Lebanese masked gunmen from the al-Mokdad clan gather for a news conference in Beirut's southern suburbs on Aug. 15. The Mokdads, a large Lebanese Shiite Muslim clan, said they kidnapped at least 20 Syrians to try to secure the release of a family member abducted by Syrian rebels near Damascus this week. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Syrian soldier casts a shadow as he stands in the northwest city of Idlib in May. Growing numbers of Syrian soldiers are defecting and joining the rebels. Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Sheik Ahmad Assir speaks to supporters at a tent encampment set up in protest against Hezbollah in Sidon, Lebanon. He accuses the Islamist militant group of using resistance against Israel as a smokescreen for another aim: advancing Iranian regional hegemony. Mohamad al-Baba/NPR hide caption

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A picture released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network purportedly shows Syrian rebels celebrating after taking over a police station in the Ansari district of Aleppo on Friday. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Syrian rebels patrol the streets near Aleppo, Syria. EPA /Landov hide caption

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An old taxi is pushed toward a vehicle license office to be exchanged for an import permit in Yangon, Myanmar. As many Burmese citizens take cars as an investment, many imports are sold and resold with a higher markup. Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi smiles as she leaves Westminster Hall after addressing both Houses of Parliament on June 21 in London. WPA Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Buddhists donate food and other necessities to monks as a way of earning merit for future lives. Monks have refused donations of alms from the military as a political protest in 1990 and 2007, a boycott that some monks insist is still in effect. Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Aung San Suu Kyi finally received her honorary degree from Oxford University after it was initially awarded in 1993. In her speech, Suu Kyi praised Oxford for helping her see humankind at its best during her long years under house arrest in Myanmar. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP hide caption

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Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi gives her acceptance speech in Oslo, Norway, on Saturday. The Burmese opposition leader was awarded the prize two decades ago. Daniel Sannum Lauten/AP hide caption

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Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi is heading to Europe for the first time in more than two decades and will be giving a series of high-profile speeches She's shown here on June 2 meeting with Myanmarese refugees who are living in camps in Thailand. Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi waves to Myanmar refugees during her visit to the Mae La refugee camp near the Thai-Myanmar border on Saturday. Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A local resident entertains visitors to the Kawah Kamojang geothermal field in West Java. He puts a length of bamboo to the steam coming from the ground to make a whistle, then throws soda cans into the vent, which shoots them high into the air. The Dutch colonial government drilled Indonesia's first geothermal wells at Kamojang in 1926, when the country was still known as the Dutch East Indies. Yosef Riadi for NPR hide caption

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Muslims (in the foreground) face a group of Christians during a bloody clash in Ambon, the provincial capital of Indonesia's Maluku Island, on Sept. 11, 2011. The riot exposed deep fault lines between Christians and Muslims in Indonesia. Angkotasan/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Marines are shown during a training exercise south of Darwin, Australia. Marines recently arrived in Australia as part of a move by the U.S. to place greater emphasis on Asia and the Pacific. Glenn Campbell/The Sydney Morning Herald/Fairfax Media via Getty Images hide caption

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