An Iraqi schoolgirl wears a protective mask as she is walked to school in the central Iraqi city of Kut, Oct. 19, 2009. Panic over swine flu prompted officials in Iraq to close about 2,000 schools in a bid to combat the virus. Ali al-Alak/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Workers transport ballot boxes on a trolley to be loaded on trucks at the Independent Election Commission compound in Kabul. Taliban fighters have warned Afghans not to take part in the country's Nov. 7 presidential runoff election. Altaf Qadri/AP hide caption

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In this file photo from April 2008, supporters of Egypt's main opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, demonstrate in Alexandria, Egypt, against a wave of arrests targeting the group's leaders and potential candidates in upcoming local elections. Members of the group say it is experiencing similar persecution now, more than a year away from parliamentary elections. AP hide caption

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