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President Obama holds up his jobs bill as he speaks at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., on Sept. 14. The president returns to North Carolina on Monday to drum up support for his proposals and for his re-election campaign.
Syrians walk in the Hamidiyah market, decorated with portraits of President Bashar Assad and national flags, in the capital Damascus on Oct. 5. The European Union has intensified economic sanctions against Syria, but the crackdown against anti-regime protesters is unlikely to stop, Syrians say.
Ayman al-Zawahiri (shown here in a still image posted online by al-Qaida in July) replaced Osama bin Laden at the top of al-Qaida's leadership. Some argue that eliminating a few key leaders would significantly weaken the group; others say the more dangerous threat — from al-Qaida affiliates — would be unaffected by changes in the group's core leadership.
Syrian refugees gather to protest Syrian President Bashar Assad at the Turkish Red Crescent camp in the Yayladagi district of the Turkish city of Hatay near the Syrian border on June 20. More than 7,000 Syrians are living in camps in Turkey.
Last summer, immigration rights activists in Los Angeles gathered for a rally calling on the government to act on immigration overhaul legislation. Strong Latino support helped President Obama win in 2008, but his support among those voters is slipping.