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Karen McDonough sits for portrait in the dining room of her home in Quincy, Massachusetts, on Sunday, November 19, 2023. Vanessa Leroy/Vanessa Leroy for NPR hide caption

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Tin Serioso, 27, with her 1-year-old daughter Cat and 6-year-old Jay, inside their home in Novaliches, Quezon City in the Philippines on April 4, 2024. Her husband Chrismel Serioso was killed by police on October 3, 2023. Kimberly dela Cruz for NPR hide caption

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The Sunday Story: Life in the Shadow of the Philippines' Drug War

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People stand next to a vehicle in Deir Al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, on April 2, where workers from the World Central Kitchen (WCK), were killed in Israeli airstrikes, according to the NGO. Yasser Qudihe/Middle East Images/AFP via Getty hide caption

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ICC reportedly weighs arrest warrants for Israeli officials; new abortion lawsuit

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The Sunday Story: What Do We Need?

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Baron views the beginning of a solar eclipse with friends in Western Australia in 2023. Baron says getting to see the solar corona during a total eclipse is "the most dazzling sight in the heavens." Photographs by David Baron; Bronson Arcuri, Kara Frame, CJ Riculan/NPR; Collage by Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption

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The Sunday Story: Notes from an Eclipse Chaser

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Peng Haitao prepares to perform "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence" by Ryuichi Sakamoto on a boat on the Yangtze River. John Ruwitch for NPR hide caption

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The Sunday Story: A Song for Grief in China

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Left: A screenshot of Shaimaa Ahmed, who has been sharing videos and audio from Gaza since Oct. 7. Right: Palestinian residents leave their homes in horse-drawn carriages with their belongings after the Israeli army attacked the eastern part of the Nuseirat refugee camp and sent a notice asking the people to leave the area in Deir al Balah, central Gaza on Jan. 3. @gazanvoices/Screenshot by NPR/Ali Jadallah/Anadolu via Getty Images hide caption

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The Sunday Story: Losing the Gaza They Knew

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Florida Keys Fishing Captain Tim Klein directs a fly fishing client to fish off of Islamorada as the sun rises over Florida Bay. Patrick Farrell/For WLRN News hide caption

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The Sunday Story: How to Save the Everglades

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74-year-old Lenval Skiers at his home in Pan-African Village, in Asebu. Jude Lartey for NPR hide caption

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A new home for the African diaspora in Ghana stirs tensions

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Okatakyi Dr Amanfi VII is known as the paramount chief of Asebu and created the Pan African Village project there in Ghana. Jude Lartey for NPR hide caption

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The Sunday Story: The Diaspora's Troubled African Dream

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Tiny Desk Concert with T-Pain and keybordist, Toro, on Oct. 27. Susan Hale Thomas/NPR hide caption

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The Sunday Story: Tiny Desk, Big Stage

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A watercolor and ink painting called 'Shrapnel and Panic' by Talia Goldenberg. Goldenberg died in 2014 after what her family says was a medical error. Image courtesy of the Goldenberg family hide caption

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A homeless encampment stands in front of a city water and power building in the Skid Row community in Los Angeles on Sept. 28, 2023. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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