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Mount Paektu, which sits on the border with China, is known in North Korea as the "sacred mountain of revolution" and considered the legendary birthplace of Kim Jong Il and Korean culture. David Guttenfelder/AP hide caption

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North Korean Volcano Provides Rare Chance For Scientific Collaboration

When the volcano started rumbling, North Korean researchers realized they didn't have the tools to predict if it might erupt. So they reached out to Western scientists for help.

A coal mining brigade unloads a cart full of coal that has been freshly mined from half-a-mile below the surface of the earth. For some rural Mongolians, risking their lives in crude, makeshift mines is the only way to survive. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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Amid Economic Crisis, Mongolians Risk Their Lives For Do-It-Yourself Mining

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Simplicity Has a Paradox The Seven Mile Journey
Crazy Quilt Kevin Hays & Brad Mehldau

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Trump's Loans From Troubled German Bank Pose Conflict Of Interest

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North Korean Volcano Provides Rare Chance For Scientific Collaboration

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Peter and Ezra, / you made a great team. / Together you brought a snowstorm / of your dreams. Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson/Penguin Random House hide caption

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'A Poem For Peter' Recalls One Unforgettable 'Snowy Day'

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Boston's official Christmas tree, a 47-foot white spruce from the Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, arrives at Boston Common on Nov. 18. Edgar Herwick/WGBH hide caption

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Boston's Christmas Tree Tradition Rooted In A Canadian Thank You

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The Pentagon building complex is seen from Air Force One on June 29. An Army review concludes that commanders did nothing wrong when they kicked out more than 22,000 soldiers for misconduct after they came back from Iraq or Afghanistan – even though all of those troops had been diagnosed with mental health problems or brain injuries. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Senators, Military Specialists Say Army Report On Dismissed Soldiers Is Troubling

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After six years of conflict and repeated calls by the Obama administration for President Bashar Assad to step down, residents of Damascus, seen here in June 2015, have become more anti-American. Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Returning To Damascus, A City Changed By War

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