North Korean residents line up to receive food rations at a Red Cross distribution center in Tongsin, North Korea, in 1997. Discussions over U.S. food aid to the reclusive country were to take place Monday. "You could, in a very real sense, see the needs for food assistance," said an official with Mercy Corps, after a September 2011 visit to the country.
Kenyan soldiers climb into a truck as they prepare to advance near Liboi in Somalia on Oct. 18. Kenya now has a few thousand troops in the lawless country, trying to pursue a militant Islamist group called al-Shabab.
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.