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Rescue workers help Russian Orthodox believers marking Epiphany by swimming late Monday in a pond in Pushkin, outside St. Petersburg. Thousands of Russian Orthodox Church followers plunged into icy rivers and ponds across the country. Dmitry Lovetsky/AP hide caption

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The broad avenues of Pakistan's capital empty out after dark and prove irresistible to young drag racers. Asad Zaidi/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Pag-asa island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, is claimed by both the Philippines and China. It's the only inhabited island in the Spratlys. Rolex Dela Pena/Pool/AP hide caption

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Flowers and messages at Paris' Place de la Republique commemorate the victims of last year's January and November shooting attacks. Charles Platiau/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Claudia Tran, 21, was born and raised in Slovakia to Vietnamese immigrants. "People here are still really surprised if I speak Slovak with them," she says. "Because the assumption is, you don't look Slovak, you aren't Slovak." Courtesy of Claudia Tran hide caption

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Postcards

Reporter's Notebook: Settling In In Seoul

NPR opened a South Korea bureau in March. Correspondent Elise Hu offers her take on the wonder and the wackiness of life and journalism in East Asia.

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Ali Hakim performs in the main train station under Kuala Lumpur's most famous landmark, the Petronas Twin Towers. Malaysia's Tourism Ministry now provides support for buskers. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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Starlings migrating in huge numbers come to roost this time of year in Rome. In the past, the city used special speakers that emit sounds of predators and starling distress calls to make the birds fly elsewhere. This year, falcons have been enlisted to drive the starlings out — without success. Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A woman holds her baby as she waits with other migrants on the Greek side of the fence along the border with Macedonia on Sunday. Macedonian is only allowing in refugees from the war-torn countries of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Those not allowed into Macedonia are being bused to a sports stadium in Athens. Petros Giannakouris/AP hide caption

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The round-trip flight that NPR's Ari Shapiro took to Paris emitted about a ton of greenhouse gases. Offsetting it cost a dollar, and he was given a white lanyard for his conference ID with the words "Climate Neutral Now" showing his trip was carbon-neutral. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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British police officers stand outside Leytonstone underground train station in east London on Monday. Police are stepping up patrols at transport hubs after Saturday's attack in which three people were stabbed. Matt Dunham/AP hide caption

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Sebastiaan De Vos, right, the general manager of Vienna's Magdas Hotel, recruits refugees like 24-year-old Ehsan Amini, left, to work at the hotel. Amini, who works in the Magdas cafe, fled Afghanistan and arrived in Austria five years ago. He's one of 20 refugees staffing the hotel. Joanna Kakissis for NPR hide caption

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A woman lights a candle at the Place de la Republique in Paris on Friday, marking a week since the terrorist attacks. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images hide caption

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People gather outside Le Carillon, a bistro in Paris' 10th arrondissement that was attacked on Friday. Jerome Delay/AP hide caption

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Tang Xiong Xiong, a Bichon Frise, came into the salon as a ball of fluff and emerged with her head shaped like a square. "She's getting used to it," says her owner. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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After the funeral in 2013 for popular folk music star Diomedes Diaz, fellow musicians including accordionist Andres Gil performed in homage to him. Now Colombia's Congress is considering a bill to honor Diaz. Ricardo Mazalan/AP hide caption

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Migrants walk toward Austria from a camp in Sentilj, Slovenia, on Sunday. Many migrants are from Syria and are sometimes from opposite sides of the country's war. Petr David Josek/AP hide caption

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Doro Steffansson, a political scientist from Germany, has joined the volunteer group No Borders, which has set up camp in the forest and been cooking for migrants in Slovenia. She tracks the flow of more than 50,000 migrants across the Croatia-Slovenia border. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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Two men stand near the port in Gwadar, Pakistan. NPR's Phil Reeves unexpectedly ended up a VIP there — and it wasn't a good feeling. Phil Reeves/NPR hide caption

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