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Johann Zoffany's 18th century painting portrays Dido Elizabeth Belle and her cousin Elizabeth Murray. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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Movie Interviews

Behind 'Belle': An 18th Century Portrait Ahead Of Its Time

Director Amma Asante's new film is based on the real-life story of a biracial woman who grew up in an aristocratic English family — a story that was immortalized in a painting by Johann Zoffany.

The women of the Afghan National Cycling Federation team train outside Kabul, the capital. They face poor road conditions, terrible traffic, lots of gawking and even threats of violence in pursuit of their sport. Peter Breslow/NPR hide caption

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Parallels

Afghan Female Cyclists: Breaking Away, And Breaking Taboos

There's one women's cycling team in Afghanistan. Free-form traffic and open-mouth stares are just a couple of the things they encounter as they pedal the country's mountainous, potholed roads.

Members of Dance Academy of Mexico perform during last year's Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Milwaukee. Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/MCT/Landov hide caption

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U.S.

Cinco De Mayo: Whose Holiday Is It, Anyway?

Expect to see margarita specials and sombreros galore throughout this weekend — even though, in most of Mexico, May 5 is no big deal.

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