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A woman carries a French flag during a ceremony in Paris on Friday honoring those killed in the Nov. 13 attacks. French President Francois Hollande has encouraged the French people to display flags, something they don't often do. Thibault Camus/AP hide caption

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The closing ceremony of the Second Vatican Council in St. Peter Square on Dec. 9, 1965. Forty bishops pledged to forsake worldly goods, but the agreement was largely ignored. Pope Francis' emphasis on helping the poor has revived talk about the Pact of the Catacombs. Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images hide caption

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The copper market in Trabzon's old city on the Black Sea still rings out with the sounds of coppersmiths hammering their wares. Peter Kenyon/NPR hide caption

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Parents walk their children to school on Monday near one of the venues attacked in Paris. Kyodo /Landov hide caption

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Parisians gather around at the Place de la Republique in the aftermath of Friday's terror attacks. In the 1980s, writer Joji Sakurai lived nearby in a vibrant, multicultural neighborhood. Uwe Anspach/DPA/Landov hide caption

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Younger students cheer on high school seniors as they head to the all-important college entrance exam on Thursday. As usual, police offered escorts for students who were running late. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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Models for children's wear wait for a show during China Fashion Week in Beijing on Thursday. China announced an end to the one-child policy for urban couples that had been place for more than three decades. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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An excerpt from The Arab of the Future about growing up in Libya in the 1980s, where housing was free. But another family moved into the author's home while he and his family were away. Courtesy of Henry Holt and Co. hide caption

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Rapper PSY owns real estate in Seoul, including a property at the center of a legal dispute. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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It's a basement bar in Tokyo, but patrons of Little Texas say the place feels like it's part of the Lone Star State. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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Finding A Little Texas ... In The Heart Of Tokyo

In a basement in Tokyo, line dancers and country music crooners help transport bargoers from Japan's capital to the Lone Star State.

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"When I was in New York, I wanted to hang out with all these amazing musicians that I really admired," says nightclub D-22 owner Michael Pettis. "But I wasn't cool enough. So I figured, well, if I create a club and they all play there, then I get to hang out with them." Nelson Ching/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Kiron University, geared to refugees and displaced people, offers two years of online study toward a bachelor's degree. Students complete the degree at partner universities. Via Kiron University hide caption

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Relatives mourn Mohammad Ikhlaq Saifi in his village outside New Delhi last month. The Muslim man was lynched, allegedly by a Hindu mob, after he was accused of killing a cow. Manish Swarup/AP hide caption

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The entrance to the main building of Japan's iconic Hotel Okura in Tokyo. An outcry from architectural preservationists couldn't stop the demolition to make way for a high-rise tower. Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Anna Akhmatova, who lived from 1889 to 1966, was a beacon of artistic courage in the face of repression during Soviet times. Her work is now receiving renewed attention. Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images hide caption

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A baptism ceremony for a child on Ikitsuki Island, Nagasaki prefecture. After Japan's military ruler banned Christianity in the late 1500s, many Christians went underground, holding services such as these in their homes. Courtesy of Shimano-yakata Museum, Ikitsuki hide caption

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An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prays along the Mediterranean Sea in the Israeli city of Herzliya, near Tel Aviv. Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mohamud Saleh, shown here during a recent interview, built his reputation by greatly reducing crime in a lawless part of northeastern Kenya in the 1990s. After an absence of more than a decade, he's returned to battle terrorism, and argues that the same tactics will work this time as well. Gregory Warner/NPR 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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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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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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