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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, listens as Israeli President Isaac Herzog speaks Thursday in Tel Aviv. Blinken urged Israeli officials to take "more effective steps" to avoid harm to civilians in Gaza. Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A work brigade sponsored by Venezuelan state-run oil company PDVSA, which critics blame for the oil spills, use shovels and rakes to remove congealed petroleum from a Lake Maracaibo beach. John Otis for NPR hide caption

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Oil spills increase in Venezuela as it revs up output after the U.S. lifted sanctions

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When the Life at Sea cruise line failed to purchase the German cruise ship AIDAaura, seen here in 2020, its plans for a worldwide cruise embarking in November began to unravel. Marit Hommedal/NTB Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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From left to right, top: former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, former President Donald Trump, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. From left to right, bottom: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Vivek Ramaswamy. Joe Raedle/Getty Images; Brandon Bell/Getty Images; Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images; Scott Olson/Getty Images; Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Author Shahnaz Habib next to the cover of her new book, Airplane Mode. Author photo by Eva Garmendia hide caption

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In this file photo, Maj. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov, Ukraine's military intelligence chief, center, attends a commemorative event on the occasion of the Russia Ukraine war one year anniversary in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Feb. 24, 2023. Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP hide caption

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Pope Francis waves to the faithful at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023. The pope, who will turn 87 next month, canceled his trip to Dubai for the U.N. climate conference on doctors' orders. Andrew Medichini/AP hide caption

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Israelis gather to witness the first batch of released hostages being brought to Schneider Hospital via helicopter on Nov. 24. Maya Levin for NPR hide caption

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Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich stands in a glass cage in a courtroom at the Moscow City Court in Moscow, on Oct. 10. A court in Moscow on Tuesday extended his detention until Jan. 30, Russian news agencies reported. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

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Released Palestinian prisoner Muhammad Abu Al-Humus, 17, hugs his mother after arriving home in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, early Tuesday. Eleven Israelis were also released in the latest Israel-Hamas swap of captives. Mahmoud Illean/AP hide caption

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Up First briefing: Truce in Gaza extended; Texas Supreme Court to hear abortion case

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Israeli protesters call for the release of the Bibas family, whose members are being held hostage in the Gaza Strip by the Hamas militant group, in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Tuesday. Ariel Schalit/AP hide caption

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Nine-year-old Emily Hand, a released hostage, reunites with her father Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023, in Israel. The Israeli Army/Associated Press hide caption

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Rebuilding Life After Captivity

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Hamas' leader in the Gaza Strip Yahya Sinwar. MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Who is Yahya Sinwar?

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A U.K.-based law firm said at least two contestants felt "unwell" after standing for hours in cold temperatures during a taping for Squid Game: The Challenge. The reality competition was inspired by the hit South Korean drama. Pete Dadds/Netflix hide caption

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Hisham Awartani with his father, Ali Awartani, and mother, Elizabeth Price. On Saturday, Awartani was one of three men of Palestinian descent shot in Burlington, Vermont. Elizabeth Price hide caption

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New Zealand's new Prime Minister Christopher Luxon, center, formed a coalition government with Winston Peters, left, the leader of the New Zealand First party, and David Seymour, leader of ACT New Zealand. Marty Melville/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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