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Gargur, No'maan, Melsoon and Shams — four of the Muppet stars of Iftah Ya Simsim, the first Arabic-language version of Sesame Street. The show went off the air 25 years ago, and other Arabic-language Sesame Street spinoffs have launched since — but now, the original is debuting again. Sesame Workshop hide caption

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After 25-Year Hiatus, First Arabic-Language 'Sesame Street' Opens Again

Iftah Ya Simsim was one of the earliest foreign-language Sesame Street spinoffs when it launched in 1979. But the beloved show went dark when its studio was partially destroyed during the Gulf War.

Among bishops and priests, Pope Francis is in familiar — and lighthearted — territory. But among non-Catholics in the U.S., the pope's comments have also generated significant enthusiasm. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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With Bold Words And Baby Steps, Pope Finds Fans Beyond His Flock

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Gargur, No'maan, Melsoon and Shams — four of the Muppet stars of Iftah Ya Simsim, the first Arabic-language version of Sesame Street. The show went off the air 25 years ago, and other Arabic-language Sesame Street spinoffs have launched since — but now, the original is debuting again. Sesame Workshop hide caption

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After 25-Year Hiatus, First Arabic-Language 'Sesame Street' Opens Again

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Trees Grew Emotions and Died Cold Cave

Dr. Nahid Bhadelia gets a lesson in donning a protective suit before her trip to Sierra Leone. Since her time there, she has embarked on a campaign to raise funds for the local Ebola fighters, many of whom remain unpaid. Jackie Ricciardi/Boston University Photography hide caption

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One Doctor's Campaign To Pay Those Who Risked Their Lives

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Sam Elliott played The Stranger in the Coen brothers film The Big Lebowski. "That was great fun," he says. "The Coen brothers are such brilliant guys." The Kobal Collection hide caption

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Typecast As A Cowboy, Sam Elliott Came To Embrace That 'Western Box'

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From 'Godot' To HBO, Wendell Pierce Says, Art Aided Post-Katrina Healing

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