Participants of the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership try different foods at the State Department in Washington during a gathering of the American Chef Corps, a network of chefs from across the U.S. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Gastrodiplomacy Gives Foreign Chefs A Fresh Take And Taste Of America

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki votes in Baghdad on April 30. Maliki's alliance won the most seats in election results announced this week. But his party will still have to build a coalition with rival parties for him to keep the job he's had for the past eight years. AP hide caption

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An Iraqi schoolgirl passes a banner supporting a proposal that, among other things, would allow men to marry girls as young as 9. Opponents say it would mark a major setback for women and children. The Arabic on the banner reads: "The Jaafari Personal Status Law saves my rights and my dignity." Karim Kadim/AP hide caption

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Iraq Debates Law That Would Allow Men To Marry 9-Year-Old Girls

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Shefali Rani Das, an expectant mother in Bangladesh, has given birth to six children (including 4-year-old Suborna) at home without a doctor. Only three of her babies have survived. Colin Crowley/Save the Children hide caption

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A Quiet Election Day In Iraq, With Some Signs For Concern

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Amid Escalating Violence, Iraqis Head To Ballot Boxes

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One Day From Elections, Iraq Is Racked By Violence

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Iraqis Recall Al-Maliki's Lead In Return To Shiite Dominance

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On Cusp Of Third Term, Could Iraqi President Be A New Dictator?

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Election officials count ballots under the scrutiny of monitors in Iraq in 2005. Les Campbell from the National Democratic Institute worked as an election monitor during Iraq's 2005 elections, a job that came with a flak jacket and security detail. Sasa Kralj/AP hide caption

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The Risk And Reward Of Monitoring Elections In The Middle East

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Violence In Iraq Mars Runup To Election

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A Syrian woman cries as she leaves a residential block in Aleppo, Syria, reportedly hit by an explosives-filled barrel dropped by a government forces helicopter on March 18. Khaled Khatib/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Syria Gives Up Chemical Weapons ... But A War Rages On

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Rebel fighters inspect the wreckage of a Syrian army helicopter after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, allegedly destroyed it in March in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Mohammed Al-Khatieb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For Extremists In Syria, Extortion Brings Piles Of Cash From Iraq

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Inmates To Be Moved Temporarily Out Of Infamous Iraqi Prison

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