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French Presidential candidates: Jean-Luc Melenchon (left), Francois Fillon, Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron. Lionel Bonaventure/AFP and Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images hide caption

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Marine Le Pen, presidential candidate of the far-right National Front, waves on stage during a campaign rally in Paris on April 17. Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images hide caption

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The Far Right's Marine Le Pen Courts France's Female Voters

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French Presidential Candidate Emmanuel Macron addresses voters during a political meeting on April 17 in Paris. NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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French Presidential Candidate Macron Takes Page From American Political Playbook

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives for a military parade in Pyongyang marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung on April 15. KCNA via KNS/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Gandelina Damião, 78, lost three children to heroin in the 1990s. She says she wishes methadone clinics and other government-sponsored drug treatment had been available to her children before they died. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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In Portugal, Drug Use Is Treated As A Medical Issue, Not A Crime

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Ming lives in this mud brick home, three miles outside Beijing city limits. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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Beijing Mega-Region Plan Aims To Alleviate Poverty, But Some Are Wary

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A woman walks past a giant poster bearing portraits of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, ahead of the referendum on whether to change the current parliamentary system into an executive presidency. Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Conservative French presidential candidate Francois Fillon delivers a speech April 9 during a campaign meeting in Paris. The two-round presidential election is set for April 23 and May 7. Fillon has played up his religion during the campaign, and that has played well with France's Catholics. Thibault Camus/AP hide caption

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Conservative French Presidential Nominee's Unusual Tactic: Tout His Faith

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Ukrainian investigators are seeking to understand the extent of the ties Paul Manafort, shown here in July 2016, had with former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Paul Manafort's Activities Arouse Interest Of Ukrainian Prosecutors

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Trump shake hands during dinner at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., on April 6, during the first face-to-face meeting of the two leaders. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Balukali refugee camp, located about an hour's drive south of the seaside tourist city of Cox's Bazar, is one of many informal camps in southern Bangladesh. An estimated 2,000 Rohingya families who fled neighboring Myanmar live in Balukali. Michael Sullivan for NPR hide caption

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Rohingya Fleeing Myanmar Describe Military Tactic Of Systematic Rape

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The old town area of Budva, a seaside town in Montenegro. Tuul and Bruno Morandi/Getty Images hide caption

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Alleged Plot, Coming Trial In Montenegro Reads Like a Thriller

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Russian President Vladimir Putin meets President George W. Bush at the G-8 economic summit in Genoa, Italy on July 22, 2001. The leaders initially had a good relationship. But shortly before Bush left office, he told Putin, "Vladimir, you're cold-blooded." Luke Frazza/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Juan Pablo Guanipa is running for governor of the western Venezuelan state of Zulia, and as he campaigns in Maracaibo, the state capital, people complain of food shortages and hyperinflation. John Otis for NPR hide caption

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Opposition Parties In Venezuela Prepare For Elections, Hoping They Will Come

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Magazines at a Beijing newsstand show images of President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The two leaders are meeting at Mar-a-Lago Thursday and Friday. Nicola Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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