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Through Performance, Mississippi Students Honor Long-Forgotten Locals

Every year, a history teacher in Columbus, Miss., takes high schoolers to the local cemetery. There, they tell the stories of those who are buried, and learn more about their own place in the world.

Haneen Radi, an Arab-Israeli, wants to organize a marathon for her town of Tira, but was told the run couldn't include women. When she insisted, she received threats, and the back window of her car was shot out. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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Trying To Organize A Marathon, An Arab-Israeli Woman Runs Into Opposition

Conservatives in Tira, Israel, pushed back hard against the idea of women and men running together in a public race. Someone went so far as to shoot at race organizer Haneen Radi's car. For now, the run is off.

Ada Colau (center), leader of the Barcelona en Comú party, celebrates in Barcelona during a press conference following the results in Spain's municipal and regional elections on May 24. She is the first member of Spain's indignados protest movement to win public office. Quique Garcia/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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From 'Occupying' A Spanish Bank To City Hall: Barcelona's New Mayor

The status quo took a hit in Spanish elections over the weekend. A major upset came in Barcelona with a win by Ada Colau, a prominent activist who fought evictions during Spain's economic crisis.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison for accepting illegal payments from a U.S. businessman. Heidi Levine/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Ex-Israeli Leader Ehud Olmert Sentenced To 8 Months In Corruption Trial

Olmert, who led Israel until 2009, unlawfully accepted money from a U.S. supporter. He is appealing the decision to the Supreme Court.

A Malaysian forensic team personnel handles bags of human remains found at abandoned camps used by human traffickers on the Malaysia-Thailand border in Wang Kelian on Monday. Joshua Paul/AP hide caption

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Police: Malaysia Uncovers 139 Mass Graves Believed To Hold Migrants

Most of the victims are believed to be Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar. They are held until their families pay more money, which few can afford to do.

Surfer Alexis Gazzo (pointing) is helping train specialized lifeguards who will survey the waters around popular beaches in Reunion for sharks. Shark attacks have gone up sharply along the coast of the Indian Ocean island, with seven people killed in recent years. Emma Jacobs for NPR hide caption

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An Island Wonders: Why Are The Sharks Attacking So Often?

Since 2011, the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has had 16 shark attacks, seven of them fatal. It's a sharp rise from previous years, and Australia is the only country with more deaths during this span.

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On Memorial Day, Learning The Story Behind The Markers WBUR

Who was Staff Sgt. John H. McCarthy, whose name is among those honored in Boston? He was a Vietnam veteran; he was also a perfectionist and a painter, his brother says.

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