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Police officers from the district of Argu swing away with long sticks to eradicate a patch of illegally grown poppies in the Badakhshan province of Afghanistan. The opium trade is a key source of funding for the Taliban — but counterterrorism experts say it will take more than shutting down opium production to crack the Taliban's finances. Julie Jacobson/AP hide caption

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Iranian authorities recently confiscated the passport of Iranian poet Simin Behbahani (shown here at a press conference in Tehran in 2007), who was scheduled to travel to Paris to read her poetry at a conference. No charges have been filed against Behbahani; her passport has not been returned. Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Given painful budget cuts in the New York school system, parents say their homemade confections are a more wholesome way to help fund school programs. Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Ben Zimmer studied linguistic anthropology at the University of Chicago. He is a consultant for the Oxford English Dictionary and the executive producer of visualthesaurus.com and vocabulary.com. Monico Rabara hide caption

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