Culture : Parallels National identity often is tied to tradition and lessons from the past. But, sometimes, customs and beliefs, arts and relationships cross borders. We explore our diversity and, also, those practices that connect us.

Parwena Dulkun is a Uighur model who divides her time between Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, and Beijing. Uighurs share traits from both Asian and European ancestors, a look that is in demand among modeling agencies throughout China. Photo courtesy of Parwena Dulkun hide caption

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For Some Chinese Uighurs, Modeling Is A Path To Success

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In an effort to combat chronic food shortages, President Nicolas Maduro and his ministers are embarking on a campaign to convince Venezuelans to eat rabbits. GK Hart/Vikki Hart/The Image Bank/Getty Images hide caption

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After a series of big tremors last August, Norcia's small community of Benedictine monks sought shelter on the mountainside high above the town. An earthquake devastated the town, seen here from the mountainside, in October. Sylvia Poggioli/NPR hide caption

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Beer-Brewing Monks Are Helping Rebuild Earthquake-Devastated Town In Italy

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Samir Hussain was attacked in 2015 by a gang of strangers, one of whom threw drain cleaner on his face. Joanna Kakissis/NPR hide caption

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Acid Attacks On The Rise In The U.K.

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Hobby Lobby agreed earlier this month to a forfeiture of smuggled artifacts. Holly Hildreth /Moment Editorial/Getty Images hide caption

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Israeli Authorities Arrest Antiquities Dealers In Connection With Hobby Lobby Scandal

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Protesters demonstrated near Seoul's gay pride festival on July 15. Ahn Young-joon/AP hide caption

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For South Korea's LGBT Community, An Uphill Battle For Rights

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Hundreds of pro-EU supporters gather on Whitehall on the first anniversary of the Brexit referendum to protest against the process of Britain leaving the European Union. Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty Images hide caption

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In Britain, New Dating Apps Let Brexit Opponents 'Remain' With Each Other

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Wild horses graze at the Doñana National Park, in the Guadalquivir delta, in southern Spain. Last year, UNESCO threatened to put Doñana on its so-called 'Danger List' of World Heritage Sites where wildlife or conservation are at risk. Cristina Quicler/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Drought Threatens Crops, Wildlife Along Spain's Guadalquivir River Delta

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Harold Cardenas Lema runs the blog La Joven Cuba out of the two-room apartment he shares with his mom and girlfriend. Carrie Kahn/NPR hide caption

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In Cuba, Growing Numbers Of Bloggers Manage To Operate In A Vulnerable Gray Area

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A stage constructed amidst Roman ruins to host the rock opera Divine Nero has led some archaeologists and art historians to denounce what they see as the commercialization of the city's heritage. Stefano Montesi/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Atop Ancient Ruins, A Rock Opera About Emperor Nero Leaves Some Romans Unimpressed

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Sonata Director Aparna Sen is a veteran of the small, artistic cinema. She says while mainstream films often "commodify" women, "the good news is that many different films are now being made about women" and by women who are starting their own production companies. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Feminist Films Push Boundaries In India

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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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Ibrahim Habash walks with one of the many Palestinian recreational hiking groups that have sprung up largely in the last decade. The Israeli trails network, with its blue and white markings, extends into the West Bank, and Israeli and Palestinian hikers often cross paths on the same trails. Daniel Estrin/NPR hide caption

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For Palestinian Hikers In West Bank, A Chance To Enjoy Nature And Escape Tensions

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A buffalo market in central Rajasthan, India. Drivers ferrying these animals to slaughterhouses have been intercepted and accused of transporting cows, an animal many Hindus consider sacred. A new report from Human Rights Watch says that this devotion to protecting the cow has contributed to recent vigilante violence. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Runners assemble at the starting line of the third annual Qingyuan marathon. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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In Fast-Paced China, Marathon Craze Is Off And Running (Despite A Clumsy Start)

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Gen. John "Black Jack" Pershing visits Arlington National Cemetery in 1925. Pershing led the U.S. forces in World War I, the moment when the American military first displayed its might in a major foreign war. The U.S. military suffered heavy losses, but it also expanded dramatically, modernized and became more professional under Pershing's command. Library of Congress hide caption

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At A Hefty Cost, World War I Made The U.S. A Major Military Power

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Exhibits at Poland's newly opened Museum of the Second World War include photographs, letters and other memorabilia donated by private individuals. Czarek Sokolowski/AP hide caption

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Poland's New World War II Museum Just Opened, But Maybe Not For Long

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A tank heads off to support French troops in Juvigny, France, in this undated World War I photo. Tanks were introduced in the war. The watchmaker Cartier designed a metal band for its wristwatches based on tank treads, a tradition that continues to this day. Cartier's prototype for the tank watch was given as a gift to Gen. John Pershing, commander of the U.S. forces. AP hide caption

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From Wristwatches To Radio, How World War I Ushered In The Modern World

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Abbad Yahya, a 28-year-old Palestinian novelist, is in exile after the Palestinian Authority banned his latest book, Crime in Ramallah, calling it indecent. Courtesy of Abbad Yahya hide caption

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Facing Death Threats And A Ban On His Novel, A Palestinian Author Flees

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Amgad Naguib holds a fez — one of the first made in Egypt as part of a nationalist movement started in the 1930s to replace imported goods. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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For Egyptian Collector, No Object's Too Dusty Or Trivial For 'Mosaic Of Our History'

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As Mistefa Bedevi sings, 1-year-old Mirhat mimics performance poses, holding his hand over his ear. Gokce Saracoglu for NPR hide caption

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In Turkey, Kurdish Singers Keep Traditional Music Alive

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