Leaders Try To Break U.N. Deadlock Over Syria
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The U.S. is insisting that Egypt establish a full-fledged democracy and move away from military rule. Here, an Egyptian woman covers her head in a national flag as she demonstrates in a pro-democracy rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Jan. 27. Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Longtime Allies, Egypt And U.S. Now Have Differences
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Michael McFaul, the architect of the reset of relations with Russia, is now the U.S. ambassador to Moscow as the countries work through a series of difficult issues. Here, McFaul is shown at his Jan. 10 swearing-in at the Sate Department, a ceremony presided over by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Astrid Riecken/Getty images hide caption

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New U.S. Ambassador Already Facing Critics In Russia
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People who escaped ethnic violence in Jonglei state wait for food rations at a World Food Program distribution center on Thursday. South Sudan gained independence just six months ago, and already ethnic tensions inside the new country have forced tens of thousands to flee their homes. Michael Onyiego/AP hide caption

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Just A Few Months Old, S. Sudan Already In Turmoil
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U.S. To Exchange Ambassadors With Myanmar
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American Sentenced To Death In Iran
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U.S. Reconsiders Egypt Aid After NGOs Raided
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People stand behind barricades as they wait for family members to be freed from Insein Prison in Yangon, Myanmar, on Tuesday. Myanmar's government announced Monday that it is reducing the sentences of many prisoners, but stopped short of declaring an amnesty for political prisoners that many people had expected. Khin Maung Win/AP hide caption

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U.S. Keeps Pressure On Myanmar For Political Change
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In Cairo, Women Protest Recent Crackdowns
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Workers dig at a mine in Chudja, near Bunia, north eastern Congo. The conflict in the Congo, a nation rich in mineral resources such as gold, diamonds, tin, and cobalt, has often been linked to a struggle for control over its minerals resources. Lionel Healing /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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New Law Aims To Shine Light On Conflict Metals
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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. Lasse Norgaard/AP hide caption

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U.S. Treads Cautiously With North Korean Transition
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Iraqi President Jalal Talabani speaks at the opening of the huge U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Jan. 5, 2009. It is the largest U.S. Embassy in the world. Handout/Getty Images hide caption

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Huge Embassy Keeps U.S. Presence In Iraq
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South Sudanese security forces stand outside the control room of the Petrodar oil facility in Paloich, South Sudan. Sudan was once sub-Saharan Africa's third-largest oil producer, but much of that oil came from what is now South Sudan. Pete Muller/AP hide caption

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South Sudan: Will Oil Lead It Out Of Poverty?
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U.S. Faces Financial Troubles As Egypt Needs Aid
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Clinton Tests Myanmar's Resolve Personally
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