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The Inca were innovators in agriculture as well as engineering. Terracing like this, on a steep hillside in Peru's Colca Canyon, helped them grow food. Doug McMains/Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian hide caption

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Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov (right), was recently convicted of terrorism charges in Crimea dating to last year, when Russia seized the territory from Ukraine. A Russian military court sentenced him to 20 years in one of several cases that have drawn criticism from human rights groups. He's shown here at a hearing at Moscow's Lefortovo District Court on Dec. 26, 2014. Mikhail Pochuyev/ITAR-TASS/Landov hide caption

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Customers line up to enter the Gucci shop at a mall in Shanghai. ALY SONG/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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A bus with the Cuban and U.S. flags is seen on a beach in Havana earlier this month. The White House is exploring regulatory changes to provide new opportunities for American citizens and U.S. businesses in Cuba. Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Musashi Fuchu Little League baseball players spend eight to 10 hours a day on weekends practicing on this field on the outskirts of Tokyo. This traditional powerhouse team has won the Little League World Series twice before, in 2013 and 2003, but did not qualify this season. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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All the talk about immigration in the U.S. presidential campaign has renewed focus on the linguistic question of how to refer to people from Latin America. Here, the flags of Latin American and Caribbean states fly at a regional summit in San Jose, Costa Rica, in January. Arnoldo Robert/LatinContent/Getty Images hide caption

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By law, all wild swans in Great Britain belong to Queen Elizabeth. Alpha/Landov hide caption

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The Pentagon's only maximum security prison, at the U.S. Army's Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, is one of the facilities being considered for placement of Guantanamo prisoners deemed too dangerous to release. Julie Denesha/Getty Images hide caption

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A Chinese investor monitors stock prices at a brokerage in Beijing on Wednesday. The country's stock markets have nosedived. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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The Yuz Museum is one of the private museums that have begun cropping up along Shanghai's riverfront, part of a government effort to make the West Bund area a cultural destination. Here are recent works by Yang Zhenzhong, Shi Qing, and Yu Ji from the exhibition Myth/History II: Shanghai Galaxy. Courtesy of the Yuz Museum hide caption

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Almost everyone who owns a home in the city of Petropolis — where the Brazilian royal family once had a summer palace — still pays tax to the descendants of the former rulers. Amadeu Júnior via Flickr hide caption

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People gather outside a damaged building after clashes in Silvan between Turkish security forces and members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) youth wing last week. Sertac Kayar/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Lebanese gather at a public beach in Beirut on Aug. 2. Lax governance has allowed developers to turn much of the coastline into private clubs, leaving a dwindling number of public beaches along the Mediterranean. Jamal Saidi/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Migrants from Africa receive instruction in French in the port city of Calais. Some 3,000 migrants live in a makeshift camp known as "The Jungle." Most are seeking to travel on to Britain, while some are seeking asylum in France. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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Medical volunteers walk past tents set up on the playground of a primary school as temporary shelters for victims after explosions in Tianjin, China, on Aug. 13. Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Elderly residents gather in a dying village in the Sierra Francia region, northwest of Madrid. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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Israeli Arab supporters of Mohammad Allan hold signs during a rally in the Israeli city of Ashkelon earlier this month. Allan spent his college years as an activist, fighting for Palestinian rights as a member of the student wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group. Tsafrir Abayov/AP hide caption

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Russian workers threw contraband peaches off a truck outside the city of Novozybkov on Aug. 7. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In the ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Mea Sharim, men wear dark pants, long dark coats and black hats. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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LGBT activists in Kazakhstan hoped international attention from hosting the Winter Olympics might help their cause. Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Librarian S. Kalaivani has worked at the Jaffna Public Library in Sri Lanka for five years. "I love working here," she says. "It's a pleasure to help the people who are continuing to get knowledge." Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Members of the Syrian band Khebez Dawle include (from left to right) Hekmat Qassar on guitar and keyboards, lead guitarist Bashar Darwish, bassist Muhammad Bazz and lead singer Anas Maghrebi. Half the band members are now in Turkey, and are strongly considering seeking asylum in Europe. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Port of Hamburg's trade volume has more than doubled since 1990 and is projected to double again by 2030. Andrew Schneider for NPR hide caption

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