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The Metrojet Airbus A-321 with registration number EI-ETJ that crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula is seen here last month, at an airport in Turkey. The Russian airliner crashed while carrying 224 passengers and crew, the Egyptian civil aviation authority says. Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Migrants walk toward Austria from a camp in Sentilj, Slovenia, on Sunday. Many migrants are from Syria and are sometimes from opposite sides of the country's war. Petr David Josek/AP hide caption

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For Syrian Refugees, Old Frictions At Home Can Re-Emerge In Europe

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) greets Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Kremlin in Moscow on Tuesday. It was Assad's first known trip abroad since the Syrian war broke out in 2011. To bolster Assad, Russia recently began bombing opposition groups in Syria. However, Russian efforts to help embattled leaders have often failed. Alexei Druzhinin/AP hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar Assad during Tuesday's meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow. RIA Novosti/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Syria's Assad Visits Moscow To Discuss Military Plans With Putin

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A Syrian man holding portraits of President Bashar Assad and Russian leader Vladimir Putin joins several hundred pro-government demonstrators near the Russian embassy in Damascus on Tuesday to express support for Moscow's air war in Syria. Two rockets later struck the embassy compound and sparked panic among the crowd. No one was killed. LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Can Russia Sustain Its Military Operation In Syria?

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Part of the reconstructed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 plane is seen prior to the presentation of the Dutch Safety Board final report on what caused the Boeing 777 to break up high over eastern Ukraine last year. Peter Dejong/AP hide caption

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A photo from Sunday shows Syrian soldiers in Achan, Hama province. Bolstered by Russian jet strikes, Syria's army and its allies have reportedly pushed out insurgents in some parts of the central province. Alexander Kots/AP hide caption

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Anna Akhmatova, who lived from 1889 to 1966, was a beacon of artistic courage in the face of repression during Soviet times. Her work is now receiving renewed attention. Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images hide caption

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An Unexpected Revival For A Beloved Russian Poet

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The Russian leader, shown here as "Vladimir Vladimirovich Buddha," was depicted as various pop culture heroes and religious, mythical and historical figures at a Moscow exhibition on Wednesday, his 63rd birthday. MAXIM SHIPENKOV/EPA /LANDOV hide caption

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In Honor Of His 63rd, Putin Plays Hockey And Is Painted As The Buddha

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