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Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (poster in top left) is a staunch supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, but both men have been criticized by human rights groups. Tens of thousands of people took part in a state-sponsored rally in Chechnya's capital Grozny on Jan. 22, with many holding posters of Kadyrov, Putin (right) and Kadyrov's late father, Akhmad Kadyrov (center). Ilia Varlamov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani opens a book he gave to Pope Francis as a gift at the Vatican on Tuesday. Rouhani is the first Iranian leader to meet with the pope since 1999. With sanctions against Iran falling away, Rouhani also announced business agreements with Italy as part of his visit to Europe. Andrew Medichini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Danish police conduct spot checks on incoming traffic from Germany at a highway border crossing near Padborg, Denmark, on Jan. 6. Officials say they've been overwhelmed by the 20,000 asylum seekers who came to Denmark last year. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian security agent, died in 2006 after drinking tea laced with the radioactive element polonium at a London hotel. A British inquiry found Thursday that his death was the work of the Russian security service. Natasja Weitsz/Getty Images hide caption

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Before Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party sealed the vote in the nation's presidential elections on Saturday night, K-pop singer Chou Tzu-yu was forced to apologize after waving the Taiwanese flag on a TV broadcast. A DPP supporter holds a sign showing Tzu-yu. Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Cuban migrants prepare to board a flight from Costa Rice to El Salvador on Jan. 12. This was the first of up to 28 flights out of Costa Rica that will allow nearly 8,000 stranded Cubans to continue their journey to the United States. CARLOS GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman (left) speaks with his son Mohammed in the capital Riyadh in 2012. The king was the crown prince at the time. When he assumed the throne last year, Salman named Mohammed, now 30, the deputy crown prince and defense minister. They have pursued a much more aggressive foreign policy in the region, particularly when it comes to confronting Iran. Hassan Ammar/AP hide caption

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"I trust her, she is a very open person," Vladimir Putin said of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, seen here at last month's climate talks in Paris. But, he told the German daily Bild, "she is also subject to certain constraints and limitations." Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Family members of Shafqat Hussain, who was convicted and hanged in Pakistan in August for killing a boy in 2004, waited to receive his body outside the central jail in Karachi. Pakistan executed more than 300 people last year. Fareed Khan/AP hide caption

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An image released by the Iranian Defense Ministry on Oct. 11 claims to show the launching of an Emad long-range ballistic missile in an undisclosed location. Iran tested a ballistic missile again in November, according to U.S. officials. The missile launches have been a source of friction between Iran and its rivals. Iranian Defense Ministry via AP hide caption

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Castle Romeo was an American hydrogen bomb test in March 1954 at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. It was 11 megatons, or roughly 1,000 times more powerful than North Korea's test on Wednesday. North Korea says it was a hydrogen bomb test, though the White House says it doubts the claim. Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images hide caption

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Politics & Policy

The U.S. Isn't Buying North Korea's Claim Of An H-Bomb Test

North Korea says it detonated a powerful hydrogen bomb on Wednesday. But the White House says it doesn't believe the claim.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves during a parade in Pyongyang, North Korea, in October. The country said it carried a successful hydrogen bomb text on Wednesday morning, but many analysts are skeptical. Wong Maye-E/AP hide caption

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Iran's president Hassan Rouhani addresses the nation in a televised speech last July. He has condemned the attack on the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Tehran, but the episode gave the appearance that he's unable to keep hardliners in check. Ebrahim Noroozi/AP hide caption

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Protesters demonstrated Sunday in Hong Kong against the disappearance of five booksellers in the city. All the missing booksellers are connected to the publication of sensational books about top Chinese leaders. Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama meets Saudi Arabia's King Salman in Riyadh in January 2015. The Saudi monarch, in power for a year, has adopted more confrontational positions toward Iran, the kingdom's longtime rival. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Iranian women in the capital Tehran demonstrate against the execution of a prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr (seen on the signs). He was among 47 people beheaded by Saudi authorities on Saturday, a move that escalated tensions between the two countries. Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Police use water cannons to block South Korean protesters following a large rally against the government in downtown Seoul on Nov. 14. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Iranian shopkeepers in the main bazaar in the capital, Tehran, in September. Iranians are eager for economic sanctions to be lifted and have been moving quickly to meet their obligations under a nuclear deal, according to analysts monitoring the agreement. Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Hissene Habre, the former president of Chad, waves as he leaves a courthouse in Dakar, Senegal, on June 3. Habre was ousted from Chad in 1990 and has lived in exile in Senegal ever since. He was arrested in 2013 and is now on trial for charges that include torture, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Seyllou/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A U.S. Coast Guard crew (foreground) with six Cubans who were picked up in the Florida Straits in May. A larger Coast Guard vessel is in the background. The number of Cubans trying to reach the U.S. has soared in the past year. Many Cubans believe it will be more difficult to enter the U.S. as relations improve, though U.S. officials say there will be no rule changes in the near term. Tony Winton/AP hide caption

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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani leaves after a televised speech in Tehran on Dec. 16. Iran has been dismantling parts of its nuclear program as required under an international deal, and some sanctions could be lifted as soon as January. Ebrahim Noroozi/AP hide caption

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