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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye walk to their seats for the start of a trilateral meeting with the U.S. in 2014. Japan and Korea's leaders have yet to meet one-on-one. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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For China, Japan And S. Korea, Just Meeting Is An Accomplishment

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German police guide a group of migrants after they crossed the border between Austria and Germany near Passau, Germany, on Wednesday. The massive influx of migrants this year has stirred debate about Europe's open borders policy. Kerstin Joensson/AP hide caption

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As Migrants Flow In, More Europeans Question Open Borders

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A train carrying hundreds of migrants stops at the train station in Cakovec, Croatia, on Tuesday. Hungary shut down its border with Croatia to stop the free flow of migrants, prompting Croatia to redirect thousands of people toward its border with Slovenia. Petr David Josek/AP hide caption

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Surge Of Migrants Hits Bottleneck In Slovenia

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Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at Indiana University on Thursday. "If Russia is [in Syria] to uphold Assad, and fake it with respect to the extremists and terrorists, that's a serious problem," he told NPR's Steve Inskeep. Aaron P. Bernstein for NPR hide caption

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John Kerry: Russia Has No 'Easy Track' In Syria

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U.S. and South Korean soldiers of the combined 2nd Infantry Division train at Camp Red Cloud in Uijeongbu, South Korea. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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For South Korea-U.S. Summit, The Big Question Is Still North Korea

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Demonstrators rally against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's controversial security bills in front of the National Diet in Tokyo in September. The bills, which passed, will allow Japan to send its troops overseas for the first time since World War II. However, the likelihood of Japanese involvement in a foreign war appears quite small. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Japan Can Now Send Its Military Abroad, But Will It?

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Ali Akbar Salehi, top, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, delivers a speech as lawmakers and officials discuss a bill on Iran's nuclear deal in parliament on Sunday. The parliament approved an outline of a bill allowing the deal's implementation. Ebrahim Noroozi/AP hide caption

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An Iran Deal Milestone That Tehran Wants To Play Down

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Mustafa Abdul Saleh (at right front), a 20-year-old Kurd from Syria, confers with a Kurdish interpreter (left), during his trial in Szeged, Hungary. Saleh passed through a hole in the razor wire fence that Hungary has built on its border with Serbia. Breaching the fence is a criminal offense, and Saleh was expelled from Hungary and ordered back into Serbia. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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Hungary Steps Up Arrest And Deportation Of Migrants

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About 20 people wave anti-immigrant placards and flags at a Jobbik rally last Tuesday in Szentgotthárd, a rural factory town near Hungary's border with Austria. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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A Race To The Far Right In Hungarian Politics

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Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2014. Sherman was the lead U.S. negotiator on the Iran nuclear deal. She stepped down from her post last week and is now teaching at Harvard. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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A U.S. Negotiator Says There's Still Pending Business With Iran

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India's capital is among the most polluted cities in the world, thanks in large part to the growing number of vehicles on its roads. In its just-announced climate change plan, India does not commit to an absolute reduction of its emissions. Instead, it will slow the release of greenhouse gases. DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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India Says It Will Lower Rate Of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Migrants arriving in Hungary from Croatia are offered water by volunteers in a resting zone near the border. Offers of food and water are permitted, but some other forms of help are restricted by Hungarian law. Tamas Soki/EPA/LANDOV hide caption

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Risking Arrest, Thousands Of Hungarians Offer Help To Refugees

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President Obama and Vladimir Putin met for 90 minutes after the Russian president's Monday speech at the United Nations. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Putin, Obama Meet On Syria, But Sharp Disagreements Remain

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani prepares to speak with NPR's Steve Inskeep on Saturday in New York. Rouhani reaffirmed Iran's commitment to the nuclear deal and said his country would be willing to discuss Syria's future with the United States — after ISIS is defeated. Bryan Thomas for NPR hide caption

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Iran's President: 'Driving Out The Terrorists' Is Key To Syria's Future

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A refugee boy plays a violin as hundreds of migrants are blocked from marching down a highway toward Turkey's western border with Greece and Bulgaria on Saturday. Turkey has some 2 million refugees, mostly from Syria, but says they will not be allowed to settle permanently in the country. Emrah Gurel/AP hide caption

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Turkey Absorbs 2 Million Refugees, But Won't Offer Asylum

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