Many Stories, One World

Crew members of the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Jason Dunham load supplies while docked in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, earlier this year. The U.S. and Cuba have restored diplomatic relations, but the U.S. says it remains committed to keeping the base. David Welna/NPR hide caption

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Medical volunteers walk past tents set up on the playground of a primary school as temporary shelters for victims after explosions in Tianjin, China, on Aug. 13. Reuters/Landov hide caption

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黄梅花, 18岁. 在2008年中国西南方的毁灭性地震中失去了膝盖以下的双腿。今年将要开始高中的最后一年, 这个地方让她学会英语, 参加 SATs (美国高考)并且希望有机会能在美国或者加拿大念书。 Courtesy of Huang Meihua hide caption

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Meihua and her parents shared a room at a temporary school following the earthquake. She's shown here with her mother in 2009, a year after the quake. Andrea Hsu/NPR hide caption

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Military bomb disposal experts examine an unexploded German bomb from World War II in East London. Hundreds of residents were moved out for their safety. Sgt. Ross Tilly/Ministry of Defence hide caption

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Migrants arrive Monday on the Greek island of Chios, where residents have been assisting the new arrivals. John Liakos hide caption

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Families play on the beach near the village of Thanos, Lemnos. The island has more than a hundred beaches. Greek tourists like Lemnos because it's affordable and relaxing, and foreign tourists like its unspoiled beauty and traditional charm. Joanna Kakissis for NPR hide caption

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Girls plays basketball at a school for nearly 2,000 Syrian refugees in Reyhanli, in southern Turkey. The schools, which depends on private donations, is struggling to remain open. The students attend in five separate shifts throughout the day. Deborah Amos/NPR hide caption

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Traditional architecture and modern skyscrapers overlap in central Seoul. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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Al-Jazeera English journalists Mohammed Fahmy, left, Baher Mohamed, center, and Peter Greste, right, appeared in a cage during their trial on terrorism-related charges in Cairo in March 2014. The journalists denied all charges. Greste, an Australian, was released earlier this year, but Fahmy, a Canadian-Egyptian, and Mohamed are still on trial. Heba Elkholy/AP hide caption

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NPR's Eleanor Beardsley saw Doctor Zhivago at age 14 and was instantly smitten with Omar Sharif, shown here in a scene from the film with Julie Christie. MGM/The Kobal Collection hide caption

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People lined up on Wednesday to withdraw cash from a bank machine in central Athens. Banks remain shut this week and ATM withdrawals are limited to 60 euros (about $66) a day. Emilio Morenatti/AP hide caption

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In Kairouan, Tunisia, Muslims visit the Great Mosque, one of the oldest and best-known mosques in North Africa. Tunisia has made more political progress than other Arab Spring countries, but it has suffered two major terror attacks in recent months. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Police search the area near a destroyed billboard reading "Crimea is Ukraine!" following an explosion in Odessa on June 12. Alexey Kravtsov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Manuel Udaya Chandra's 24-year-old son disappeared in 2008, shortly before Sri Lanka's civil war ended. She holds out hope that he's still alive, though a government commission looking into those who disappeared has moved slowly. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Migrants on a dinghy head to the Greek island of Lesvos last Thursday. Some 48,000 migrants have landed on Greek shores so far this year, with about half coming to Lesvos, a popular vacation spot for European tourists. Some islanders and tourists are assisting the migrants, many of whom are camping in the open. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Re-enactors prepare to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Battle of Waterloo in Belgium on Friday. Some 5,000 re-enactors, 300 horses and 100 canons are taking part over two days. Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP hide caption

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Spain's maritime rescue service saves African migrants from a rubber boat that capsized near Tarifa, southern Spain. A helicopter team lifts one man to safety, as others cling to the overturned raft in rough waters. All 11 people were rescued. Courtesy of Salvamento Maritimo hide caption

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The remains of an inflatable boat that passed illegally from the coast of Turkey rest in October 2014 on the shore 10 miles from Mytilene, Greece. Thirty-four immigrants from Syria, among them one woman and three children, made a dangerous night journey Sept. 26. Orestis Panagiotou/EPA/LANDOV hide caption

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Members of the 9th U.S. Marine Expeditionary Force go ashore at Danang, South Vietnam, on March 8, 1965. Assigned to beef up defense of an air base, they were the first U.S. combat troops deployed in the Vietnam War. AP hide caption

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Vietnamese forces travel toward the country's northern border during a brief, bloody war with China in 1979. Alan Dawson/Bettmann/CORBIS hide caption

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The General (right) and his opponent, Dragon, lock horns during this year's Cheongdo Bullfighting Festival in South Korea. There are no matadors and no swords in the South Korean version. The bulls fight until one turns and runs. Marius Stankiewicz for NPR hide caption

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