Thai surrogate mother Pattaramon Chanbua with her baby Gammy, who was born with Down Syndrome. An Australian couple who'd arranged for Pattaramon to serve as their surrogate rejected the child. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Peshmerga look out from a front-line outpost — a few sandbags, soldiers, and grenades perched on the brow of a hill — to the eastern Iraqi town of Jalula. The Kurdish fighters are grappling with how to combat changing ISIS tactics. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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A Haitian woman holds cherries from a coffee tree. Haiti's coffee trade was once a flourishing industry, but it has been crippled by decades of deforestation, political chaos and now, climate change. Patrick Farrell /MCT /Landov hide caption

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Student demonstrators don't want to fall behind on their studies, so volunteers built them an outdoor study hall. Some of the desks are built into the concrete highway divider. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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Caroline De Haas, 34, launched Macholand.fr after a company responded dismissively to her complaint against its sexist advertising. Courtesy of EGAE hide caption

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Dr. Risi (top, center) spent a month working with the medical team at Kenema General Hospital, the largest Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone. Courtesy of George Risi hide caption

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Dr. Wvennie MacDonald, the administrator of the JFK Memorial Hospital, has helped put new procedures in place to keep Ebola out, including a triage station to identify possible Ebola patients at the front gate. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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Counterdemonstrators in favor of LGBT rights wear pink triangles, reminiscent of those homosexuals were forced to wear in Nazi concentration camps. Sylvia Poggioli/NPR hide caption

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In the northwestern United States, this crayfish would be just a friendly bit of local fauna. But in Scotland, it's an invasive species wreaking havoc on trout streams. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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Syrian Kurdish refugees who fled Kobani make do in a refugee camp in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border on Saturday. The Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani and its surrounding areas have been under assault by the so-called Islamic State since mid-September. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP hide caption

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A Palestinian worker checks a truck loaded with bags of cement as it crosses into southern Gaza from Israel last year. Israel has restricted cement supplies to only specific projects. Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A student prays in front of a temporary altar during a rally outside government headquarters in Hong Kong on Sept. 24. Bobby Yip/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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A stencil of an early human's hand in an Indonesian cave is estimated to be about 39,000 years old. Kinza Riza/Courtesy of Nature.com hide caption

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Janet Timal, 47 (right), stands with her niece Thairine, 21. Janet has had a tummy tuck and breast augmentation and helped her niece pay for liposuction. "The ideal is to be able to put something on, to sit down and not have your belly jumping out. Here in Brazil it gets hot, and the less clothes, the better," says Janet. Jimmy Chalk for NPR hide caption

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At Firestone's plantation, workers gather at a shelter in the rubber tree forest, where buckets of sap are collected for processing. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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Archbisop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan (left) attends the Opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday in Vatican City. The two-week conference will discuss family issues, including controversial topics like divorce and contraception. Franco Origlia/Getty Images hide caption

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Tourists gather in front of old and new Casino Lisboa during a Chinese New Year celebration in Macau, a special administrative region of China, on Feb. 1. For decades, the Lisboa was the only game in town. Now, the world's biggest gambling companies are scrambling to set up shot in what was once a sleepy Portuguese colony. Vincent Yu/AP hide caption

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A girl cries outside an Ebola treatment center in Monrovia in late September. Both her parents died in the Ebola outbreak. Zoom Dosso /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Seteng Horo with her son Abhishek, 4, in their two-room mud hut. Seteng is married to Kunwar. The couple has two children. Their daughter is 6. Poulomi Bass for NPR hide caption

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Pro-democracy protesters chant slogans as they gather next to the central government offices in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Antonio Cavalcante had a candidate for governor successfully barred after proving he had embezzled millions of dollars while he was a state legislator. Lourdes Garcia-Navarro/NPR hide caption

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Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega celebrates with first lady Rosario Murillo a day before his re-inauguration in 2012. Rodrigo Arangua/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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