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Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov (right), was recently convicted of terrorism charges in Crimea dating to last year, when Russia seized the territory from Ukraine. A Russian military court sentenced him to 20 years in one of several cases that have drawn criticism from human rights groups. He's shown here at a hearing at Moscow's Lefortovo District Court on Dec. 26, 2014. Mikhail Pochuyev/ITAR-TASS/Landov hide caption

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High-Profile Russian Trials Bring International Criticism

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The Pentagon's only maximum security prison, at the U.S. Army's Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, is one of the facilities being considered for placement of Guantanamo prisoners deemed too dangerous to release. Julie Denesha/Getty Images hide caption

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Kansas, South Carolina Take NIMBY Stance On Guantanamo Prisoners

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President Obama says Iran's "nuclear breakout" time will be extended from the current two or three months to at least a year under the nuclear agreement. But he acknowledges that some restrictions will fall away after 15 years and the breakout time would again shrink. Morgan Walker/NPR hide caption

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Obama: Iran Will Face Longer 'Breakout Time,' Though Not Indefinitely

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Migrants from Africa receive instruction in French in the port city of Calais. Some 3,000 migrants live in a makeshift camp known as "The Jungle." Most are seeking to travel on to Britain, while some are seeking asylum in France. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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Living In 'The Jungle,' Migrants In France Seek A Permanent Home

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Angelica Rivera, the wife of Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, has been embroiled in controversy over the purchase of a luxury home. Thomas Samson/AP hide caption

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Allegations Of Corruption Dog Mexico's First Lady Angélica Rivera

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A Lebanese woman covers her nose as she walks past piles of garbage on a Beirut street. Hassan Ammar/AP hide caption

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Amid Political Dysfunction, Beirut Residents Suffer The Stench Of Garbage

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Workers finish installing a billboard showing Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Barack Obama in downtown Nairobi a day before Obama's visit. Ben Curtis/AP hide caption

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Obama's Roots A Source Of Pride — And Discord — In Kenya

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The U.N. Security Council endorsed the historic Iran nuclear deal on Monday. Now, world leaders — notably in the U.S. and Iran — must garner enough support for the agreement at home. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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Parrying Doubts In Two Capitals, Leaders Sell The Iran Nuclear Deal

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An International Atomic Energy Agency inspector cuts a uranium enrichment connection at Iran's Natanz facility, 200 miles south of Tehran, in 2014. This week's nuclear deal gives the IAEA up to 150 inspectors to monitor Iran for compliance. Kazem Ghane/AP hide caption

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Nuke Inspectors Gear Up For Iran, But Americans Unlikely To Be Included

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A farmer stands near a field in South Hwanghae, North Korea. Wong Maye-E/AP hide caption

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Is N. Korea Facing A Famine Or Just Seeking More Aid?

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An Iranian family walks past anti-U.S. graffiti on the wall of the former U.S. embassy in Tehran on Tuesday. President Hassan Rouhani told Iranians that "all our objectives" have been met by a nuclear deal agreed upon Tuesday after talks with six world powers, including the U.S. Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Iranian hard-liners hang petitions from the Azadi (Freedom) Tower in Tehran during a June 30 demonstration demanding a "good deal" in the nuclear negotiations between Iran and six world powers. Negotiators announced a deal Tuesday morning in Vienna. Vahid Salemi/AP hide caption

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Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza walks with military officials during the country's Independence Day on Wednesday. Despite criticism at home and abroad, the president is defying a two-term limit and running for a third term in an election set for the middle of July. Berthier Mugiraneza/AP hide caption

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Above The Law, A Militia Threatens To Push Burundi To The Brink

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A man waits at an Athens bus stop where the Greek word "no" has been spray-painted over "yes" on a banner put up in advance of Sunday's referendum. Greek voters will say whether they want to accept or reject a deal that's been offered by the country's creditors. Greeks are deeply divided and analysts say the outcome is not clear. Thanassis Stavrakis/AP hide caption

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When Greeks Vote Sunday, It's Not Just About A Debt Deal

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Adm. Michael Rogers, NSA director and head of the U.S. Cyber Command, has avoided singling out China for blame in the OPM hack, which may affect as many as 18 million federal workers. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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In Data Breach, Reluctance To Point The Finger At China

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