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Palestinians wait for Mohammed Assaf, the first Palestinian winner of the Arab Idol contest, in front of his family home in the southern Gaza Strip last Tuesday. The cheering for Assaf crossed political and ideological divides. Adel Hana/AP hide caption

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Pretend Leaders Excite Palestinians' Democratic Spirit

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Pedestrians pass a barricade outside a hotel at Taksim Square, Istanbul. Business people say they are nervous that protests are cutting deep into tourism. Thanassis Stavrakis/AP hide caption

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Turks Worry Leader's Response To Protests Hurt Economy

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If Employment Game Has Changed, Who's Teaching The Rules?

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Mount Everest Climber Warns Of An Overpopulated Mountain

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Most of the children in the nodding syndrome ward at the Atanga Health Center in Pader district in Uganda are severe cases, who first showed symptoms as early as 2002, or children who have been neglected by their parents. Staffers here treat these patients with a generic anti-convulsant drug called sodium valproate. They also provide the children and their caretakers with food. Matthew Kielty for NPR hide caption

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Nodding Syndrome: A Devastating Medical Mystery In Uganda

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People walk on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, N.J., on Friday. The Jersey Shore beaches officially opened for the summer, after rebuilding following the destruction left behind by Superstorm Sandy last fall. The storm caused $37 billion of damage in the state. Julio Cortez/AP hide caption

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Rebuilding New Jersey' Shore, One Boardwalk At A Time

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Outgoing acting Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Steve Miller (right) and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George are sworn before a full House Ways and Means Committee hearing Friday. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Nonconservative Groups Say IRS Scrutinized Them, Too

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Honduran Army soldiers patrol streets in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in April. Gang violence has many Hondurans fleeing to the U.S. Orlando Sierra /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Violence, Hardship Fuel Central American Immigration To U.S.

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