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Jawaharlal Nehru, here conferring with Mahatma Gandhi, was India's first prime minister and a key figure in the country's 20th century independence struggle. Central Press/Getty Images hide caption

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Beatriz and Fabio Costa Vasconcelos pose for a photo in a park in Rio de Janiero. Brazilian couples are increasingly hiring professional photographers to take pictures when the wife is pregnant. The results are widely shared on social media. Courtesy of Ale Crisostomo & Alexandre Carnieri. hide caption

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Cairo's ornate buildings are a mix of 19th century European and Middle Eastern architecture. A massive project is designed to restore their glory, but street vendors and river boat drivers say they are being displaced by the effort. Courtesy Soheir Zaki Hawas hide caption

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Mohamed Hashem, one of Saudi Arabia's best known musicians, plays the oud, a Middle Eastern lute. Leila Fadel/NPR hide caption

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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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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 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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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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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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People in Paris dance at the "Tel Aviv beach event" on the banks of the Seine River on Thursday. Every summer, Paris celebrates a different seaside city. But the choice of Tel Aviv this year sparked protests from pro-Palestinian activists, who head a rival "Gaza beach event." Francois Mori/AP hide caption

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Valdelice Da Silva Dias Salum, 77, says she channels the spirits of famous painters to create her artwork. Lourdes Garcia-Navarro/NPR hide caption

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A photo of Pablo Picasso's painting, Head of a Young Woman, released by French authorities on Tuesday. The painting was seized from a yacht on July 31 in Corsica, France. The painting belongs to a Spanish billionaire who was planning to sell it elsewhere in Europe. But Spanish authorities say it is a "national treasure" that can't be sent abroad without government permission. Douane Francaise via AP hide caption

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A Saudi company produced the first successful Arabic-language online video game, Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta. It's an adventure tale based on the life of a 14th century Arab explorer. Semaphore hide caption

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