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Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, pictured in June, is outlining her economic agenda. One goal is to increase U.S. semiconductor manufacturing. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo Calls For The U.S. To Counter China's Economic Power

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People watch a TV showing a file image of North Korea's missile launch during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 28. North Korea on Tuesday fired a suspected ballistic missile into the sea, Seoul and Tokyo officials said, the latest in a series of weapons tests by Pyongyang. Ahn Young-joon/AP hide caption

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Ashraf Ghani speaks in a televised address on Aug. 14, a day before Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, fell to the Taliban. Rahmatullah Alizadah/Xinhua News Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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Sumo Grand Champion Hakuho performs Dohyo-iri, the ring-entering ceremony, during the Grand Sumo Tournament at the Himeji Chuo Gymnasium, in March 2015, in Himeji, Japan. Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images hide caption

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Members of Communist Party of India shout slogans during a protest against farm laws in Mumbai, India Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. The farmers called for a nation-wide strike Monday to mark one year since the legislation was passed, marking a return to protests that began over a year ago. Rafiq Maqbool/AP hide caption

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Salman Khan Rashid, 24, right, and his mother, Sana Rashid, at home. Salman lost his job as a golf coach at a Mumbai sports club during the pandemic. The household, which includes Salman's three sisters, is now surviving on savings. But when he's able, he'll give a little money or food to others facing food insecurity. Viraj Nayar for NPR hide caption

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Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, smiles as she leaves her home in Vancouver on Friday. Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP hide caption

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Canadians Are Released After A Chinese Executive Resolves U.S. Criminal Charges

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Taro Kono, a candidate of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and currently the minister in charge of vaccinations, delivers a speech in Tokyo on Sept. 17. Yoshikazu Tsuno/AP hide caption

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The Bitcoin logo appears on the display screen of a cryptocurrency ATM at the Smoker's Choice store in Salem, N.H. China's central bank on Friday declared all transactions involving Bitcoin and other virtual currencies illegal, stepping up a campaign to block use of unofficial digital money. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

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Girls gather at a gender-segregated school in Kabul on Sept. 15. When older secondary students returned to classes, female students were told to wait. Bulent Kilic/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Aid Official Warns Of A Bleak Situation In Afghanistan As Winter Approaches

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Kim Jong Un's influential sister Kim Yo Jong said Friday that North Korea is willing to resume talks with South Korea with certain conditions. Jorge Silva/AP hide caption

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Taliban leader Mullah Nooruddin Turabi in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. One of the founders of the Taliban, he says they will once again carry out punishments like executions and amputations of hands. Felipe Dana/AP hide caption

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The last Quad meeting, in March, was virtual. President Biden, Yoshihide Suga, Japan's prime minister (top right), Scott Morrison, Australia's prime minister (bottom left), and Narendra Modi, India's prime minister, will meet in person in the U.S. on Friday. Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Mohd Ali, right, of Selangor, Malaysia, lost his job due to the pandemic. The family's favorite foods — fried chicken, eggs, fruit and bread — are now typically out of reach. When they can afford chicken, they give most of it to their daughter, Hosna. Annice Lyn for NPR hide caption

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Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno gestures after declaring his bid to run for president in a speech at a public school in the slum area near the place where he grew up in Manila, Philippines on Wednesday Sept. 22, 2021. AP hide caption

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Half-finished apartment towers are part of Evergrande's Cultural City real estate project in Taicang, China. The firm has run out of money to finish the buildings as regulators force developers to pay back debts. Emily Feng/NPR hide caption

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The Evergrande Group's Debt Issues Could Be A Drag On China's Economy

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres makes a speech during the 76th session of United Nations General Assembly, in New York, United States on Tuesday. Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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