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Zhenya drinks heavily with his friends at a Russian bathhouse in The Irony of Fate, a Soviet-era film that Russians still watch on New Year's Day. Via Mosfilm hide caption

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In Russia, A Soviet-Era Movie To Ring In The New Year

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A woman wiped away tears Monday in Volgograd, Russia, after the second suicide bombing in that city in the past two days. Denis Tyrin/AP hide caption

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From the NPR Newscast: Second attack in Volgograd

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Is that a cross? A ship with a figurehead? What future do you see in these lead shapes? In one New Year's tradition, fortune-seekers drop molten lead into cold water and guess what the shapes portend. Deena Prichep for NPR hide caption

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Ah, the cinnamon swirl: They're beloved by the Danish, but the traditional recipe for these pastries may be too spice-laden for European Union law. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Nativity Scenes Liven Centuries-Old French Village

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At a hospital tucked away off one of Lisbon's main cobblestone squares, Manuela Cutileira does triage on incoming patients. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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A Portuguese Tradition Of 'Healing' Dolls For Christmas

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Ritter Sport says the chemical responsible for the vanilla-like aroma in its top-selling Voll-Nuss chocolate nut bar is all natural. But Stiftung Warentest — basically Germany's version of Consumer Reports — disagrees. Ariel Awesome/Flickr hide caption

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Detail of a Turing Bombe machine in Bletchley Park Museum in Bletchley, central England. The device, the brainchild of Alan Turning, was instrumental in cracking the German code during World War II. Alessia Pierdomenico/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Laura and Thanos Ntoumanis recently moved from Greece to Germany, where Thanos, a psychiatrist, got a job. Joanna Kakissis/NPR hide caption

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With Its Economy Hobbled, Greece's Well-Educated Drain Away

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