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Ukrainian skier Bogdana Matsotska decided not to compete in Friday's slalom race, in a show of solidarity with protesters in Kiev. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Ukrainian Olympic Skier's Stand Is A Sacrifice For Her Country

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Many shops in this area of Beirut, Lebanon, known as the Dahiyeh, are now lined with sandbags to shield them against possible bombings. Tim Fitzsimons for NPR hide caption

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Beirut's Suburbs Take New Precautions As Syrian Unrest Expands

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Germany's new defense minister, Ursula von der Leyen, right, chats with German soldiers who have served in Afghanistan, at a training center in Letzlingen on Jan. 28. Von der Leyen has said she would like to see German forces participate more with other European troops in foreign peacekeeping missions. Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images hide caption

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Germany's New Defense Minister: More Peacekeeping Missions Welcome

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This handout provided by the Santa Monica Police Department shows ammunition, magazines and guns believed to have been dropped by a suspected gunman during a mass shooting at Santa Monica College in June 2013. Getty Images hide caption

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Violence Abroad Threatens Students, As Do Guns At U.S. Schools

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Homeless women sit amid their belongings in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday. Democrats and Republicans say income inequality is a problem, but they disagree over a solution. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The War Over Poverty: A Deep Divide On How To Help

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Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman leaves a sports arena after a practice session for North Korean basketball players in Pyongyang in December 2013. David Guttenfelder/AP hide caption

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Rodman's Tour Of North Korea: Diplomacy Or Propaganda?

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A boy stands in the ruins of the leveled a neighborhood in Tacloban. Food and water supplies were almost nonexsistent in the days immediately after the storm. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Rushing Toward Chaos: Covering The Aftermath Of Typhoon Haiyan

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Billie Jean King spoke with CNN after being named to the delegation, saying "I'm very proud to go as an athlete, and as a gay woman." Michael Loccisano/Getty Images hide caption

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Billie Jean King Travels With A Message About History

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