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South Korean soldiers face a North Korean soldier standing at the border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea on Thursday. North Korea's neighbors are reassessing their policies following the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. Wally Santana/AP hide caption

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With N. Korea In Flux, Neighbors Reassess Policies

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Omar is Abdul Wahkeel's oldest son. He's learning his father's craft to one day carry on the family business. Jim Wildman/NPR hide caption

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Ten Years Of Hanging On As An Afghan Potter

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Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, greets 3-month-old Heidi Lange during a campaign stop in Dubuque, Iowa, on Thursday. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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Ron Paul Has Support In Iowa, But Old Issues Linger

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Applicants fill out forms at a Miami jobs fair hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus. An NPR/Kaiser survey found blacks make up about 10 percent of the full-time working population but 27 percent of the long-term unemployed. Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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For Black Americans, A Longer Time Without Work

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A woman gazes into a shop window in downtown Rome. Due to tough austerity measures, even wealthy Italians are buying less this holiday season. Max Rossi/Reuters hide caption

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Italians Are Mostly Window Shopping This Christmas

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A tufted capuchin uses a stone hammer to crack open a nut in Brazil's Parnaiba Headwaters National Park. Ben Cranke/Getty Images hide caption

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Myth Busting: The Truth About Animals And Tools

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