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<p>An Israeli dives into a natural spring, which empties and refills itself every 20 minutes, to escape the unseasonable high temperatures in Ein Fawwar, near the West Bank city of Jericho, February 15, 2010. Temperatures in some areas in Israel and the Palestinian Territories rose above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) on Monday. REUTERS/Ammar Awad </p>

An Israeli dives into a natural spring, which empties and refills itself every 20 minutes, to escape the unseasonable high temperatures in Ein Fawwar, near the West Bank city of Jericho, February 15, 2010. Temperatures in some areas in Israel and the...more

An Israeli dives into a natural spring, which empties and refills itself every 20 minutes, to escape the unseasonable high temperatures in Ein Fawwar, near the West Bank city of Jericho, February 15, 2010. Temperatures in some areas in Israel and the Palestinian Territories rose above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) on Monday. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

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<p>A local walks on a partially dried reservoir in Shilin county of Kunming, Yunnan province February 22, 2010. A total of about 3.56 million hectares of crops in China had been affected by severe drought, said the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters. The drought, mostly in China's south western provinces including Yunnan and Guizhou, had damaged crops and caused water shortage to both people and livestock, according to Xinhua News Agency.  REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A local walks on a partially dried reservoir in Shilin county of Kunming, Yunnan province February 22, 2010. A total of about 3.56 million hectares of crops in China had been affected by severe drought, said the Office of State Flood Control and...more

A local walks on a partially dried reservoir in Shilin county of Kunming, Yunnan province February 22, 2010. A total of about 3.56 million hectares of crops in China had been affected by severe drought, said the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters. The drought, mostly in China's south western provinces including Yunnan and Guizhou, had damaged crops and caused water shortage to both people and livestock, according to Xinhua News Agency. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Cars drive in a traffic jam along the Kremlin wall as heavy snowfall hits Moscow, February 19, 2010. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov</p>

Cars drive in a traffic jam along the Kremlin wall as heavy snowfall hits Moscow, February 19, 2010. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

Cars drive in a traffic jam along the Kremlin wall as heavy snowfall hits Moscow, February 19, 2010. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

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<p>Snow falls over the hill during the women's alpine skiing giant slalom event at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, February 24, 2010. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay </p>

Snow falls over the hill during the women's alpine skiing giant slalom event at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, February 24, 2010. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Snow falls over the hill during the women's alpine skiing giant slalom event at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, February 24, 2010. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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<p>People look on as a street with vehicles is engulfed by heavy flooding in downtown Funchal, Madeira February 20, 2010. Fatalities have been reported from the floods and mudslides caused by torrential rains on Saturday on the Portuguese island of Madeira. REUTERS/Duarte Sa </p>

People look on as a street with vehicles is engulfed by heavy flooding in downtown Funchal, Madeira February 20, 2010. Fatalities have been reported from the floods and mudslides caused by torrential rains on Saturday on the Portuguese island of...more

People look on as a street with vehicles is engulfed by heavy flooding in downtown Funchal, Madeira February 20, 2010. Fatalities have been reported from the floods and mudslides caused by torrential rains on Saturday on the Portuguese island of Madeira. REUTERS/Duarte Sa

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<p>A beach-goer smokes a water pipe on the shore of the Mediterranean in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon February 15, 2010. Unseasonable temperatures rising above 30 degrees Celsius were recorded in some areas in Israel on Monday. REUTERS/Amir Cohen</p>

A beach-goer smokes a water pipe on the shore of the Mediterranean in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon February 15, 2010. Unseasonable temperatures rising above 30 degrees Celsius were recorded in some areas in Israel on Monday. REUTERS/Amir...more

A beach-goer smokes a water pipe on the shore of the Mediterranean in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon February 15, 2010. Unseasonable temperatures rising above 30 degrees Celsius were recorded in some areas in Israel on Monday. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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<p>People paddle a boat along a flooded street in the Serbian town of Zajecar, some 240km (150 miles) east of capital Belgrade February 22, 2010.    REUTERS/Marko Djurica </p>

People paddle a boat along a flooded street in the Serbian town of Zajecar, some 240km (150 miles) east of capital Belgrade February 22, 2010. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

People paddle a boat along a flooded street in the Serbian town of Zajecar, some 240km (150 miles) east of capital Belgrade February 22, 2010. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

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<p>This combination photograph shows the ruins of a church in the Andean town of Potosi in 2008 (L) and its current state on February 21, 2010. The 25-meter-tall church and ruins of a Potosi town flooded in the early 1980s have emerged from the Uribante-Caparo water reservoir after a drought reduced water levels.  REUTERS/Jorge Silva and file photo courtesy of Diario La Nacion </p>

This combination photograph shows the ruins of a church in the Andean town of Potosi in 2008 (L) and its current state on February 21, 2010. The 25-meter-tall church and ruins of a Potosi town flooded in the early 1980s have emerged from the...more

This combination photograph shows the ruins of a church in the Andean town of Potosi in 2008 (L) and its current state on February 21, 2010. The 25-meter-tall church and ruins of a Potosi town flooded in the early 1980s have emerged from the Uribante-Caparo water reservoir after a drought reduced water levels. REUTERS/Jorge Silva and file photo courtesy of Diario La Nacion

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<p>A Long Island Railroad employee uses a snow blower to clear the walkway for train passengers in Port Washington, New York, February 26, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton  </p>

A Long Island Railroad employee uses a snow blower to clear the walkway for train passengers in Port Washington, New York, February 26, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A Long Island Railroad employee uses a snow blower to clear the walkway for train passengers in Port Washington, New York, February 26, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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<p>People enjoy unexpected warm weather at English Bay during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics February 20, 2010.        REUTERS/Andy Clark </p>

People enjoy unexpected warm weather at English Bay during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics February 20, 2010. REUTERS/Andy Clark

People enjoy unexpected warm weather at English Bay during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics February 20, 2010. REUTERS/Andy Clark

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<p>Tourists protecting themselves with umbrellas from the falling snow are reflected on a street in downtown Rome February 12, 2010. This picture has been rotated 180 degrees. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi       </p>

Tourists protecting themselves with umbrellas from the falling snow are reflected on a street in downtown Rome February 12, 2010. This picture has been rotated 180 degrees. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Tourists protecting themselves with umbrellas from the falling snow are reflected on a street in downtown Rome February 12, 2010. This picture has been rotated 180 degrees. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

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<p>A man (R) takes pictures of the frozen waterfalls of the "Teufelsschlucht" canyon in Haegendorf on a cold winter day February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann  </p>

A man (R) takes pictures of the frozen waterfalls of the "Teufelsschlucht" canyon in Haegendorf on a cold winter day February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

A man (R) takes pictures of the frozen waterfalls of the "Teufelsschlucht" canyon in Haegendorf on a cold winter day February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

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<p>A boy drinks milk as he sits on a rubber float at his flooded house at the Baleendah district in Bandung, capital of Indonesia's West Java province, February 21, 2010. Thousands of houses in the area were inundated by water due to overflow from the Citarum River and heavy rains. REUTERS/Beawiharta</p>

A boy drinks milk as he sits on a rubber float at his flooded house at the Baleendah district in Bandung, capital of Indonesia's West Java province, February 21, 2010. Thousands of houses in the area were inundated by water due to overflow from the...more

A boy drinks milk as he sits on a rubber float at his flooded house at the Baleendah district in Bandung, capital of Indonesia's West Java province, February 21, 2010. Thousands of houses in the area were inundated by water due to overflow from the Citarum River and heavy rains. REUTERS/Beawiharta

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<p>A man tries to extinguish a fire at El Hatillo on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa February 12, 2010. The Honduran government declared an emergency in the country's agricultural sector due to a five-month-long, nationwide drought. REUTERS/Claudia Barrientos </p>

A man tries to extinguish a fire at El Hatillo on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa February 12, 2010. The Honduran government declared an emergency in the country's agricultural sector due to a five-month-long, nationwide drought. REUTERS/Claudia...more

A man tries to extinguish a fire at El Hatillo on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa February 12, 2010. The Honduran government declared an emergency in the country's agricultural sector due to a five-month-long, nationwide drought. REUTERS/Claudia Barrientos

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<p>Children cross a puddle of water after heavy rains at a makeshift tent camp in Cite Soleil in Port-au-Prince February 26, 2010. Seasonal rains and hurricanes spell trouble for Haiti in the best of times, but with hundreds of thousands of people living in flimsy makeshift shelters after last month's earthquake, this year the dangers are much greater.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria </p>

Children cross a puddle of water after heavy rains at a makeshift tent camp in Cite Soleil in Port-au-Prince February 26, 2010. Seasonal rains and hurricanes spell trouble for Haiti in the best of times, but with hundreds of thousands of people...more

Children cross a puddle of water after heavy rains at a makeshift tent camp in Cite Soleil in Port-au-Prince February 26, 2010. Seasonal rains and hurricanes spell trouble for Haiti in the best of times, but with hundreds of thousands of people living in flimsy makeshift shelters after last month's earthquake, this year the dangers are much greater. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>A camper looks at a large rock formation in Egypt's White desert , about 500 km (311 miles) southwest of Cairo February, 21, 2010. The White desert is located 45 km (30 miles) north of the Farafra Oasis.  Winds have created strangely shaped limestone rocks in the middle of the White desert and at dusk and dawn, the sediments shine brightly, according to the Egyptian Tourist Authority.    REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih</p>

A camper looks at a large rock formation in Egypt's White desert , about 500 km (311 miles) southwest of Cairo February, 21, 2010. The White desert is located 45 km (30 miles) north of the Farafra Oasis. Winds have created strangely shaped limestone...more

A camper looks at a large rock formation in Egypt's White desert , about 500 km (311 miles) southwest of Cairo February, 21, 2010. The White desert is located 45 km (30 miles) north of the Farafra Oasis. Winds have created strangely shaped limestone rocks in the middle of the White desert and at dusk and dawn, the sediments shine brightly, according to the Egyptian Tourist Authority. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

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<p>A farmer shows a yellowing leaf of a vegetable seedling in a field in drought-hit Chenggong county, Yunnan province February 24, 2010. The most severe drought in China's southwestern Yunnan province in six decades has hit sugarcane, rubber and coffee crops and blocked transport on a major river bordering Laos and Myanmar, the Xinhua news agency reported. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A farmer shows a yellowing leaf of a vegetable seedling in a field in drought-hit Chenggong county, Yunnan province February 24, 2010. The most severe drought in China's southwestern Yunnan province in six decades has hit sugarcane, rubber and coffee...more

A farmer shows a yellowing leaf of a vegetable seedling in a field in drought-hit Chenggong county, Yunnan province February 24, 2010. The most severe drought in China's southwestern Yunnan province in six decades has hit sugarcane, rubber and coffee crops and blocked transport on a major river bordering Laos and Myanmar, the Xinhua news agency reported. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Members of a local winter swimmers' club get out of the Yenisei River after a short swim with the air temperature at about -25 degrees Celsius (-13 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk February 23, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin  </p>

Members of a local winter swimmers' club get out of the Yenisei River after a short swim with the air temperature at about -25 degrees Celsius (-13 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk February 23, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin more

Members of a local winter swimmers' club get out of the Yenisei River after a short swim with the air temperature at about -25 degrees Celsius (-13 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk February 23, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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<p>A resident walks on a road in heavy fog in Beijing, February 25, 2010. REUTERS/Jason Lee </p>

A resident walks on a road in heavy fog in Beijing, February 25, 2010. REUTERS/Jason Lee

A resident walks on a road in heavy fog in Beijing, February 25, 2010. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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<p>Two men adjust sandbags on the banks of the Tundzha river in the town of Elhovo, some 350 km (217 miles) south-east of Sofia February 15, 2010. Heavy snow and rainfall cut electricity supply to over 80 villages and towns in southern Bulgaria and floodwaters closed down dozens of roads including the main border checkpoint to Greece. REUTERS/Oleg Popov</p>

Two men adjust sandbags on the banks of the Tundzha river in the town of Elhovo, some 350 km (217 miles) south-east of Sofia February 15, 2010. Heavy snow and rainfall cut electricity supply to over 80 villages and towns in southern Bulgaria and...more

Two men adjust sandbags on the banks of the Tundzha river in the town of Elhovo, some 350 km (217 miles) south-east of Sofia February 15, 2010. Heavy snow and rainfall cut electricity supply to over 80 villages and towns in southern Bulgaria and floodwaters closed down dozens of roads including the main border checkpoint to Greece. REUTERS/Oleg Popov

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<p>Fur seals are seen at Foca island in the northern city of Piura February 16, 2010. Taking advantage of warmer seas, fur seals from the Galapagos Islands have established a full-fledged colony on the Pacific Coast of Peru, some 900 miles (1,500 km) away from their normal habitat, scientists say.  REUTERS/Pilar Olivares </p>

Fur seals are seen at Foca island in the northern city of Piura February 16, 2010. Taking advantage of warmer seas, fur seals from the Galapagos Islands have established a full-fledged colony on the Pacific Coast of Peru, some 900 miles (1,500 km)...more

Fur seals are seen at Foca island in the northern city of Piura February 16, 2010. Taking advantage of warmer seas, fur seals from the Galapagos Islands have established a full-fledged colony on the Pacific Coast of Peru, some 900 miles (1,500 km) away from their normal habitat, scientists say. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

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<p>Zebras run into the wilderness at the Amboseli national park, February 10, 2010, after a restocking journey from the Soysambu conservancy. Amboseli's zebra and wildebeest population has been decimated by drought and the park's carnivores are now roaming far and wide in search of food, killing cows, donkeys and goats tended by Maasai pastoralists. REUTERS/David Clarke </p>

Zebras run into the wilderness at the Amboseli national park, February 10, 2010, after a restocking journey from the Soysambu conservancy. Amboseli's zebra and wildebeest population has been decimated by drought and the park's carnivores are now...more

Zebras run into the wilderness at the Amboseli national park, February 10, 2010, after a restocking journey from the Soysambu conservancy. Amboseli's zebra and wildebeest population has been decimated by drought and the park's carnivores are now roaming far and wide in search of food, killing cows, donkeys and goats tended by Maasai pastoralists. REUTERS/David Clarke

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<p>A woman wades in her flooded home in Jakarta February 18, 2010. Overnight heavy rain in Jakarta and flooding of the Ciliwung River from the hill to Jakarta caused the flood in some parts of the capital on Wednesday. REUTERS/Supri  </p>

A woman wades in her flooded home in Jakarta February 18, 2010. Overnight heavy rain in Jakarta and flooding of the Ciliwung River from the hill to Jakarta caused the flood in some parts of the capital on Wednesday. REUTERS/Supri

A woman wades in her flooded home in Jakarta February 18, 2010. Overnight heavy rain in Jakarta and flooding of the Ciliwung River from the hill to Jakarta caused the flood in some parts of the capital on Wednesday. REUTERS/Supri

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<p>A road worker holds an umbrella on a road during rain in the village of Canete La Real near Malaga February 17, 2010. Heavy rain on Monday night caused floods in southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca </p>

A road worker holds an umbrella on a road during rain in the village of Canete La Real near Malaga February 17, 2010. Heavy rain on Monday night caused floods in southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

A road worker holds an umbrella on a road during rain in the village of Canete La Real near Malaga February 17, 2010. Heavy rain on Monday night caused floods in southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

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<p>A visitor to Capilano Park in North Vancouver, British Columbia takes in the view and warm weather February 20, 2010. The Canadian west coast city has been experiencing spring like weather during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.      REUTERS/Andy Clark      </p>

A visitor to Capilano Park in North Vancouver, British Columbia takes in the view and warm weather February 20, 2010. The Canadian west coast city has been experiencing spring like weather during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. REUTERS/Andy...more

A visitor to Capilano Park in North Vancouver, British Columbia takes in the view and warm weather February 20, 2010. The Canadian west coast city has been experiencing spring like weather during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. REUTERS/Andy Clark

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