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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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Egypt's Foreign Minister: Egypt Has A 'Very High Degree Of Security'

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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A Syrian man is among the thousands who have fled the fighting in and around the northern city of Aleppo. Thousands of Syrians have gathered at the Bab al-Salam crossing in an attempt to enter Turkey, which has kept the gate closed. Syrian government troops, assisted by Russian airstrikes, have been making gains in the Aleppo area. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Saudi artist Abdulnasser Gharem poses in front of "Generation Kill," a piece made with rubber stamps, digital print and paint, at the opening night of his exhibition titled Al Sahwa (The Awakening) at Ayyam gallery in Dubai in 2014. Aya Batrawy/AP hide caption

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The Bataclan concert hall in Paris was the scene of carnage during November's terrorist attack. The lifesaving actions that night by Didi, a security guard of North African descent, have only recently become known. Survivors say he may have helped save 400 to 500 people. Francois Guillot /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (center) and Maria Alyokhina (left) leave a police station near Sochi on Feb. 18, 2014. They'd been arrested earlier in the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics and walked free after being questioned about an alleged theft from a hotel. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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