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An elderly Japanese woman carries water past a home destroyed several days earlier on Jan. 17, 1995, by a powerful earthquake centered in Kobe, Japan. More than 6,000 people were killed and destruction was widespread, but the city was rapidly rebuilt. Lois Bernstein/AP hide caption

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Boston on Monday. Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Migrants crowd an inflatable dinghy as members of the Italian coast guard approach them off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea on April 22. Alessandro Di Meo/AP hide caption

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Migrants wait to disembark at the Catania harbor in southern Italy on April 24. In recent weeks, hundreds of migrants leaving Libya have drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to European countries, including Italy, Spain and Greece. Alessandra Tarantino/AP hide caption

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Armenians lay flowers Tuesday at the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan, Armenia. Armenians on Friday will commemorate 100 years since 1.5 million of their kin were killed by Ottoman forces. Armenians and many historians call it the first genocide of the 20th century, but Turkey fiercely rejects that label. Karen Minasyan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Jewish worshippers gather at a makeshift synagogue established by the Jewish Agency for Israel for Ethiopian Jews in Gondar, Ethiopia, in 2012. Jenny Vaughan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Relatives of victims of the Sewol ferry accident stand before a banner featuring victim photos during a protest. More than 300 people, most of them high school students, died in the accident. Nine people remain missing. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Poland's second-largest city is also a major tourist destination. Krakow (seen here at night from the Krakus Mound) is suffering some of the worst air pollution in Europe. Arek Olek/Flickr hide caption

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Koreans — many of them elderly — line up to receive 500 won, or about 50 cents, from Shin Banpo Church in southern Seoul. Each week, organizers say, a few hundred seniors show up at each church that offers the service, and the line starts hours in advance. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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A woman holds up a blanket with the portrait of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma during a demonstration on Feb. 20 to protest his detention. He was arrested on charges of planning a coup, which he denies. He is one of three opposition mayors who have been jailed; more than 30 face criminal charges. Miguel Gutierrez/EPA/LANDOV hide caption

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President Obama speaks to NPR's Steve Inskeep at the White House on Monday. The president is pressing hard for a full-fledged nuclear agreement with Iran, part of his outreach to states that previous presidents ostracized for decades. Maggie Starbard/NPR hide caption

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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, speaking in Tehran in February, has spoken out in favor of nuclear negotiations and opening Iran to the world. But he has faced criticism from hard-liners at home. Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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Supporters of Muhammadu Buhari celebrate ahead of their candidate's victory, in Kano, Nigeria, on Tuesday. Ben Curtis/AP hide caption

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A man hammers a wall with elections posters at an open market in Kano, Nigeria, on Friday. The country is preparing for presidential elections on Saturday. President Goodluck Jonathan faces former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari and 13 other candidates in what is seen as the closest presidential race since the end of military rule in 1999. Goran Tomasevic/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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A view of one of the oldest parts of Havana. The buildings in the city tell a story of inequality. Eyder Peralta/NPR hide caption

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The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) carries out its first rescue in the Mediterranean in August 2014. The Malta-based private rescue service founded by a wealthy American and his Italian wife has rescued more than 3,000 migrants since its launch in August 2014. Barcroft Media /Landov hide caption

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Yoan Francisco, a rookie for the Havana Industriales, warms up before a game at Havana's Latin American Stadium. Cuban baseball has been facing hard times, but improved diplomatic relations with the U.S. have raised the possibility of increased cooperation and new opportunities. Eyder Peralta/NPR hide caption

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The Havana studio of prominent artist Kcho is ringed by Cubans with their heads buried in screens. Users say the only other free Internet connection in Havana is at the U.S. Interests Section. Eyder Peralta/NPR hide caption

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (center) speaks to supporters at his election headquarters on Tuesday in Tel Aviv. He now appears headed for a fourth term in office, but his campaign pledges could lead to increased friction with the Palestinians, the Obama administration and the international community. Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images hide caption

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Palestinians held rallies last November, like this one in the West Bank city of Nablus, to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2004 death of Yasser Arafat. Palestinians are increasingly frustrated with the two decades of on-and-off peace talks that have not led to an independent Palestinian state. Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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