President George W. Bush shares a laugh with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi prior to signing the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 during a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Energy Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, in Washington. The 822-page measure includes the first congressional increase in vehicle fuel-economy standards in 32 years.
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A Swiss Guard stands by a crib figurine during Pope Benedict XVI's weekly general audience inside Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007.
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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
Saudi Muslim Pilgrim Abdul Aziz Ibrahim Teihani, smiles after he cut his hair in celebration of the start of Eid al-Adha in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, on the fourth day of hajj, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007. After today's ritual stoning of the devil, pilgrims then celebrate the start of Eid al-Adha, or Feast of the Sacrifice, by slaughtering a camel, a cow or a sheep.
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A French high-speed TGV train collided with a truck near Tossiat, eastern France, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, killing the truck driver and injuring 34 rail passengers. Officials said the Paris-Geneva train accident involved an exceptionally large truckwhich became stuck for an unknown reason and was unable to clear a crossing as the safety barrier came down.
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The fountains in the Place de la Concorde are frozen over as a cold snap hits Paris, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, in Paris, France.
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Setting Up Shop
A street vendor sells fruit in Georgia's capital, Tbilisi, Wednesday, Dec. 2007. Georgia is gearing up for a presidential election on Jan. 5, 2008.
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South Korea's Lee Myung-Bak waves after beating a giant drum at City Hall in Seoul, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, following his victory in the country's elections. Lee Myung-Bak, who promised to reinvigorate South Korea's economy and take a tougher line with North Korea, won by a landslide, according to exit polls and partial official results.
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Salute To Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev enter the Kremlin's St. Alexander Hall to attend a session of the State Council in Moscow, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007. Putin was named Time magzine's 2007 Person of the Year.