The last remaining street vendor in Rising Peace Lane before new year celebrations begin sells new year's decorations and calendars. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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As Chinese New Year Approaches, Shanghai's Bustling Streets Grow Quieter

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The village of Volendam, north of Amsterdam, enjoys almost full employment. It overwhelmingly supports the far-right, anti-immigrant politician Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Freedom Party. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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A Prosperous Dutch Village Hopes For A Right-Wing 'Bit Of Revolution'

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The river banks in Sunderland here were once home to shipyards, but like the city's coal mines, they disappeared. In June, the voters of Sunderland voted by more than 60 percent to leave the European Union, even though it would put tens of thousands of local jobs at risk. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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In Pro-Brexit English City, A Jobs Crisis Is Averted — But For How Long?

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A young fighter stands at a checkpoint near the Jada'aa camp for internally displaced people. Just before dusk, the sky is darkened by smoke from oil fires set by ISIS nearby. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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For Iraqi Families With ISIS Links, Agonizing Choices — And Consequences

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The Sheikhan criminal court occupies a municipal office building north of Mosul. Cases are heard after long delays and defense attorneys have limited contact with their clients. Peter Kenyon/NPR hide caption

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At A Makeshift Iraqi Court, Harsh Justice For Those Accused Of Aiding ISIS

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Adolf Hitler was born in 1889 in an upstairs apartment of this house in the Austrian town of Braunau am Inn, near the border with Germany. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson/NPR hide caption

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For Austria, A Tough Choice On What To Do With Hitler's Birthplace

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Thirty years ago, when the grass grew tall, cashmere goats made up 19 percent of all livestock in Mongolia. Since then, their numbers have skyrocketed to make up 60 percent today. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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How Your Cashmere Sweater Is Decimating Mongolia's Grasslands

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In central Damascus, it's clear that President Bashar Assad is firmly in control. People close to the regime and government officials say the mood in the city is "better" as regime forces make gains in rebel-held areas. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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As Syrian Government Forces Advance, The War Could Be At A Turning Point

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Antonino Fernandez was born in 1917 in the village of Cerezales del Condado, in Spain's northern León province. Until his health deteriorated about five years ago, Fernandez came from Mexico to visit his hometown most summers. He and his wife had no children and were generous with financial help to distant relatives and former neighbors. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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A Spanish Village Stays Afloat, Thanks To Corona Beer Tycoon

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After six years of conflict and repeated calls by the Obama administration for President Bashar Assad to step down, residents of Damascus, seen here in June 2015, have become more anti-American. Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Returning To Damascus, A City Changed By War

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An Estonian soldier takes aim during a training exercise at Tapa Army Base, Estonia, on Nov. 17. U.S. troops were also taking part in the training, about 70 miles from the border with Russia. NATO countries are stepping up their presence in Eastern Europe at a time of rising tensions with Russia. Lucian Kim/NPR hide caption

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Near The Russian Border, U.S. And NATO Beef Up Their Presence

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A caretaker examines a bear named Balou to be sure he's fully sedated before he's moved from a center near Amman, Jordan, to the al-Ma'wa wildlife reserve in northern Jordan on Oct. 2. The bear and other animals were released into the reserve run by the Princess Alia Foundation. The animals were rescued from abusive conditions. Thomas Hartwell/AP hide caption

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Abused Animals Find Refuge In A New Sanctuary In Jordan

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(Top) Geze Duoji's sister Danzeng Nongzuo enters her home. (Left) Zhaba Songding's mother Cili Zhuoma carries a load of hay home. (Right) Nazhu Zhuoma visits her husband's home. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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The Place In China Where The Women Lead

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Osama and Ghada sit on the deck of their home in Princeton, N.J. They and their children are refugees from Syria and have been resettled with help from the Nassau Presbyterian Church. Jake Naughton for NPR hide caption

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After Trump's Election, Uncertainty For Syrian Refugees In The U.S.

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People wait at the border in Maicao, Colombia, just across from Venezuela. Venezuelans used to come to buy TVs, computers and other expensive goods. But with the Venezuelan economy in ruins, they now come to buy basic items like rice and sugar. John Otis for NPR hide caption

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Venezuelans Used To Cross Borders For Luxuries; Now It's For Toilet Paper

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Turkey's Trump Towers rise above the Sisli district in Istanbul, the city's European side. In this case it's Trump in name only – the Turkish owners paid for the right to use the name Trump Towers. Offices are situated above a shopping mall. Emrah Gurel/AP hide caption

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Turkey's Leader And Supporters Give Trump Benefit Of The Doubt — For Now

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A woman plays piano, next to a red heart reading "Love runs through the streets," in front of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on Sunday. The city marked the one-year anniversary of the Nov. 13, 2015, attacks that targeted the concert hall and several other sites, killing 130 people. Francois Mori/AP hide caption

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Tom Frame, an Army staff sergeant in Vietnam, has battled post-traumatic stress ever since the war, as have many of his fellow soldiers. Courtesy of Kara Frame hide caption

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Sabah Abu Ghanim (right), began surfing at age 5 in the Mediterranean off the coast of the Gaza Strip. She was taught by her father, Rajab Abu Ghanim (left). But now that she's 17 and has graduated from high school, Sabah's parents have arranged a marriage and told her it's time to quit surfing. Here, father and daughter pose at home with a secondhand surfboard Rajab bought for the the family. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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Gaza's Surfer Girl Hangs Up Her Board — And Not By Choice

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Sculptor Mustafa Ali in the Old City of Damascus, at his office, which used to be a synagogue. (Right) His sculptures, made from bronze, wood, marble and other materials, are popular among collectors in the Middle East and Europe. Peter Kenyon/NPR hide caption

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Syria's Leading Sculptor Keeps Creating In A Time Of Destruction

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Cuban migrants Arnalbis Rogel (left) and Modesto Morales arrived on a boat in Florida on Sept. 7. Morales was the navigator. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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Improved U.S.-Cuba Relations Are Creating A Surge Of Cuban Migrants

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Ethnic Yi schoolgirls take a break halfway down the mountain, on their way from their homes in Atule'er village to their first day of school in a new semester. The difficulty of getting up and down the mountain has made it hard for villagers to shake off poverty, and made it challenging for their children to attend school. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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A Harrowing, Mountain-Scaling Commute For Chinese Schoolkids

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