Gen. John "Black Jack" Pershing visits Arlington National Cemetery in 1925. Pershing led the U.S. forces in World War I, the moment when the American military first displayed its might in a major foreign war. The U.S. military suffered heavy losses, but it also expanded dramatically, modernized and became more professional under Pershing's command. Library of Congress hide caption

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At A Hefty Cost, World War I Made The U.S. A Major Military Power

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Exhibits at Poland's newly opened Museum of the Second World War include photographs, letters and other memorabilia donated by private individuals. Czarek Sokolowski/AP hide caption

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Poland's New World War II Museum Just Opened, But Maybe Not For Long

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A tank heads off to support French troops in Juvigny, France, in this undated World War I photo. Tanks were introduced in the war. The watchmaker Cartier designed a metal band for its wristwatches based on tank treads, a tradition that continues to this day. Cartier's prototype for the tank watch was given as a gift to Gen. John Pershing, commander of the U.S. forces. AP hide caption

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From Wristwatches To Radio, How World War I Ushered In The Modern World

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Abbad Yahya, a 28-year-old Palestinian novelist, is in exile after the Palestinian Authority banned his latest book, Crime in Ramallah, calling it indecent. Courtesy of Abbad Yahya hide caption

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Facing Death Threats And A Ban On His Novel, A Palestinian Author Flees

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Amgad Naguib holds a fez — one of the first made in Egypt as part of a nationalist movement started in the 1930s to replace imported goods. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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For Egyptian Collector, No Object's Too Dusty Or Trivial For 'Mosaic Of Our History'

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As Mistefa Bedevi sings, 1-year-old Mirhat mimics performance poses, holding his hand over his ear. Gokce Saracoglu for NPR hide caption

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In Turkey, Kurdish Singers Keep Traditional Music Alive

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A group of students visits the Beirut mansion that architect Mona El Hallak is working to transform into a museum making sense of Lebanon's civil war. Alice Fordham /NPR hide caption

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In A Bullet-Riddled Mansion, A Beirut Architect Envisions A Museum Of Memory

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The Palestinian-Israeli movie Bar Bahar has won acclaim for its intimate portrayal of three Palestinian women living in Tel Aviv. Courtesy of Maysaloun Hamoud hide caption

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New Film Spotlights Palestinian Women Navigating Life 'In Between' Cultures

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Pomades is one of half-a-dozen barbershops on a single block in central Moscow. Until recently, Russian society took a narrow view of masculinity. Real men weren't supposed to worry about hair or skincare. Lucian Kim/NPR hide caption

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In Moscow, New Barbershops Trim Away Old Notions Of Russian Masculinity

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Palestinian Arab Idol TV show winners Yaacoub Shahin (center), Ammar Mohammed (left) and Amir Dandan stand on stage during the final in the pan-Arab song contest on Feb. 25, 2017 at MBC studios in Zouk Mosbeh, north of Beirut. Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Pompidou Center, whose provocative design horrified critics 40 years ago in Paris, is now a beloved destination for French and foreign visitors. Guilhem Vellut/Flickr hide caption

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Israeli archaeologists are excavating ruins of a residential quarter dating back to the 2nd century B.C. at the Nebi Samuel site in the West Bank. According to an Israeli-Palestinian agreement, the status of the West Bank – and the artifacts found there – are to be negotiated in eventual peace talks. Daniel Estrin/NPR hide caption

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In West Bank, Israeli And Palestinian Archaeologists Both Lay Claim To Heritage

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Tareq Oubrou, an imam in Bordeaux, delivers a sermon in French and Arabic at the city's grand mosque. Most imams in France speak only in Arabic. Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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In France, Some Muslims Seek To 'Adapt' Islam To Secular Culture

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Sam Polinsky, known by his lucha libre wrestling moniker Sam Adonis, enters the ring waving his Trump American flag and riling up the audience in Mexico City. James Fredrick for NPR hide caption

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In Mexico, The Crowd Loves To Hate Pro Wrestler Who Plays Trump Supporter

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Cairo's Museum of Islamic Art reopened this month after being closed since a 2014 car bombing. Egypt's antiquities minister called the museum's revival a victory over terrorism. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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Cairo's Islamic Art Museum Reopens 3 Years After A Car Bomb Damaged It

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Colombian actor Andres Parra (left) plays Hugo Chavez in the new telenovela, El Comandante. Manuel Rodriguez/Sony Pictures hide caption

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For Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, A Second Life On The Small Screen

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Khoshaba Jaber, an Assyrian living in West London, plays a tambura, a traditional instrument known as the "mother of strings," after singing an epic poem he learned in his boyhood village in northern Iraq. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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In England, An Effort To Preserve Ancient, Epic Assyrian Poetry

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Renho Murata, the leader of Japan's main opposition Democratic Party. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Women Are Making Their Voices Heard In Male-Dominated Japanese Politics

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The police force for protection of Italy's cultural heritage is headquartered in Rome's Piazza Sant'Ignazio. Sylvia Poggioli/NPR hide caption

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For Italy's Art Police, An Ongoing Fight Against Pillage Of Priceless Works

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