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Election workers count ballots as they close a polling station at the end of voting in Baghdad, Iraq, on Sunday. Parliamentary elections were held months ahead of schedule in response to a popular uprising against corruption and mismanagement. Hadi Mizban/AP hide caption

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In this photo, Lebanon's capital city of Beirut remains in darkness during a power outage in March. Lebanon has had electricity cuts for decades but in recent weeks the small nation suffered severe power cuts over lack of fuel. Hassan Ammar/AP hide caption

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Employees of the Independent High Electoral Commission close the polling center after the end of early voting by the security forces in Basra, Iraq, on Oct. 8, 2021. Nabil al-Jurani/AP hide caption

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Relatives and residents pray during a funeral ceremony for victims of a suicide attack at the Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, on Saturday. The mosque was packed with Shiite Muslim worshippers when an Islamic State suicide bomber attacked during Friday prayers, killing dozens in the latest security challenge to the Taliban as they transition from insurgency to governance. Abdullah Sahil/AP hide caption

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A circuit breaker of an electric generator that supplied homes with power in 2019 is pictured in the Lebanese capital Beirut's southern suburbs. Anwar Amro/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Afghans watch as Taliban fighters ride atop a humvee after detaining four men who got involved in a street fight in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sept. 21, 2021. The Taliban are promising a return of some of their harsh punishments that made them notorious. Felipe Dana/AP hide caption

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Dr. Saleema Rehman stands outside Holy Family Hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The Afghan refugee of Turkmen origin has won UNHCR's Nansen Award for her work helping refugee moms and babies in Pakistan. Betsy Joles for NPR hide caption

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The Pandora Papers cite a number of leaders from lower-income countries or nations with great levels of inequality, among them Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (from left), Chilean President Sebastián Piñera and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Anadolu Agency via Getty Images, Bloomberg, Ludovic Marin/Getty Images hide caption

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Tropical cyclone Shaheen reached Oman's coast in the early hours of Sunday morning. State officials have encouraged coastal residents to evacuate and all flights to and from the country's capitol, Muscat, have been suspended. Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command hide caption

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Najla Bouden Ramadhane has been named Tunisia's first female prime minister. President Kais Saied appointed her to lead a transitional government after her predecessor was sacked and parliament suspended. Slim Abid/AP hide caption

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Hassan Mahmoud, 53, is one of the Syrians who testified in a landmark trial in Germany in which a former Syrian security official is charged with crimes against humanity and other crimes for overseeing torture at a prison. Eman Helal for NPR hide caption

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Syrians Have Stared Down Threats To Testify Against Assad's Regime In A Landmark Trial

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This photo shows a scene after an Israeli army operation that left several Palestinian men killed, in the West Bank village of Beit Anan on Sept. 26, 2021. Multiple Palestinian gunmen were killed in shootouts with Israeli security forces during a West Bank arrest operation cracking down on Hamas, the Israeli military said. Nasser Nasser/AP hide caption

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FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2020, file photo, malnourished girl, Rahmah Watheeq, receives treatment at a feeding center at Al-Sabeen hospital in Sanaa, Yemen. Hani Mohammed/AP hide caption

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A Taliban guard stands on the Afghan side of the Torkham border crossing with Pakistan. People behind wait either to leave Afghanistan or to receive those returning to the country. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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One Month After The Fall Of Kabul Thousands Still Wait For Escape

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Apple released an emergency security software patch to fix a vulnerability that an internet watchdog group says allowed spyware from NSO Group to infect the iPhone of a Saudi activist without any user interaction. Sebastian Scheiner/AP hide caption

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The director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi (right), speaks with the deputy head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Behrouz Kamalvandi, upon his arrival at Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport on Saturday. AP hide caption

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