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Amira Adawe has a radio show, Beauty-Wellness Talk, which is a platform where the Somali community can talk openly about skin lightening without fear of being outed or stigmatized. Nancy Rosenbaum for NPR hide caption

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'You Have Dark Skin And You Are Beautiful': The Long Fight Against Skin Bleaching

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White Helmet Khaled Omar Harrah was killed during an airstrike in 2016. He's part of a group of volunteer rescue workers featured in the documentary Last Men in Aleppo (available on Netflix). Courtesy of Grasshopper Film hide caption

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Director Of Oscar-Nominated Aleppo Doc Wants His Film To Serve As Witness

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Left: Dirk Hoffmann and Alistair Pike sample calcite from a calcite crust on top of the red scalariform sign in La Pasiega.Right: Drawing of Panel 78 in La Pasiega by Breuil et al.(1913). The red scalariform (ladder) symbol has a minimum age of 64,000 years but it is unclear if the animals and other symbols were painted later. J. Zilhão (left) / Breuil et al. (1913)/Science Advances hide caption

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Cave Art May Have Been Handiwork Of Neanderthals

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Tanzania's Biggest City Finds Success With Region's First Bus Rapid Transit System

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Eun Jung Kim delivers a stone between Yeong Mi Kim and Seon Yeong Kim during their competition against Switzerland on Friday. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images hide caption

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The 'Garlic Girls,' South Korea's Curlers, Are A Surprise Olympics Sensation

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Skaters compete in the 1,500-meter women's short track. The ice for short track speedskating is thicker and warmer than long track ice. Hockey ice is warmer still. Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images hide caption

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The Experts Known As 'Ice Meisters' Create Perfect Olympic Skating Surfaces

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U.S. Ambassador Terry Branstad shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People on Sept. 30 in Beijing, China. Lintao Zhang/Getty Images hide caption

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How The U.S. Ambassador To China May Have Xi Jinping's Ear

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Snow-making has been called a Band-Aid to the bigger problem of warming temperatures. Patrik Duda / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption

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Snow-Making For Skiing During Warm Winters Comes With Environmental Cost

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Master guitar maker Arnulfo Rubio Orozco holds up his latest project. It's taken him a month to craft this guitar with pearl accents and wood from southern Mexico. Carrie Kahn/NPR hide caption

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A Town In Mexico Sees Guitar Sales Soar Thanks To The Movie 'Coco'

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Cyril Ramaphosa seen delivering a speech Sunday at the Grand Parade in Cape Town, South Africa, before he was elected president. AP hide caption

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South Africa Elects Cyril Ramaphosa As Its New President

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South Africa's President Jacob Zuma Resigns Amid Pressure

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Carnival Is Underway In Brazil, So It's Time To 'Let The Chicken Out'

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U.S. Wants Turkey To Restrain Offensive Against Kurds In Syria

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The Political Gamesmanship Behind The 2018 Winter Olympics

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South Korea Celebrates The Official Start Of The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

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A Palestinian schoolgirl protests against a funding gap at the U.N. Relief and Works Agency in Gaza City, in 2015. Khalil Hamra/AP hide caption

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'Half A Million Children' Are At Risk If The U.S. Cuts Palestinian Aid: U.N. Agency

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A woman carries water up a steep hill in the Balukhali Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh. Aid workers say these slopes may collapse in the coming monsoon rains. Allison Joyce for NPR hide caption

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Monsoon Rains Could Devastate Rohingya Camps

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100 Years Ago In Britain Some Women Won Their Right To Vote

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Jiaolong, China's manned submersible, is retrieved after its dive in the Mariana Trench on June 1, 2017, after its 20th dive in the world's deepest known trench since 2012. Xinhua News Agency/Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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China Is Placing Underwater Sensors In The Pacific Near Guam

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Rosa Parks is fingerprinted by police in Montgomery, Ala. in 1956. Gene Herrick/AP hide caption

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In 'A More Beautiful And Terrible History,' Fuel For The Fight Ahead

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Dan Reynolds addresses the crowd at the 2017 LoveLoud Festival in Orem, Utah. The Imagine Dragons frontman helped organize the event to benefit LGBTQ rights organizations. Courtesy of HBO hide caption

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From Mormon Missionary To LGBTQ Advocate (And International Rock Star)

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A LiDAR image from Tikal, the most important Maya city. PACUNAM/Marcello Canuto & Luke Auld-Thomas hide caption

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'Game Changer': Maya Cities Unearthed In Guatemala Forest Using Lasers

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