A priest prays before a Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI at the Cuatro Vientos air base outside Madrid during World Youth Day festivities in August 2011. The Catholic Church is hoping to provide an attractive option for young job seekers in Spain, which is suffering from unprecedented unemployment. Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Spain, The Church Offers More Than Salvation
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The current case of a prominent Chinese activist seeking U.S. protection has echoes of a similar episode in 1989. Then, physicist Fang Lizhi took refuge at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. He spent a year there before the U.S. and China reached a deal allowing him to move to the U.S. He died this month in Arizona, at age 76. John B. Carnett/Popular Science via Getty Images hide caption

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu embraces Meir Dagan, the then-outgoing chief of the Mossad intelligence agency, in January 2011. Dagan is among former security chiefs who have recently criticized Netanyahu, saying he has exaggerated the urgency of the threat posed by Iran's nuclear program. Ronen Zvulun/AP hide caption

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In Israel, A Rift On How To Deal With Iran
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Chinese paramilitary police patrol outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on April 28. Chen Guangcheng, a blind legal activist who fled house arrest in his rural Chinese village, is reported to be under the protection of U.S. officials. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is heading to China for what was supposed to be a routine visit. Alexander F. Yuan/AP hide caption

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Activist's Escape Complicates Clinton's China Visit
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Bosnian Muslim women hold posters with the names of the missing during a protest at the U.N. office in Sarajevo in 2008. Hundreds of wartime rape victims were protesting the decision of the U.N. war crimes tribunal to reject the prosecution's request for rape charges to be added against two Bosnian Serbs who were on trial for other war crimes. Hidajet Delic/AP hide caption

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Peace, Justice Elude Rape Victims Of Bosnian War
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Who Is Chen Guangcheng?
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April 13: In Karachi, activists from the Shabab-e-Milli group set fire to U.S. flags during a protest against the reopening of the NATO supply route to Afghanistan. Asif Hassan /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Egypt Recalls Its Ambassador From Saudi Arabia
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Tensions Increase Between Sudan, South Sudan
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Blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng, seen in this image from a YouTube video, escaped last week after 19 months under house arrest. Searches for his name are banned on China's Twitter-like services. AP hide caption

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Two Crises Highlight China's Social Media Struggles
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A man gathering firewood to sell cuts down mangrove trees in the coastal area of Medan city on Indonesia's Sumatra island on Jan. 31. The country, which has one-quarter of the world's mangroves, is losing them at a rate of 6 percent a year. The coastal forests play important ecological and environmental roles. Suntanta Aditya/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Drama Amid Indonesia's Disappearing Mangroves
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Trade, Security On Agenda For Obama, Japan's Noda
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