This 1989 file photo shows the U.S. Navy launching a Trident II D-5 missile from the submerged submarine USS Tennessee in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. President Obama has made the ratification of the New START treaty his key foreign policy goal before the new Senate is sworn in next month.
Gene Jones, at his office at AEP (American Electric Power) in Beckley, W. Va. He stays busy with work to keep his mind off the tragedy of losing his twin brother, Gene, during last April's explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine.
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Iraqi Christians hoping to emigrate to France following a spate of violence against Christians across Iraq wait last month outside the French Consulate in the northern city of Irbil.
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