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Waad was one of the opposition groups that participated in a Sept. 2013 demonstration. Before a court ordered it to dissolve today, it was the only major opposition group still operating in the country. Hasan Jamali/AP hide caption

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Kabul Car Bomb Explosion Kills At Least 80, Wounds Hundreds

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Mohammad Al Abdallah, the executive director of the Syria Justice and Accountability Centre, shows a video that was posted to YouTube of illegal cluster bombing in Syria. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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Activists Build Human Rights Abuse Cases With Help From Cellphone Videos

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A new video for the Ramadan holiday has a message of peace — but its depiction of a boy who survived an airstrike in Syria is drawing criticism. Zain via YouTube/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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New Show 'Black Crows' To Tell Stories Of Life Under ISIS

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A Recap Of Trump's First Week Abroad As President

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British Prime Minister Theresa May, U.S. President Trump and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg listen to Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel as he speaks during a working dinner meeting at the NATO headquarters during a NATO summit of heads of state and government in Brussels on Thursday. Matt Dunham/AP hide caption

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At Least 28 Dead, Many Wounded, After Attack On Christians In Egypt

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In Beirut, an audience listens to testimonies about encounters with the police over homosexuality. The event was part of Beirut Pride week – the city's first. Alison Meuse/NPR hide caption

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At Beirut's First Pride Week, A Chance To Celebrate — And Take Stock Of Challenges

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Suad Thabet sits with her granddaughter Sandy at home in Abu Qarqas, Egypt. Thabet was attacked by a mob last year after one of her sons was accused of having an affair with a Muslim woman. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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After 2016 Assault, A Coptic Christian Grandmother In Egypt Fights For Justice

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Gunmen fired on a bus carrying Coptic Christians in Minya, where many Christians live in Egypt. Here, a photo from 2015 shows Coptic Christians walking outside St. Markos Church in Minya. Roger Anis/AP hide caption

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Manchester Bombing Probe Focuses On Libya And ISIS' Presence There

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Police Investigate Manchester Bombing Suspect's Connection To Libya

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