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Supporters of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, a group of farmers' organizations, hold flags during a protest to mark one year since the introduction of divisive farm laws and to demand the withdrawal of the Electricity Amendment Bill, in Hyderabad, India, on Thursday. Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 photo, rescuers prepare to work at a fire scene at a coal mine near the Siberian city of Kemerovo, about 3,000 kilometres (1,900 miles) east of Moscow, Russia,. Russian authorities say a fire at a coal mine in Siberia has killed nine people and injured 44 others. Dozens of others are still trapped. AP hide caption

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In this file photo from 2016, a bookshop owner in Pakistan shows a National Geographic magazine with the cover photograph of Afghan refugee woman Sharbat Gula. She arrived in Italy as part of the West's evacuation of Afghans following the Taliban takeover of the country, the Italian government said Thursday. The office of Premier Mario Draghi said she asked to be helped to leave the country. B.K. Bangash/AP hide caption

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In this photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a virtual plenary session of the ASEAN-China Special Summit, Monday November 22. Richard Madelo/AP hide caption

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Sailboats used by smugglers to transport migrants and refugees are beached on Le Cannelle beach in Isola Capo Rizzuto, Calabria region, Southern Italy, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. Alessandra Tarantino/AP hide caption

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Young people line up to receive shots of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, one of several Asian nations whose vaccination rates are now among the world's best. Heng Sinith/AP hide caption

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A rally outside the Chinese consulate in Manila, Philippines on May 7, 2021. The Philippine military sent two supply boats on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 to provide food to Filipino marines guarding a disputed shoal in the South China Sea. Aaron Favila/AP hide caption

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Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai was thought to have been missing since the beginning of November after making sexual assault allegations against China's former vice premier on social media. Andy Brownbill/AP hide caption

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Members of Communist Party of India shout slogans during a protest against farm laws in Mumbai, India, Sept. 27, 2021. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said Friday that his government will withdraw the controversial farm laws that were met with year-long demonstrations from tens of thousands of farmers who said the laws will shatter their livelihoods. Rafiq Maqbool/AP hide caption

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Abdul Hadi Nejrabi, the deputy ambassador, is one of the few employees left at the Afghan Embassy. "We choose to serve the people," he says. "That's the reason we are here." Laura Sullivan/NPR hide caption

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In Washington, the last employees at the Afghan Embassy work until the lights go off

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Afghanistan's worst drought in decades has forced many people from their homes. HOSHANG HASHIMI/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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After reviewing the CIA's priorities, Director William Burns recently announced the establishment of a China Mission Center at the spy agency. U.S. intelligence officials, current and former, recently spoke at a conference about the challenges posed by China's large spying operation directed at the U.S. Ian Morton/NPR hide caption

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As U.S. spies look to the future, one target stands out: China

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A resident walks her dogs in Beijing. Municipal authorities in the city of Shangrao apologized and posted a statement online saying that workers who killed a dog while its owner was away in quarantine had been fired. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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In this photo provided by the Richardson Center, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson, right, poses with journalist Danny Fenster in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday. Richardson said in a statement that Fenster had been released from prison and handed over to him in Myanmar and would be soon on his way home via Qatar. AP hide caption

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee speaks during a by-election campaign in Kolkata on Sept. 26. Famous for her fiery speeches and welfare programs geared toward women, Banerjee, 66, is beloved in her home state. This year, Time magazine included her in its list of the world's 100 most influential people. Debajyoti Chakraborty/NurPhoto/Getty Images hide caption

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Meet the feisty, 5-foot-tall thorn in the side of India's prime minister

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