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Xi Jinping (center) approaches the podium as other members of the Communist Party's new Politburo Standing Committee applaud on Wednesday. Xi unveiled a new leadership lineup that included no clear potential successors, raising questions about whether he might seek to stay in office beyond 2022. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Among China's New Leaders, The One Person Missing Is A Clear Successor To Xi Jinping

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte meets Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Oct. 24 at the 11th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Defense Ministers' Meeting at the former Clark Air Base outside Manila. Dondi Tawatao/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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With Mattis Trip To Philippines, Reminders Of Waning U.S. Influence In Region

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Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of the 19th Party Congress held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing last week. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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What Motivates Chinese President Xi Jinping's Anti-Corruption Drive?

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Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh wait to receive food distributed by a Turkish aid agency at a refugee camp on Saturday. Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.N. Rights Chief: Myanmar's Treatment Of Rohingya Includes 'Almost ISIS-Type Crimes'

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Japanese Prime Minister and ruling party president Shinzo Abe smiles after the general election Sunday in Tokyo in which his ruling party won a clear majority. The Asahi Shimbun/The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images hide caption

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Japan's Prime Minister Isn't Popular, But His Coalition Won A Supermajority

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has cracked down on corruption — and dissent. Lintao Zhang/Getty Images hide caption

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For Clues To China's Crackdown On Public Expression, Look To Its Economy

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China's President Xi Jinping gives a speech at the opening session of the Chinese Communist Party Congress on Wednesday. Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A poster in Beijing features Chinese President Xi Jinping and a slogan reading "Chinese Dream, People's Dream." Xi is preparing to embark on a second five-year term this week. Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Monovithya Kem's father, Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha, was jailed in September, after his party fared better than expected in local elections in June. "Dictators see free, fair elections as a threat," she tells NPR. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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'Fear Is Something Constant,' Says Daughter Of Jailed Cambodian Opposition Leader

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Bangladesh is struggling to accommodate 500,000-plus Rohingya who have poured across the border in less than two months. It isn't recognizing them as refugees and would prefer to see them repatriated. Michael Sullivan for NPR hide caption

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For Half A Million Rohingya Fleeing Myanmar, Bangladesh Is A Reluctant Host

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President Trump announced he would not recertify the Iran nuclear deal and warned that the U.S. could withdraw from it "at any time." Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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People rally in Barcelona for Spain's National Day on Thursday, shouting against the independence of Catalonia. Andrea Baldo/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Alexander Gauland, 76, and Alice Weidel, 38, are the leaders of the populist, anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party. They will both take seats in the country's Parliament later this month. John Macdougall/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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