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Smoke rises from Kunduz, Afghanistan on Thursday. Government forces have reportedly retaken the city after it was seized by the Taliban on Monday. AP hide caption

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Dmitri Vrubel's painting of the Soviet Union's Leonid Brezhnev and East Germany's Erich Honecker kissing — under a Russian phrase that reads, "My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love" — is a popular part of the East Side Gallery. Adam Berry/Getty Images hide caption

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India's capital is among the most polluted cities in the world, thanks in large part to the growing number of vehicles on its roads. In its just-announced climate change plan, India does not commit to an absolute reduction of its emissions. Instead, it will slow the release of greenhouse gases. DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Songdo, outside Seoul, was envisioned as a futuristic international business hub, drawing residents from all over the world. Instead, this young city has become populated mostly by Koreans. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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People stand amid the rubble of a house damaged by a Saudi-led airstrike last month in the old city of Sanaa, Yemen's capital. Hani Mohammed/AP hide caption

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The Catholic aid organization Caritas set up a tent to provide medical care, food and clothing to migrants and refugees at the Hungarian border with Serbia. But elsewhere in Hungary, church leaders have been hesitant to help. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images hide caption

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Egyptian singer Suha Mohamed Ali performs in a music video. She was recently sentenced to six months in jail for inciting debauchery. YouTube hide caption

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Migrants arriving in Hungary from Croatia are offered water by volunteers in a resting zone near the border. Offers of food and water are permitted, but some other forms of help are restricted by Hungarian law. Tamas Soki/EPA/LANDOV hide caption

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President Obama and Vladimir Putin met for 90 minutes after the Russian president's Monday speech at the United Nations. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Hassan Rouhani, Iran's president, speaks with NPR's Steve Inskeep in New York on Saturday. Rouhani offered his thoughts on Syria's future, the recent nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, freedom of expression and other issues. Bryan Thomas for NPR hide caption

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani prepares to speak with NPR's Steve Inskeep on Saturday in New York. Rouhani reaffirmed Iran's commitment to the nuclear deal and said his country would be willing to discuss Syria's future with the United States — after ISIS is defeated. Bryan Thomas for NPR hide caption

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A Pakistani buyer carries goats in a vehicle on the outskirts of Islamabad for Eid al-Adha, the Muslim holiday of sacrifice. The meat from livestock sacrificed on Eid al-Adha is shared with the poor. B.K. Bangash/AP hide caption

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Pakistani border guards stopped Afghan refugees from entering in late 2000. Authorities closed the border to stop the influx of refugees into Pakistan, which was already hosting millions of displaced Afghans. HAIDER SHAH/AP hide caption

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An Iraqi woman attends a festival commemorating the International Day of Peace in Baghdad on Monday. Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Nazmiye Cakir, a 60-year-old "bird whistler," learned the whistled language from her grandparents, and still uses it. "The one thing you don't whistle about is your love talk," she says with a laugh, "because you'll get caught!" Gokce Saracoglu/for NPR hide caption

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