The British National Archives has digitized and posted online about 1.5 million pages of diaries from soldiers and units that fought in World War I. Here, a photo of the 12th (Prince of Wales') Lancers Group. From a private collection, provided courtesy of the National Archives hide caption

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NPR's Ari Shapiro, who recently moved to London and set up a bank account, reports that it can still be an expensive and time consuming process to transfer money internationally. Here, people pass by a branch of Lloyds Bank in London, on Sept. 17. Sang Tan/AP hide caption

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The TV series Downton Abbey has dealt with the issue of inheritance that allows British hereditary peers to pass down titles and estates to male relatives, but not female ones. Parliament is now considering a change to that law. Nick Briggs/AP/PBS hide caption

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Though most people rely on cellphones, not pay phones these days, the telephone boxes aren't obsolete. During an art exhibit in summer 2012, artist Benjamin Shine transformed one into a work called Box Lounger, on display here in Central St. Giles in London. Dave Catchpole/Flickr hide caption

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The Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe at 1,016 feet, was inaugurated in London in 2012. It got its formal name when the builders adopted the term used by critics, who called it a "shard of glass" in the city's skyline. Ben Fitzpatrick/AP hide caption

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By many standards, President Obama had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Every year, on the day after Thanksgiving, almost 100 volunteer decorators show up at the White House. They spend the next five days stringing garlands and hanging ornaments, making the White House sparkle for the holidays. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Michael Robertson, then chief of staff of the Government Services Administration, testifies on Capitol Hill on April 16, 2012. Now chief of staff of the Cabinet Affairs Office in the Obama administration, Robertson has undergone treatment for stage IV colorectal cancer. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Chuck Shelton in the cold room at Albemarle CiderWorks in Virginia, which makes sparkling alcoholic cider with some of the same apple varieties used by Thomas Jefferson. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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"You may have to go someplace like Montana to 'get' this record." John Mayer tells NPR's Ari Shapiro about his new album, Paradise Valley. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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President Obama speaks at ArcelorMittal, a steel mill in Cleveland, on Thursday. Obama visited the steel mill to discuss the economy and manufacturing, and then flew to Philadelphia for a Democratic fundraising dinner. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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A breakthrough on Iran's nuclear program could shape history's view of President Obama. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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