Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks with the media in Tehran on Sept. 7. Ahmadinejad plans to visit with U.S. academics while in New York for a United Nations meeting. Vahid Salemi/AP hide caption

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President Obama is likely to be well received at the annual gathering of world leaders this week for the U.N. General Assembly session. The Obama administration has been making efforts to engage with the U.N. after years of sometimes turbulent relations under the Bush administration. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama meets John Roos (left), U.S. ambassador to Japan, in the Oval Office at the White House on Aug. 6. Roos is a Silicon Valley lawyer who had not been to Japan before his appointment — and who raised money for Obama's presidential campaign. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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