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Concern Grows In Pakistan Over Cases Of Disappearance

Friends of Nawaz Atta, a missing activist, accompany his mother at a police station to report the man's disappearance. Atta was taken by armed men in late October.Diaa Hadid/NPRhide caption

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Concern Grows In Pakistan Over Cases Of Disappearance

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Tillerson's North Korean Overture Highlights His Credibility Problem

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson waits to speak at the 2017 Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Forum in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. He told the audience the U.S. shouldn't require North Korea to promise to give up its nuclear weapons as a condition of holding talks.Susan Walsh/APhide caption

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Tillerson's North Korean Overture Highlights His Credibility Problem

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As A New Gandhi Takes Over, Can India's Opposition Find Its Footing Again?

Rahul Gandhi (center), the new president of the Indian National Congress, waves while being garlanded during a political rally at Chilloda village on Nov. 11. Gandhi takes over the party leadership this week from his mother, Sonia Gandhi, who steps down after nearly two decades as the head of the party the Nehru-Gandhi family has dominated for 70 years.Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Imageshide caption

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Worries Grow In Hong Kong As China Pushes Its Official Version Of History In Schools

Children stand at attention on the first day of school in Hong Kong in 2015. Education is increasingly becoming a political battleground.Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Imageshide caption

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Worries Grow In Hong Kong As China Pushes Its Official Version Of History In Schools

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Rohingya Activist: 'Rohingya Are Not Safe Anywhere'

Rohingya activist Abdul Rasheed says his people can only be repatriated back to their homes in Myanmar if the government can guarantee their safety, security and dignity.Claire Harbage/NPRhide caption

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'Fight For Rights Will Continue' In Zimbabwe, #ThisFlag Movement Pastor Vows

Zimbabwean Pastor Evan Mawarire, acquitted recently of trying to subvert the government, has deftly used social media in a quest for justice and rights. "It's important that we let the administration that is coming in right now know that if they do to us what Robert Mugabe's government did to us, we will do the same thing to them that we've done to Robert Mugabe," he recently told journalists.Mujahid Safodien/AFP/Getty Imageshide caption

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'Fight For Rights Will Continue' In Zimbabwe, #ThisFlag Movement Pastor Vows

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Russia's Nuclear Industry Tries To Dispel Fears Over Mysterious Radioactive Cloud

A sign warns people not to enter the town of Ozersk, Chelyabinsk region, Russia, which houses the Mayak nuclear facility. In 1957, the nuclear reprocessing plant was the site of one of the world's worst nuclear accidents.Katherine Jacobsen/APhide caption

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A Saudi Billionaire's Detention Is Making Some Investors Nervous

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal waves during an official visit to the West Bank city of Ramallah in 2014. The Saudi billionaire was detained last month in Riyadh and has not been seen since.Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Imageshide caption

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A Saudi Billionaire's Detention Is Making Some Investors Nervous

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Names Written In Blood And Rust: Documenting Syria's Disappeared

Pieces of cloth that Mansour Omari and other inmates at a notorious Syrian prison used to document the names of the "disappeared" held with them. They made ink out of blood from their bleeding gums and rust from the prison bars.Dylan Collins/Courtesy of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museumhide caption

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Names Written In Blood And Rust: Documenting Syria's Disappeared

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France Mourns Its Favorite Rock Star, Johnny Hallyday

French pop star Johnny Hallyday on stage at Paris' Palais Des Sports stadium in 1969.Reg Lancaster/Getty Imageshide caption

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France Mourns Its Favorite Rock Star, Johnny Hallyday

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5 Key Points On Jerusalem

A picture taken from the Mount of Olives shows the Old City of Jerusalem with the Dome of the Rock. President Trump on Wednesday recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, upending decades of U.S. policy and ignoring dire warnings from Arab and Western allies alike.Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Imageshide caption

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For Decades, China's Laborers Moved To Cities. Now They're Being Forced Out

Authorities have given residents in Jiugong Township of Beijing, many of whom are migrant laborers, just days to clear out before they shut off all electricity and water.Anthony Kuhn/NPRhide caption

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For Decades, China's Laborers Moved To Cities. Now They're Being Forced Out

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Prospect Of U.S. Embassy Move To Jerusalem Worries Leaders In Middle East And Beyond

Successive American presidents have signed waivers deferring a congressional act calling for the U.S. Embassy to be moved to Jerusalem. President Trump signed such a waiver in June, saying he wanted to give U.S.-brokered Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts a chance to succeed. But in recent days, U.S. officials indicated the president was considering moving the embassy.Oded Balilty/APhide caption

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Is Life Better Now Than 50 Years Ago? The Answer May Depend On The Economy

People eat at a noodle stall at the Han Market in the central Vietnamese city of Danang in November. Vietnamese respondents to the Pew Research Center survey overwhelmingly said life is better than it was 50 years ago.Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Imageshide caption

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Yemen's Former Leader Ali Abdullah Saleh Leaves A Legacy Of Divisions And Chaos

Ali Abdullah Saleh gave a speech to supporters in Yemen's capital Sanaa on Aug. 24, 2017. He never wavered in his belief that only he could lead the Yemenis, even though he fueled societal divisions by playing enemies off one another to weaken his opposition.Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Imageshide caption

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How 1,000 Volvos Ended Up In North Korea — And Made A Diplomatic Difference

A man gets out of a Volvo 144 to head to a parade in Pyongyang in 2012. In the 1970s, North Korea ordered 1,000 Volvo 144s from Sweden. To this day, the cars have not been paid for.Tanya L. Procyshynhide caption

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How 1,000 Volvos Ended Up In North Korea — And Made A Diplomatic Difference

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