Parallels Many Stories, One World

The medieval town of Pitigliano is perched atop a massive volcanic rock, looking out over vineyards and olive groves. It was once home to a vibrant Jewish community, treated with civility or cruelty depending on who was in charge of the city; now, the town works to preserve and share the cultural history of Italian Jews. Michela Simoncini/Flickr hide caption

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A team from Honolulu, which included Jamie O'Brien of Hawaii's North Shore, won this week's surfing competition, held on one of the world's two biggest tidal bores, located in Hangzhou, China. The other is in the Amazon. Courtesy of Wabsono hide caption

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Men from Lev Tahor shop in San Juan, Guatemala. In a culture of brightly colored clothing and clean-shaven men, the black suits and long beards stood out. Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Elijah, the Woodford Reserve Distillery mascot cat in Versailles, Ky., in 2013. He kept the workplace mouse-free for more than 20 years before dying this summer, the distillery said. Charles Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader hide caption

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The youths of Ancient Messene once trained at this Doric stadium, which cost more than $3 million to restore. It's one of the most impressive and popular ancient sites in Greece, in part thanks to an infusion of private funds. Joanna Kakissis/NPR hide caption

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Zhang Kechun. Under the Abandoned Pier, 2013-2014. Zhang, 34, spent years shooting photos along the Yellow River. Zhang Kechun/Courtesy of Three Shadows +3 Gallery hide caption

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A still from the surveillance camera footage shows the fainting man (top left and bottom right) lying alone in a subway car, as the few remaining occupants hurry away. YouTube hide caption

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This fishing boat draped with sick animals is the signature piece of The Ninth Wave, an exhibit by artist Cai Guo-Qiang that opened at Shanghai's Power Station of Art this month. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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Mohandas Gandhi poses with Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, in 1944, in what was then Bombay. The two countries have been rivals for decades, and students from the two countries have jointly published an online project comparing the different narratives. AP hide caption

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Revelers dance in their pajamas at Morning Gloryville in London in January. The nightclub, which holds a rave once a month beginning at 6:30 a.m., has inspired morning raves in a number of other cities around the world. Andrew Winning/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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At the Romez Store in Kabul, brides-to-be can place custom orders for dresses costing upwards of $900, which is three times the average monthly wage in Afghanistan. Sean Carberry/NPR hide caption

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A Lamborghini sports car at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in April. A young Chinese man recently asked women on the street if they wanted to take a ride with him in his Lamborghini, and filmed the encounters. Lintao Zhang/Getty Images hide caption

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Estela de Carlotto (center), head of the Argentine human rights organization that seeks to reunite babies stolen decades ago with their biological relatives, announced on Monday she had located her 36-year-old grandson. Martin Zabala/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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A monkey sits on a car and eats an orange snatched from a fruit vendor in New Delhi in 2012. The city has tried numerous schemes to bring its large and rambunctious monkey population under control. Now it is employing men to mimic the calls of the aggressive langur monkey. Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rabbi Michel Serfaty (right), head of the Jewish-Muslim Alliance of France, stands next to a Muslim cleric, or imam, as they both hold signs wishing Muslims a happy Ramadan. The rabbi and the imam have also traded hats. Despite efforts by Serfaty's group, a record number of French Jews are expected to move to Israel this year. Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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The vintage boats of Argentario Sailing Week, some more than a century old, plied the waters off Italy's Tuscan coast, known for its ideal sailing conditions. Sylvia Poggioli/NPR hide caption

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Ingrid Eunson sits at the spinning wheel in her home in the small town of Brae in Scotland's remote Shetland Islands. She knits yarn that she spins and dyes herself, traditions that her ancestors practiced for generations. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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An Iraqi Turkmen fighter looks at an icon of seventh century Imam Ali bin Abi Talib, Islam's fourth caliph and cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad, in Taza Khormato, Iraq, earlier this month. Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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King Felipe VI greets well-wishers as he arrives at the Royal Palace in Madrid for his coronation ceremony on Thursday. His father, the former King Juan Carlos, abdicated after a 39-year reign. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images hide caption

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