A Flock of Dumpling Ducklings: What's inside? Roasted Beijing duck, of course. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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In the hopes of easing pressures on China's students, the country' education officials are considering a ban on written homework. Here, students walk to school in Beijing in June. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin greets his Syrian counterpart, Bashar Assad, in Moscow on Dec. 19, 2006. Russia --€” along with China and Iran --€” has remained a steadfast ally of Assad amid calls for international intervention in Syria. Mikhail Klimentyev/AP hide caption

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In this photo released by the Jinan Intermediate People's Court, Bo Xilai appears Thursday on the first day of his trial in eastern China's Shandong province. Interestingly, he was photographed flanked by two very tall policemen. AP hide caption

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Thousands descended on a job fair in Shanghai earlier this year. This summer nearly 7 million people graduated from Chinese colleges, but jobs are harder to find than in previous years. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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The Indian rupee has fallen nearly 16 percent against the dollar since May. The drop comes amid a slowdown in the country's economy. India's troubles are mirrored in other emerging economies that drove global growth for the past decade. Zheng Huansong/Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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Chinese police show a group of convicts at a sentencing rally in the city of Wenzhou on April 7, 2004. Eleven prisoners were later executed for various crimes. Since then, the number of executions in China has significantly declined. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Tugboats guide the INS Vikrant as it leaves the Cochin Shipyard after a launch ceremony in Kochi, India, on Monday. When it comes into full service in 2018, India will become the fifth nation to have designed and built its own aircraft carrier. Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Years of rapid industrial expansion have left many parts of China contending with thick smog and dirty water. Vincent Yu/AP/DAPD hide caption

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People cool off Wednesday in a pool in Shanghai, where temperatures reached an all-time record: 105.4 degrees. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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