A youth smokes crack in the Manguinhos slum in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. A crack epidemic is one factor contributing to the sharp rise in crime committed by Brazilian minors. Felipe Dana/AP hide caption

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As Youth Crime Spikes, Brazil Struggles For Answers

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The renovated Maracana stadium hosts a game by the teams "Friends of Bebeto" and "Friends of Ronaldo" during the stadium's inauguration in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. Silvia Izquierdo/AP hide caption

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Brazilians Keep World Cup Hopes In Check Amid Complications

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Bolivia Tries To Regain Sea Access It Lost To Chile In 1904

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A portrait is projected on the walls of a building as part of a project promoting art through re-evaluating urban spaces and buildings in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Nov. 22. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Gritty Sao Paulo, Artists Take To The Streets

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Tatiana Coelho buys fruit from a vendor in a favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sept. 20, 2012. Prices, especially for food, are skyrocketing in Brazil. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images hide caption

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In The Wake Of Brazil's Boom, Prices To Match

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Chilean Poet Neruda's Remains To Be Exhumed In Murder Probe

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Ali Hamdani was a doctor in Iraq before becoming a translator for NPR. He now lives in North Carolina. Lourdes Garcia-Navarro/NPR hide caption

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'We Survived Iraq': An Iraqi Makes A New Home In North Carolina

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A Palestinian family rides on a donkey cart along a waste dump in Al-Nusirat, central Gaza Strip, in February. Living conditions continue to deteriorate for the 1.8 million Palestinians who reside in Gaza. Ali Ali/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Gaza's Future Looks Even Bleaker Than Its Past

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Tensions Run High Between Israel And U.S. Over Iran

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Republican Mitt Romney greets audience members after delivering a speech in Jerusalem on July 29. Israel's new prominence in campaign rhetoric has some in the Jewish state worried. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Israel Finds Itself A Partisan Election Issue In U.S.

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Palestinians order food at a coffee shop in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sunday. Tara Todras-Whitehill/Tara Todras-Whitehill for NPR hide caption

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Sneaking A Bite During Ramadan's Long, Hot Days

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Israeli army tractors demolish a Palestinian home on Nov. 24, 2011, in the village of Yatta near Hebron, reported to be in Area C, an Israeli-controlled section of the West Bank. Recently, Israel has issued orders to evacuate and demolish more Palestinian communities in Area C, the largest section of the West Bank. Abed Al Hashlamoun/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Palestinians Fear New Israeli Moves In West Bank

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Israeli soldiers look at their Egyptian counterparts from their side of the border Wednesday at the Kerem Shalom border crossing, where an attack by Islamist militants on Sunday killed 16 Egyptian soldiers. Tara Todras-Whitehill for NPR hide caption

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Israel Wary Of Egypt's Calls To Alter Peace Treaty

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Palestinians look at items in a gift shop as they wait to cross into Egypt at the Rafah border crossing in the Gaza Strip last month. Egypt shut down the crossing less than a week later, after a deadly attack near Rafah left 16 Egyptian soldiers dead. Tara Todras-Whitehill for NPR hide caption

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Sinai Attack Dashes Hopes For Closer Gaza-Egypt Ties

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