Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda was chosen leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan on Monday. That all but ensures his selection as Japan's next prime minister. Hiro Komae/AP hide caption

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Most of Kesennuma's large fishing boats either survived the tsunami or have been repaired. But many do not move from the dock, because most of the city's fish-processing factories still lie in ruins. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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Boston-based NGO All Hands is restoring water-damaged photos recovered from Japan's tsunami using scanners and a host of professional photo re-touchers around the world. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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Paper lanterns to commemorate the victims of the bombing of Hiroshima float in the Motoyasu River in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome, in Hiroshima, Japan, on Saturday. Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Three Chinese companies are building a massive superhighway in Kenya linking Nairobi with the city of Thika. The road, as wide as 16 lanes, is the biggest of its kind in East Africa. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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A radio-tracking collar worn by a tiang was cut off by hunters after the animal was shot. Conservationists track wildlife in South Sudan to help the government devise anti-poaching strategies after decades of devastating civil war. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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Conservationists feared most of South Sudan's wildlife had been killed during more than two decades of civil war, but a survey several years ago found many had survived, including hundreds of thousands of white-eared kobs. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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The Chinatown in Lagos, Nigeria, was built in 2004. It's home to more than 100 shops that sell everything from ceramic coffee cups to Hannah Montana backpacks. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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Cattle herders lead cows and bulls down an unpaved road in Southern Sudan's main city Juba — soon to be the capital of the new country. Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An armed Somali pirate keeps vigil along the coastline of Hobyo, a pirate lair on the Indian Ocean. Mohamed Dahir/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A fishing boat bobs in the waves along the Somaliland coast looking out on the Gulf of Aden, a favorite area for pirate attacks. Kabir Dhanji for NPR hide caption

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Other nations that catch Somali pirates are reluctant to send them back because the prisons do not meet international standards. This prison in the coastal city of Berbera, Somalia, dates to the 1880s, and inmates constantly complain about conditions. Kabir Dhanji for NPR hide caption

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Anti-government protesters demonstrate in front of the Saudi Embassy in Manama, Bahrain, on March 15. Frenzied clashes swept Bahrain a day after a Saudi-led military force entered the country to help defend the Sunni monarchy from a Shiite-led protest movement. Hasan Jamali/AP hide caption

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