Toyota President and CEO Akio Toyoda speaks to reporters after meeting with Japan's Transport Minister Seiji Maehara in Tokyo on Feb. 9. Earlier that day, Toyota announced a recall of about 437,000 Prius and other hybrid vehicles worldwide to fix brake problems, the latest in a string of embarrassing safety lapses at the world's largest automaker. Shizuo Kambayashi/AP hide caption

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The Dalai Lama during a visit to Southern California on Saturday. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader is visiting the U.S. and met last week with President Obama. Reed Saxon/AP hide caption

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A woman stands in front of a houseboat moored near a floating market in Chau Doc, in southern Vietnam near the border with Cambodia. Christopher Brown for NPR hide caption

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