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Separatist fighters fly the old, pre-unification flag of South Yemen above their pickup as they patrol Aden on Tuesday. Yemen's internationally recognized government has accused the separatist Southern Transitional Council of orchestrating a coup as it has moved closer to controlling the government's de facto capital. Saleh Al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Emerging Candidate In Egypt Probably Won't Change Presidential Election Outcome

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Men fighting for Yemen's southern separatist movement Sunday in Aden, where at least 12 people have died in renewed violence. Saleh Al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Israel Calls Out Poland On Proposed Holocaust Law

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Iran Grants Iranian-American Prisoner 4 Days Of Sick Leave

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U.S. Military Options In Syria

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African Refugees In Israel Face Deportation

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Carnage And Chaos In Kabul: Taliban Car Bombing Kills At Least 95

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A Beach In Tunisia Where Migrants' Bodies Wash Ashore

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In Pakistan, One Girl's Death Could Lead To Changes In Country's Culture

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We Asked, You Answered: When Should We Call Something 'Racist'?

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Dina Alhamrani's photos (at right) show a bride wearing a red "pre-wedding dress" and gold-leaf henna designs on her hands. "I want to tell brides never to let go of their heritage," Alhamrani says. "We have very, very vibrant colors. That's the message I try to convey. And the bride is looking at the light: That's a happy thing that she wants." Eslah Attar/NPR hide caption

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