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Plastic waste washes in from Manila Bay and the ocean, covering the beach and mangrove trees of Freedom Island, a protected area in the bay. Jes Aznar for NPR hide caption

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An Island Crusader Takes On The Big Brands Behind Plastic Waste

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In this Dec. 7, 2018, relatives of people missing in China's far western region of Xinjiang hold up photos at an office of a Chinese Kazakh advocacy organization in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Dake Kang/AP hide caption

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Opinion: The Strange Silence Over China's Muslim Crackdown

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Poland's Internal Security Agency accuses Huawei's sales director in Poland of spying on behalf of China, arresting the Chinese citizen along with one other man. Here, people walk by Huawei's offices in Warsaw on Friday. Kacper Pempel/Reuters hide caption

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Students exercise at a weight-loss summer camp in China's Shandong Province. The government promotes physical activity as the solution to a growing obesity problem. Wang Zhide/VCG via Getty Images hide caption

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Students sit in class at Jamia Muhammadia, a madrassa in the Pakistani capital Islamabad. Diaa Hadid/NPR hide caption

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Pakistan Wants To Reform Madrassas. Experts Advise Fixing Public Education First

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi (center) attends the opening of the 106th Indian Science Congress at Lovely Professional University on last week in Jalandhar, India. Pardeep Pandit/Hindustan Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Beloved in eastern Asia, especially Japan, persimmons get little respect in the United States, where many tree owners don't bother harvesting their crop. Alastair Bland/for NPR hide caption

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President Trump speaks during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 26, 2018. He became the first U.S. leader to visit the annual gathering in 18 years. Denis Balibouse/Reuters hide caption

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Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun on her mobile phone as she sat barricaded in a hotel room in Thailand's international airport in Bangkok on Monday. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun/Human Rights Watch via AP hide caption

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A sedan, believed to carry North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, leaves a train station with a convoy in Beijing. Kim is making a four-day trip to China in what's likely an effort to coordinate with his only major ally ahead of a summit with President Trump that could happen early this year. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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Why This Charity Has Stopped Asking For Money

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Chinese shoppers spend their time next to a bench painted with the U.S. flag at the capital city's popular shopping mall in Beijing. During trade talks this week, the two sides face potentially lengthy wrangling over technology and the future of their economic relationship. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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