A patient is treated at the Nord Hospital in Marseille, France, in February. European countries have also been engaged in intense debates on the future of their health care systems, where universal coverage is the norm. Anne-Chrisine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The leader of the junta that seized power in Mali, Army Capt. Amadou Sanogo, announces a curfew in the capital, Bamako, on Thursday, in this photo taken from television.The coup ousted an elected president who was due to step down after a new election next month in the West African nation. Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians, will have the case heard in the military justice system, which has significant differences from the civilian courts. Here, Bales is shown in a training exercise in Fort Irwin, Calif., last August. Spc. Ryan Hallock/AP hide caption

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Iran has been denied access to the worldwide messaging system used to arrange money transfers, a move that is expected to affect Iran's oil exports and economy. The South Pars gas field in Assalouyeh, Iran, is shown here in 2010. Vahid Salemi/AP hide caption

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Russia's unmanned Progress space freighter, headed for the International Space Station, blasts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Oct. 30, 2011. A string of mission failures has raised concerns over the reliability of Russia's space program. STR/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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For Russia's Troubled Space Program, Mishaps Mount

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Russian tanks drive through Moscow's Red Square during a military parade in May 2011, in commemoration of the end of World War II. Russian leader Vladimir Putin has called for revamping Russia's military for years, but the results have been limited. Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Remaking Russia's Military: Big Plans, Few Results

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Putin Gives Victory Speech, Charges Of Flawed Voting

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There were widespread allegations of fraud in Russia's parliamentary polls in December. In advance of Russia's presidential election Sunday, Russian citizens abroad have been allowed to vote early. This woman casts a ballot in Kyrgyzstan on Feb. 26. Vyacheslav Oseledko /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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After Fraud Charges, Russian Election Under Scrutiny

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Prime Minister Vladimir Putin delivers a campaign speech during a rally of his supporters in Moscow, Feb. 23. Putin is mounting a vigorous campaign in the face of growing opposition but is expected to win Sunday's presidential elections. Yuri Kadobnov /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Putin Heavily Favored As Russians Pick A President

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For And Against Putin, Russians Share Their Opinions

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Russians take part in a pro-Putin rally at a Moscow park on Feb. 4. Pro-Kremlin forces have been accused of paying people to attend campaign events ahead of the presidential election in March. Alexey Sazonov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rent-A-Crowds May Be Boosting Pro-Putin Campaign

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Alexei Venediktov, then editor-in-chief of Moscow Echo radio station, talks with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during an awards ceremony in Moscow, Jan. 13. Venediktov's ouster this month is seen as a sign that the Russian government may be cracking down on the independent media. Yana Lapikova/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Signs Of A Media Crackdown Emerge In Russia

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In Russia, A Debate Over How To Set The Clock

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Does Russia Have A Cogent Middle East Strategy?

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