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Artists A.Signl, left, and B.Shanti, second from right, of the artist group Captain Borderline paint their mural   'Surveillance of the fittest' at a wall in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. The painting shows an American Bald Eagle with surveillance cameras watching a herd of sheep to draw attention to the spying program of the American National Security Agency. Germany demanded answers to ìall open questionsî about U.S. surveillance Thursday following allegations that American intelligence may have targeted Chancellor Angela Merkelís cellphone, and her chief of staff noted that Washington hasnít denied past snooping.

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Artists A Signl (left) and B Shanti (second from right), of the artist group Captain Borderline, paint a mural “Surveillance of the Fittest” on a wall in Cologne, Germany, to draw attention to the spying programme of the US intelligence services 

Police tape blocks a closed Lincoln Memo...Police tape blocks a closed Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall October 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. The US government is in a forced shutdown after lawmakers failed to pass a spending bill last night. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKIBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

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Police tape blocks a closed Lincoln Memorial on Tuesday in Washington, DC. The US government is in a forced shutdown after lawmakers failed to pass a spending bill. 

An Iranian woman walks past a mural showing a gun painted with an interpretation of the American flag on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran on September 25, 2013. Leaders from Iran and the United States have not met since the 1979 Islamic Revolution brought often open hostility to their contacts, particularly over Iran's contested nuclear program.

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An Iranian woman walks past a mural showing a gun painted with an interpretation of the American flag on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran on Wednesday. Leaders from Iran and the United States have not met since the 1979 Islamic Revolution brought often open hostility to their contacts, particularly over Iran’s contested nuclear program.

Cher...Cher arrives by police motorcycle for her performance on NBC's "Today" show on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

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Cher, the US singer and actor, arrives by police motorcycle for a performance on NBC’s Today show on Monday. 

US Army Private First Class Bradley Mann...US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning arrives alongside military officials at a US military court facility to hear his sentence in his trial at Fort Meade, Maryland on August 21, 2013. A sentencing decision will be announced later Wednesday. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

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Army Private First Class Bradley Manning arrives at a US military court facility to hear his sentence in his trial at Fort Meade, Maryland, on Wednesday. Manning was sentenced for 35 years for his part in the WikiLeaks affair 

Cyclists ride past the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington...Cyclists ride past the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington August 20, 2013. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his "I have a Dream" speech on August 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This coming week, Washington will play host to an array of events marking the historic anniversary.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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Cyclists ride past the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “I have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This coming week, Washington will play host to an array of events marking the historic anniversary

Lightning strikes above the Mandalay Bay and Luxor casinos on the Las Vegas Strip as a thunderstorm moves through Las Vegas...Lightning strikes above the Mandalay Bay (L) and Luxor (C) casinos on the Las Vegas Strip as a thunderstorm moves through Las Vegas, Nevada July 20, 2013. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT CITYSCAPE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Lightning strikes above the Mandalay Bay and Luxor casinos on the Las Vegas Strip as a thunderstorm moves through Las Vegas, Nevada in the US. 

Re-enactors march away from the Old State House following a public reading of the United States Declaration of Independence, part of July Fourth Independence Day celebrations, in Boston...Re-enactors march away from the Old State House following a public reading of the United States Declaration of Independence, part of July Fourth Independence Day celebrations, in Boston, Massachusetts July 4, 2013. People across the United States gathered on Thursday for parades, picnics and fireworks at Independence Day celebrations, held under unprecedented security following the Boston Marathon bombings. Spectators waving U.S. flags and wearing red, white and blue headed for public gatherings in Boston, New York, Washington, Atlanta and other cities under the close watch of police armed with hand-held chemical detectors, radiation scanners and camera surveillance, precautions sparked by the deadly April 15 bombings.      REUTERS/Brian Snyder  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)

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Re-enactors march away from the Old State House after a public reading of the US Declaration of Independence, part of July 4 Independence Day celebrations, in Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday. 

Mya McNeal looks for her mother, U.S. Army Sgt. Kionna Huewitt, during a homecoming ceremony for 184 troops in the 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team after a 9-month deployment to Afghanistan, Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at Fort Stewart, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)

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Mya McNeal looks for her mother, US Army Sgt. Kionna Huewitt, during a homecoming ceremony for 184 troops in the 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan on Wednesday at Fort Stewart, Georgia 

Confetti falls on the new police officers during a graduation ceremony for the July 2013 New York City Police Academy class, Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at Barclays Center in New York.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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Confetti falls on police officers on Tuesday during the graduation ceremony for the July 2013 New York City Police Academy class at Barclays Centre in New York.