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Joshua Fattal (from left), Sarah Shourd and Shane Bauer were on a hike in 2009 when they unknowingly crossed a road that bordered to Iran. They were stopped by border patrol and imprisoned in Tehran. Mia Nakano/Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin hide caption

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In 2009, 3 Americans Went For A Hike, And Ended Up In A Tehran Prison

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Workers build a concrete barrier along the coast of suburban Kesennuma, northeastern Japan, which was hard hit by the devastating tsunami in 2011. Nationwide, Japan has poured concrete to defend nearly half of its shoreline. Critics say much of it is unnecessary. Lucy Craft for NPR hide caption

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In Tsunami's Wake, Fierce Debate Over Japan's 'Great Wall'

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Ralph Fiennes portrays concierge Monsieur Gustave in The Grand Budapest Hotel, the actor' first project with director Wes Anderson. Bob Yeoman/Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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A Psychological Game Of Casting For 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

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