With the Russian presidential election set for next month, the heavily favored candidate, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, visited the election center last week as it prepared for the polls. Yana Lapikova/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Mood Shifts For Russia's Putin In His Hometown

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Communist Party activists in Moscow campaign on Dec. 2 for the party's candidates in parliamentary elections. The Russian Communist Party is hoping to capitalize on a wave of dissatisfaction with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his ruling United Russia party. Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Russian Communists Court Discontented Youth

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What's Behind Russia's Attachment To Syria?

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Tens of thousands of people filled an avenue in Moscow on Christmas Eve to protest the alleged rigging of the Dec. 4 parliamentary polls in a challenge to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin's authority. Yuri Kadobnov /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Unrest Shakes Up Politics In Russia

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Russia's Debt Rating Downgraded Over Protests

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Relying on social media, Russian activists are attempting to organize more mass rallies against the Russian government. Here, protesters staged a huge rally in Moscow on Dec. 24, 2011, alleging vote rigging in parliamentary polls. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

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Russian Activists Turn To Social Media

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Taliban Plans To Set Up Political Office In Qatar

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Tense U.S.-Pakistani Relations Mark 2011

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Fear: North Korean Power Struggle Could Start War

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki shakes hands with President Obama in the Oval Office at the White House on Monday. The two leaders met as the U.S. prepares to withdraw the last of its combat troops from Iraq. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Obama, Maliki Pledge Cooperation After U.S. Pullout

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Clinton, Russia Spar Over Missile Defense System

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai calls Monday on the international community to keep up its support for Afghanistan. More than 100 countries attended the conference in Bonn, Germany. Oliver Berg/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Afghan President Pleads For Long-Term Aid

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Diplomats Meet In Germany On Afghanistan's Future

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Syrian has come under increasing international pressure in recent days. On Monday, Syrians protested in the capital Damascus against the Arab League's decision to impose sanctions. Syria has also come under sharp criticism from an independent commission that accused the security forces of systematically carrying out abuses against anti-government demonstrators. Yin Bogu/Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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Report Says Syrian Forces Have Killed 256 Children

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U.S. Needs Pakistan To Attain Afghan Goals

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