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A Chinese employee works in a textile firm in the Macrolotto area in Prato, the biggest textile district in Europe, in 2005. The town has become home to the largest concentration of Chinese residents in Europe — many of whom are not legal. Marco Bulgarelli /Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images hide caption

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Seven Republican presidential hopefuls stand onstage before their first debate Monday, at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. From left are former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, ex-Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and businessman Herman Cain. Jim Cole/AP hide caption

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates has sought to raise rates on military health insurance paid by working-age retirees. This week, he spoke to troops at Forward Operating Base Walton in Kandahar, Afghanistan. U.S. Navy/Getty Images hide caption

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FEMA Director William Craig Fugate speaks to the media as U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (left) and American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern (right) listen after a meeting with President Obama at the White House earlier this month. Obama was briefed on the 2011 hurricane season. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Chinese explorer Zheng He sailed on diplomatic and business missions in the early 1400s, reaching as far as northeast Africa. This sculpture of Zheng He is on display in the Asian Reading Room at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Maggie Starbard/NPR hide caption

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Anti-U.S. protesters in Peshawar, Pakistan, demonstrate in February against Ray Davis, the CIA contractor suspected in the shooting deaths of two Pakistani men. Mohammad Sajjad/AP hide caption

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