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Jordan's election laws make it impossible for any one political party to build a strong bloc in Parliament. Observers say that's one reason for the country's weakness — and for the growing appeal of the messages used by militants of the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For One Parliamentarian, A Stronger Jordan Is Key To Fighting ISIS

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Jordanians marched in the streets of the capital Amman on Feb. 6 to show solidarity with the family of a pilot killed by the Islamic State in Syria. Jordanians also expressed support for the king's decision to take part in the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS. Muhammad Hamed/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Jordan's King Balances Threats Abroad And Critics At Home

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo inspects an honor guard during a visit to Manila, Philippines, on Feb. 9. Widodo's supporters see him as very different from the strongmen who have long run Indonesia. But he has dismayed some of his backers with his strong support of the death penalty. Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Indonesia's President: Fan Of Megadeth, Defender Of Death Penalty

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Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf speaks to the media in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on March 24, 2013, shortly before ending his self-imposed exile and returning to his homeland. He now faces murder and treason charges in Pakistan, but is free on bail and living in a villa in Karachi. Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images hide caption

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At His Villa, Pakistan's Musharraf Awaits Trial And Holds Court

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Iranians commemorate the 36th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution near the Azadi Tower in Tehran on Wednesday. While many Iranians would like to reorder relations with the West, there's also plenty of skepticism about whether it will actually happen. Ebrahim Noroozi/AP hide caption

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On Iran's Streets, 'Death To America' ... And Hope For A Nuclear Deal

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Rescue workers pick through the debris of Israel's Embassy after a bombing in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1992. The attack, which killed 29, has never been solved. NPR's Jasmine Garsd, who was 9 at the time, was just down the block. Don Rypka/AP hide caption

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Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at the airport in Munich, Germany, on Feb. 5. On the way back to the U.S., Kerry's plane stopped in Boston during a snowstorm so he could see his new grandchild. Such personal stops are permitted, though they sometimes raise eyebrows. Sven Hoppe/DPA/Landov hide caption

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Russian soldiers guard the entrance to the Ukrainian military base in Perevalne, Crimea, last March. Russia was criticized widely internationally after seizing the region. Now Russian lawmakers are considering a bill that says Crimea was illegally given to Ukraine in 1954 and should have been part of Russia all along. Ivan Sekretarev/AP hide caption

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A demonstrator dressed as a bather protests against the rationing of water, outside the official residence of Sao Paulo's Governor Geraldo Alckmin in Sao Paulo, on Jan. 26. The banner behind him reads, "Planet Water, Dry Lives." Andre Penner/AP hide caption

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A Historic Drought Grips Brazil's Economic Capital

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Students hold pens and signs reading "I am Charlie" in La Rochelle, France, on Jan. 8. They were paying tribute to the 12 people killed the day before in an attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Xavier Leoty/AFP/Getty hide caption

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The French Debate: Free Speech Versus Hate Speech

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A woman wrapped in a Greek flag makes her way in to a demonstration to support the new anti-austerity government in Athens on Thursday. Louisa Goulimaki/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In A Twist, Greeks Demonstrate In Favor Of Their Government

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Bill Browder crosses Red Square in 2004, at the height of Hermitage Capital Management's success. James Hill/Courtesy of the Browder Family Archives hide caption

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In 'Red Notice,' Success Draws Treachery, Tragedy In Putin's Russia

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Argentina's Foreign Minister Hector Timerman on Jan. 15 shows a letter he said was sent in 2013 to Interpol informing it of an agreement reached with Iran's government to investigate the 1994 bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association that killed 85 people. Timerman says he met with Iran in an attempt to solve the case and denies accusations he was part of a cover-up. Rodrigo Abd/AP hide caption

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Argentine Official Says He Sought Cooperation With Iran, Not Cover-Up

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A woman holds up a portrait of late prosecutor Alberto Nisman near the funeral home where a private wake was held for him Wednesday in Buenos Aires. Rodrigo Abd/AP hide caption

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Examining The Sinister Background Of Argentina's Spy Agency

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Holocaust survivors light candles during a ceremony at the Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) building for Holocaust Victims Memory Day in Buenos Aires, the site of a deadly bombing two decades ago. Alejandro Pagni/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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On Holocaust Day, Argentina's Jews Despair Over Deaths, Old And New

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