Election workers in Afghanistan audit suspect ballots at the Independent Elections Commission warehouse in Kabul on Oct. 7. Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Nobel Committee recognized President Obama for his efforts to change the tenor abroad. Here, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, U.S. President Barack Obama, UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon, Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi and the extended members of the G8 world leaders pose for a "family photo" on the third day of the G8 summit on July 10, 2009. Oli Scarff/Getty Images hide caption

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