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Presidential candidate Luka Maksimovic, known as Beli, a 25-year-old satirist, campaigns in the Serbian town of Mladenovac on March 21. Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Serbia's Election, The Comedian Is A Serious Contender

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Yu Huan, 22, was sentenced in February to life in prison in the Liaocheng Intermediate People's Court in China's Shandong Province. He stabbed a debt collector, who later died of his wounds. VCG/VCG via Getty Images hide caption

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European Council President Donald Tusk holds up the document from the U.K. in Brussels on Wednesday. Tusk has received a letter from British Prime Minister Theresa May invoking Article 50 of the bloc's key treaty, the formal start of exit negotiations. Virginia Mayo/AP hide caption

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Protesters participate in an anti-corruption rally in St. Petersburg on March 26. Thousands of Russians demonstrated across the country to protest corruption. Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Laurie Holt holds a photograph of her son Joshua Holt, who has been jailed in Venezuela, at her home in Riverton, Utah, in July 2016. "Eventually," she says, "he'll come home and we'll be able to go back to our normal lives. And I can stop crying every night." Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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For Utah Newlywed, An 'Egregious' Prison Stint In Venezuela

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks Wednesday at the meeting of the Global Coalition on the Defeat of ISIS in Washington. Top officials from the 68-nation coalition are looking to increase pressure on ISIS. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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Tillerson: Defeating ISIS 'No. 1 Goal' for U.S., But Others Should Do More

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Salaried employees file their income tax papers at an tax office in New Delhi in 2013. Many Indians, including the entire agricultural sector and those living on less than $3,700 a year, are exempt from income tax. The Finance Ministry says just 27 million Indians paid income tax last year. Manish Swarup/AP hide caption

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Why Do So Few People Pay Income Tax In India?

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The annual conference has taken place in recent years at Washington's Ritz-Carlton hotel but is scheduled this May for the Trump International Hotel. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Roman Nasirov (left, in orange), the suspended head of Ukraine's tax service, lies inside the defendant's cage during his court hearing in Kiev on March 5. He was first detained in a hospital, claiming illness. Nasirov is accused in an embezzlement scheme amounting to more than $70 million. NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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In Ukraine, Some Signs Of Progress In Uphill Battle Against Corruption

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Old posters on the wall of a school in San Cristóbal call on students to participate in a strike last November. The slogan warns, "Get out of the way, Francoists!" Spain's experience of decades of dictatorship helps protect against an embrace of the right wing now. Calling someone a franquista — a follower of the late, right-wing dictator Francisco Franco — remains an insult. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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Unlike Elsewhere In Europe, The Far Right In Spain Stays On The Fringe

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Porto Alegre, one of Brazil's most important commercial and industrial hubs, has declared itself in "financial calamity." Brazil is in the midst of its longest and deepest recession. Philip Reeves/NPR hide caption

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The U.S. has begun deploying the Terminal High Altitude Aerial Defense - THAAD - an anti-missile system meant to defend South Korea against attacks from the North. The first components arrived in South Korea last week. U.S. Forces Korea hide caption

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A Long List Of Challenges Awaits Rex Tillerson In Asia

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Right-wing Dutch populist leader Geert Wilders gestures as he talks to Prime Minister Mark Rutte during a national televised debate on Monday. Wilders' Freedom Party had been leading in the polls until recently. Yves Herman/AP hide caption

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"Many people don't even want to vote," says farmer Erwan Humbert (right), 44, working in his field in Longpont-sur-Orge. "And they don't want to hear about politics anymore." Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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In A French Town, Voters Try To Make Sense Of An Election Race Like No Other

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Solomon Yhdego gained asylum in Germany after escaping Eritrea when he was forced to join the army. John Ydstie/NPR hide caption

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For Refugees In Germany, Hope And Frustration Mark Path Toward Integration

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