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The Iranian private airline Mahan Air uses Airbus planes, like the one pictured here at Yemen's Sanaa airport in 2015. Tehran is in talks with Airbus to buy more than 100 additional passenger planes. Hani Mohammed/AP hide caption

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (left) meets Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the presidential palace in Rome on Monday. With many international sanctions against Iran lifted, Rouhani has become the first Iranian president to tour Europe since 1999. Gregorio Borgia/AP hide caption

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker (left)talks with students in Havana in October. Pritzker led a delegation of U.S. officials who met their Cuban counterparts and businessmen to explore expanding ties. While restrictions are being removed, increased business links between the countries are limited so far. Ramon Espinosa/AP hide caption

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Fed up with global companies that avoid British taxes by going offshore, shop owners in Crickhowell have come up with a plan to do the same thing. John Clift/Flickr hide caption

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The two sides of a new 100-ruble banknote depict a memorial to sunken ships in the port of Sevastopol, the site of Russia's naval base, and the Swallow's Nest, a mock castle on a clifftop near Yalta. Press-service of the Russian central bank/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Children light candles during an overnight vigil at a protest camp in Juarez, Mexico, outside the manufacturing plant for the American-owned printer company Lexmark. Mónica Ortiz Uribe/KJZZ hide caption

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Ricardo Robleño Llorente and his wife, Laura Silva Kirkpatrick, show their college degrees at home in Madrid. Even though they have two bachelor's degrees and a master's between them, they were unable to find permanent work through most of their 20s, during Spain's economic crisis. "Why bother going to college at all?" Silva Kirkpatrick asks. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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Taiwanese-Australian entrepreneur Jimmy Yang (left) spends much of his time at his Taipei restaurant and bar, Woolloomooloo. Many younger Taiwanese are focused on work they see as creative and innovative. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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Cars drive past a banner of Saudi Arabia's King Salman that reads, "Salman, we hear and obey," near Mecca on Sept. 17. A drop in oil revenue is forcing Saudi Arabia to consider cuts to social programs. The Saudis have declined to cut production, a move that would likely drive up prices, but could also cost the country its current share of the world oil market. Mosa'ab Elshamy/AP hide caption

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A solar tower belonging to the Spanish firm Abengoa is shown near Seville, in southern Spain, on Nov. 13. The large renewable energy company, which has been heavily subsidized by the government, is in danger of becoming the country's largest bankruptcy. The company also has a large solar facility in Arizona that has received U.S. government loan guarantees. Marcelo Del Pozo/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Bankruptcy Looms For Spain's Green Energy Giant

Abengoa, a large renewable energy company with a huge solar plant in Arizona, is in danger of becoming Spain's biggest bankruptcy case of all time.

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The Beijing Environment Exchange, one of seven emissions trading pilot programs in China, may be part of a nationwide carbon market by as early as 2017. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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Tourists wait to visit the Louvre as it reopens in Paris on Monday. As the city tries to recover from Friday's attacks, people who planned to travel there seem to be conflicted about whether to go. Xy Jinquan/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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Mothers take care of their children while lining up to buy staple goods outside a supermarket in Caracas earlier this month. CarlosS Garcia Rawlins/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Taxis wait in London in June 2014. By law, the drivers of London's black cabs must memorize all of the city's streets, a process that takes years of study. The taxi drivers are opposed to Uber and drivers using a GPS, but the High Court ruled in favor of Uber last week. Oli Scarff/Getty Images hide caption

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A Gwadar fisherman relaxes as the sun goes down. Abdul Sattar for NPR hide caption

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker (in blue jacket), visits the container port at the Special Enterprise Zone in Mariel, Cuba, on Oct. 6. Cuba is creating the zone to encourage trade and foreign investment. Some foreign companies are eager to move in, though the Pritzker said Cuba's commitment to free trade was not year clear. Ramon Espinosa/AP hide caption

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A state-owned company started building "Liquor City" in a suburb of Luliang to help diversify the economy away from coal. But a massive anti-corruption campaign has damaged demand for expensive Chinese baijiu, or white liquor, and for now, the factory complex remains unfinished. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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Luliang is in recession, but developers continue to build apartment blocks even though demand for real estate is drying up. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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A Chinese investor monitors stock prices at a brokerage in Beijing on Wednesday. The country's stock markets have nosedived. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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Elderly residents gather in a dying village in the Sierra Francia region, northwest of Madrid. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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Russian workers threw contraband peaches off a truck outside the city of Novozybkov on Aug. 7. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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