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Syria: The Trojan Women inserts current events into an ancient Greek tragedy, performed here in Amman, Jordan, in 2013. Lynn Alleva Lilley/Lynn Alleva Lilley hide caption

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Syrian Artists Denied Visas, And A Voice In The U.S.

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An aid worker takes a break on a big pile of food, which was brought to the small eastern Ukrainian city of Starobilsk by a humanitarian convoy. Anatolii Stepanov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Aid Is On The Way For Eastern Ukraine, If Only It Can Pass The Checkpoints

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Lourdes Garcia-Navarro with her husband, James Hider, and their dogs Nena (left) and Ursa. Tara Todras-Whitehill/Lourdes Garcia-Navarro hide caption

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An NPR War Correspondent Reflects On A Pet Turning 100 (In Dog Years)

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Israelis in Tel Aviv take part in a protest against the military operation in the Gaza Strip on July 26. Israel's permissive approach to free speech has long fostered protests like these, but some Israelis now say that dissenters are traitors. Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images hide caption

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War In Gaza Tests Israel's Tolerance For Dissent

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Smoke rises from buildings in May after shelling on the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which is currently held by anti-government fighters. Rights workers say civilians are being killed by government attacks with so-called barrel bombs. Sadam el-Mehmedy/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Barrel Bomb Attacks Devastate Iraqi Families

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Nadine Gordimer passed away this week at age 90, after a lifetime of achievement in writing and anti-apartheid activism. Radu Sigheti/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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In Writing, Nadine Gordimer Explored Why We're All Here

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A convoy of Israeli tanks roll near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on Friday. There's a sense of repetition to the violence in the region, as Hamas fires rockets at Israel and Israel responds with bombs and the threat of a ground invasion. Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Israel And Gaza Struck By Rockets, Bombs And A Sense Of Deja Vu

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Darlena Cunha says that she wrote her essay about her family's temporary poverty so her twin daughters would learn not to judge people on government assistance. Courtesy of Darlena Cunha hide caption

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A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty

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Libya's Gen. Khalifa Hifter speaks at a news conference in Abyar, a small town to the east of Benghazi, on May 31. Hifter, a former military officer in Moammar Gadhafi's army, has has launched a self-declared campaign against Muslim extremists. This has won him both supporters and enemies. Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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A Rogue Libyan General Tries To Impose Order With An Iron Fist

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