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A balloon vendor dressed as a Santa Claus waits for customers at a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany, on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

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An Israeli border policeman fires tear gas at Palestinian protesters during a demonstration against the expansion of the nearby Jewish settlement of Halamish in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
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A Sudanese refugee participates in a demonstration for human rights in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. Thousands of activists participated in the rally marking the International Day of Human Rights.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
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A giraffe licks its lips at the Houston Zoo Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, in Houston. The Houston Zoo started its Gift of Grub campaign to raise money to help feed the more than 6,000 animals at the zoo. It costs more than $600,000 a year to feed the animals, and due to the abnormal weather conditions across the country the cost of feeding the animals has gone up. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)
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A Hindu holy man participates in a protest in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, demanding the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya on the anniversary of the Babri mosque demolition. In 1992, tens of thousands of Hindu extremists ripped apart the 16th century Babri mosque at Ayodhya in northern India as security forces watched. Hindus say it is the birthplace of their god Rama and contend a temple to him stood on the site before the mosque. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy waves goodbye to German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she leaves the Elysee Palace following their meeting in Paris, Monday Dec. 5, 2011. The leaders of Germany and France discussed on a cohesive plan to help save the euro through stricter oversight of government budgets. Financial markets signaled optimism that French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will unveil a unified plan that tightens political and economic cooperation among the 17 European Union countries that use the euro and sets the stage for more aggressive aid from the European Central Bank. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 04: A Great Blue Heron as seen with two fish in its beak during the final round of the LPGA Qualifying School at LPGA International on December 4, 2011 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Security guards detain activists of Ukraine's protest group Femen, outside the Christ the Saviour cathedral in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. The post-election protests in Moscow drew thousands and continued for several days in the biggest ever challenge to Putin, reflecting a growing public frustration with his rule that may complicate his bid to reclaim the presidency in next March's vote. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)
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A youth lights candles during the night of the candles in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. Colombians traditionally light candles and lanterns on the eve of the celebration of the Virgin Mary's immaculate conception what is considered the unofficial start of the Christmas season in the country. (AP Photo/William Fernando Martinez)
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An Indian naval commando dispenses orange smoke during a dress rehearsal ahead of Navy Day in Mumbai, India, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Navy Day will be marked on Dec. 4. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
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In this photo taken Dec. 4 2011, a layer of frozen fog clings to trees off Interstate 5 near Ashland, Ore. Moderately poor air quality will remain in the Rogue Valley through at least Wednesday afternoon due to a stagnant air mass and no winds strong enough to push it out, National Weather Service officials said. (AP Photo/Mail Tribune, Bob Pennell)
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A shopper walks through the Christmas decorations on display at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
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Lt Cmdr. David Sagunsky, left, greets his 4 year old daughter Elizabeth Sagunsky, center, after exiting the E-2C Hawkeye at Norfolk Naval Station Chambers Field in Norfolk, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, after a seven month deployment with the USS George H. W. Bush. Molly Curran, back to camera, hugs her daughter Lt. Meggie Curran. The "Bear Aces" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron VAW-124 returned home Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, L. Todd Spencer)
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The remains of a figure of a devil is seen after being burned during the traditional "Quema del Diablo" (Burning of the Devil) celebration in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Dec. 7 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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A man carries a dog through flood waters in the Bosa district of Bogota, Colombia, Thursday Dec. 8, 2011. Officials say flooding caused by the heavy rains has forced 3,500 families from homes near Bogota. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
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A farmer stops the traffic in Duisburg, western Germany, to shepherd his flock of 150 geese across the street on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 in Duisburg, Germany. The geese enjoy an outdoor enclosure during the day to feed on fresh grass and move back to their night accommodation in the evening. The young geese, hatched out in May, will be slaughtered for the traditional Christmas dinner. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Night view of the ferris wheel set up for the Christmas period on the Place de la Concorde, in Paris, Wednesday Dec. 7, 2011. Visible at left is the Eiffel Tower.(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
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Pakistani fire fighters tries to extinguish burning NATO oil tankers after they were allegedly torched by militants at a terminal on the outskirts of Quetta, Pakistan on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. Assailants torched more than 20 tankers in Pakistan carrying fuel for U.S. and NATO troops in neighboring Afghanistan, the first reported attack since Islamabad closed the border to protest coalition airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani troops last month. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)
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A veiled Kashmiri government employee participates in a protest against the government in Srinagar, India, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011. Dozens of government employees demanded release of arrears and regularization of jobs for daily wage workers. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
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Indian army soldiers in camouflage take part in exercise "Sudarshan Shakti" at Bugundi in Rajasthan state's Barmer desert near the India Pakistan border, India, Monday, Dec.5, 2011. (AP Photo) INDIA OUT
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A man dressed as a jaguar holds a guitar during closing festivities in honor of Masaya's patron saint, Saint Jerome, in Masaya, Nicaragua, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. The festival is a three month celebration in honor of the Catholic Saint and ends Sunday. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
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A lipstick mark is seen planted on the cheek of Pearl Harbor survivor James Cook by a member of the Andrews Sisters' styled 'Victory Belles,' at a ceremony to observe the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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In this Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011 photo, an egret is seen in a pond early morning in Allahabad, India. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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Lights of an NJTransit train glow through heavy fog, Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, in South Amboy, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Virginia Tech police officers console one another as they move toward the scene where a fellow police officer was killed in a parking lot on the campus of Virginia Tech, Thursday December 8, 2011, in Blacksburg, Va. A man killed a police officer and another person after a traffic stop Thursday at Virginia Tech, sending a shudder through campus as students and faculty were told to stay inside and police searched for the gunman, school officials said. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)
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Italian Premier Mario Monti prepares to speak at Rome's Foreign Press Club, Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. Italy's new premier must try to persuade a skeptical Parliament that his new plan to cut spending and boost growth will return Italy's ailing economy to health as Europe enters a crucial week for future of the euro currency. Premier Mario Monti, an economist, is to brief both Parliament chambers Monday on the package, which includes euro 30 billion ($40.5 billion) in spending cuts and tax hikes and euro10 billion ($13.5 billion) spent to boost Italy's anemic growth. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
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A blue sky surrounds a roofing crew from Palmer Roofing as they cling to the steep pitch of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lewiston, Idaho, Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Lewiston Tribune, Kyle Mills)
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Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez dances a traditional dance called "capoeira" during a filming of the reality show "Q´Viva! The Chosen" on the beach in Montevideo, Uruguay,Thursday Dec. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
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Shortly after an arrest was made in the murder of 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera, a rainbow is seen over the trash bin where authorities pulled her body after she was killed in a nearby apartment complex Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 in Canton, Ga. Authorities say 20-year-old Ryan Brunn of Canton was arrested on a murder warrant Wednesday afternoon. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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Horses stand in a snow-covered field in North Chatham, N.Y., on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011. Parts of eastern New York state received up to seven inches of snow overnight knocking out power to about 13,000 utility customers.(AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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Megan Miller, 4, plays with a Sugar Glider, a tiny marsupial from Australia, on sale at the Big One Flea Market at the Agricenter Sunday morning, Dec. 4, 2011 in Memphis, Tenn. Over 300 vendors catered to bargain Christmas shoppers over the weekend at the monthly flea market, and the Big One will return on the third weekend of December for a repeat performance. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Jim Weber)
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Flowers lie on the ground as a memorial to Virginia Tech police Officer Deriek Crouse who was gunned down Thursday during a traffic stop on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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A Syrian flag flies as pro-Syrian regime protesters hold a rally in support of President Bashar Assad, pictured in the large banner, in Damascus, Syria, Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. Syrian forces killed at least six people _ including two children _ as they fired on anti-government demonstrations across the country on Friday, activists said. The violence comes as the government tries to choke off a 9-month-old uprising demanding the ouster of President Bashar Assad, whose family has ruled Syria for more than 40 years.(AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)
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A pair of Western and Victorian crown pigeons eat from a feeding plate at the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, Malaysia, Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. The bird park houses more than 3,000 birds representing more than 200 species, in an enclosed aviary. Out of these birds, 90 percent are local birds and 10 percent were imported from overseas. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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Britney Spears performs during a free outdoor concert at the Revolution Monument in Mexico City, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
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Dressed in a Santa Claus outfit, a diver feeds to sardines at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. Christmas is one of the biggest holidays in South Korea, where over half of the population are Christians. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)
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