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FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2009 file photo, former Algerian foreign affairs minister Lakhdar Brahimi attends the Ambrosetti economic forum in Cernobbio, Lake Como, Italy.  The United Nations has announced that Brahimi will replace Kofi Annan as peace envoy to Syria. U.N. deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey announced Friday, Aug. 17, 2012,  that the former Algerian foreign minister and longtime U.N. official would succeed Annan as joint U.N.-Arab League envoy. The 78-year-old Brahimi has worked in several high-profile positions at the U.N., gaining a reputation as a tough, independent negotiator as envoy to Afghanistan, Iraq and Haiti. He helped negotiate the end of Lebanon's civil war. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

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