Two more weeks to ago until we get to week 1 of 2012. Week 50 brings us photographs from ther US pull out of Iraq, Christmas preparations from all over the world, the Liege grenade attack and loads more.

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Smoke and flames rise past residents standing along the wall of a truck terminal where fuel tankers were set ablaze in Quetta December 9, 2011. Militants fired a rocket-propelled grenade at trucks loaded with fuel and supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan in the southwestern city of Quetta in Baluchistan province, setting fire to 25 vehicles, police officials said. REUTERS/Naseer Ahmed

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A policeman detains a Tibetan exile during a protest outside the hotel where China's Deputy Chief of General Staff of the People's Liberation Army Ma Xiaotian is staying, in New Delhi December 9, 2011. Dozens of Tibetan exiles on Friday protested against the visit of Ma Xiaotian. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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A hunter rests with his tame golden eagle during an annual hunting competition outside Almaty December 9, 2011. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany poses with his FIA trophy during the 2011 Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) gala night in Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi December 9, 2011. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma

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Tom Hilde of Norway sits on a chair lift on his way to second round of the ski jumping World Cup event in Harrachov, December 9, 2011. REUTERS/Petr Josek

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A newly-wed bride looks out of the window of a bus after a mass police wedding ceremony in Bogota December 9, 2011. Ninety-six police officers tied the knot with their partners on Friday during a mass wedding that traditionally takes place every year on December 9 in Bogota. Reflected is the Cathedral Primada de Bogota where the ceremony took place. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

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Flamingos stand in the waters of a wetland reserve in Celestun in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula December 6, 2011. With the world's population of wild flamingos under threat from overdevelopment and illegal trade on the black market, the wetland reserve is thriving with thousands of the pink feathered creatures in search of an ideal winter habitat. According to the Caribbean Flamingo Conservation Program, the estimated 45,000 flamingos that call Mexico's Yucatan state home are an integral part of the travelling bird's regional metapopulation that stretches as far as the Caribbean islands. Picture taken December 6, 2011 REUTERS/Victor Ruiz Garcia

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Virginia Tech students hold candles during a memorial service and candlelight vigil for fallen Virginia Tech police officer Deriek W. Crouse on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia December 9, 2011. A man who fatally shot the Virginia Tech police officer on Thursday apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Virginia State police said on Friday. The incident prompted a lockdown of the campus on Thursday and revived memories of a gunman's 2007 rampage that left 33 people dead in one of the worst shooting incidents in U.S. history. REUTERS/Chris Keane

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Austria's Andreas and Wolfgang Linger head for a first place finish in the doubles during World Cup Luge in Whistler, British Columbia December 9, 2011. REUTERS/Andy Clark

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Russia's Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov skates during the pairs' short program at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating final competition at the Pavillon de la Jeunesse in Quebec City, December 9, 2011. REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger

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A golfer hits a shot on a driving range amid dense fog during a cold morning in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh December 10, 2011. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

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Kalani Chapman of Hawaii flies through the air as he exits a wave whilst competing during the Billabong Pipeline Masters on Oahu's north shore, Hawaii December 9, 2011. REUTERS/Kirstin Scholtz/ASP/Handout

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Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi attends a ceremony, to mark the 20th anniversary of her receiving the Noble Peace Prize, at a monastery in Yangon, December 10, 2011. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

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Policemen detain an activist during a rally to protest against what activists say were violations at the parliamentary elections, in St. Petersburg December 10, 2011. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of cities across Russia on Saturday to demand an end to Vladimir Putin's rule and complain about alleged election fraud in the biggest show of defiance since he took power more than a decade ago. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

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An animal rights activist carries a dead dog during a demonstration to protest the treatment of animals, in Madrid's Puerta del Sol square December 10, 2011. The activists, holding up some 400 animal carcasses, were marking International Animal Rights Day, according to animal rights organisation Animal Equality. December 10 also marks the United Nations' Human Rights Day. REUTERS/Juan Medina

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Arsenal goalkeper Wojciech Szczesny (L) kisses Robin Van Persie's left boot after winning their English Premier League soccer match against Everton at the Emirates Stadium in London December 10, 2011. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

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Two men dressed as Santa Claus use a toilet in Citta' Sant'Angelo near Pescara December 10, 2011. A group of people dressed up as Santa Claus to attend the European Meeting of Santa Claus where they sang Christmas carols and interacted with passers-by to spread the joy of Christmas, according to organisers. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

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Hens are sold at the Oriental Market in Managua December 10, 2011. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

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A woman holds an automatic weapon as she poses for a picture with a man dressed as Santa Claus at the Scottsdale Gun Club in Scottsdale, Arizona December 10, 2011. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

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U.S. Military Academy cadets wave a flag in the stands prior to the 112th Army-Navy football game in Landover, Maryland, December 10, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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A masked man rests after performing during a traditional fair for Christmas and New Year celebrations at the Village Museum in Bucharest December 10, 2011. In pre-Christian rural traditions, dancers wearing colored costumes or animal furs, toured from house to house in villages singing and dancing to ward off evil. In the current economic situation in Romania, an European Union member since 2007, the tradition has moved to Romania's cities where dancers travel to perform the ritual for money. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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The earth's shadow falls on the moon as it undergoes a total lunar eclipse viewed through the arch supports of the Sydney Harbour Bridge December 11, 2011. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas celebrates his goal against Real Madrid with his teammates Dani Alves, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets during their Spanish first division soccer match, the Clasico, at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, December 10, 2011. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to film or take pictures in Tehran.
Schoolboys attend a session of the Iranian parliament in Tehran December 11, 2011. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

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Israeli soldiers detain an activist during clashes in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah December 11, 2011. The clashes erupted after the funeral of Palestinian demonstrator Mustafa Tamimi, who sustained a head injury during a Friday protest against an Israeli barrier and died of his wounds on Saturday. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

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Iraqi soldiers carry coffins bearing the remains of their comrades, who were killed in the 1980-1988 Iraq-Iran war, during a ceremony at Shalamcha border crossing, in Iraq's southern province of Basra December 11, 2011. Iraq and Iran on Sunday exchanged the remains of 93 soldiers killed in their 1980-88 war, which claimed the lives of one million people. The bodies of 3 Iranians and 90 Iraqis were handed over at the border crossing point of Shalamcha in southern Iraq, while military bands played national anthems. REUTERS/Atef Hassan

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New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second quarter of their NFL game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, December 11, 2011. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney casts a shadow on a U.S. flag while speaking at a We the People Freedom Forum in Hudson, New Hampshire December 11, 2011. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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Ximena (C), 8, takes part in an Apache dance as they celebrate the day of the Virgin of Guadalupe outside the Cathedral of Ciudad Juarez December 11, 2011. Millions of Mexican Catholics celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe Day on December 12. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

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Panama's former dictator Manuel Noriega is seen next to police officers upon his arrival at Renacer prison, outside Panama City December 11, 2011. Noriega, Panama's drug-running military dictator of the 1980s, was extradited back to the country on Sunday and taken straight to prison to serve a 20-year sentence for the murders of opponents during his rule. Noriega, now 77, was toppled in a U.S. invasion of Panama in 1989 and has spent the last two decades behind bars, first in Florida and then in France after being convicted for drug trafficking and money laundering. REUTERS/Henry Romero

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Paramilitary policemen carry wreaths as they march during a rehearsal of a ceremony marking the 74th anniversary of the start of the Nanjing Massacre at the Nanjing Massacre Museum, Jiangsu province December 12, 2011. Several ceremonies will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, to commemorate the 1937 massacre, when Japanese troops killed more than 300,000 people, local media reported. Note: The effect of this image is due to a reflection off a marble pillar and the water's surface. REUTERS/Leo Lang

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Bulgarian Muslims Mehmed Aiumankov and his bride Fatme Kichukova pose in front of their house during their wedding ceremony in the village of Ribnovo, in the Rhodope Mountains, some 210km (130miles) south of Sofia December 11, 2011. The remote mountain village of Ribnovo in southwest Bulgaria has kept its traditional winter marriage ceremony alive despite decades of Communist persecution, followed by poverty that forced many men to seek work abroad. The wedding ritual was resurrected with vigour among the Pomaks -- Slavs who converted to Islam under Ottoman rule. The highlight of the ceremony is the painting of the bride's face, where in a private rite open only to female in-laws, her face is covered in thick, chalky white paint and decorated with colourful sequins. Muslims currently make up 10 percent of Bulgaria's 7.4 million population. Picture taken December 11, 2011. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures during his address at the annual Israel Business Conference in Tel Aviv December 12, 2011. REUTERS/Uriel Sinai/Pool/

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Workers clear snow from a bridge over the Yenisei River, some 45 km (28 miles) south of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, December 12, 2011. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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Choristers of St Paul's Cathedral practice in the choir stalls at St Paul's Cathedral in the City of London December 12, 2011. The 30 choristers and eight probationers join twelve adult singers (the Vicars Choral) to form the Cathedral Choir. REUTERS/Toby Melville

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Choristers of St Paul's Cathedral practice in the choir stalls at St Paul's Cathedral in the City of London December 12, 2011. The 30 choristers and eight probationers join twelve adult singers (the Vicars Choral) to form the Cathedral Choir. REUTERS/Toby Melville

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Actress Lindsay Lohan is shown in a photo from the January/February 2012 issue of Playboy Magazine in this publicity photo released to Reuters December 12, 2011. REUTERS/Playboy/Handout

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Chelsea's Didier Drogba controls the ball during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in London December 12, 2011. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

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Marine veteran Scott Olsen, who suffered a head injury at the October 25 Occupy Oakland protest, smiles near other demonstators during the Occupy movements' attempts to shut down West Coast ports in Oakland, California December 12, 2011. Anti-Wall Street demonstrators, confronted by police in riot gear, marched on several West Coast ports on Monday seeking to disrupt cargo traffic and re-energize their protest movement. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

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Canada's Team Red Phillip Danault (C) is hit by Team White Mathew Dumba (L) and Jaden Schwartz during the first period of their inter-squad game at the Canadian national junior hockey team selection camp in Calgary, Alberta, December 12, 2011. The Canadian national team will play in the upcoming World Junior Hockey tournament in Calgary and Edmonton from December 26 to January 5, 2012. REUTERS/Todd Korol

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A man takes photographs on an embankment during sunset at New Yau Ma Tei typhoon shelter in Hong Kong December 12, 2011. An intense northeast monsoon affecting southern China has hit Hong Kong, with temperatures falling to 8 degrees Celcius over the weekend. Picture taken December 12, 2011. REUTERS/Soo Hoo Zheyang

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An Iraqi man rides a motorbike in Karrada district, in Baghdad, December 13, 2011. REUTERS/Saad Shalash

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Two local residents row on a boat through a frosty fog as they cross the Shumikha Bay of the Yenisei River, with the air temperature at about minus 23 degrees Celsius (minus 9.4 degrees Fahrenheit), some 53 km (33 miles) south of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, December 13, 2011. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky (L) gets out of a car with his wife Dottie (2nd R) as he arrives for a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to hold him for trial on charges of sexually abusing boys, at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, December 13, 2011. Sandusky on Tuesday waived his right to a preliminary hearing on sex abuse charges, meaning his case will go to trial. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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Amanda Lindblom (C) performs as Santa Lucia with her twelve Lucia handmaidens during the traditional Queen of Light procession arranged by the Swedish church at Varfru church in Enkoping, northwest of Stockholm, December 13, 2011. REUTERS/Fredrick Sandberg/Scanpix Sweden

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The final F-22 Raptor fighter jet rolls out of the assembly plant during a ceremony marking the occasion at the Lockheed Martin Plant in Marietta , Georgia, December 13, 2011. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

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Students wear chains around their ankles while sitting with their belongings at a police station after being rescued during a late night raid at the Zakariya madrassa on the outskirts of Karachi on December 13, 2011. Police in Karachi have rescued 54 students from the basement of an Islamic seminary, or madrassa, where they said they were kept in chains by clerics, beaten and barely fed. Police raided the Zakariya madrassa late on Monday on the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan's commercial hub. They were now investigating whether it had any links to violent militant groups, which often recruit from hardline religious schools. REUTERS/Athar Hussain

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A woman shows her ink-stained finger after casting her vote during a second round of voting in parliamentary elections, at a village in Beheira, 135 km (83 miles) north of Cairo, December 14, 2011. Egyptians voted on Wednesday in the second round of a parliamentary election, part of a lengthy transition to civilian rule after generals took charge following Hosni Mubarak's removal from office in February. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

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Etibar Elchiyev poses with 50 metal spoons magnetized to his body during an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for Most spoons on a human body in Tbilisi December 14, 2011. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

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Children play on foam from a polluted river at the Marunda flood canal in Jakarta December 14, 2011. REUTERS/Beawiharta

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Iraqi soldiers watch residents gather in a celebration for the U.S. troops pull out in Falluja, 50 km (30 miles) west of Baghdad, December 14, 2011. Hundreds of demonstrators chanted anti-U.S. slogans in the city that was a former stronghold for militants and a scene for fierce battles against the U.S. troops after 2003. REUTERS/Mohanned Faisal

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People stand near flowers and offerings placed at the site of a gun and grenade attack in central Liege December 14, 2011. Nordine Amrani, a 33-year-old previously jailed for possession of arms and drugs offences, brought carnage to Liege on Tuesday, spraying bullets at Christmas shoppers and hurling a grenade at people waiting for a bus, killing four people including a girl of 17 months before shooting himself dead. The placard placed near flowers reads: Why. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

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A woman exercises in a public park near Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon early December 14, 2011. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

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A bullet hole is seen near the site of a gun and grenade attack in central Liege December 14, 2011. Nordine Amrani, a 33-year-old previously jailed for possession of arms and drugs offences, brought carnage to Liege on Tuesday, spraying bullets at Christmas shoppers and hurling a grenade at people waiting for a bus, killing four people including a girl of 17 months before shooting himself dead. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

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Lawyer of former Ukraine's Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Nikolay Siryi (R, top), gets over a fence, blocked by Interior Ministry officers and supporters, to attend the hearings on Tymoshenko's appeal against her jail sentence at a court building in Kiev December 14, 2011. A European Union envoy, on a mission to Ukraine to save a Dec. 19 summit from failure, said on Tuesday he had voiced serious concern again to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich over the jailing of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. REUTERS/Stringer

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People walk onboard a ferry transporting vehicles and passengers across the Yenisei River on the last day of its navigation season, near the settlement of Novosyolovo where air temperature is about - 27 degrees Celcius (-16.6 degrees Fahrenheit), about 250 km (155 miles) south of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, December 14, 2011. The ferry travels a distance of 5.5 km (3 miles) across the Yenisei and connects rural and Taiga districts of western and eastern Siberia until the river is not covered with ice. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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In this undated publicity photograph released to Reuters December 14, 2011, The Protestor was named 'Time' magazine's Person of the Year. REUTERS/Courtesy Time Magazine/Handout

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The Chinese aircraft carrier Varyag is pictured during its second sea trial in the Yellow Sea, approximately 100 km (62 miles) south-southeast of the port of Dalian, in this DigitalGlobe photograph released on December 14, 2011. REUTERS/DigitalGlobe/Handout

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U.S. Army General Lloyd Austin III and U.S. Army Sergeant Major Joseph Allen (C) seal a fabric case as they retire the U.S. military's ceremonial flag, signifying the end of U.S. military presence in Iraq, at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center in Baghdad December 15, 2011. The U.S military officially ended its war in Iraq on Thursday, rolling up its flag at a low-key ceremony with Panetta nearly nine years after the invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. This ceremony is called the casing of the colors and signifies the departing and inactivation of the U.S. military's presence in Iraq. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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A family member comforts her relative, who fell ill after consuming bootleg liquor, inside a hospital at Diamond Harbour, a town about 50 km (31 miles) south of West Bengal's capital Kolkata, December 15, 2011. An adulterated batch of bootleg liquor has killed at least 100 drinkers in eastern India, with dozens more arriving at a cramped rural hospital with poisoning symptoms. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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An activist is seen during an Animal Naturalis demonstration to promote vegetarianism in central Barcelona, December 15, 2011. REUTERS/Albert Gea

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Members of the U.S. military rest on board an Air Force C-130 transport plane marking the end of their presence in Iraq after departing the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center in Baghdad December 15, 2011. The U.S military officially ended its war in Iraq on Thursday, packing up a military flag at a ceremony with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta nearly nine years after the invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. This ceremony is called the casing of the colors and signifies the departing and inactivation of the U.S. military's presence in Iraq. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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Republican presidential candidates (L-R) former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA), U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-TX), U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN), and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman pose before the Republican Party presidential candidates debate in Sioux City, Iowa, December 15, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gay/Pool

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A worker wearing a Santa Claus attire has his pants bitten by a crocodile during feeding time inside a cage of a crocodile farm in Manila December 16, 2011. The Philippines, a mainly Roman Catholic country in Southeast Asia, celebrates one of the longest Christmas holiday in the world, playing Christmas carols in shopping malls in September and putting up lantern and fireworks early in December. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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