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.
Palestinian laborers work in a new section to the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arbaa close to the West Bank town of Hebron in October. The Obama administration was working to persuade Israel to renew a settlement moratorium in the West Bank so Palestinians can return to talks, but those efforts appear to have failed.
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