National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry, shown in Kuwait in 1991, says his big break came at a refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan, after he heard the sound of children laughing. Courtesy of Steve McCurry hide caption

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At the jail where she was held in 2010 after being sentenced to death for blasphemy, Asia Bibi affixed her thumbprint as signature on a mercy petition to Punjab's provincial governor, Salman Taseer, at right. Taseer had expressed support for Bibi and was assassinated two months later. EPA /Landov hide caption

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Malala Yousafzai celebrated her birthday and the opening of a new school with "brave and inspiring girls of Syria" in Lebanon on Sunday. WAEL HAMZEH/EPA /LANDOV hide caption

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An undated file picture shows Osama bin Laden. A new Wikileaks release purports to reveal that one of his sons requested a death certificate for the al-Qaida leader, who was killed in a U.S. military raid in 2011. EPA/Landov hide caption

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Parvez Henry Gill, a devout Christian, is building a 140-foot cross in Karachi, Pakistan. Christians are a tiny minority in mostly Muslim Pakistan and are sometimes targeted in violent attacks. Gill says he has received many threats, but calls the cross a "symbol of peace." Phil Reeves/NPR hide caption

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Malala Yousafzai poses for photographs in New York. Yousafzai survived being shot by the Taliban in 2012 because she advocated education for girls. Frank Franklin II/AP hide caption

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Dr. Nadim Uddin Siddiqui hosts a weekly call-in show about sexual issues on a Pakistani cable television channel. The program, Clinic Online, is a rarity for a conservative Muslim nation, but has proved popular, particularly among women. Abdul Sattar /NPR hide caption

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This image made from video released to reporters in Pakistan in 2013 shows Warren Weinstein, the U.S. aid worker who was kidnapped in Pakistan by al-Qaida in 2011. The White House says Weinstein and another hostage were inadvertently killed during U.S. counterterrorism operations in a border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan in January. AP hide caption

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President Obama expresses his condolences today to the families of the American and Italian aid workers killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in January. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Asad Ali, 63, was unemployed for four years when Pakistan clamped down on live music in 1977. He now plays the guitar for Sachal Studios Orchestra around the globe and in his hometown, Lahore. Courtesy of Mobeen Ansari hide caption

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Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, accused of plotting the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, raises a fist outside a court in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Jan. 1. Lakhvi was released on bail Friday. B.K. Bangash/AP hide caption

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