Ethnic Uzbek women from Kyrgyzstan plead for help at a refugee camp in Nariman on the border with Uzbekistan. Tens of thousands of minority Uzbeks have fled their homes in the wake of ethnic violence last week in southern Kyrgyzstan. Oxana Onipko/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Russia's Lake Baikal, in southern Siberia, is roughly the size of Maryland. It's home to one-fifth of the world's freshwater supply and to unique species, including a freshwater seal. The United Nations refers to Baikal as Russia's "Galapagos." Now, environmentalists say it is under threat after the Russian government ordered the reopening of a paper mill on the lake's shore. David Greene/NPR hide caption

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Ulle Noodapera is a pharmacist at Town Hall Pharmacy, which first opened for business in Tallinn, Estonia, in 1422. It's famous for selling aphrodisiacs — but even more famous for a piece of almond candy that allegedly cures those who are lovestruck. Raigo Pajula/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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