Workers at a limestone quarry near the town of El Minya, Egypt, are largely uneducated and make about $7 a day. Steve Inskeep/NPR hide caption

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Musician Ramy Essam, 23, says he was tortured while under the custody of the Egyptian military after being rounded up with several other protesters in Tahrir Square on March 9. Steve Inskeep/NPR hide caption

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A Coptic priest speaks to a crowd of thousands of mourners in Moqattem, in the eastern outskirts of Cairo, Thursday at a memorial service for victims of the week of clashes that have left 13 people dead in Egypt. Steve Inskeep/NPR hide caption

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Iran's Mohammad Reza Shajarian, a superstar of Persian classical music, walks onstage to perform with his son Homayoun and the Ava Ensemble to a largely Iranian audience at the Orpheum Theater in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2008. Heinz Ruckemann/UPI Photo / Landov hide caption

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President Barack Obama will deliver a prime-time address to the nation tonight, from the Oval Office at the White House. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press hide caption

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In Lahore, the Grand Trunk Road's dichotomy: A couple shares a motorcycle, as a horse pulls a wagon in the background. John Poole/NPR hide caption

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A man rides his bike down the former main street of the ancient city of Sirkap, which was a crowded settlement more than 2,000 years ago. Villagers now use the street as a shortcut home. John Poole/NPR hide caption

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Muhammad Yasir, 23, lifts free weights at Gold's Gym in Gujranwala, Pakistan. Despite its name, the facility is not affiliated with the U.S. gym chain. John Poole/NPR hide caption

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In early April, professor Iftikhar Baloch was assaulted and nearly killed in his office by members of Islami Jamiat Taliba, who were upset at the expulsion of some of their members from the university. John Poole/NPR hide caption

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Maria Khan is a 25-year-old barrister from Lahore. John Poole/NPR hide caption

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Near Aligarh, India, a boy looks out the window of an aging bus on the Grand Trunk Road. Kainaz Amaria for NPR hide caption

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