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An English couple on vacation in Greece composed this note, rolled it up in a bottle and, on July 4, tossed it into the Mediterranean Sea. A Palestinian fisherman caught it in his net this week. He says it's the first piece of personal mail he has ever received. Photo Courtesy of Wael Al Soltan hide caption

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The Israeli army facilitates the transfer of wounded Syrians to Israeli hospitals. Courtesy of the Israel Defense Forces hide caption

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From Israel, Quiet Efforts Are Underway To Aid Civilians In Syria

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Tunisian women gather to celebrate Women's Day on Aug. 13 in Tunis. On the same day, the country's president announced the review of a law requiring that a man receive twice the share of an inheritance as a woman. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands in Jerusalem in May. Some critics say Netanyahu responded cautiously to the Charlottesville rally because he wanted to avoid angering Trump. Sebastian Scheiner/AP hide caption

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President Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Trump And Russia: Lots Of Talk, But Critics Say There's No Clear Strategy

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107-year-old Mirza Naseem Changezi (left) sits with his son Khalid Changezi, 61, at their home in the Old City of New Delhi. Changezi is reputed to be the Old City's oldest resident and says there was never any question of leaving India for Pakistan. The Changezis trace their roots back 23 generations. Furkan Latif Khan/NPR hide caption

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For India's Oldest Citizens, Independence Day Spurs Memories Of A Painful Partition

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Arabic signs have replaced Turkish ones in Istanbul's Fatih neighborhood, where many Syrian refugees have settled. Turkey has absorbed some 3 million Syrian refugees since the Syrian war began. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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For Syrian Refugees In Turkey, A Long Road To Regular Employment

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People pose in front of Pakistan Independence Day signs in Lahore. The country, created in 1947 as a homeland for South Asia's Muslims, celebrated 70 years of independence on Aug. 14. Diaa Hadid/NPR hide caption

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As Pakistan Marks 70 Years Of Independence, Its Minorities Struggle For Space

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The Rough Translation podcast explores how ideas we wrestle with in the U.S. are being discussed in the rest of the world. Cornelia Li for NPR hide caption

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Bridging The Familiar And Unfamiliar Around The World, In 'Rough Translation'

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Drivers maneuver through floodwater after a torrential rain in Alexandria, Egypt. Ibrahim Ramadan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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In Egypt, A Rising Sea — And Growing Worries About Climate Change's Effects

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Muslim refugees crowd onto a train as they try to flee India near New Delhi in September 1947. Some 15 million people crossed new borders during the violent partition of British-ruled India. At times, mobs targeted and killed passengers traveling in either direction; the trains carrying their corpses became known as "ghost trains." AP hide caption

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Giving Voice To Memories From 1947 Partition And The Birth Of India And Pakistan

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Residents go fishing this week near Tumon Beach in Guam. Some people on the strategically located island fear the president's rhetoric has exposed them to danger. Virgilio Valencia/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump's Rhetoric Renews Debate In Guam: Is Being 'Tip Of The Spear' Worth It?

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At Mosa's Joint in Guam, island residents and military personnel fill up the bar for Thursday happy hour. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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On Guam, The Mood Is Calm Despite Being In North Korea's Crosshairs

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People hold placards with hashtag #FREEDENIZ to protest the detention of German journalist Deniz Yucel in front of Turkish embassy in Berlin on Feb. 28, 2017. John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Tensions Escalate Between Turkey And Germany

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The Paris municipality opened the Canal De L'Ourcq to swimmers this summer. Mayor Anne Hidalgo wants to open three pools on the Seine River by 2024, when the city is scheduled to host the Olympics. Joanna Kakissis/NPR hide caption

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Luo Changping, left, and Deng Fei. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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China's Few Investigative Journalists Face Increasing Challenges

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Children walk through a rice field outside the town of Kelilalina in eastern Madagascar. Rice is the dominant food and the dominant crop on the Indian Ocean island, but changing weather patterns are disrupting production in some parts of the country. Samantha Reinders for NPR hide caption

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Erratic Weather Threatens Livelihood Of Rice Farmers In Madagascar

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Samir Hussain was attacked in 2015 by a gang of strangers, one of whom threw drain cleaner on his face. Joanna Kakissis/NPR hide caption

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Acid Attacks On The Rise In The U.K.

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Rwandan President Paul Kagame greets the crowd after addressing supporters at the closing rally of the presidential campaign in the capital, Kigali, this week. Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rwanda's Kagame Has Ushered In Peace And Progress, And Crushed Dissent

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An armored Chinese police van is seen next to the Friendship Bridge on the Yalu River connecting the North Korean town of Sinuiju and the Chinese city of Dandong. China is North Korea's biggest trading partner. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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(Left) Vika, 10, in the underground room where she and her family sleep to stay safe from regular shelling in Spartak, Ukraine. (Right) Vika keeps her stuffed animals in this underground cubby, which also serves as a space to play. (Bottom) Vika and her grandmother, Valentina Pleshkova, 54. Brendan Hoffman/Prime for NPR hide caption

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A popular Turkish baklava shop, Faruk Güllüoğlu, is one of nearly 1,000 companies expropriated by the Turkish government since last year's failed coup. The company is now run by a government trustee. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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Turkish Businesses Snagged In Government's Post-Coup Crackdown

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