Alex Sanchez with his wife, Blanca, and sons Duvan and Irvin. Sanchez has been eligible to live and work legally in the U.S. since 2001, when his home country, El Salvador, experienced a major earthquake.
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American Ryan Boyette, left, works with Yassin Hassen, right, in an interview with a rebel in Sudan's Nuba Mountains. Boyette started the Nuba Reports website in 2011 and recruited Hassen to join as a citizen journalist.
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Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, who faces genocide charges, has applied for a visa to come to the U.S. for the annual United Nations General Assembly next week. The U.S. has not yet said whether he'll be allowed in the country.
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Sudanese students demonstrate in the Red Sea city of Port Sudan on Sunday. They were protesting after four students, originally from the Darfur region, were killed last week.
The South Sudan delegation, including Vice-President Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon (second from right), are congratulated by a delegate as they take their seats after the U.N. General Assembly voted to admit the newly formed nation.
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Sarura Ali (right) covered her eyes from wind-blown dust as she stood with her six children outside a food distribution point in the Dadaab refugee camp in northeastern Kenya on Tuesday (July 5, 2011). Sarura, her husband and their children trekked for eight days from their home in Sakow, Somalia. War and drought are forcing many Somalis to take desperate measures.
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Southern Sudanese rally on the streets of the southern capital, Juba, on Dec. 9, marking the one-month countdown until a landmark independence referendum is due. The vote could see Sudan's autonomous and mostly Christian south break away from the predominantly Arab and Muslim north.
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Former NBA star Manute Bol, shown speaking at a March 2006 Sudan Freedom Walk rally in Philadelphia, played 10 seasons in the NBA and later founded a humanitarian group that promotes reconciliation in Sudan. He died Saturday at a Virginia hospital at age 47.