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A street sign reads "Donetsk People Republic's Square" in front of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, after authorities renamed the address after a pro-Russian separatist region in Ukraine in June. Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Russia and the U.S. engage in name-calling — over the U.S. Embassy's Moscow address

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Ukrainian Ambassador to the United Nations Sergiy Kyslytsya raises his phone and shakes it toward the Russian representative, imploring him to call off the war. Screen shot/C-SPAN hide caption

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Denis Pushilin, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, an area controlled by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, speaks to journalists on May 5, 2021. Alexei Alexandrov/AP hide caption

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A supporter of presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi shows her hand with writing in Persian that reads "Raisi," during a rally in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday. He is the country's hard-line judiciary chief and is closely aligned with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Ebrahim Noroozi/AP hide caption

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Amin Nasser, president and chief executive officer of Saudi Aramco, speaks during the fourth edition of the Future Investment Initiative conference at the Ritz-Carlton hotel on Jan. 27, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Fayez Nureldine/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Lloyd Austin, U.S. secretary of defense, visits the National Cemetery in Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday. On his Asia tour, the defense chief made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Sunday. SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Health workers from Tongji Hospital in Wuhan, China, share an emotional embrace with their peers from a hospital in Jilin province at the Tianhe Airport. Colleagues who worked on the front lines together bid farewell as Wuhan lifted its coronavirus lockdown in April. Amy Cheng/NPR hide caption

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Pope Francis attends a interreligious ceremony for peace Tuesday in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli in Rome. Gregorio Borgia/AP hide caption

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Pope Francis Calls For Same-Sex Civil Union Law In New Documentary

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Then-Mexican Defense Secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos (right) with then-U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the Pentagon in 2017. Cienfuegos was arrested Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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U.S. Arrests Mexico's Ex-Defense Chief, Accused Of Helping Drug Cartel

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Fausto Russo, 38, has been in a hospital bed in Latina, Italy, for more than two weeks with COVID-19. Courtesy of Fausto Russo hide caption

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Italian Fitness Coach With COVID-19: 'Feels Like Your Head Is Being Held Underwater'

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People gather in support of pro-democracy protesters during a lunch break rally in the Kwun Tong area in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Hong Kong has been battered by months of mass rallies and violent clashes between police and protesters who are demanding direct popular elections of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory's government, as well as an investigation into alleged police brutality. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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