U.S. President-elect Barack Obama appointed longtime aide Susan Rice to the post of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations on Monday and will reinstate the position as a Cabinet-level post. At 44, Rice would be the second-youngest person in U.S. history to hold the position. Rice, who was assistant secretary of state for African affairs under President Bill Clinton, is known as an advocate of strong intervention to stop genocide as it is occurring.

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