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A U.S. Army cadet reads a book entitled ‘Kill Bin Laden’ as he waits with other cadets for U.S. President Barack Obama to deliver an address on U.S. policy and the war in Afghanistan at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York December 1, 2009.

 

President Barack Obama looks at a portrait hanging in the Superintendent’s quarters at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in West Point, N.Y., before delivering a speech on his new Afghanistan strategy, Dec. 1, 2009.

For the Feast
The blood of a cow slaughtered for the celebrations of the first day of the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha flows over a stone path in the Rhodope Mountain village of Ribnovo, Bulgaria. The annual festival of Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, marks the end of the Hajj.

Students watch a health worker explain the use of a condom on World AIDS Day in Lima, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009.

Early Thursday evening the Obamas and the Bidens gathered to light the National Christmas Tree. ‘Ho! It worked,’ exclaimed President Obama after pressing the button to switch on the lights.

 

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