Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (left) and Secretary of State John Kerry (second from left) attend the International Syria Support Group meeting in Munich, Germany, on Thursday along with members of the Syrian opposition and other officials. Michael Dalder/AP hide caption

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Belkiz Halip and her children Eye (left) and Zehra fled bombing in Aleppo to a tent city close to the Bab al-Salam crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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NATO on Thursday ordered a naval force to move immediately to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of migrants between Turkey and Greece. In this photo from last June, a Greek coast guard vessel arrives carrying migrants at the port of Mytilene, Greece, after a rescue operation. Thanassis Stavrakis/AP hide caption

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Sunni imam Aziz Babaei, in his prayer room in Tehran, has been telling other Iranian Sunnis to be careful. One radical act, he warns, could bring pain on the whole community. Steve Inskeep/NPR hide caption

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Fake passports and the tools used to make them are displayed at the immigration bureau in Bangkok on Wednesday after Thai police broke up a major fake passport ring led by an Iranian known as "The Doctor." Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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"There is a vibrant political atmosphere that will be conducive to greater achievement" in Egypt, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry tells NPR. But, he says, "I can't say we're perfect." Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Sameh Hassan Shoukry, Egypt's foreign minister, speaks with NPR's David Greene about the state of democracy and human rights in his country.

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