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Workers install a wind-energy lamp on the spectator dam at the Olympic Sailing Center, the venue for the sailing events during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, during a media tour on April 24, 2008 in Qingdao of Shandong Province, China. Qingdao is one of co-host cities of the 2008 Olympics, where the sailing events will take place between August 9, 2008 and August 23, 2008.
Workers install a wind-energy lamp on the spectator dam at the Olympic Sailing Center, the venue for the sailing events during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, during a media tour on April 24, 2008 in Qingdao of Shandong Province, China. Qingdao is one of co-host cities of the 2008 Olympics, where the sailing events will take place between August 9, 2008 and August 23, 2008.
Cloned puppies look out of their cage at the detector dog training centre of the Korea Customs Service on April 24, 2008 in Incheon, Korea. The seven Golden Retriever clones, also known as Toppy - an abbreviation of tomorrow's puppy - were born in 2007 and have so far passed all tests during training as sniffer dogs and will begin working for the Korean Customs Services later in the year.
Adventure sportsman Jochen Schweizer (L) and Verena Kehrt, radio hostess and former girlfriend of FC Bayern goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, start for a vertical catwalk from the roof of Arabella Sheraton Hotel on April 25, 2008 in Munich, Germany.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad helps a women who fainted after meeting him, inside a polling station in Tehran during the second round of parliamentary elections on April 25, 2008. Iranians started voting today in the second round of legislative elections expected to tighten the conservatives' grip on parliament after reformists were hurt by pre-poll disqualifications.
Ready to join the ranks: new officers are all smiles despite a downpour during their graduation ceremony at the Garda College in Templemore, Co Tipperary yesterday
An anti Chinese protester is detained by police during the Olympic Torch relay at Parliament House on April 24, 2008 in Canberra, Australia. The relay route in the Australian capital was altered after the events in Paris and London were disrupted by protestors. Protestors gathered in Canberra to protest China's policies toward Tibet, disrupting the torch route and ceremonies, as the Olympic Torch Relay holds its only stop in Australia.
A man dressed as a mosquito (L) enters a press conference as National Basketball Association (NBA) Commissioner David Stern (2nd L), President of the United Nations Foundation Tim Wirth (2nd R) and UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman look on April 23, 2008 UN headquarters in New York. A new grassroots effort to raise funds for bed nets to help revent malaria deaths in Africa was announced.
Turkish Airforce Red Arrows rise into the sky behind Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's statue, founder of modern Turkey, during the 93nd anniversary of the World War I campaign of Gallipoli in the Turkish memorial, April 24, 2008 in Gallipoli, Turkey. Some 4,000 Australian and New Zealand soldiers struggled ashore to Gallipoli's narrow beach 93 years ago in the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign that would claim more than 130,000 lives, at the edge of this remote peninsula in western Turkey. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)
A South Korean protestor dressed as a US cowboy slaughters a Korean cow in a parody performance during a rally against US beef imports ouside the government complex in Gwacheon, southern suburbs of Seoul on April 24, 2008. Some 5,000 farmers rallied lashing out at a deal to open South Korean market wider to US beef imports. AFP PHOTO/JUNG YEON-JE
The Lisbon Treaty will have no impact on Ireland's traditional policy of military neutrality, Defence Minister Willie O'Dea declared yesterday as he met Irish peacekeeping troops in Kosovo. On a visit to the members of the 38th infantry group serving in Camp Clarke and Camp Ville in Pristina, Mr O'Dea (right, with former Leinster rugby captain Comdt Liam Toland ) told the troops: "Your presence here is a great source of pride to Ireland. "It is also a reminder that we, as a newly successful and prosperous country, have our obligations, particularly in the international arena. But there is no doubt, whatsoever, that Ireland's neutrality is in our hands and that is where it will be staying at all times." The minister and chief-of staff of the Defence Forces, Lieut-Gen Dermot Earley, also held private talks with the head of the multinational task force, Brig-Gen Gerry Hegarty. Ireland is the lead nation in the force.
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams (left) and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at the official opening of the Whiterock Creche in West Belfast yesterday. Martin McGuinness welcomed the official opening of the Whiterock Creche Association's £600,000 (€750,000) refurbishment project.The Whiterock Creche Association Ltd provides affordable high quality childcare and family learning opportunities.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) celebrates with Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (L) on stage during a primary night rally April 22, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Early results indicated Sen. Clinton would win the Pennsylvania primary over rival Sen. Barack Obama. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
A worker repairs glazed tiles on the roof of Cining Palace in the Forbidden City on April 22, 2008 in Beijing, China. The first phase of the Forbidden City renovation project, the biggest ever in a century, is near completion. The Hall of Supreme Harmony, the most important building in the Forbidden City, is expected to reopen for tourists in time for the Beijing Olympic Games. The overhaul project, started in 2002, is scheduled to be finished in 2020 and will cost over 2 billion yuan. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
Palestinians women and children walk across Falastin Square on April 22, 2008 in Gaza City, Gaza Strip. Jamal Al-Khodari, head of 'The Palestinian Popular Committee to Face the Siege', today called on the world to aid Gazans affected by the Israeli embargo on the isolated territory following several severe incidents of violence. (Photo by Abid Katib/Getty)
A Kyrgyz workman drives a bulldozer over a pile of confiscated pirate audio cassettes, video cassettes, cds and dvds in Bishkek on April 23, 2008. Members of the Kyrgyz patent office organized the public destruction of pirate audio and video materials. AFP PHOTO / VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO
Baby giraffe Katja (C) stands between two adult giraffes during her first outing at the Serengeti Park in Hodenhagen, northwestern Germany, on April 23, 2008. Katja was born on January 14, 2008 and has now a weight of around 70 kilogrammes and is 2,22 meters tall. AFP PHOTO DDP/NIGEL TREBLIN
Colombian soldiers leave after setting fire to a cocaine processing laboratory on April 22, 2008, in Vigilancia, near Cucuta, Santander department, Colombia. AFP PHOTO/Luis Robayo
US President George W. Bush (L) dances with the Burnell Brunious (C), grand marshal of the Euphonious brass dixie band, during a United States Chamber of Commerce Reception at Gallier Hall in New Orleans, Louisiana, on April 21, 2008. AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB
Jewish priests or Cohanim cover their heads and faces with the their Talit or prayer shawl as they take part in a blessing for the Jewish people, at the Wailing Wall in east Jerusalem on April 22, 2008. The mass prayer at Judaism's most holy site is part of the Passover celebrations. Passover commemorates the Israelites' exodus from Egypt some 3,500 years ago. AFP PHOTO/JACK GUEZ
Professor Stephen Hawking (L) and his daughter Lucy Hawking (R) give a lecture entitled 'Why We Should Go Into Space' during the 50 Years of NASA lecture series at George Washington University in Washington, DC, April 21, 2008. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON
Pupils Mason Russell and Diana Roxanne of Rutland Street National School having some fun with Taoiseach Bertie Ahern yesterday at the official opening of the new Barnardos Paddy Wright House Family Support Centre in Buckingham Street, Dublin
A young gunner falls from her mount during the gallop as part of a 41 gun royal salute by The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Hyde Park on April 21, 2008 in London, England. The uninjured trooper got to her feet with a smile to rejoin her troop. The tradional salute, also marked by a gun salute at Tower Bridge, marks Queen Elizabeth's 82nd birthday today. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Fourteen-year-olds (from left) Hannah Lavelle, Cheslea Murphy, and Katie Byrne, all from Dublin, were in Stephen's Green park yesterday to help launch research which found that teenage girls should increase their consumption of milk
A Greenpeace campaigner dressed in an orang-utan costume demonstrates outside the Unilever office in central London, on April 21, 2008. Greenpeace called for a moratorium on the expansion of oil palm plantations in Indonesia's rainforests and peatlands, warning that soaring world demand is creating an environmental crisis. It said a two-year investigation into the health of the country's rainforests and peatlands showed 'wholesale' destruction driven by demand from food, cosmetic and biofuel companies. Credit: Alessandro Abbonizio/AFP/Getty Images
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has a laugh and enjoys some family chaos at the office, surrounded by twin grandchildren Rocco (right) and Jay, daughter Georgina and son-in-law Nicky Byrne of Westlife fame. The boys celebrated their first birthday yesterday.
Tommy Tiernan enjoys a cup of tea with Janet O'Donoghue and Ann Spillane at Killarney National Park yesterday where he was opening new tearooms run by the Down Syndrome Ireland charity.
A picture taken on April 21, 2008 shows Brussels' famous Manneken Pis sporting the clothes of Spirou, the eponymous main character of Spirou and Fantasio, as the Belgian comics magazine Spirou celebrates its 70th birthday. Credit: JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
ndian labourers load sacks of sugar for export onto a truck at a warehouse in Mumbai on April 21, 2008. India's battle against spiralling inflation is not over yet, but more monetary tightening could put the brakes on growth in Asia's third-largest economy, analysts have warned. The central bank has told commercial banks to hike cash reserves to suck out excess money supply in an effort to cool inflation that has more than doubled in four months to touch a three-year high of 7.14 percent. Credit: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images
Senator Clinton ignores the pouring rain to bring her message to the crowd at a rally in McKeesport, Pennsylvania this weekend

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