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The medieval town of Pitigliano is perched atop a massive volcanic rock, looking out over vineyards and olive groves. It was once home to a vibrant Jewish community, treated with civility or cruelty depending on who was in charge of the city; now, the town works to preserve and share the cultural history of Italian Jews. Michela Simoncini/Flickr hide caption

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Italy's 'Little Jerusalem' Opens The Doors To Jewish History

Today 27 countries are marking the European Day of Jewish Culture. The Tuscan town of Pitigliano is one of the sites involved: it's home to few Jews today, but once housed a thriving Jewish community.

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves (left), with intelligence officer Eston Kohver in 2010. Kohver was arrested by Russian police on spying charges, but Estonian officials called it an illegal kidnapping. AP hide caption

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Estonia 'Spy' Dispute Could Be Russia Making Anti-NATO Mischief

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The medieval town of Pitigliano is perched atop a massive volcanic rock, looking out over vineyards and olive groves. It was once home to a vibrant Jewish community, treated with civility or cruelty depending on who was in charge of the city; now, the town works to preserve and share the cultural history of Italian Jews. Michela Simoncini/Flickr hide caption

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Italy's 'Little Jerusalem' Opens The Doors To Jewish History

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In Malawi, Biti Rose Nasoni used a CARE microsavings program to start a business selling doughnuts. Nicholas D. Kristof/Random House hide caption

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In The Quest To Make A Difference, 'A Path Appears'

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Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) and Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) made their film debut in 1939's Gone with the Wind. AP hide caption

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From Casting To Cutting The N-Word, The Making Of 'Gone With The Wind'

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Iraqi troops in Anbar province in June. It's unclear whether Sunnis will join the U.S. in the fight against the Islamic State. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Call To Fight Militants Stirs Bitter Memories For Iraq's Sunnis

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Small boats operated by the National Disaster Response Force ferry flood victims in Kashmir on Saturday. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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As Floodwaters Recede In Kashmir Valley, Anger Grows

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Esther Okaya has a health problem that is a growing concern in Sub-Saharan Africa: high blood pressure. Gregory Warner/NPR hide caption

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Africans Are Introduced To The Blood Pressure Cuff

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John Darnielle's new book is Wolf In White Van. DL Anderson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sprinting Toward Epiphany: Talking With A Songwriter Turned Novelist

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A group of Nile Project musicians play together at the Ndere Cultural Centre, Kampala, Uganda in January 2013. Left to right: Dina El Wedidi, Dafaalla El Hag, Lawrence Okello, Kasiva Mutua. Julie Caine hide caption

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The Nile Project: Producing Harmony In A Divided Region

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