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Europe's Justin Rose tees off on the first hole during a practice round at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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A fire bomb explodes among riot police during clashes in Athens Wednesday Sept. 26, 2012. Greek workers walked off the job Wednesday for the first general strike since the country's coalition government was formed in June, as the prime minister and finance minister hammered out a package of euros 11.5 billion ($14.87 billion) in spending cuts. (AP)

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    A fire bomb explodes behind a riot police squad on September 26, 2012 in Athens during clashes with demonstrators at a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A fire bomb explodes behind a riot police squad on September 26, 2012 in Athens during clashes with demonstrators at a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A fire bomb explodes near a riot police squad on September 26, 2012 in Athens during clashes with demonstrators at a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A fire bomb explodes behind a riot police squad on September 26, 2012 in Athens during clashes with demonstrators at a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A fire bomb explodes behind a riot police squad on September 26, 2012 in Athens during clashes with demonstrators at a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A fire bomb explodes behind a riot police squad on September 26, 2012 in Athens during clashes with demonstrators at a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A fire bomb explodes behind a riot police squad on September 26, 2012 in Athens during clashes with demonstrators at a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A firebomb explodes behind a riot police squad on September 26, 2012 in Athens during clashes with demonstrators at a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A fire bomb explodes behind a riot police squad on September 26, 2012 in Athens during clashes with demonstrators at a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Firebombs explode in front of riot police on September 26, 2012 in Athens during clashes with demonstrators at a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Firebombs explode in front of riot police on September 26, 2012 in Athens during clashes with demonstrators at a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Firebombs explode in front of riot police on September 26, 2012 in Athens during clashes with demonstrators at a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Firebombs explode in front of riot police on September 26, 2012 in Athens during clashes with demonstrators at a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A demonstrator faces riot police on September 26, 2012 in Athens during clashes with demonstrators at a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A riot police officer stands in front of burning firebombs on September 26, 2012 in Athens during a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Protestors Clash With Police As 24 Hour General Strike Begins

    GREECE, ATHENS - SEPTEMBER 26: Molotov cocktails explode between riot police officers near Syntagma Square during a 24-hour labour strike September 26, 2012 in Athens, Greece. Today marks Greece's first big anti-austerity strike since the coalition government took power in June. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

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    Police push protesters during a protest march marking a 24-hour general strike in Athens on September 26, 2012. Greece's two main labour unions hold a 24-hour general strike to protest against a new austerity package, which the country's EU and International Monetary Fund creditors have said is necessary for Athens to receive the next installment from its rescue loans. AFP PHOTO /LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Police arrest a demonstrator during a protest march marking a 24-hour general strike in Athens on September 26, 2012. Greece's two main labour unions hold a 24-hour general strike to protest against a new austerity package, which the country's EU and International Monetary Fund creditors have said is necessary for Athens to receive the next installment from its rescue loans. AFP PHOTO /LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Protestors Clash With Police As 24 Hour General Strike Begins

    GREECE , ATHENS - SEPTEMBER 26: Police are tageted with molotov cocktails during a 24-hour labour strike September 26, 2012 in Athens. Today marks Greece's first big anti-austerity strike since the coalition government took power in June. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

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    Youths face riot police on September 26, 2012 during a massive protest march marking the 24-hours general strike in Athens. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Police arrest a demonstrator on September 26, 2012 in Athens during clashes with demonstrators at a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Demonstrators clash with riot police on September 26, 2012 in Athens during clashes with demonstrators at a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Youths clash with police on September 26, 2012 during a massive protest march marking the 24-hours general strike in Athens. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Police arrest a protestor on September 26, 2012 during a massive protest march marking the 24-hours general strike in Athens. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Demonstrators clash with riot police on September 26, 2012 in Athens during clashes with demonstrators at a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Demonstrators clash with riot police on September 26, 2012 in Athens during clashes with demonstrators at a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Demonstrators clash with riot police on September 26, 2012 in Athens during clashes with demonstrators at a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Demonstrators clash with riot police on September 26, 2012 in Athens during clashes with demonstrators at a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Demonstrators clash with riot police on September 26, 2012 in Athens during clashes with demonstrators at a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Thousands of protesters march towards the greek parliament on September 26, 2012 during a 24-hours general strike in Athens. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A demonstrator walks away from clashes on September 26, 2012 in Athens during a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Demonstrators clash with riot police on September 26, 2012 in Athens during clashes with demonstrators at a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A demonstrator walks away from clashes on September 26, 2012 in Athens during a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Demonstrators clash with riot police on September 26, 2012 in Athens during clashes with demonstrators at a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A demonstrator throws a molotov cocktail at riot police on September 26, 2012 in Athens during a 24-hour general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Demonstrators clash with riot police on September 26, 2012 in Athens during clashes with demonstrators at a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Protestors Clash With Police As 24 Hour General Strike Begins

    GREECE , ATHENS - SEPTEMBER 26: Protestors clash with riot police near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike September 26, 2012 in Athens. Today marks Greece's first big anti-austerity strike since the coalition government took power in June. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

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    Police arrest a protestor on September 26, 2012 during a 24-hours general strike in Athens. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Demonstrators run away from teargas shot by riot police on September 26, 2012 in Athens during a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A police officer throws a stone toward demonstrators on September 26, 2012 during a 24-hours general strike in Athens. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Protestors Clash With Police As 24 Hour General Strike Begins

    GREECE, ATHENS - SEPTEMBER 26: Protestors clash with riot police in a cloud of tear gas near Syntagma Square during a 24-hour labour strike September 26, 2012 in Athens, Greece. Today marks Greece's first big anti-austerity strike since the coalition government took power in June. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

  • Protestors Clash With Police As 24 Hour General Strike Begins

    GREECE, ATHENS - SEPTEMBER 26: Students shout slogans again the government on Syntagma Square during a 24-hour labour strike September 26, 2012 in Athens, Greece. Today marks Greece's first big anti-austerity strike since the coalition government took power in June. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

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    A woman argues with a riot police officer on September 26, 2012 during a 24-hours general strike in Athens. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Protestors Clash With Police As 24 Hour General Strike Begins

    GREECE, ATHENS - SEPTEMBER 26: A protestor stands in front of riot police officers on Syntagma Square during a 24-hour labour strike September 26, 2012 in Athens, Greece. Today marks Greece's first big anti-austerity strike since the coalition government took power in June. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

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    Police clash with protestors on September 26, 2012 during a 24-hours general strike in Athens. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Protestors Clash With Police As 24 Hour General Strike Begins

    GREECE, ATHENS - SEPTEMBER 26: American tourists protect themselves from tear gas on Syntagma Square during a 24-hour labour strike September 26, 2012 in Athens, Greece. Today marks Greece's first big anti-austerity strike since the coalition government took power in June. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

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    Deomonstrators clash with riot police on September 26, 2012 in Athens during a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Protestors Clash With Police As 24 Hour General Strike Begins

    GREECE, ATHENS - SEPTEMBER 26: A fire burns on Syntagma Square during a 24-hour labour strike September 26, 2012 in Athens, Greece. Today marks Greece's first big anti-austerity strike since the coalition government took power in June. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

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    Protesters clash with the riot police in front of the Greek parliament during a 24-hours general strike in Athens on September 26, 2012. Greece's two main labour unions hold a 24-hour general strike to protest against a new austerity package, which the country's EU and International Monetary Fund creditors have said is necessary for Athens to receive the next installment from its rescue loans. Nearly 34,000 people marched in Athens and another 18,000 in Thessaloniki, according to the police, in the first general strike to be held since the new government took office in June, bringing the country to a standstill. AFP PHOTO /LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A protestor shouts at riot police on September 26, 2012 during a 24-hours general strike in Athens. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Protestors Clash With Police As 24 Hour General Strike Begins

    GREECE, ATHENS - SEPTEMBER 26: Protestors clash with riot police near Syntagma Square during a 24-hour labour strike September 26, 2012 in Athens, Greece. Today marks Greece's first big anti-austerity strike since the coalition government took power in June. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

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Priscilla Presley is dressed as the Wicked Queen at the launch of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which will start on 7th of December 2012 at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London.

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    Priscilla Presley is dressed as the Wicked Queen at the launch of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which will start on 7th of December 2012 at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London.

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Jarred Christmas (left) as Herman the Henchman, Priscilla Presley (right) as the Wicked Queen, and Warwick Davis (front) as Prof at the launch of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which will start on 7th of December 2012 at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London.

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Jarred Christmas as Herman the Henchman at the launch of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which will start on 7th of December 2012 at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London.

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Priscilla Presley is dressed as the Wicked Queen at the launch of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which will start on 7th of December 2012 at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London.

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Jarred Christmas (left) as Herman the Henchman, Priscilla Presley (right) as the Wicked Queen, and Warwick Davis (front) as Prof at the launch of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which will start on 7th of December 2012 at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London.

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Priscilla Presley is dressed as the Wicked Queen at the launch of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which will start on 7th of December 2012 at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London.

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Jarred Christmas (left) as Herman the Henchman and Warwick Davis (right) as Prof at the launch of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which will start on 7th of December 2012 at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London.

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Jarred Christmas (left) as Herman the Henchman and Warwick Davis (right) as Prof at the launch of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which will start on 7th of December 2012 at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London.

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Warwick Davis as Prof at the launch of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which will start on 7th of December 2012 at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London.

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Priscilla Presley is dressed as the Wicked Queen at the launch of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which will start on 7th of December 2012 at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London.

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Meet Spangles, the three-year-old feline who is causing Facebook users to pound the "Like" button. He's crossed eyed. He's a cat. And he likes to dress up as a pirate.

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A 26ft minke whale washed up after gale force winds and high seas at Druridge Bay, Northumberland. The whale is alive but in a poor condition, the British Divers Marine Life Rescue charity said. We have people down there at the moment and a local vet is on her way, said the spokeswoman. Photo credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

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  • Autumn weather September 26th

    Water Cascades past houses in Newburn, Newcastle today after yesterdays floods left them in a state of collapse.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    Water Cascades past houses in Newburn, Newcastle today after yesterdays floods left them in a state of collapse.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    An aerial view showing cars travelling along the A64 Scarborough to Leeds road as it passes over flood water from the River Ouse in York, North Yorkshire, communities are being warned of the possibility of more flooding after the most intense September storm for decades left 400 homes and businesses flooded and caused widespread chaos.

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    An aerial view showing the village of Sutton upon Derwent, East Yorkshire, surrounded by flood water from the nearby River Derwent as communities are being warned of the possibility of more flooding after the most intense September storm for decades left 400 homes and businesses flooded and caused widespread chaos.

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    The High Street, in Newburn, Newcastle, where flooding has left business owners devastated and deposited huge amounts of mud and debris.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    The High Street, in Newburn, Newcastle, where flooding has left business owners devastated and deposited huge amounts of mud and debris.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    Two actors from a tourist attraction The York Dungeon, make their way into work along a flooded street in York as the River Ouse continues to rise today following the torrential rainfalls of the past few days.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    Residents carry sandbags to riverside properties in York as the River Ouse continues to rise today following the torrential rainfalls of the past few days.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    Riverside offices were difficult to access with rising floodwater in York as the River Ouse continues to rise today following the torrential rainfalls of the past few days.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    Floodwater rises in York as the River Ouse continues to rise today following the torrential rainfalls of the past few days.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    Floodwaters rise in city centre streets in York as the River Ouse continues to rise today following the torrential rainfalls of the past few days.

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    A car submerged from yesterday's floods in Newburn in Newcastle.

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    A car submerged from yesterday's floods in Newburn in Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 26, 2012. Communities are being warned of the possibility of more flooding after the most intense September storm for decades left homes and businesses flooded and caused widespread chaos. See PA story WEATHER Wet PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 26, 2012. Photo credit should read: Owen Humpreys/PA Wire

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    A car submerged from yesterday's floods in Newburn in Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 26, 2012. Communities are being warned of the possibility of more flooding after the most intense September storm for decades left homes and businesses flooded and caused widespread chaos. See PA story WEATHER Wet PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 26, 2012. Photo credit should read: Owen Humpreys/PA Wire

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    The fields surrounding Tewkesbury Abbey in Gloucestershire are flooded following countrywide storms.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    Flooding in York as the River Ouse continues to rise today following the torrential rainfalls of the past few days.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    Natalie Stroughair sandbags a taxi office in York as the River Ouse continues to rise today following the torrential rainfalls of the past few days.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    The bridge in the centre of Tadcaster which has been closed as flood waters from the River Wharfe continue rise.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    A woman gets a piggy back ride to a Taxi Office in the centre of York, as the River Ouse continues to rise today following the torrential rainfalls of the past few days.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    Watching the floodwater rise in York as the River Ouse continues to rise today following the torrential rainfalls of the past few days.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    Office workers are evacuated from their premises in York city centre as floodwater rises in York as the River Ouse continues to rise today following the torrential rainfalls of the past few days.

  • Rescuers bid to save ailing whale

    A 26ft (8m) minke whale washed up after gale force winds and high seas at Druridge Bay, Northumberland.

  • Rescuers bid to save ailing whale

    A 26ft (8m) minke whale washed up after gale force winds and high seas at Druridge Bay, Northumberland.

  • Rescuers bid to save ailing whale

    A 26ft (8m) minke whale washed up after gale force winds and high seas at Druridge Bay, Northumberland.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    A car drives through flood water on Noahs Ark Lane, Mobberley, Cheshire.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    Watching the water levels rise as riverside properties in York are under threat from the River Ouse which continues to rise today following the torrential rainfalls of the past few days.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    Natalie Stroughair sandbags a taxi office in York as the River Ouse continues to rise today following the torrential rainfalls of the past few days.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    Council workers sandbag riverside properties in York as the River Ouse continues to rise today following the torrential rainfalls of the past few days.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    A man looks over rising flood water from the River Wharfe in the centre of Tadcaster, North Yorkshire.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    Watching the floodwater rise in York as the River Ouse continues to rise today following the torrential rainfalls of the past few days.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    Watching the floodwater rise in York as the River Ouse continues to rise today following the torrential rainfalls of the past few days.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    Elevated walkways carry pedestrians over floodwater in York as the River Ouse continues to rise today following the torrential rainfalls of the past few days.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    A local riverside resident carries tea to Council workers who were placing sandbags at riverside properties in York as the River Ouse continues to rise today following the torrential rainfalls of the past few days.

  • Autumn weather September 25th

    A resident of Knaresborough wades through water following flooding from the River Nidd in the town.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    A car makes its way through Rickerby Park in Carlisle after more heavy overnight rain.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    Water surrounds the 18th green at Stoney Holme golf course in Carlisle after more heavy rain overnight.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    Water covers the fairways at Stoney Holme golf course in Carlisle after more heavy overnight rain.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    Flood water covers grassy areas of Rickerby Park in Carlisle after more heavy overnight rain.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    A cyclist avoids flood water on the closed A34 near Alderley Edge, Cheshire.

  • Autumn weather September 25th

    A resident of Knaresborough wades through water following flooding from the River Nidd in the town.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    A van is forced to turn around after flood water closed the A34 near Alderley Edge, Cheshire.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    A cyclist avoids flood water on the closed A34 near Alderley Edge, Cheshire.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    A car drives through flood water on Noahs Ark Lane, Mobberley, Cheshire.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    A car drives through flood water on Noahs Ark Lane, Mobberley, Cheshire.

  • Autumn weather September 25th

    Firefighters rescue stranded motorists from a flooded road outside Castleford, West Yorkshire, as persistent heavy downpours continued, causing some areas to experience a whole month's rainfall in just 24 hours.

  • Autumn weather September 25th

    Firefighters rescue stranded motorists from a flooded road outside Castleford, West Yorkshire, as persistent heavy downpours continued, causing some areas to experience a whole month's rainfall in just 24 hours.

  • Autumn weather September 25th

    A stranded motorist is helped by a member of the emergency services after being rescued from a flooded road outside Castleford, West Yorkshire, as persistent heavy downpours continued, causing some areas to experience a whole month's rainfall in just 24 hours.

  • Autumn weather September 25th

    Firefighters rescue stranded motorists from a flooded road outside Castleford, West Yorkshire, as persistent heavy downpours continued, causing some areas to experience a whole month's rainfall in just 24 hours.

  • Autumn weather September 25th

    Residents look on in Morpeth as the water levels rise near their homes, as persistent heavy downpours continued, causing some areas to experience a whole month's rainfall in just 24 hours.

  • Autumn weather September 25th

    Firefighters inspect a stranded lorry on a flooded road outside Castleford, West Yorkshire, as persistent heavy downpours continued, causing some areas to experience a whole month's rainfall in just 24 hours.

  • Autumn weather September 25th

    Firefighters make their way along a flooded road outside Castleford, West Yorkshire, as persistent heavy downpours continued, causing some areas to experience a whole month's rainfall in just 24 hours.

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National Geographic Magazine Launches 2012 Photography Contest - images of entries vying for the top prize.

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  • Great White, Sun Light

    "As I am sitting on top of a suspended submersible cage, 30 feet below the surface, a 15 foot Great White Shark swims overhead just starting to block out the sun. I took the shot right after I had released a breath though my respirator." Photo and caption by Kirk Nielsen/National Geographic Photo Contest

  • Holy Colors

    "I shot this photograph at an ancient temple dedicated to lord Jyotiba,Maharashtra,India.Devotees and tourists throng to this in the full moon days and Sundays (sunday is sacred to Jyotiba) and due to scattering of ëGulalí(vermilion) the temple premises is turned pink. I shot this pic on a Monday morning." Photo and caption by aditya waikul/National Geographic Photo Contest

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    "This cow is looking very happy." Photo and caption by Ondrej Zaruba/National Geographic Photo Contest

  • The Stand Off

    "Taken on a Canon EOS 40D." Photo and caption by Richard Davies/National Geographic Photo Contest.

  • Protective Mother Cheetah

    "This mother cheetah, with 5 cubs nearby, made it clear that her limits had been met (or exceeded)." Photo and caption by Scott Belt/National Geographic Photo Contest

  • Govida players at Dahi Handi fest in Mumbai

    "Govinda players gather together under Dahi Handi to making a human pyramid to catch and then break an earthen pot high in the air with the help of a rope, in order to win the set prizes. -- Janmashtami and Dahi Haandi was celebrated in Mumbai. Govindas (young men) form a human pyramid to reach the dahi handi and try to break it in a bid to win prizes." Photo and caption by Money Sharma/National Geographic Photo Contest

  • Sargassum Frog Fish In Net

    "This Sargassum Frog Fish was in a net floating of the Kona coast. These are rare fish for us to see here so a unique opportunity to get a shot of such a large one." Photo and caption by Deron Verbeck/National Geographic Photo Contest

  • Stone Arch at Joshua Tree National Park

    "Joshua Tree National Park may not have the fame like some other more famous national parks but it is a great place to escape from the city lights to catch some spectacular view of the Milky Way." Photo and caption by Bill Tang/National Geographic Photo Contest

  • The Explosion

    "The subject's name is Busaba, a well cared for Indochinese Tigress whose home is at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Thailand. I had taken many portraits of Busaba previously and it was becoming more and more difficult to come up with an image that appeared any different to the others. Which is why I took to observing her more carefully during my visits in the hope of capturing something of a behavioural shot. The opportunity finally presented itself while watching Busaba enjoying her private pool then shaking herself dry. In all humility I have to say that Mother Nature smiled favourably on me that day!" Photo and caption by Ashley Vincent/National Geographic Photo Contest.

  • Field Workers

    "Field worker near Udaipur, Rajasthan, India." Photo and caption by Lukasz Piech/National Geographic Photo Contest

  • King

    "Spotted this male lion while on safari in Kruger National Park. His disdain for the light clearly shows his imperiousness for those around him." Photo and caption by Michaela May/National Geographic Photo Contest

  • Mountain Paradise

    "The beautifully moody summer rain clouds hover over one of Banff National Park's true gems, Moraine Lake. The rain and clouds made for some great contrast to reveal the colourful lichen on the rocks." Photo and caption by danielle lefrancois/National Geographic Photo Contest

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Polish girls, dressed with traditional Polish costume enjoy drinking beer after participating in the opening parade during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

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  • General Views - Oktoberfest 2012

    MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: Polish girls, dressed with traditional Polish costume enjoy drinking beer after participating in the opening parade during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

  • General Views - Oktoberfest 2012

    MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: Polish girls, dressed with traditional Polish costume enjoy drinking beer after participating in the opening parade during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

  • General Views - Oktoberfest 2012

    MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: Polish girls, dressed with traditional Polish costume enjoy drinking beer after participating in the opening parade during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

  • General Views - Oktoberfest 2012

    MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: Revellerds, dressed with traditional Bavarian clothes celebrate at Schottenhamel beer tent during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

  • General Views - Oktoberfest 2012

    MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: Polish girls, dressed with traditional Polish costume enjoy drinking beer after participating in the opening parade during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

  • General Views - Oktoberfest 2012

    MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: Polish girls, dressed with traditional Polish costume enjoy drinking beer after participating in the opening parade during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

  • General Views - Oktoberfest 2012

    MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: Revellers, dressed with traditional Bavarian clothes celebrate at Schottenhamel beer tent during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

  • General Views - Oktoberfest 2012

    MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: Polish girls, dressed with traditional Polish costume enjoy drinking beer after participating in the opening parade during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

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    Overview picture of an Oktoberfest festival tent at the Theresienwiese festival grounds in Munich, southern Germany, on September 23, 2012. The world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Opening Parade - Oktoberfest 2012

    MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: Members of a brass band wearing traditional Bavarian clothes participate in the riflemen's parade during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

  • General Views - Oktoberfest 2012

    MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: General view over the Oktoberfest beer festival, seen from the Bavaria hill duruing day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

  • General Views - Oktoberfest 2012

    MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: General view over the Oktoberfest beer festival, seen from the Bavaria hill duruing day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

  • General Views - Oktoberfest 2012

    MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: General view over the Oktoberfest beer festival, seen from the Bavaria hill duruing day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

  • General Views - Oktoberfest 2012

    MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: An young woman wearing traditional Bavarian lederhosen participates attends day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

  • General Views - Oktoberfest 2012

    MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: Revellers, dressed with traditional Bavarian clothes celebrate at Schottenhamel beer tent during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

  • General Views - Oktoberfest 2012

    MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: Polish girls, dressed with traditional Polish costume enjoy drinking beer after participating in the opening parade during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

  • General Views - Oktoberfest 2012

    MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: A waitress carries beer at Schottenhamel beer tent during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

  • General Views - Oktoberfest 2012

    MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: Revellers, dressed with traditional Bavarian clothes celebrate at Schottenhamel beer tent during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

  • General Views - Oktoberfest 2012

    MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 22: A waitress carries beer mugs during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival at Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

  • Opening Parade - Oktoberfest 2012

    MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: Traditional Bavarian dressed women participate in the riflemen's parade during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

  • General view at the Oktoberfest beer festival after opening in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012 will see some million visitors. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

  • People enjoy the second day of the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in the 'Loewenbraeu' beer tent in Munich, southern Germany, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012 will see some million visitors. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

  • Participants of the Oktoberfest folklore parade eat and drink in a beer tent at the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012 will see some million visitors. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

  • Participants of the Oktoberfest folklore parade march through the city at the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012 will see some million visitors. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

  • Rider 'Braeurosl' from the Munich brewery celebrates during the Oktoberfest folklore parade through the city, during the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012 will see some million visitors. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

  • Visitors rest on a meadow at the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012 will see some million visitors. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

  • IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR SAMUEL ADAMS - In this image provided on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, thousands of Samuel Adams OctoberFest drinkers nationwide hoisted steins in unison at 8 PM ET on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 in an attempt to create beer history and set the world record for “largest simultaneous stein hoist.” Led by Samuel Adams Founder and Brewer Jim Koch, beer lovers raised their arms high at Oktoberfest celebrations in Boston, Cincinnati, Denver and Chicago while Samuel Adams Facebook fans watched via a live video stream and hoisted from home. The second annual Samuel Adams National Stein Hoisting Competition continues through Oct. 15, with participants hoisting official Samuel Adams steins at events across the country. The top male and female hoisters in the nation win a trip to Oktoberfest 2013 in Munich. Samuel Adams OctoberFest is a traditional, malty märzen, inspired by Munich’s annual festival and autumn’s arrival. Visit SamuelAdams.com for a list of retailers and local stein hoisting events. (Samuel Adams via AP Images)

  • IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR SAMUEL ADAMS - In this image provided on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, thousands of Samuel Adams OctoberFest drinkers nationwide hoisted steins in unison at 8 PM ET on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 in an attempt to create beer history and set the world record for “largest simultaneous stein hoist.” Led by Samuel Adams Founder and Brewer Jim Koch, beer lovers raised their arms high at Oktoberfest celebrations in Boston, Cincinnati, Denver and Chicago while Samuel Adams Facebook fans watched via a live video stream and hoisted from home. The second annual Samuel Adams National Stein Hoisting Competition continues through Oct. 15, with participants hoisting official Samuel Adams steins at events across the country. The top male and female hoisters in the nation win a trip to Oktoberfest 2013 in Munich. Samuel Adams OctoberFest is a traditional, malty märzen, inspired by Munich’s annual festival and autumn’s arrival. Visit SamuelAdams.com for a list of retailers and local stein hoisting events. (Samuel Adams via AP Images)

  • Traditionally dressed Bavarian men enjoy a sunny day of the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012 will see some million visitors. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

  • A participant of the Oktoberfest folklore parade marches with a dachshund through the city at the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012 will see some million visitors. (AP Photo/Uwe Lein/dapd

  • A little girl eats cotton candy, at the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012 will see some million visitors. (AP Photo/dapd, Joerg Koch)

  • A young participant of the Oktoberfest folklore parade walks through the city, during the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012 will see some million visitors. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

  • Traditionally dressed Bavarian men raise their steins and enjoy a sunny day of the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012 will see some million visitors. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

  • A ferris wheel is silhouetted in front of the Alps on a sunny day of the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012 will see some million visitors. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

  • Visitors enjoy a ride in a carousel on a sunny day at the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012 will see some million visitors. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

  • A man prepares Gingerbread hearts on a sunny day at the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012 will see some million visitors. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

  • Visitors enjoy a ride in a carousel on a sunny day at the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012 will see some million visitors. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

  • Visitors enjoy a ride in a carousel on a sunny day at the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012 will see some million visitors. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

  • Visitors enjoy a ride in a merry go round on a sunny day at the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012 will see some million visitors. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

  • Visitors enjoy a ride in a merry go round on a sunny day at the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012 will see some million visitors. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

  • A man poses with an empty beer mug in a tent at the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012 will see some million visitors. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

  • Visitors enjoy a sunny day at the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012 will see some million visitors. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

  • Visitors enjoy a ride in a merry go round on a sunny day at the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012 will see some million visitors. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

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Smoke rises from the site of an explosion in Damascus on September 26, 2012. Bombers struck the heart of Damascus early September 26 setting off twin explosions near the headquarters of the armed forces general staff, state media said. (AFP PHOTO)

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Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during a photoshoot on September 26, 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand.

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  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

  • Clyde Cowley displays his pe'a, a traditional Samoan tattoo during in Auckland, New Zealand. The pe'a covers the body from waist to the rectum and then to the knees and is only crafted using handmade tools of bone, tusks, turtle shell and wood. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

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Rebekah Brooks and husband Charlie Brooks (second left) arrive at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking. Picture date: Wednesday September 26, 2012. (PA)

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  • Rebekah Brooks To Enter Plea Over Perverting The Course Of Justice

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie Brooks arrive at the Old Bailey court in central London on September 26, 2012 in London, England. Brooks, 44, and six ex-News of the World journalists are appearing on charges relating to phone hacking at the now closed Sunday tabloid. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)

  • Rebekah Brooks To Enter Plea Over Perverting The Course Of Justice

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Former News of the World editor and Downing Street communications chief, Andy Coulson, arrives at the Old Bailey court in central London on September 26, 2012 in London, England. Former News International chief executive Rebakah Brooks and six ex-News of the World journalists are also appearing on charges relating to phone hacking at the now closed sunday tabloid. Brooks, her husband Charlie and five others are also facing accusations of perverting the course of justice. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)

  • Rebekah Brooks To Enter Plea Over Perverting The Course Of Justice

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Neville Thurlbeck (L), former chief reporter of the News of the World, arrives at the Old Bailey court in central London on September 26, 2012 in London, England. Former News International chief executive Rebakah Brooks, former News of the World editor and Downing Street communications chief, Andy Coulson, and six ex-News of the World journalists are appearing on charges relating to phone hacking at the now closed Sunday tabloid. Brooks, her husband Charlie and five others are also facing accusations of perverting the course of justice. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)

  • Rebekah Brooks To Enter Plea Over Perverting The Course Of Justice

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie Brooks arrive at the Old Bailey court in central London on September 26, 2012 in London, England. Brooks, 44, and six ex-News of the World journalists are appearing on charges relating to phone hacking at the now closed Sunday tabloid. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)

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    British Private investigator Glenn Mulcaire (L) arrives at the Old Bailey court in central London on September 26, 2012 for a hearing on charges relating to alleged phone hacking at the News of the World tabloid newspaper. 13 people facing various charges related to the phone-hacking scandal that shut down Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid were at the central London court. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

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    British Private investigator Glenn Mulcaire (C) arrives at the Old Bailey court in central London on September 26, 2012 for a hearing on charges relating to alleged phone hacking at the News of the World tabloid newspaper. 13 people facing various charges related to the phone-hacking scandal that shut down Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid were at the central London court. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Former news editor of the News of the World Greg Miskiw (R) arrives at the Old Bailey court in central London on September 26, 2012 for a hearing on charges relating to alleged phone hacking at the News of the World tabloid newspaper. 13 people facing various charges related to the phone-hacking scandal that shut down Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid were at the central London court. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Paul Edwards, driver of former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, arrives at the Old Bailey court in central London on September 26, 2012 for a hearing on charges relating to alleged phone hacking at the News of the World tabloid newspaper. 13 people facing various charges related to the phone-hacking scandal that shut down Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid were at the central London court. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Rebekah Brooks To Enter Plea Over Perverting The Course Of Justice

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: James Weatherup, former News of the World reporter, arrives at the Old Bailey court on September 26, 2012 in London, England. Former News International chief executive Rebakah Brooks, former News of the World editor and Downing Street communications chief, Andy Coulson, and six ex-News of the World journalists are appearing on charges relating to phone hacking at the now closed Sunday tabloid. Brooks, her husband Charlie and five others are also facing accusations of perverting the course of justice. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)

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    Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks (C) and her racehorse trainer husband Charlie Brooks (L) arrive at the Old Bailey court in central London on September 26, 2012 to enter pleas on charges of trying to cover up alleged phone hacking. Brooks, 44, is set to appear along with her husband Charlie Brooks, and four other people also charged in May with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. The defendants will enter their pleas on the conspiracy charges in a hearing that will also handle charges of phone hacking against Brooks and seven others including six ex-News of the World journalists. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Rebekah Brooks To Enter Plea Over Perverting The Course Of Justice

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: James Weatherup (C), former News of the World reporter, arrives at the Old Bailey court on September 26, 2012 in London, England. Former News International chief executive Rebakah Brooks, former News of the World editor and Downing Street communications chief, Andy Coulson, and six ex-News of the World journalists are appearing on charges relating to phone hacking at the now closed Sunday tabloid. Brooks, her husband Charlie and five others are also facing accusations of perverting the course of justice. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)

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    Greg Miskiw, former news editor of the News of the World, arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

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    James Weatherup, former reporter at the News of the World, arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

  • Phone hacking claims

    James Weatherup, former reporter at the News of the World, arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

  • Phone hacking claims

    Greg Miskiw, former news editor of the News of the World, arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

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    Ian Edmondson, former head of news at the News of the World, arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

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    Neville Thurlbeck, ex-chief reporter at the News of the World, arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

  • Phone hacking claims

    Neville Thurlbeck, ex-chief reporter at the News of the World, arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

  • Phone hacking claims

    James Weatherup, former reporter at the News of the World, arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

  • Phone hacking claims

    Rebekah Brooks arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

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    Andy Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

  • Phone hacking claims

    Andy Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

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    Andy Coulson (fourth right) arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

  • Phone hacking claims

    Andy Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

  • Phone hacking claims

    Andy Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

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    Rebekah Brooks arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

  • Rebekah Brooks, the former chief of News Corp.'s British operations arrives at the Old Bailey court in London London, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. Brooks is in court to face charges connected to the phone hacking scandal that rocked Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. empire. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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    Rebekah Brooks arrives at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

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    Rebekah Brooks and husband Charlie Brooks (second left) arrive at the Old Bailey in London to face charges linked to the investigation into phone hacking.

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Baby Red Pandas make some of their first steps in their enclosure after they were born at the Coltswold Wildlife Park in Oxfordshire.(PA)

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Called the eXtreme Deep Field, or XDF, the photo was assembled by combining 10 years of NASA Hubble Space Telescope photographs taken of a patch of sky at the center of the original Hubble Ultra Deep Field. The XDF is a small fraction of the angular diameter of the full moon. The Hubble Ultra Deep Field is an image of a small area of space in the constellation Fornax, created using Hubble Space Telescope data from 2003 and 2004. By collecting faint light over many hours of observation, it revealed thousands of galaxies, both nearby and very distant, making it the deepest image of the universe ever taken at that time. (Credit: NASA; ESA; G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch, University of California, Santa Cruz; R. Bouwens, Leiden University; and the HUDF09 Team)

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  • Dusty Space Cloud

    This image shows the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy in infrared light as seen by the Herschel Space Observatory, a European Space Agency-led mission with important NASA contributions, and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. In the instruments' combined data, this nearby dwarf galaxy looks like a fiery, circular explosion. Rather than fire, however, those ribbons are actually giant ripples of dust spanning tens or hundreds of light-years. Significant fields of star formation are noticeable in the center, just left of center and at right. The brightest center-left region is called 30 Doradus, or the Tarantula Nebula, for its appearance in visible light.

  • Dunes in Noachis Terra Region of Mars

    This enhanced-color image shows sand dunes trapped in an impact crater in Noachis Terra, Mars. Dunes and sand ripples of various shapes and sizes display the natural beauty created by physical processes. The area covered in the image is about six-tenths of a mile (1 kilometer) across. Sand dunes are among the most widespread wind-formed features on Mars. Their distribution and shapes are affected by changes in wind direction and wind strength. Patterns of dune erosion and deposition provide insight into the sedimentary history of the surrounding terrain.

  • Viewing the South Pole of Vesta

    This image obtained by the framing camera on NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta. Scientists are discussing whether the circular structure that covers most of this image originated by a collision with another asteroid, or by internal processes early in the asteroid's history. Images in higher resolution from Dawn's lowered orbit might help answer that question. The image was recorded with the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft from a distance of about 1,700 miles (2,700 kilometers). The image resolution is about 260 meters per pixel.

  • 1a Supernova Remnant

    This undated photo shows a classic type 1a supernova remnant. Researchers Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess of the United States and US-Australian Brian Schmidt won the 2011 Nobel Physics Prize on October 4, 2011 for their research on supernovae.

  • In, Around, Beyond Rings

    A quartet of Saturn's moons, from tiny to huge, surround and are embedded within the planet's rings in this Cassini composition. Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is in the background of the image, and the moon's north polar hood is clearly visible. See PIA08137 to learn more about that feature on Titan (3,200 miles, or 5,150 kilometers across). Next, the wispy terrain on the trailing hemisphere of Dione (698 miles, or 1,123 kilometers across) can be seen on that moon which appears just above the rings at the center of the image. See PIA10560 and PIA06163 to learn more about Dione's wisps. Saturn's small moon Pandora (50 miles, or 81 kilometers across) orbits beyond the rings on the right of the image. Finally, Pan (17 miles, or 28 kilometers across) can be seen in the Encke Gap of the A ring on the left of the image. The image was taken in visible blue light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Sept. 17, 2011. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.3 million miles (2.1 million kilometers) from Dione and at a Sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 27 degrees. Image scale is 8 miles (13 kilometers) per pixel on Dione.

  • X-Ray image of Young Stars

    Combining almost opposite ends of the electromagnetic spectrum, this composite image of the Herschel in far-infrared and XMM-Newton's X-ray images obtained January 20, 2012, shows how the hot young stars detected by the X-ray observations are sculpting and interacting with the surrounding ultra-cool gas and dust, which, at only a few degrees above absolute zero, is the critical material for star formation itself. Both wavelengths would be blocked by Earth's atmosphere, so are critical to our understanding of the lifecycle of stars . (AFP / Getty Images)

  • Active Galaxy Centaurus A

    Resembling looming rain clouds on a stormy day, dark lanes of dust crisscross the giant elliptical galaxy Centaurus A. Hubble's panchromatic vision, stretching from ultraviolet through near-infrared wavelengths, reveals the vibrant glow of young, blue star clusters and a glimpse into regions normally obscured by the dust. (NASA / ESA / Hubble Heritage)

  • Stars Brewing in Cygnus X

    A bubbling cauldron of star birth is highlighted in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Infrared light that we can't see with our eyes has been color-coded, such that the shortest wavelengths are shown in blue and the longest in red. The middle wavelength range is green. Massive stars have blown bubbles, or cavities, in the dust and gas--a violent process that triggers both the death and birth of stars. The brightest, yellow-white regions are warm centers of star formation. The green shows tendrils of dust, and red indicates other types of dust that may be cooler, in addition to ionized gas from nearby massive stars.

  • Ring of Fire

    This composite image shows the central region of the spiral galaxy NGC 4151. X-rays (blue) from the Chandra X-ray Observatory are combined with optical data (yellow) showing positively charged hydrogen (H II) from observations with the 1-meter Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope on La Palma. The red ring shows neutral hydrogen detected by radio observations with the NSF's Very Large Array. This neutral hydrogen is part of a structure near the center of NGC 4151 that has been distorted by gravitational interactions with the rest of the galaxy, and includes material falling towards the center of the galaxy. The yellow blobs around the red ellipse are regions where star formation has recently occurred. (NASA / CXC / CfA / J. Wang)

  • Flying V Galaxy

    "These tidal tails are thin, elongated streams of gas, dust and stars that extend away from a galaxy into space. They occur when galaxies gravitationally interact with one another, and material is sheared from the outer edges of each body and flung out into space in opposite directions, forming two tails. They almost always appear curved, so when they are seen to be relatively straight, as in this image, it is clear that we are viewing the galaxies side-on."

  • Transit Of Venus

    This image provided by NASA shows the Solar Dynamic Observatory's ultra-high-definition view of Venus, black dot at top center, passing in front of the sun on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. The next transit of Venus won't be for another 105 years. (NASA/Solar Dynamic Observatory/AP)

  • Festival of Lights

    WISE, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, has a new view of Barnard 3, or IRAS Ring G159.6-18.5, that is awash in bright green and red dust clouds. Interstellar clouds like these are stellar nurseries, where baby stars are being born. (UCLA / JPL-Caltech / NASA)

  • The Helix nebula

    Feel like you are being watched? This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Helix nebula, a cosmic starlet notable for its vivid colors and eerie resemblance to a giant eye.

  • Pacman Nebula

    In visible light, the star-forming cloud known as NGC 281 in the constellation of Cassiopeia appears to be chomping through the cosmos, earning it the nickname the "Pacman" nebula after the famous Pac-Man video game of the 1980s.

  • Remains of a Supernova.

    This undated handout image provide by NASA combines data from four different space telescopes to create a multi-wavelength view of all that remains of the oldest documented example of a supernova, called RCW 86. NASA announced the findings Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, and said the exploded star was observed by the ancient Chinese in the year 185, and visible for eight months.

  • View from above

    This image provided by NASA shows a night time image photographed by the Expedition 29 crew from the International Space Station on Oct. 16, 2011. It features airglow, Earth's terminator, Rocky Mountains, Denver-Colorado Springs (center-right), Santa Fe-Albuquerque (low-center-right), US Great Plains cities: Dallas-Oklahoma City, Kansas City and Chicago.

  • Transit of Venus

    This image provided by NASA shows the image captured by Hinode on June 5, 2012 of the transit of Venus -- the last instance of this rare phenomenon until 2117. Hinode is a joint JAXA/NASA mission to study the connections of the sun's surface magnetism, primarily in and around sunspots. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., manages Hinode. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass., is the lead U.S. investigator for the X-ray Telescope. (JAXA NASA/AP)

  • The silhouette of the space shuttle Endeavour, Feb 9, 2010

    The silhouette of the space shuttle Endeavour appears over Earth's colorful horizon in this image photographed by an Expedition 22 crew member on Feb. 9, 2010.

  • Messier 78

    Messier 78 Nebula brings into focus a murky region of star formation. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope exposes the depths of this dusty nebula with its infrared vision, showing stellar infants that are lost behind dark clouds when viewed in visible light. Messier 78 is easily seen in small telescopes in the constellation of Orion

  • An image released on October 3, 2011 show the Antennae Galaxies (also known as NGC 4038 and 4039) are a pair of distorted colliding spiral galaxies about 70 million light-years away, in the constellation of Corvus (The Crow). This view combines Atacama large milllimetre/submillimetre array (ALMA) observations, made in three different wavelength ranges during the observatory's early testing phase, with visible-light observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Most of the ALMA test observations used to create this image were made using only twelve antennas working together -- far fewer than will be used for the first science observations. The first phase of operations at the ALMA complex in Chile's Atacama desert are underway on October 3, 2011 following ten years of construction. Alma's purpose is to study processes occurring a few hundred million years after the formation of the Universe when the first stars began to shine. Alma consists of an array of linked giant antennas on top of the highest plateau in the Atacama desert. AFP PHOTO/ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO) (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

  • North America Nebula

    A swirling a landscape of stars known as the North America Nebula. In visible light, the region resembles North America, but in this image infrared view from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, the continent disappears.

  • WISE Telescope

    In this undated image taken by the WISE telescope a massive star is shown plowing through space dust. The result is a brilliant bow shock, seen here as a yellow arc.

  • Mercury Messenger

    At 5:20 a.m. EDT on March 29,2011, the Messenger probe captured this historic image of Mercury. The image is the first ever obtained from a spacecraft in orbit of the solar system's innermost planet. (NASA)

  • SuperMoon

    The full moon rises near the Lincoln Memorial on March 19 in Washington. The full moon was called a "Super Perigee Moon" since it was at its closest to Earth in 2011. The last full moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March 1993. (Bill Ingalls, NASA / AFP / Getty Images)

  • Celestial Shamrock

    This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, features a region of star birth wrapped in a blanket of dust, colored green in this infrared view. Designated as LBN 149.02-00.13, this interstellar cloud is made up of a shell of ionized gas surrounding a void with an extremely hot, bright star in the middle. (UCLA / JPL-Caltech / NASA)

  • Martian Gullies

    This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows portions of the Martian surface in unprecedented detail. The photo shows many channels from 1 meter to 10 meters wide (approximately 3 feet to 33 feet wide) on a scarp in the Hellas impact basin. Some larger channels on Mars that are sometimes called gullies are big enough to be called ravines on Earth. (NASA / AFP / Getty Images)

  • Cassini of Saturn/Titan

    Saturn's largest moon, Titan, center, is 3,200 miles in diameter. The smaller moon Enceladus, far right, just over 300 miles across, appears just below the rings. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera at a distance of approximately 524,000 miles from Titan. (SSI / JPL / NASA)

  • Discovery from the ISS

    The space shuttle Discovery is seen from the International Space Station as the two orbital spacecraft accomplish their relative separation. During a post undocking fly-around, the crew of each vessel photographed the opposing craft. (NASA)

  • NGC 2841

    This NASA image shows what the Hubble Space Telescope revealed in a majestic disk of stars and dust lanes in the spiral galaxy NGC 2841. A bright cusp of starlight marks the galaxy's center. Spiraling outward are dust lanes that are silhouetted against the population of whitish middle-aged stars. Much younger blue stars trace the spiral arms. NGC 2841 lies 46 million light-years away in the constellation of Ursa Major (The Great Bear). (Hubble Heritage / ESA / NASA)

  • Tempel 1

    This image obtained by NASA's Stardust spacecraft shows Comet Tempel 1 at 11:39 p.m. EST on Feb. 14, 2011. The NASA spacecraft's flyby of the comet showed erosion on Tempel 1's surface since it skimmed by the sun in 2005 and revealed the first clear pictures of the crater made by a Deep Impact probe. (Cornell / JPL-Caltech / NASA)

  • Sun and Flares

    A pair of active regions on the sun were captured in extreme ultraviolet light from the Solar Dynamic Observatory spacecraft over a three-day period. The magnetic field lines above the regions produced fluttering arcs waving above them, as well as a couple of flares. Another pair of smaller active regions emerges and trails behind the larger ones. (Solar Dynamics Observatory / NASA)

  • North America Nebula -- Feb 16, 2011

    This view of the North America nebula combines both visible and infrared light observations, taken by the Digitized Sky Survey and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, respectively, into a single vivid picture. The nebula is named after its resemblance to the North American continent in visible light, which in this image is represented in blue hues. Infrared light, displayed here in red and green, can penetrate deep into the dust, revealing multitudes of hidden stars and dusty clouds.

  • Sun Eruptions -- Jan. 28, 2011

    This still caught the action in freeze-frame splendor when the sun popped off two events at once. A filament, left, became unstable and erupted, while an M-1 flare and a coronal mass ejection, right, blasted into space. Neither event was headed toward Earth.

  • M51 -- obtained Jan. 19, 2011

    This image shows a dramatic view of the spiral galaxy M51, dubbed the Whirlpool Galaxy. Seen in near-infrared light, most of the starlight has been removed, revealing the Whirlpool's skeletal dust structure. This image is the sharpest view of the dense dust in M51. The narrow lanes of dust revealed by Hubble reflect the galaxy's moniker, the Whirlpool Galaxy, as if they were swirling toward the galaxy's core.

  • Giant Supernova -- released on Jan. 14, 2011

    While searching the skies for black holes using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers discovered a giant supernova that was smothered in its own dust in this image released on Jan. 14. In this artist's rendering, an outer shell of gas and dust -- which erupted from the star hundreds of years ago -- obscures the supernova within. This event in a distant galaxy hints at one possible future for the brightest star system in our own Milky Way.

  • Mars' moons Phobos (large moon) and Deimos, released Dec. 11

    Mars' two moons have been photographed in the same frame for the first time. The European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter snapped this image, which was released Dec. 11, 2009. The larger moon is Phobos. The much smaller one is Deimos.

  • Hubble photo of new galaxies (Tuesday=Dec. 8, 2009)

    Scientists said Dec. 8, 2009, that the Hubble Space Telescope spotted several thousand never-before-seen galaxies that were formed 600 million years after the Big Bang. Here, a photo shows some of them. They appear in the image as the faintest and reddest objects.

  • Central Milky Way Galaxy; image released on Nov. 10, 2009

    This is one of the most detailed images to date of the heart of the Milky Way. The galaxy's center is within the white spot near the right edge of the photo. NASA released the image Nov. 10 to mark the 400th anniversary of the telescope. It is a composite of images from three observatories: the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes and the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

  • NGC 2623, the result of a galactic collision, added Oct. 13

    This Hubble Space Telescope image shows an object known as both NGC 2623 and Arp 243, which was formed by a collision of two galaxies. The galaxies' cores have merged into one; the tails streaming from the object are full of young stars. NGC 2623 is about 250 million light-years away in the constellation of Cancer.

  • Barnard's Galaxy, added Oct. 15, 2009

    This portrait of Barnard's Galaxy, one of the Milky Way's closest neighbors, was taken by a telescope at the European Southern Observatory in La Silla, Chile. The red features in the photo are nebulae where new stars are being born. The galaxy has about 10 million stars; the Milky Way has an estimated 400 billion.

  • Saturn during equinox in August 2009

    The Cassini spacecraft became the first to photograph an equinox on Saturn, a 15-year event that took place Aug. 11. This photo is a composite of images that Cassini shot over eight hours. New equinox images of the planet show strange formations in its rings and suggest that in some places, the rings are much thicker than expected.

  • Shadows in Saturn's A ring, August 2009

    Clumps of debris cast shadows that are visible in the middle of this image of Saturn's A ring. The shadows suggest that the clumps are about 2,000 feet tall. Scientists have believed for years that the rings were about 30 feet thick, but based on the new images, scientists now think that they're more than 2 miles deep in some spots. "Isn't that the most outrageous thing you could imagine? It truly is like something out of science fiction," said Carolyn Porco, leader of the Cassini imaging team.

  • Arp 147 composite black holes -- obtained Feb 15, 2011

    This composite image of Arp 147, a pair of interacting galaxies located about 430 million light-years from Earth, shows X-rays from the NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory (pink) and optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope (red, green, blue) produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute. Arp 147 contains the remnant of a spiral galaxy, right, that collided with the elliptical galaxy on the left. This collision has produced an expanding wave of star formation that shows up as a blue ring containing an abundance of massive young stars. These stars race through their evolution in a few million years or less and explode as supernovas, leaving behind neutron stars and black holes.

  • Jupiter's Scar, July 25, 2009

    A new photo released in July from the Hubble Space Telescope is the clearest yet of what astronomers are calling a scar on the surface of Jupiter. An object, possibly a comet, struck the planet recently, creating the strange dark patch. It happened on the 15th anniversary of another comet strike.

  • Kohoutek 4-55 nebula, photographed May 4, 2009

    This planetary nebula, named Kohoutek 4-55, was photographed May 4 by the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. The nebula, dubbed a "giant eye," contains the outer layers of a red giant star that died. The camera, which is the size of a baby grand piano, has captured several memorable images since it was installed in 1993.

  • Black hole light show, added April 14

    In this sequence of photos released in April, a jet of gas spews from a massive black hole in the center of the M87 galaxy. The gas fades and brightens, with a peak that even outshines the galaxy's core. The outburst is coming from a blob of matter, dubbed HST-1, and scientists are so far at a loss to explain its weird behavior.

  • Galaxy Triplet ARP 274, Added April 6

    This photo was snapped by the Hubble Space Telescope after winning a public competition to determine what the next space portrait should be. It shows Arp 274, a system of three galaxies -- two larger ones on the right, and a smaller and less intact one on the far left.

  • Hubble pic of galaxy tug of war, story reported on March 3, 2009

    NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of three galaxies playing a game of gravitational tug-of-war that could destroy one of them. The galaxies -- NGC 7173, middle left, NGC 7174, middle right, and NGC 7176, lower right -- are about 100 million light-years away. The photo was released March 3.

  • Red Rectangle nebula added Feb. 10, 2009

    Our solar system is in the middle of a cosmic dust storm, and some astronomers said they've zeroed in on the possible source: the Red Rectangle nebula, which is 2,300 light-years away in the constellation Monoceros. A double star system there is spewing the dust, according to findings announced in February.

  • Galactic collision, Oct. 30, 2008

    After transmission problems on the Hubble Telescope weren fixed, NASA in October 2008 provided this undated photograph showing the aftermath of galaxies colliding. In the pair known as Arp 147, a reddish-colored galaxy has passed through an O-shaped galaxy glowing blue.

  • Mercury Volcanoes

    Photographs taken of Mercury by the spacecraft Messenger in January 2008 were analyzed in the journal Science seven months later. Images like the one above show that volcanic activity played a part in forming plains on the planet.

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South Korean Air Force's aerobatic team, the Black Eagles, performs during the 64th anniversary of Armed Forces Day at the Gyeryong military headquarters in Gyeryong, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. South Korea will celebrate its 64th Armed Forces Day on Oct. 1.

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    South Korean Special Army soldiers perform martial arts during a ceremony to mark the 64th Korea Armed Forces Day, which will fall on October 1, at the military headquarters in Gyeryong, about 140 km south of Seoul, on September 26, 2012. South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak called for building stronger armed forces saying North Korea keeps posing missile and nuclear threats, and regional tensions are escalating over history and sovereignty issues. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/GettyImages)

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    South Korean Special Army soldiers perform martial arts during a ceremony to mark the 64th Korea Armed Forces Day, which will fall on October 1, at the military headquarters in Gyeryong, about 140 km south of Seoul, on September 26, 2012. South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak called for building stronger armed forces saying North Korea keeps posing missile and nuclear threats, and regional tensions are escalating over history and sovereignty issues. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/GettyImages)

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    South Korean acrobatic team 'Black Eagles' perform during a ceremony to mark the 64th Korea Armed Forces Day, which will fall on October 1, at the military headquarters in Gyeryong, about 140 km south of Seoul, on September 26, 2012. South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak called for building stronger armed forces saying North Korea keeps posing missile and nuclear threats, and regional tensions are escalating over history and sovereignty issues. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/GettyImages)

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  • Protestors perform and hold a banner reading: "Without fighting, what will you get?" as they prepare to march to the parliament to protest against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Protestors holds a banner reading: "Democracy" as they prepare to march to parliament to protest against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Protestors shout slogans and hold banners as they prepare to march to parliament to protest against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Police stand guard outside the parliament ahead of a demonstration against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Police guard the entrance of the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Tuesday Sept. 25, 2012, before some thousands of people are expected to converge on the Spanish Parliament to protest and to demand fresh elections. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with rows of metal barriers manned by dozens of police officers blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. (AP Photo/Paul White)

  • A protester holds a placard reading 'For Sale - Spain' in Madrid, Tuesday Sept. 25, 2012 before a march to the Spanish parliament. Thousands of people are expected to converge on the Parliament to protest the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis and to demand fresh elections. Organizers of the 'Occupy Congress' protest hope to form a protest chain around the building but heavy police reinforcements are likely to keep them well away. (AP Photo/Paul White)

  • Police guard the entrance of the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Tuesday Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with rows of metal barriers manned by dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. Thousands of people are expected to converge on the Spanish Parliament to protest and to demand fresh elections. (AP Photo/Paul White)

  • A banner is seen reading "Police, Don't Cross this Line" as police stand guard outside the parliament ahead of a demonstration against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Police stand guard outside the parliament ahead of a demonstration against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • A protester wears glasses with the euro and dollar symbols painted on the lenses before a protest march in Madrid, Tuesday Sept. 25, 2012. Thousands of people are expected to converge on the Spanish Parliament to protest the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis and to demand fresh elections. Organizers of the 'Occupy Congress' protest hope to form a protest chain around the building but heavy police reinforcements are likely to keep them well away. (AP Photo/Paul White)

  • Protestors march to the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government, in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people. It is due to start around 1730 GMT Tuesday. Madrid authorities said some 1,300 police would be deployed. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Protestors march to the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government, in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people. It is due to start around 1730 GMT Tuesday. Madrid authorities said some 1,300 police would be deployed. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Protestors march to the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government, in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people. It is due to start around 1730 GMT Tuesday. Madrid authorities said some 1,300 police would be deployed. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Protestors march to the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government, in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people. It is due to start around 1730 GMT Tuesday. Madrid authorities said some 1,300 police would be deployed. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Protestors march to the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government, in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people. It is due to start around 1730 GMT Tuesday. Madrid authorities said some 1,300 police would be deployed. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Protestors march to the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government, in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people. It is due to start around 1730 GMT Tuesday. Madrid authorities said some 1,300 police would be deployed. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Protestors march to the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people. It is due to start around 1730 GMT Tuesday. Madrid authorities said some 1,300 police would be deployed. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Protestors clash with the police riots during the march to the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people. It is due to start around 1730 GMT Tuesday. Madrid authorities said some 1,300 police would be deployed. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Police clash with protestors during the march to the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government, in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people. It is due to start around 1730 GMT Tuesday. Madrid authorities said some 1,300 police would be deployed. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Police clash with protestors during the march to the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people. It is due to start around 1730 GMT Tuesday. Madrid authorities said some 1,300 police would be deployed. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • A protestor lies on the ground after a clash with police during the march to the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' was expected to draw thousands of people. Madrid authorities said some 1,300 police would be deployed. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • A protestor is detained by the police during the march to the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' was expected to draw thousands of people. Madrid authorities said some 1,300 police would be deployed. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Protestors clash with the police riots during the march to the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people. It is due to start around 1730 GMT Tuesday. Madrid authorities said some 1,300 police would be deployed. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Police clash with the protestors during the march to the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' was expected to draw thousands of people. Madrid authorities said some 1,300 police would be deployed. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • A protestor lies on the ground after a clash with police during the march to the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' was expected to draw thousands of people. Madrid authorities said some 1,300 police would be deployed. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Police riots clash with protestors during the demonstration at the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' was expected to draw thousands of people. Madrid authorities said some 1,300 police would be deployed. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Police clash with protestors during the demonstration at the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' was expected to draw thousands of people. Madrid authorities said some 1,300 police would be deployed. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November.(AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Police clash with protestors police during the march to the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' was expected to draw thousands of people. Madrid authorities said some 1,300 police would be deployed. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Banners are seen reading "Democracy now!" as police block the access to the the parliament during a porters against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' was expected to draw thousands of people. Madrid authorities said some 1,300 police would be deployed. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Police stand guard as protestors shout slogans during a demonstration at the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government, in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' was expected to draw thousands of people. Madrid authorities said some 1,300 police would be deployed. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • A protestor gestures to the police during a demonstration at the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government, in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' was expected to draw thousands of people. Madrid authorities said some 1,300 police would be deployed. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • A protestor throw stones towards the police during a demonstration at the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government, in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' was expected to draw thousands of people. Madrid authorities said some 1,300 police would be deployed. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • A protestor lies on the ground unconscious after a clash with the police during a demonstration at the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government, in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' was expected to draw thousands of people. Madrid authorities said some 1,300 police would be deployed. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Protestors, unseen, throw stones and fireworks at police during a demonstration at the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government, in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' was expected to draw thousands of people. Madrid authorities said some 1,300 police would be deployed. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • People hide during a demonstration against austerity measures at the parliament announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people who call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Protestors run away, chased by police, during a demonstration against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people who call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Riot police shoot rubber bullets at protestors during the demonstration at the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people who call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • A protestor gestures towards police during the demonstration at the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people who call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Protestors shout slogans in front of the police during the demonstration at the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people who call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Police shoot rubber bullets at protestors during the demonstration at the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people who call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Protestors hang from the windows during the demonstration at the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people who call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Protestor holds his hand up showing a caption reading "the people for the people" during a demonstration at the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people who call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Police shoot rubber bullets at protestors during a demonstration at the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people who call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Protestors hold a banner reading "you don't represent us" during a demonstration against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people who call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Protestors hold a banner reading "everyone should leave" during a demonstration against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people who call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • The owner of a bar argues with a riot police officer while demonstrators look for shelter inside the bar during a demonstration against austerity measures at the parliament announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people who call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa De Olza)

  • Protestors clash with the police during the march to the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people who call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa De Olza)

  • Protestors clash with riot police during the march to the Spanish Parliament against austerity measures, announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people who call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa De Olza)

  • Spanish police in full riot gear kick a demonstrator during the march to the Spanish Parliament against the austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people who call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa De Olza)

  • Spanish police in full riot gear confront demonstrators during a march to the parliament against austerity measures, announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people who call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa De Olza)

  • Protestors shout slogans as a riot policeman hides his nightstick during the demonstration at the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people. It is due to start around 1730 GMT Tuesday. Madrid authorities said some 1,300 police would be deployed. The protestors call for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

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