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A man hammers a wall with elections posters at an open market in Kano, Nigeria, on Friday. The country is preparing for presidential elections on Saturday. President Goodluck Jonathan faces former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari and 13 other candidates in what is seen as the closest presidential race since the end of military rule in 1999. Goran Tomasevic/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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As Nigeria Votes, The Specter Of Boko Haram Hangs Over The Election

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A view of one of the oldest parts of Havana. The buildings in the city tell a story of inequality. Eyder Peralta/NPR hide caption

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A Fraying Promise: Exploring Race And Inequality In Havana

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The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) carries out its first rescue in the Mediterranean in August 2014. The Malta-based private rescue service founded by a wealthy American and his Italian wife has rescued more than 3,000 migrants since its launch in August 2014. Barcroft Media /Landov hide caption

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Couple Spends Millions To Save Migrants In The Mediterranean

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Yoan Francisco, a rookie for the Havana Industriales, warms up before a game at Havana's Latin American Stadium. Cuban baseball has been facing hard times, but improved diplomatic relations with the U.S. have raised the possibility of increased cooperation and new opportunities. Eyder Peralta/NPR hide caption

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With Improved Relations, Are The U.S. And Cuba Ready To Play Ball?

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The Havana studio of prominent artist Kcho is ringed by Cubans with their heads buried in screens. Users say the only other free Internet connection in Havana is at the U.S. Interests Section. Eyder Peralta/NPR hide caption

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An Object Of Desire: Hope And Yearning For The Internet In Cuba

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (center) speaks to supporters at his election headquarters on Tuesday in Tel Aviv. He now appears headed for a fourth term in office, but his campaign pledges could lead to increased friction with the Palestinians, the Obama administration and the international community. Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images hide caption

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Palestinians held rallies last November, like this one in the West Bank city of Nablus, to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2004 death of Yasser Arafat. Palestinians are increasingly frustrated with the two decades of on-and-off peace talks that have not led to an independent Palestinian state. Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Palestinians Ask: The Two-State Solution Or The Two-State Illusion?

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Embattled Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (shown here at the 21st International Construction Salon in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Tuesday) was elected four months ago. Her administration has been hit hard by economic problems and a massive corruption scandal at the state oil company, Petrobras. Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Drumbeat Grows Louder For Impeachment Of Brazil's Rousseff

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The alleged leader of the Zetas drug cartel, Omar Trevino Morales, is taken under custody to be presented to the press at the Attorney General Office's hangar at the airport in Mexico City, on March 4. Mexican authorities captured Trevino Wednesday, dealing a blow to the feared gang and giving the embattled government a second major arrest in a week. Omar Torres/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mexico Takes Out Cartel Heads, But Crime Continues To Climb

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Stav Shaffir, 29, left, is considered a rising star in the left-leaning Labor Party. Anat Roth, 40, is a candidate for the Jewish Home Party. Daniella Cheslow for NPR hide caption

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2 Israeli Candidates Struggle With Nation's Uncertain Future

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The 2,100-person Tijuana municipal police force is one of Mexico's largest. It's also the first in the country to employ body cameras for its officers. Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Tijuana Cops Turn On Body Cameras And Hope To Turn Off Bribery

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The Bedouin camp has a black plastic water tank near a school built from mostly mud and tires. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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The West Bank Battle For Land ... And Water

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Michigan Sen. Arthur Vandenberg, with arm raised, greets the press at the 1948 Republican Convention. Vandenberg worked closely with President Harry Truman's Democratic administration on foreign policy issues even though he was seeking the Republican nomination to challenge the president. "Politics must stop at the water's edge," Vandenberg famously said. Thomas D. McAvoy/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images hide caption

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Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead last Friday, was one of the most outspoken critics of President Vladimir Putin. No arrests have been made in his killing. Ivan Sekretarev/AP hide caption

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Boris Nemtsov: 'He Directed His Words Against Putin Himself'

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Journalist Chai Jing used $160,000 of her own money to produce a documentary on China's air pollution problem. Screenshot/Under the Dome hide caption

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The Anti-Pollution Documentary That's Taken China By Storm

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