Young, unemployed men play cards in a cafe of Sidi Bouzid, the rural Tunisian town where a street vendor, Mohammed Bouazizi, set himself on fire, triggering recent protests. Mathias Depardon/ hide caption

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Hungarian students in downtown Budapest take part in a demonstration Dec. 20, 2010, against new laws that will give the state authority far-reaching powers over private media. Ferenc Isza/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Ursula Biondi holds her infant son (both dressed in prison clothes) in this undated photo. Biondi was among thousands of Swiss teenagers and young adults who were sent to prison or labor camps without trial. After decades of silence, they are now speaking out. Courtesy Ursula Biondi hide caption

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A young man fulfilling his alternative civilian service, instead of compulsory military service, attends a patient last year in a hospital in Stuttgart, Germany. The German government has announced plans to scrap compulsory military service and optional community service, a decision that has left German social service agencies scrambling to fill an anticipated labor shortfall. Thomas Kienzle/AP hide caption

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A cardboard cut-out that reads "countdown to exodus" alerts Czechs that some doctors may be leaving the country for better jobs. Eric Westervelt/NPR hide caption

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with Romanian President Traian Basescu (center) and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday ahead of a two-day EU summit in Brussels, Belgium. Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP hide caption

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An anti-nuclear activist protests against the transport of nuclear waste to a disposal site in Gorleben in northern Germany. Protesters target the annual shipment, but this year's activities have taken on a new urgency after a government decision to extend the life of the country's 17 nuclear power plants. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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