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Zarafshan comes from a family of carpet weavers, dating back to her great-grandmother. Steve Inskeep/NPR hide caption

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Donald Trump's paternal grandparents, Friedrich Trump and Elisabeth Christ, came from the southwest German village of Kallstadt. Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images hide caption

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The Almudaina Palace (left) is one of two royal palaces on Spain's Mallorca island. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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People gathered during a candlelight procession to honor the memory of Giulio Regeni in his hometown of Fiumicello, Italy, on Sunday. Paolo Giovannini/AP hide caption

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Medhi Salimian uses the words of Hafez — and the help of his bird, Sarah — to tell fortunes. Steve Inskeep/NPR hide caption

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Pope Francis will meet Patriarch Kirill in Cuba, in a historic step to heal the 1,000-year schism that has divided the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches. Andrew Medichini and Ivan Sekretarev/AP hide caption

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Pakistani police stand guard as a Pakistan International Airline plane taxis on a runway in Islamabad on Feb. 8. The national carrier has struggled in recent years with a $3 billion debt. Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images 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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Students take part in a protest at the University of Hong Kong on Jan. 20. They protested after a pro-Beijing official was appointed to a senior role, amid growing worry over increasing political interference in academia. Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Culture

In Hong Kong, A Tussle Over Academic Freedom

Students at the University of Hong Kong protested last month, saying university governance is subject to political interference from Beijing.

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Kiss Me, Kate is the latest in a series of American musicals to be performed at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris. "It is such a glorious theater to perform in," says director Lee Blakeley. Vincent Pontent/Courtesy of Théâtre du Châtelet 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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Politics & Policy

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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Iraqi soldiers sit in a truck during a training exercise southeast of Baghdad on Jan. 24. The Iraqi military has made progress against the Islamic State, but the extremist group still holds key cities, and numerous other armed factions operate throughout the country. Karim Kadim/AP hide caption

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Lourdes Garcia-Navarro performs with the Vila Isabel Samba School during Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. André Vieira for NPR hide caption

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An Iran Air Boeing 747 passenger plane on the tarmac of Mehrabad Airport in Tehran in 2013. Iran bought most of its planes from Boeing before the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The country now has one of the oldest airline fleets in the world. With sanctions lifted, Boeing can once again sell planes to Iran, but the country recently announced a major deal with Airbus. BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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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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Within the current prayer area, to the left of the wooden bridge, a division between the men's and women's sections is marked by a barrier. The new prayer space will be to the right of the bridge. Emily Harris/NPR 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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Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have exchanged compliments. In the words of one Putin adviser, "he more carefully listens to so-called 'silent majority' of the American nation, who don't want conflict with Russia." Robert F. Bukaty/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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Construction trailers are suspended in the middle of the 240-foot concrete wall that's been dug below ground level. This area will eventually become the underground parking garage at the hotel. Steve Inskeep/NPR hide caption

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The North Korea Information Center in Seoul, South Korea, holds a vast collection of publications, videos and everyday items from the North. Here, North Korea Woman magazine features the classic propaganda art often seen in North Korea. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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British Prime Minister David Cameron wants to cut migration, and part of the government's plan calls for some foreign workers to leave if they are making less than 35,000 pounds (about $50,000) annually. Ben Pruchnie/Pool/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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