U.S. Marines wait for the beginning of the dedication ceremony of the National Museum of the Marine Corps in November 2006 in Quantico, Va. For more than 200 years, the Marine Corps has been hitting the beaches. But over the past decade, the Marines have operated like a smaller Army in Iraq and Afghanistan, far from the water's edge. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Russia signed a $1 billion contract in 1995 to build the Bushehr plant, seen here in 2009, but it has dragged its feet for years in completing the project. Hasan Sarbakhshian/AP hide caption

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