A 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck Japan offshore on March 11, setting into motion a tsunami that engulfed large parts of northeastern Japan and triggered a nuclear meltdown at a power plant in Fukushima. On March 26, a man walks among debris in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, Japan. Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images hide caption

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Farmers whose crops were ruined by a nuclear accident protest Aug. 3 at the Tokyo Electric Power Co. Many Japanese are calling for the country to lessen its dependence on nuclear power following the accident six months ago. Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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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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