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Siblings Ibrahim and Evan visit the home of their aunt December 27 in Bakhdida, Iraq, southeast of Mosul. The Islamic state burned the home, looted their parents home and destroyed or vandalized every church in Bakhdida. With a population of 50,000, it had been the largest Christian-majority town in the country, but nearly all residents have fled. NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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Global Powers' Commitment To Intervene In Genocides May Be Waning

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Almothana Alhamoud (second from left) with his family in Chicago. From left to right are his sister, Fatina; their father, Abdel Bari; their mother, Alia; and his other sister, Rowan. Alhamoud earned a computer engineering degree in Syria, but when he came to the U.S., he initially worked as a cashier. The group Upwardly Global helped him find a job in IT. Deb Amos/NPR hide caption

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How One U.S. Group Turns Migrants Into Employees

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Migrants pray in a tent city in Rome, on Aug. 1. The migrants are mostly from Somalia, Eritrea and Sudan. In 2016, more migrants arrived in Italy than in Greece, which was the top destination a year earlier. Most of those reaching Italy are from sub-Saharan Africa rather than the Middle East. Stefano Montesi/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Italy Surpasses Greece As Top Euro Destination For Asylum Seekers

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A Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 F-35B Lightning II prepares to make a vertical landing in Yuma, Ariz., in 2013. President-elect Donald Trump asked Boeing to price a version of one of its fighter jets to be competitive with Lockheed Martin's F-35 aircraft. Cpl. Ken Kalemkarian/U.S. Marines hide caption

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There are 12 million Catholics in China, less than 1 percent of the population. St. Peter's Catholic Church in downtown Shanghai is one of the country's few officially approved churches. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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In China's Tiny Catholic Community, Hopes Rise For Beijing-Vatican Ties

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The Christmas market in Berlin was targeted in Monday's attack by a man driving a heavy truck into an area crowded with shoppers. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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Tourists browse a Christmas market in Madrid's medieval square, the Plaza Mayor, on Dec. 15. As the Islamic State loses territory in Iraq and Syria, Western intelligence agencies believe it may refocus on attacking soft targets in Europe instead. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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After Berlin Attack, Fears Rise In Europe Over Strikes On Soft Targets

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William Evanina, the head of U.S. counterintelligence, estimates that more than 100 Russian spies are currently operating on U.S. soil. Courtesy of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence hide caption

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For America's Top Spy Catcher, A World Of Problems To Fix — And Prevent

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In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (right) and Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu offer flowers in memory of Andrei Karlov, Russia's ambassador to Turkey. Karlov was fatally shot Monday in Ankara. Maxim Shemetov/AP hide caption

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Mohammed Ashfaq is the managing director of Kikit Pathways, a nonprofit that works with the British government's Prevent program to stop radicalization. A ribbon-cutting in Birmingham inaugurated a double-decker bus designed to allow Kikit to go into communities and help people who are addicted to drugs and considered at risk of radicalization. Frank Langfitt / NPR hide caption

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U.K.'s Anti-Radicalization Program Cites Successes, But Also Draws Fire

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (left), and Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, now the secretary of state-designate, shake hands at a 2012 signing ceremony in Tuapse, southern Russia. Tillerson has expressed a general opposition to the sanctions that the Obama administration imposed on Russia two years ago. Mikhail Klimentyev/AP hide caption

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Lawyers for the family of Nie Shubin, who was executed by firing squad in 1995 for rape and murder, leave court in December 2014. China's Supreme Court exonerated Nie on Dec. 2, following years of effort by his family to clear his name. Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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China Exonerates Man Executed 21 Years Ago For A Murder He Didn't Commit

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