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Accompanied by a sword-bearer, grand champion Akebono, right, performs the ring-entrance ritual during the annual New Year's dedication at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, on Jan. 8, 1997. Koji Sasahara/AP hide caption

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A worker separates bags of donated blood at a campaign organized by the Rotary Blood Bank in New Delhi, India. Money Sharma/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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An aerial view taken on March 9, 2023, shows Thitu Island in the South China Sea. Jam Sta Rosa/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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On a remote island, a test of wills between the Philippines and China

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South Korea's main opposition Democratic Party leader Lee Jae-myung speaks during a ceremony to disband the election camp after the parliamentary election at the party's headquarters in Seoul on Thursday. Jung Yeon-je/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Women are shown at a rally to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, 2024 in Seoul, South Korea. Participants of the rally advocated for a society free from institutional discrimination, one where women can enjoy equal rights with men. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images hide caption

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Women are shown at a rally to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, 2024 in Seoul, South Korea. Participants of the rally advocated for a society free from institutional discrimination, one where women can enjoy equal rights with men. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images hide caption

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People walk by a poster to promote the movie "Oppenheimer" Friday, March 29, 2024, in Tokyo. "Oppenheimer" finally premiered in the nation where two cities were obliterated 79 years ago by the nuclear weapons invented by the American scientist who was the subject of the Oscar-winning film. Japanese filmgoers' reactions understandably were mixed and highly emotional. Eugene Hoshiko/AP hide caption

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, left, meets Chinese Premier Li Qiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Sunday, April 7, 2024. Yellen, who arrived in Beijing after starting her five-day visit in one of China's major industrial and export hubs, said the talks would create a structure to exchange views and try to address U.S. concerns about manufacturing overcapacity in China. Tatan Syuflana/AP hide caption

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Japan had a vibrant economy. Then it fell into a slump for 30 years.

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In New Mexico's Torrance County, there has been an increase in high-profile marijuana busts in recent years. NPR hide caption

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The Connection Between Chinese Money and Labor and U.S.-Grown Marijuana

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A 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan off the island's east coast on Wednesday and temporarily disrupted production at semiconductor factories that produce chips major Silicon Valley companies rely on for products and services. Chiang Ying-ying/AP hide caption

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Reading glasses are easy to come by in Western countries. But getting a pair in the Global South can be a challenge. A new study shows the surprising benefits that a pair of specs can bring. Maica/Getty Images hide caption

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Glasses aren't just good for your eyes. They can be a boon to income, too

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In this image taken from a video footage run by TVBS, a partially collapsed building is seen in Hualien, eastern Taiwan on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. TVBS/via AP hide caption

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Taiwan holds steady in massive earthquake; Discontented voters show up in Wisconsin

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President Joe Biden greets China's leader Xi Jinping at the Filoli Estate in Woodside, Calif., Nov, 15, 2023, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperative conference. Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool hide caption

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Visitors take photographs in front of posters of the TV show Blossoms Shanghai at the Peace Hotel, in Shanghai, China, on Friday, Jan. 12, 2024. Director Wong Kar-wai's First TV Series 'Blossoms Shanghai' evokes memories of a more open and optimistic period in China. Qilai Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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In Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta, oil bunkering — the practice of siphoning oil from pipelines — has transformed parts of the once-thriving delta ecosystem into an ecological dead zone, according to the U.N. Environment Programme. Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco / Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto hide caption

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Mercy me: Photos show what humans have done to the planet in the Anthropocene age

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