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Diary Of A Saudi Girl: Karate Lover, Science Nerd ... Bride?

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U.S. Monitors Iran's Role In Helping Iraqi Fighters Take Back Fallujah

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Hundreds Of Refugees Die In Recent Mediterranean Shipwrecks

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Syria's Mohammed Faris was a national hero after he became the country's first cosmonaut in 1987, traveling to the Soviet Union's Mir Space Station. Now he's a refugee in Istanbul, Turkey. Faris, 65, is shown standing in front of a painting of himself as a cosmonaut. A critic of Syria's President Bashar Assad, he still hopes to return to his homeland. Peter Kenyon / NPR hide caption

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Once A National Hero, Syria's Lone Cosmonaut Is Now A Refugee In Turkey

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Armed men in uniform identified by Syrian Democratic forces as U.S. special operations forces ride in the back of a pickup truck in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqqa on Wednesday. Delil Souleiman /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Balkans: An Often Overlooked Hotbed For ISIS Recruitment

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People gather their belongings Friday as they leave a refugee camp because of an Islamic State offensive near Azaz, Syria. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Avigdor Lieberman, who became Israel's new defense minister this week, visits Jerusalem's Old City on March 9. Lieberman's hard-line positions and controversial remarks have ignited fierce debate in Israel and beyond. Mahmoud Illean/AP hide caption

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Here's Why Israel's New Defense Minister Is So Controversial

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (right), along with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (left), speak to reporters in London on May 12. They tried to assure European banks they won't be penalized for conducting legitimate business with Iran. Critics say it should not be up to the U.S. to encourage investment in Iran. Josh Lederman/AP hide caption

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John Kerry's Awkward Push For Investment In Iran

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Ronit Shy stands in front of the construction site for the building that will be her future home. She was among 200 Israelis who won a housing lottery with 6,000 entrants. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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Amid Skyrocketing Housing Prices, A Push For Affordable Homes In Israel

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Aviation Authorities Examine Evidence From EgyptAir Flight 804

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ISIS Claims Responsibility For Bombings In 2 Syrian Coastal Cities

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A shop owner waits for customers in a market in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Over the past nine months, tourism has plummeted in the country after a series of deadly attacks. Chris McGrath/Getty Images hide caption

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People Aren't Coming To See The Pyramids Or Snorkel In The Red Sea

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Refugee Crisis Is The Largest Since WWII, World Bank President Says

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