A new report by a human rights organization says the current Cuban regime, headed by President Raul Castro, uses an "Orwellian" law to keep dissidents locked up. Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A U.N. vehicle is seen through the bullet-riddled guardhouse of the Bekhtar Guesthouse in Kabul, Afghanistan, after an attack Wednesday by Taliban suicide gunmen killed six expatriate U.N. staffers. The attack is a recent reminder of the dangers facing civilian workers in Afghanistan. Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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At the inaugural J Street Conference in Washington on Tuesday, National Security Adviser James Jones discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the role of the U.S. in helping to resolve it. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in May. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Father Samuel (left) holds the hand and the face of a rape victim as they pray at the Heal Africa clinic in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, on Aug. 11, just after the Congolese woman underwent surgery to repair physical damage suffered while being raped. Hundreds of thousands of women have been brutally raped in the country's nearly decade-long conflict. Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Dalai Lama stands with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ, from left) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Annette Lantos, widow of California Rep. Tom Lantos, during the inaugural Tom Lantos Human Rights Prize award ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. The Tibetan spiritual leader will not meet with President Obama during his trip to Washington. The White House says it was a mutual decision not to hold a meeting so close to the president's trip to China, scheduled for November. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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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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Iranian hard-line students burn U.S. and British flags on June 23, 2009, during a protest outside the British Embassy in Tehran after the country's disputed presidential elections. The conservative incumbent, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was re-elected. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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