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Lawmakers in the Kumamoto Municipal Assembly talk with member Yuka Ogata, who brought her infant son to work. The Asahi Shimbun/The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Imag hide caption

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Japanese Lawmaker's Baby Gets Booted From The Floor

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Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe addresses supporters at his party headquarters on Nov. 8. Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A "comfort woman" statue is placed on a bus seat to mark the 5th International Memorial Day for Comfort Women in Seoul in August. Ahn Young-joon/AP hide caption

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'Comfort Woman' Memorial Statues, A Thorn In Japan's Side, Now Sit On Korean Buses

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Supporters of Saad Hariri hold up placards demanding his return from Saudi Arabia at the starting line of Beirut's annual marathon on Sunday. Rumors have swirled that he is being held in Saudi Arabia against his will. Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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After Lebanese Leader's TV Appearance, Doubts Grow About His Future — And Lebanon's

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Asian leaders and President Trump pose for a photo during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Manila on Monday. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Last summer, South Koreans left messages of their sexual harassment and assaults on Post-it notes at an exit of Gangnam subway station. Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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China's President Xi Jinping speaks during a business leaders' event with President Trump in Beijing on Thursday. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mohammed bin Salman, now Saudi Arabia's crown prince, meets with President Trump in the Oval Office on March 14. Crown Prince Mohammed is seen as the driving force behind the kingdom's aggressive campaign to counter Iran throughout the Middle East. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Several thousand Italians marched in an anti-migrant rally in Rome in October. Sylvia Poggioli/NPR hide caption

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In Italy, Right-Wing Politicians Set Their Sights On Parliament

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Masoud Barzani stepped down last week as president of Iraq's Kurdistan regional government. The independence referendum he pushed through resulted in a military attack by Iraqi forces. But, he tells NPR, "I am very proud that we have given the opportunity for the Kurdish people to express their vote." He says the region will reassess its relationship with the U.S. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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After Iraqi Kurdish Independence Vote Backfires, 'I Do Not Regret It,' Says Barzani

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh last month. "We are returning to what we were before — a country of moderate Islam that is open to all religions and to the world," he said at the economic forum. Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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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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