Russia's Volga River travels 2,300 miles through the country's heartland. It is the source of Russia's power, spanning from imperial times to the present. Here, a cruise ship travels down the Moscow-Volga canal, heading into the river. Anne Garrels/NPR hide caption

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Brazilian presidential candidate for the ruling Workers Party (PT) Dilma Rousseff, flashes the V sign at a polling station in Porto Alegre, state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, on October 31, 2010.  JEFFERSON BERNARDES/AFP/Getty Images/AFP hide caption

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Yemeni security forces stand outside the UPS office in the capital San'a, Yemen Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. One of the bombs found in a cargo plane was shipped from this store. Officials say the evidence points to Al Qaeda's Yemeni franchise. STR/AP hide caption

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Alleged victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy held a candlelight vigil of solidarity at the Vatican on Sunday. Demonstrators carried placards with messages that included:  "Shame”, "Church Without Abuse," and “The pope protects pedophile priests." Sylvia Poggioli/NPR hide caption

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The mayor of Nairobi, Geoffrey Majiwa (center), was in court Oct. 26 to face charges of fraud over the purchase of land to serve as a new cemetery for the Kenyan capital. Majiwa was arrested by the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission. Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Iraqi President Saddam Hussein cuts his birthday cake on April 28, 1996. Iraq has hundreds, maybe thousands, of men named after the former dictator. The name is so hated now that a group of Saddam Husseins is petitioning to change their names en masse. AP Photo / Iraqi News Agency, Pool hide caption

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Cargo planes sit on the tarmac of Dubai airport Saturday, the day after a parcel bomb was intercepted in Dubai on a cargo plane originating from Yemen. Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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