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South Korea Impeaches President, But Political Drama Isn't Finished

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Thirty years ago, when the grass grew tall, cashmere goats made up 19 percent of all livestock in Mongolia. Since then, their numbers have skyrocketed to make up 60 percent today. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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How Your Cashmere Sweater Is Decimating Mongolia's Grasslands

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Russia's new Iskander system can be armed with nuclear warheads and can fire either ballistic (pictured) or cruise missiles. The Iskander-M missile launcher was used during a military exercise last month by the Russian Eastern Military District's 5th army at a firing range in Ussuriysk, Russia. Yuri Smityuk/TASS via Getty Images hide caption

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Members of the Iraqi forces watch Donald Trump giving a speech after his election win. They are part of the ongoing military operation to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIS, which Trump has vowed to destroy. Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Challenges Trump Will Face In Confronting Radical Islam

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In central Damascus, it's clear that President Bashar Assad is firmly in control. People close to the regime and government officials say the mood in the city is "better" as regime forces make gains in rebel-held areas. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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As Syrian Government Forces Advance, The War Could Be At A Turning Point

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Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi leaves a Catholic hospice in Cesano Boscone on May 9, 2014, after serving his first day of community service for tax fraud. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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When It Comes To Wealthy Leaders, World Abounds With Cautionary Tales

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A billboard for the Trump Tower Mumbai luxury residential apartment complex is seen next to a busy road in Mumbai in June. Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In India, Trump's Business Interests Raise Anticipation And Questions

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President-elect Donald Trump spoke last Friday with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen. In her first public comments, Tsai said Tuesday that observers should not read too much into the conversation. "I do not foresee major policy shifts in the near future," she told Western journalists. Evan Vucci, Chiang Ying-ying/AP hide caption

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Taiwan's President: Phone Call With Trump 'Doesn't Mean A Policy Shift'

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A statue of Genghis Khan sits atop the stairs of the Government Palace in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia's capital. The country's economy has slowed down since the drop in gold and mineral prices. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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Once Booming, Mongolia's Economy Veers From Riches To Rags

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Antonino Fernandez was born in 1917 in the village of Cerezales del Condado, in Spain's northern León province. Until his health deteriorated about five years ago, Fernandez came from Mexico to visit his hometown most summers. He and his wife had no children and were generous with financial help to distant relatives and former neighbors. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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A Spanish Village Stays Afloat, Thanks To Corona Beer Tycoon

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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced Sunday night he would resign, after voters rejected the referendum on constitutional reforms. Opposition parties had framed the vote as a referendum on Renzi himself. Franco Origlia/Getty Images hide caption

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South Korean President Park Geun-Hye bows during an address to the nation, at the presidential Blue House in Seoul last month. Park said she is willing to stand down early and would let parliament decide on her fate. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Vote To Impeach South Korea's President Expected This Week

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Copies of local Chinese magazines at a news stand in Shanghai on Nov. 14, almost a week after Donald Trump was elected president. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi speaks in Rome on Nov. 26 in support of Sunday's referendum that would amend the constitution. Renzi says it will modernize the political system in a country that has had more than 60 governments in the past 70 years. He has said he will step down if the referendum fails. Andrew Medichini/AP hide caption

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Italy's Big Vote Could Rattle Europe Once Again

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Syrians who fled from Aleppo's rebel-held areas queue to receive food on Dec. 1 at a shelter in the neighborhood of Jibreen, east of Aleppo. Youssef Karwashan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For Aleppo Residents Under Siege, A Risky Journey To Relative Safety

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President-elect Donald Trump, seen here on Nov. 22, spoke with Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday. Trump showered praise on Sharif despite the tensions between the two countries in recent years. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Gushes About Pakistan In Call With Its Prime Minister

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A coal mining brigade unloads a cart full of coal that has been freshly mined from half-a-mile below the surface of the earth. For some rural Mongolians, risking their lives in crude, makeshift mines is the only way to survive. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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Amid Economic Crisis, Mongolians Risk Their Lives For Do-It-Yourself Mining

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Mount Paektu, which sits on the border with China, is known in North Korea as the "sacred mountain of revolution" and considered the legendary birthplace of Kim Jong Il and Korean culture. David Guttenfelder/AP hide caption

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North Korean Volcano Provides Rare Chance For Scientific Collaboration

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Hotel employees watch Donald Trump following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Trump International Hotel on Oct. 26 in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump's Loans From Troubled German Bank Pose Conflict Of Interest

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