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At a 2015 press conference with President Obama in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn asked the foreign press corps to "help our journalists to increase their capacity." Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Freed From Prison, Ethiopian Bloggers Still Can't Leave The Country

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Russia and China were among the 10 countries voting against the press freedom group's application for U.N. credentials. But South Africa indicated on Friday that it would reverse its "no" vote. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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U.N. Panel Blocks Accreditation Bid By Committee To Protect Journalists

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Avigdor Lieberman, who became Israel's new defense minister this week, visits Jerusalem's Old City on March 9. Lieberman's hard-line positions and controversial remarks have ignited fierce debate in Israel and beyond. Mahmoud Illean/AP hide caption

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Here's Why Israel's New Defense Minister Is So Controversial

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President Obama, speaking in Prague in 2009, said: "I state clearly and with conviction America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons." While Obama has pushed for a reduction in nuclear arms throughout his presidency, he has also agreed to an expensive upgrade of America's aging nuclear arsenal. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (right), along with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (left), speak to reporters in London on May 12. They tried to assure European banks they won't be penalized for conducting legitimate business with Iran. Critics say it should not be up to the U.S. to encourage investment in Iran. Josh Lederman/AP hide caption

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John Kerry's Awkward Push For Investment In Iran

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Demonstrators gather in a silent rally to mourn the death of an Okinawa woman in front of Camp Zukeran on May 22. The crime is thrusting the opposition to the U.S. presence on Okinawa back in the spotlight. The Asahi Shimbun/The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images hide caption

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As President Visits Japan, Okinawa Controversy Is Back In The Limelight

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A protester wears a respirator mask during a demonstration against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, on May 18. Police used teargas against some demonstrators. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Venezuela's Government Plays Hardball To Block Opposition's Recall Effort

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"As a farmer," says Will Dickinson, "I want to stay in business." He plans to vote next month to stay in the EU, in part because of the farm subsidies he receives from the European Union. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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For Some U.K. Farmers, Business Looks Better Without 'Brexit'

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi (right), hosts U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the presidential palace in Cairo on Wednesday. Sissi has touted his ability to bring order, but the country has looked increasingly shaky recently. Amr Nabil/AP hide caption

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Soldiers, officers and civilian employees attend a ceremony for the U.S. Army's annual observance of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in March 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. According to the Pentagon, the initiative is "meant to reinforce a climate of dignity and respect founded on good order and discipline." Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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New Report Says Pentagon Not Doing Enough For Sexual Assault Victims

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A MiG-21 fighter — a leftover monument from the Soviet era — is the centerpiece of the Aviators Neighborhood in Deveselu, Romania. Now the base has become a U.S. Navy facility that is part of NATO's anti-missile shield for Europe. Gabriel Amza for NPR hide caption

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Protesters gathered outside the federal courthouse in Minneapolis where three young Somali-Americans are on trial for allegedly planning to go to Syria to join the Islamic State. The demonstrators say the FBI and local law enforcement is targeting and entrapping Somali-Americans in terrorism cases. Six men have already pleaded guilty. Dina Temple-Raston / NPR hide caption

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He Was Caught Trying To Join ISIS, Now He's In Jihadi Rehab

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Krzystof Przadak, a Polish builder who has lived in Britain for 12 years, at a house he's renovating in a London suburb. Przadak says he now earns 10 times what he did in Poland, but he's uncertain what will happen to him and other Poles in Britain if the U.K. votes to leave the EU on June 23. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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If Britain Leaves The EU, What Happens To The 'Polish Plumber?'

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