The monument at the Brest Fortress, where Soviet soldiers fought the German advance in 1941. Rose Previte hide caption

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (right) meets his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai on Aug. 18 during a summit near Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi. Medvedev hosted the leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan for talks on joint efforts to stabilize the region. Dmitry Astakhov/AP hide caption

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Vegetable seller Olesya Vladymyrovna, 55, holds a pumpkin at a market in Lviv, Ukraine. For centuries in the Eastern European nation, a pumpkin meant: "No, I will not marry you." David Greene/NPR hide caption

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