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Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, says the proposed resolution sanctioning North Korea "is the toughest sanctions resolution that has been put forward in more than two decades." Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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U.S. Proposes Tough New Sanctions On North Korea — With China's Support

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Migrants and refugees seeking asylum in Sarstedt, Germany, line up Feb. 26 for lunch at the shelter where they live while their asylum applications are processed. Germany wants to send more migrants home and sent a charter plane filled with Afghan migrants back to Kabul on Wednesday. Alexander Koerner /Getty Images hide caption

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Discouraged By Delays In Germany, Some Migrants Opt To Return Home

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Iranian women chant support for Mohammad Reza Aref, a reformist candidate in Friday's parliamentary election. This is the first election since Iran signed a nuclear deal with world powers last summer, followed by the lifting of many sanctions at the beginning of this year. Ebrahim Noroozi/AP hide caption

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Sanctions Are Lifting, But Iranians Are Still Waiting For The Benefits

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An Indian student holds a placard demanding the release of student leader Kanhaiya Kumar during a protest at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi on Tuesday. Tsering Topgyal/AP hide caption

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Protests Widen As India Debates When Speech Is Sedition

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Pakistani police stand guard as a Pakistan International Airline plane taxis on a runway in Islamabad on Feb. 8. The national carrier has struggled in recent years with a $3 billion debt. Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Once Pakistan's Pride, Its Embattled National Airline Fights To Survive

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"There is a vibrant political atmosphere that will be conducive to greater achievement" in Egypt, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry tells NPR. But, he says, "I can't say we're perfect." Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Egypt's Foreign Minister: Egypt Has A 'Very High Degree Of Security'

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Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have exchanged compliments. In the words of one Putin adviser, "he more carefully listens to so-called 'silent majority' of the American nation, who don't want conflict with Russia." Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption

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Who Is Moscow's Favorite Among The U.S. Presidential Candidates?

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British Prime Minister David Cameron wants to cut migration, and part of the government's plan calls for some foreign workers to leave if they are making less than 35,000 pounds (about $50,000) annually. Ben Pruchnie/Pool/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Britain To Foreign Workers: If You Don't Make $50,000 A Year, Please Leave

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A Danish policeman checks passengers' identity papers on a train arriving from Germany on Jan. 6. Officials say the small country is overwhelmed by the number of refugees seeking asylum. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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Denmark's Mixed Message For Refugees

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Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (poster in top left) is a staunch supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, but both men have been criticized by human rights groups. Tens of thousands of people took part in a state-sponsored rally in Chechnya's capital Grozny on Jan. 22, with many holding posters of Kadyrov, Putin (right) and Kadyrov's late father, Akhmad Kadyrov (center). Ilia Varlamov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Chechnya's Strongman Praises Putin, Threatens 'Traitors'

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani opens a book he gave to Pope Francis as a gift at the Vatican on Tuesday. Rouhani is the first Iranian leader to meet with the pope since 1999. With sanctions against Iran falling away, Rouhani also announced business agreements with Italy as part of his visit to Europe. Andrew Medichini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Danish police conduct spot checks on incoming traffic from Germany at a highway border crossing near Padborg, Denmark, on Jan. 6. Officials say they've been overwhelmed by the 20,000 asylum seekers who came to Denmark last year. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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Denmark Wants To Become 'A Little Bit Less Attractive' To Refugees

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Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian security agent, died in 2006 after drinking tea laced with the radioactive element polonium at a London hotel. A British inquiry found Thursday that his death was the work of the Russian security service. Natasja Weitsz/Getty Images hide caption

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Before Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party sealed the vote in the nation's presidential elections on Saturday night, K-pop singer Chou Tzu-yu was forced to apologize after waving the Taiwanese flag on a TV broadcast. A DPP supporter holds a sign showing Tzu-yu. Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Cuban migrants prepare to board a flight from Costa Rice to El Salvador on Jan. 12. This was the first of up to 28 flights out of Costa Rica that will allow nearly 8,000 stranded Cubans to continue their journey to the United States. CARLOS GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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At The U.S. Border, Cubans Are Welcomed, Salvadorans Deported

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