An urban farmer waters his plants near Bamako, Mali, where the government has set aside nearly 250 acres for market gardens. donkeycart/Flickr hide caption

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Maple syrup bottles sit on a shelf. A Canadian syrup producers' federation says a warehouse holding "over 10 million pounds of maple syrup" was recently burglarized. Toby Talbot/AP hide caption

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U.S. soldiers still patrol in Afghanistan, like this one speaking with a young man in the eastern province of Khost in August. However, Afghan forces are taking on increased responsibility as the U.S. draws down and prepares for its troops to leave by the end of 2014. Jose Cabezas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Drawdown Leaves Afghans With Mixed Feelings

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Syrians take refuge Thursday at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing near the Syrian town of Azaz, in hopes of entering one of the refugee camps in Turkey. Muhammed Muheisen/AP hide caption

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Relentless Attacks Send Syrians Fleeing For Relief

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Republican Mitt Romney greets audience members after delivering a speech in Jerusalem on July 29. Israel's new prominence in campaign rhetoric has some in the Jewish state worried. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Israel Finds Itself A Partisan Election Issue In U.S.

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Justice Department Closes Probe Into Detainee Deaths

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An unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan in 2010. Apple has rejected an app that tracks U.S. drone strikes around the world. Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP hide caption

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Drone-Tracking App Gets No Traction From Apple

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Isphanyar Bhandara, the head of Pakistan's only brewery, Murree Brewery, sits at his grandfather's desk at the headquarters in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad. Bhandara's grandfather was a director at the brewery when Pakistan gained independence in 1947, and he bought a controlling stake in the company. The brewery has been run by the Bhandara family ever since. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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Pakistan's Lone Brewery Sets Sights On India

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Egyptian Leader Stirs Tensions On First Visit To Iran

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The aftermath of a truck bomb in Kandahar, the main city in southern Afghanistan, which wounded the provincial police chief and killed two civilians Monday. Taliban attacks against Afghan officials are up sharply this year. Mamoon Durani/AP hide caption

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For Afghan Leaders, Facing Death Is A Fact Of Life

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Gambia Leader Vows To Execute Death Row Prisoners

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A doctor examines chest X-rays at a tuberculosis clinic in Gugulethu, Cape Town, South Africa in late 2007. The number of TB cases that don't respond to both first- and second-line medications is rising worldwide. Karin Schermbrucker /AP hide caption

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United Nations Urged To Help Syrian Refugees

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Often Isolated, Iran Hosts Huge International Summit

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U.S. Paralympian Makes Fifth Showing At The Games

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