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Passengers sleep on the upper deck of a double-decker bus in Hong Kong on Saturday. Kin Cheung/AP hide caption

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New Hong Kong bus tour is meant to put people to sleep

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The Nuri rocket, South Korea's first domestically produced space rocket, lifts off from a launch pad at the Naro Space Center in Goheung. Officials described it as an important step in the country's pursuit of a satellite launch program. Hong Hae-in/AP hide caption

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A woman reacts as a health worker inoculates her during a vaccination drive against coronavirus inside a school in New Delhi Wednesday. India reached a milestone of administering a total of one billion doses against COVID-19. Altaf Qadri/AP hide caption

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China's DF-17 missile is a medium-range hypersonic weapon capable of traveling over five times the speed of sound. Mark Schiefelbein/AP hide caption

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Behind murky claim of a new hypersonic missile test, there lies a very real arms race

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Lee Bae-yong, the first woman to officiate a Confucian ceremony in the country's long history with Confucianism, at Museong Seowon, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Jun Michael Park for NPR hide caption

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A woman takes a lead role in Confucian ceremonies, breaking a new path in South Korea

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People watch a TV screen showing a news program reporting about North Korea's missile launch with file footage at a train station in Seoul, South Korea. North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea Tuesday in a continuation of its weapons tests, the South Korean and Japanese militaries said. Lee Jin-man/AP hide caption

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President Biden told Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta that the U.S. would donate 17 million COVID vaccine doses to the African Union. The U.S. is also working to boost production on the continent. Doug Mills/Via Getty Images hide caption

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The world needs more COVID vaccines, so the U.S. is helping finance overseas plants

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Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, commander in chief of Myanmar's armed forces and head of Myanmar's coup regime, attends the 9th Moscow Conference on International Security in Moscow in June. Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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Chef Zainab learned to cook traditional Afghan food from her mother in Kabul. Biny Alemayehu/Courtesy of Foodhini hide caption

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She barely made it out of Kabul. Now she's welcoming Afghans with a familiar meal.

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People walk on a pedestrian overhead bridge past construction cranes at the Central Business District in Beijing on Monday. China's economic growth sank in the latest quarter as a slowdown in construction and curbs on energy use weighed on its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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The character Ali Abdul (portrayed by actor Anupam Tripathi) is a Pakistani migrant worker in South Korea whose boss hasn't paid him in months. Ali joins a secret competition called Squid Game to earn money for his family. Noh Juhan/Netflix hide caption

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A screen image captured at Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing on Saturday shows Chinese astronauts Ye Guangfu (from left), Zhai Zhigang and Wang Yaping waving after entering the Chinese space station. Tian Dingyu/Xinhua via AP hide caption

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Afghans inspect damage of the Ahmadi family house after a U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 29. The strike, which the Pentagon originally deemed a success in striking an ISIS-K target, killed 10 civilians, none of whom were associated with the terrorist group. Khwaja Tawfiq Sediqi/AP hide caption

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A Wakhi man looks out at the mountains in the Wakhan corridor of Afghanistan. Uyghurs leaving China have trekked through the region. Now many Uyghurs in Afghanistan fear the Taliban could deport them to China. Tom McShane/Loop Images/Universal Images Group/Getty Images hide caption

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Afghan Uyghurs whose families fled China now fear the Taliban could deport them

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Wang Yaping is one of three astronauts aboard the Shenzhou 13 spaceflight mission. She will be the first female astronaut to visit the latest Chinese space station, but she has the most space experience of the three. Xinhua News Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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Sharmistha Chaudhuri (center, wearing pink), 35, at her wedding in Kolkata, India, in January 2019. Chaudhuri found some Indian wedding traditions retrograde, so she hired four feminist priestesses to officiate at hers. They performed a multilingual, egalitarian ceremony stripped of patriarchal traditions. Sharmistha Chaudhuri hide caption

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Hindu priestesses fight the patriarchy, one Indian wedding at a time

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A burnt building is pictured in Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan on Friday. Dozens were killed and dozens more injured after a fire broke out early Thursday in a decades-old mixed commercial and residential building in the Taiwanese port city of Kaohsiung, officials said. Huizhong Wu/AP hide caption

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