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Russian President Vladimir Putin joins hands with the Russian-appointed leaders of four Ukrainian regions that Moscow annexed on Sept. 30, despite strong international opposition to the move. On the same day, Putin also raised the possibility of using a nuclear weapon in Ukraine. Grigory Sysoyev/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP hide caption

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How likely is a Russian nuclear strike in Ukraine?

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This is one of several leaks in the Nord Stream pipelines running between Russia and Germany. Methane from the leaks could have a powerful warming effect on the Earth's atmosphere. AP hide caption

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A man watches a television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on October 4, 2022. JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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North Korea fires a ballistic missile over Japan

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Afghan Special Immigrant Visa applicants crowd into the Herat Kabul Internet cafe, seeking help applying for the SIV program on Aug. 8, 2021, in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Taliban took over Afghanistan a week later. More than 74,000 applicants remain in the backlog of the SIV program, designed to help those who served the U.S. overseas. Paula Bronstein/Getty Images hide caption

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Soldiers prepare to fire BM-21 Grad rocket launcher toward Russian positions in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region on Monday. Russia intends to annex Donetsk but Ukrainian forces retook Lyman, a strategic city in the region, on Saturday. Anatolii Stepanov/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The Karsto gas processing plant in the municipality of Tysvær, Norway — which said it will increase security around its oil installations after the Nord Stream pipeline leaks. Cornelius Poppe/NTB/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The Nord Stream leaks are a wake-up call for countries with vulnerable pipelines

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US Navy sailor Ryan Sawyer Mays walks past reporters at Naval Base San Diego before entering a Navy courtroom, Aug. 17, 2022, in San Diego. Julie Watson/AP hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during a ceremony formally annexing four regions of Ukraine Russian troops occupy, at the Kremlin in Moscow on Friday. Gavriil Grigorov/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Migrants waiting to be picked up by the U.S. Border Patrol under an international bridge in Eagle Pass, Texas, earlier this month. Verónica G. Cárdenas for NPR hide caption

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Migrant deaths at the U.S.-Mexico border hit a record high, in part due to drownings

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Brittney Griner waits for the verdict during a hearing outside Moscow on Aug. 4. The WNBA star is one of more than five dozen Americans being held hostage or wrongfully detained abroad, according to the James. W. Foley Legacy Foundation. Evgenia Novozhenina/Pool photo/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A police officer holds one of a group of men, among 31 arrested for conspiracy to riot and affiliated with the white nationalist group Patriot Front, after they were found in the rear of a U-Haul van in the vicinity of a North Idaho Pride Alliance LGBTQ+ event in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, on June 11, 2022. John Rudoff/Reuters hide caption

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Diana Toebbe (left) and Jonathan Toebbe entered new guilty pleas on Tuesday in a case involving an alleged plot to sell secrets about nuclear-powered warships. West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority via AP, File hide caption

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The entrance to the newly renovated CIA museum at the agency headquarters in Langley, Va. The ceiling features a variety of spy codes. This one is in Morse Code. The CIA plans to put them all online to see if they can be broken. Courtesy of CIA hide caption

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Marking 75 years, the CIA opens a new museum and launches a podcast

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Leonard Francis, a Malaysian defense contractor nicknamed "Fat Leonard," who orchestrated one of the largest bribery scandals in U.S. military history, has been arrested in Venezuela after fleeing before his sentencing, authorities said. U.S. Marshals Service via AP, File hide caption

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In this image made from video released by the Russian Presidential Press Service, Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation in Moscow, Russia, Sept. 21, 2022. AP hide caption

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Putin is mobilizing hundreds of thousands of Russian reservists to fight in Ukraine

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The 77th session of U.N. General Assembly opened at the United Nations headquarters on Sept. 13 in New York City. The session's high-level debate begins on Tuesday. Liao Pan/China News Service via Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken talks with Marina, 6, from Ukraine's Kherson region, during his visit to a children's hospital in Kyiv on Thursday. Genya Savilov/Pool/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Harri Hursti told NPR he's been instructed not to open the box containing the Dominion ImageCast X machine that he bought on eBay for $1,200. Harri Hursti hide caption

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