In Putin's Russia, An 'Adhocracy' Marked By Ambiguity And Plausible Deniability

Russian President Vladimir Putin leads a Cabinet meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on Wednesday.Alexei Nikolsky/APhide caption

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In Putin's Russia, An 'Adhocracy' Marked By Ambiguity And Plausible Deniability

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In Mosul, Grim Homecomings And A Struggle To Survive In A City Now Free From ISIS

Ruins are all that remain of the 12th century Great Mosque of al-Nuri, where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared three years ago that an Islamic state was rising again. ISIS blew the mosque up as Iraqi forces advanced.Jane Arraf/NPRhide caption

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Once Seen As Too Left-Wing, Will Jeremy Corbyn Be U.K.'s Next Prime Minister?

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is mobbed by young supporters after addressing an anti-austerity rally in Parliament Square, London, following a march through the city on July 1.Victoria Jones - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Imageshide caption

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Once Seen As Too Left-Wing, Will Jeremy Corbyn Be U.K.'s Next Prime Minister?

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India's New President, Until Now Little-Known, Vows To Represent Less Fortunate

Ram Nath Kovind (left) walked with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) and Bharatiya Janata Party senior leader L.K. Advani (center) on their way to file Kovind's nomination papers for the presidential elections in New Delhi on June 23. Kovind belongs to the lowest rank of Hinduism's hierarchy.Manish Swarup/APhide caption

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Moscow's Likely New Ambassador To U.S.: 'Tough' And 'Not That Easy To Work With'

Anatoly Antonov smiles at an October 2016 briefing at Russia's Defense Ministry in Moscow. Antonov is "able to shift in a nanosecond from warmly charming to caustically sarcastic," says a former U.S. defense official.Ivan Sekretarev/APhide caption

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Moscow's Likely New Ambassador To U.S.: 'Tough' And 'Not That Easy To Work With'

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After Liu Xiaobo's Death, Concerns Grow For His Widow's Well-Being

In a photo provided Saturday by the Shenyang Municipal Information Office, Liu Xia, center, the widow of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, holds a portrait of him during his funeral. She stands with Liu Hui, her younger brother (left) and Liu Xiaoxuan, the younger brother of her late husband, who is holding his cremated remains.APhide caption

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One Year On, Theresa May Keeps Fragile Grip On Her Job As British Prime Minister

British Prime Minister Theresa May marked a year in office last week. After her party lost parliamentary seats in elections last month, doubts have arisen over how long she'll remain prime minister.Dan Kitwood/Getty Imageshide caption

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One Year On, Theresa May Keeps Fragile Grip On Her Job As British Prime Minister

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10 Years After Gaza Takeover, Hamas Under Pressure To Surrender Power

Nael Skaik, the pharmacy director at Gaza's main hospital, says this medicine storage room is usually so full of boxes of medicines that it's hard to find space to walk. Now medicines are running out as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has held up medicine shipments to Gaza to pressure Gaza's Hamas leaders to surrender power.Daniel Estrin/NPRhide caption

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10 Years After Gaza Takeover, Hamas Under Pressure To Surrender Power

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Academic Adviser Of U.S. Student Jailed In Iran: 'Everything He Did Was Normal'

This 2009 photo released by a friend of Xiyue Wang shows Wang at his apartment in Hong Kong. Princeton University professor Stephen Kotkin, who advised Wang, defended his former student as innocent of all charges against him.Friend of Xiyue Wang/APhide caption

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Academic Adviser Of U.S. Student Jailed In Iran: 'Everything He Did Was Normal'

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Here's What To Know About The Trump-Putin Syria Cease-Fire

The Syrian city of Daraa, heavily hit by barrel bombs and other strikes by the Assad regime, is one of the areas covered by the current cease-fire. For the past eight days, residents have had a respite from the regime's attacks.Anadolu Agency/Getty Imageshide caption

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A Year After Vote, Brexit Supporters In A British Town Wonder If It'll Ever Happen

The George Hotel, a 17th century stagecoach inn, is one of the few historic buildings on Crawley's main street. Most of the town was built after World War II to house people displaced by bombing in London. In recent years, immigrants settled in Crawley and work at Gatwick Airport nearby.Lauren Frayer/NPRhide caption

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A Year After Vote, Brexit Supporters In A British Town Wonder If It'll Ever Happen

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A Year Later, A Divided Turkey Remembers Failed Coup Attempt

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves to his supporters as he arrives to commemorate the one year anniversary of the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt, in Istanbul, Saturday.Pool Photo/AP/APhide caption

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In Chile, Many Regard Climate Change As The Greatest External Threat

Fernando Rojas has spent his life living by a large lake in central Chile. About seven years ago it began to shrink, and now most of the water is gone. He holds a photo taken when the lake was full.Philip Reeves/NPRhide caption

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In Chile, Many Regard Climate Change As The Greatest External Threat

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Chinese Nobel Peace Laureate And Human Rights Advocate Liu Xiaobo Dies

A chair sat empty for Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo in Oslo, Norway, in 2010. The rights activist was imprisoned in China in 2009.Heiko Junge/AFP/Getty Imageshide caption

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As China's Strength Has Grown, So Has Its Unwillingness To Let Dissidents Leave

Protesters display portraits of jailed Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Liu has expressed the wish to leave China for medical treatment, but the government has refused.Vincent Yu/APhide caption

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As China's Strength Has Grown, So Has Its Unwillingness To Let Dissidents Leave

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Video: Japan Created Easy-To-Swallow Foods To Prevent Senior Choking Deaths

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Video: Japan Created Easy-To-Swallow Foods To Prevent Senior Choking Deaths

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In Britain, New Dating Apps Let Brexit Opponents 'Remain' With Each Other

Hundreds of pro-EU supporters gather on Whitehall on the first anniversary of the Brexit referendum to protest against the process of Britain leaving the European Union.Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty Imageshide caption

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In Britain, New Dating Apps Let Brexit Opponents 'Remain' With Each Other

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Cleric Accused Of Plotting Turkish Coup Attempt: 'I Have Stood Against All Coups'

Fethullah Gulen sits in a room at his compound in Saylorsburg, Pa. He has lived in exile in the United States since the late 1990s. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames Gulen for last year's failed coup and is seeking his extradition.Bryan Thomas for NPRhide caption

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Cleric Accused Of Plotting Turkish Coup Attempt: 'I Have Stood Against All Coups'

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In A Remote Himalayan Corner, Tensions Rise Between India And China

Activists of Swadeshi Jagaran Manch, a Hindu right-wing organization, shout slogans against China during a protest in New Delhi on July 4. They were protesting China's decision to suspend a Hindu pilgrimage to a site in Tibet following tensions between Indian and Chinese troops along the India-China border.Tsering Topgyal/APhide caption

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While Corals Die Along The Great Barrier Reef, Humans Struggle To Adjust

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While Corals Die Along The Great Barrier Reef, Humans Struggle To Adjust

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