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Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian security agent, died in 2006 after drinking tea laced with the radioactive element polonium-210 at a London hotel. A British inquiry found that his death was the work of the Russian security service. Natasja Weitsz/Getty Images hide caption

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The Curious Deaths Of Kremlin Critics

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Australian protesters demonstrate in Melbourne on Feb. 4 after the Australian High Court upheld a challenge to the government's right to hold asylum seekers at detention camps in Papua New Guinea and Nauru. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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What Happens When An Aid Group Sees Abuse, But Is Sworn To Secrecy?

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Evan Mawarire poses with a Zimbabwean flag in Harare, Zimbabwe, on May 3. He was arrested in July for inciting violence and disturbing the peace and left the country after he was released. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP hide caption

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Outside Zimbabwe, Anti-Government Pastor Takes Stock Of His Movement

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Demonstrators hold Russian opposition flags during a rally protesting election fraud in Moscow in 2011. Russian President Vladimir Putin blames Hillary Clinton for protests like this, which took place in 2011 and 2012. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

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In Leak Of Democratic Emails, Questions About Russia's Role

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (center) joins Russia's federal highway agency head Roman Starovoit (left) and Crimean leader Sergei Aksyonov (second from left) on a visit to the Kerch Strait bridge construction site on Tuzla Island on March 18. The bridge will link Crimea to mainland Russia. Mikhail Klimentyev/AP hide caption

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Russia's Crimea Bridge Project Beset By Engineering Worries And Labor Woes

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Xiaoxing Xi, a Temple University physics professor, speaks in front of a photo of Sherry Chen, a federal government worker, at a September 2015 Washington, D.C., press conference about the spying charges against them that were dropped. Xi says his wife and daughters were marched out of their bedrooms at gunpoint when he was arrested in May 2015. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Fine Line Between Countering Security Threats And Racial Profiling

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Du Daozheng browses his copy of The Annals of the Chinese Nation, or Yanhuang Chunqiu, in July at his home in Beijing. The 93-year old publisher, a stalwart of the Communist Party's embattled liberal wing, announced publication of the magazine would end after government officials ordered a leadership reshuffle and seized its offices. Gerry Shih/AP hide caption

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Amid Crackdown, China's Last Liberal Magazine Fights For Survival

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Najla cooks for Syria Day at Global Grace Café at the Reformed Church of Highland Park in New Jersey. Najla is from Syria and arrived in the U.S. 10 months ago with her husband and daughter after the United Arab Emirates canceled a residency permit, ending her job at an insurance company. Deborah Amos/NPR hide caption

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As U.S. Politicians Shun Syrian Refugees, Religious Groups Embrace Them

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Nicholas Rasmussen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, says progress against the Islamic State may be slow to affect the terror attacks plaguing the West. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Counterterrorism Chief Sees Gains On The Battlefield, Stubborn Threats At Home

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Students perform a creative writing exercise at Cold Water Well Middle School. Students write descriptive prose from the perspective of a human statue, a blind person feeling the statue, and an outside observer. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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In China, Some Schools Are Playing With More Creativity, Less Cramming

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Hillary Clinton gives a speech Thursday, the final day of the Democratic National Convention, and Donald Trump speaks on July 21, the last day of the Republican National Convention. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images; Jim Watson/Getty Images hide caption

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In Russia's view, Hillary Clinton's campaign has raised the email hacking issue to draw attention away from the content of the leaked emails. Dake Kang/AP hide caption

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After Hacking Claims, Here's The View From Russia On The U.S. Campaign

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Crawley has been around since Roman times, but it grew substantially after the Second World War to absorb people from bombed-out parts of London, some 30 miles north. Its St. John's Church was constructed in the 13th century. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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In A British Town Full Of EU Workers, Brexit Vote Brings Uncertainty

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Russia recently introduced a new frigate, the Admiral Grigorovich, and invited journalists on board at the Russian base in Sevastopol, Crimea. While the Russians have had a naval base in Sevastopol since the 18th century, Russia's seizure of the entire Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 has heightened tensions with NATO. Corey Flintoff/NPR hide caption

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The View From A Russian Frigate In Crimea

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