Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, in a 2006 photo. The Obama administration has sent 100 troops to advise militaries in Uganda and neighboring countries that are battling Kony's forces.

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (left) hands a formal letter for Palestine to be admitted as a state to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon during the 66th General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, Sept. 23. Palestinians now are pursuing full membership in other U.N. agencies.

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Vitaly Churkin, Russia's permanent representative to the UN, vetoed a Security Council resolution Wednesday condemning Syria for its brutal crackdown on pro-reform protesters. The vote set off a public rebuke from Washington.

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Protesters shout slogans against the Syrian government in front of the White House in July. A new report from Amnesty International documents more than 30 cases of Syrian activists living overseas whose activities have been monitored and whose families in Syria have been threatened.

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands with Egypt's Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr during a joint press conference in Washington on Wednesday. Amr sought to assure the U.S. that Egypt is moving toward democracy. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Russia's leading political party, United Russia, called for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (left) and and President Dmitry Medvedev to effectively switch jobs when Russia holds elections next year. Putin previously served as president from 1999-2008. Yekaterina Shtukina/AP hide caption

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President Obama shakes hands with the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir in New York last week. Obama offered U.S. support for what will be a major development program in the new nation. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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