Former Chenzhou city anti-corruption official Zeng Jinchun stands trial in Changsha, the capital of China's Hunan province, in 2008. He was convicted of corruption, sentenced to death, and is now awaiting execution. Similar corruption scandals have occurred across China. xinhuanet.com hide caption

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Bindu Ahlawadi gets used to meals for one at a pay-for-stay home in New Delhi. Her daughter lives in Pittsburgh. Courtesy of Bishan Samaddar hide caption

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Chinese paramilitary officers march in front of Tiananmen Gate in Beijing during a rehearsal for China's 60th anniversary celebrations last year. A consequence of China's military modernization program is that some veterans have been left behind, which has led them to protest their condition. Once the backbone of the communist revolution, soldiers are now considered among the groups that should be suppressed. Feng Li/Getty Images hide caption

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A man walks through a Beijing building formerly used as a secret detention center in 2009. In these "black jails," Chinese citizens are held, forcibly restrained and sometimes beaten to prevent them from lodging formal complaints with the central government. Elizabeth Dalziel/AP hide caption

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Pakistani rescue workers search for survivors in the wreckage of a crashed passenger plane in the Margalla Hills on the outskirts of Islamabad on Wednesday. hide caption

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U.S. Navy and South Korean ships sail in a 13-ship formation led by the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Tucson on Monday in the East Sea off the Korean peninsula. North Korea has promised "sacred war" in response to the naval exercises, which began on Sunday. U.S Navy via Getty Images hide caption

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An activist from a nongovernmental organization participates in a demonstration June 25 in New Delhi against recent honor killings in the capital and other parts of the country. Manish Swarup/AP hide caption

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A U.S. Marine from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines runs for cover during a gun battle as part of an operation to clear the area of insurgents near Musa Qaleh, in northern Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, July 23. Kevin Frayer/AP Photo hide caption

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Cambodian farmer Leang Korn, 56, cries in front of a portrait of her nephew, who was a prisoner of the Khmer Rouge's Tuol Sleng prison, now turned into a genocide museum, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Heng Sinith/AP hide caption

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In China, Mazu, a folk goddess of the sea, has an estimated 160 million followers and 4,000 temples devoted to her. Here, a statue of Mazu from a village temple is paraded around Meizhou Island in southern China's Fujian province during recent birthday celebrations. Ariana Lindquist for NPR hide caption

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