to save a goal by Orlando Engelaar (not pictured) during their Europa League match against PSV Eindhoven at the Phillips stadium in Eindhoven, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

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<p>Education specialist Esther Kohn gestures towards a photograph taken in 1938 of the Kennedy family on display at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, December 3, 2009. 



REUTERS/Brian Snyder </p>

Education specialist Esther Kohn gestures towards a photograph taken in 1938 of the Kennedy family on display at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Education specialist Esther Kohn gestures towards a photograph taken in 1938 of the Kennedy family on display at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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<p>Nacional Madeira's Felipe Lopes jumps for the ball during their Europa League soccer match against Werder Bremen in Bremen, December 3, 2009. 



REUTERS/Ina Fassbender </p>

Nacional Madeira's Felipe Lopes jumps for the ball during their Europa League soccer match against Werder Bremen in Bremen, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Nacional Madeira's Felipe Lopes jumps for the ball during their Europa League soccer match against Werder Bremen in Bremen, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

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<p>A man covers his face to protect himself from dust and smoke at an industrial area in Mumbai, December 3, 2009. 



REUTERS/Arko Datta </p>

A man covers his face to protect himself from dust and smoke at an industrial area in Mumbai, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Arko Datta

A man covers his face to protect himself from dust and smoke at an industrial area in Mumbai, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Arko Datta

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<p>Local activists attend a demonstration to mark the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster in Bhopal, December 3, 2009.



REUTERS/Reinhard Krause </p>

Local activists attend a demonstration to mark the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster in Bhopal, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

Local activists attend a demonstration to mark the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster in Bhopal, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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