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Actor George Clooney (center); Rep. James P. Moran (back), Virginia Democrat; and Mr. Clooney's father, Nick Clooney (right), are arrested on Friday, March 16, 2012, during a protest at the Sudanese Embassy in Washington. The demonstrators were protesting the escalating humanitarian emergency in Sudan that threatens the lives of 500,000 people. (Associated Press)
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Actor George Clooney (center); Rep. James P. Moran (back), Virginia Democrat; and Mr. Clooney's father, Nick Clooney (right), are arrested on Friday, March 16, 2012, during a protest at the Sudanese Embassy in Washington. The demonstrators were protesting the escalating humanitarian emergency in Sudan that threatens the lives of 500,000 people. (Associated Press)

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