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Hassan Mahmoud, 53, is one of the Syrians who testified in a landmark trial in Germany in which a former Syrian security official is charged with crimes against humanity and other crimes for overseeing torture at a prison. Eman Helal for NPR hide caption

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Syrians Have Stared Down Threats To Testify Against Assad's Regime In A Landmark Trial

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The Google exhibit building shows off a variety of devices with Google Assistant, including Android smartphones and Wear OS smartwatches during the CES tech show in 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ross D. Franklin/AP hide caption

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Supporters of Germany's Green Party celebrate after estimates were broadcast on television in Berlin at their electoral party on Sunday after the German general elections. David Gannon /AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Smaller, Younger Parties Will Likely Determine Who Runs Germany's Next Government

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the Konrad Adenauer House in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. German voters are choosing a new parliament in an election that will determine who succeeds Chancellor Angela Merkel after her 16 years at the helm of Europe's biggest economy. Michael Kappeler/AP hide caption

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Olaf Scholz, finance minister and SPD candidate for chancellor, after addressing his supporters following the German parliament election at the Social Democratic Party, SPD, headquarters in Berlin on Sunday. Michael Sohn/AP hide caption

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives applause during the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) election event on Sunday in Berlin. Voters have gone to the polls nationwide in elections that herald the end of Merkel's 16-year chancellorship. Clemens Bilan/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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People queue in front of a polling station in the Moabit district of Berlin, Germany. German voters are choosing a new parliament in an election that will determine who succeeds Chancellor Angela Merkel after her 16 years at the helm of Europe's biggest economy. Michael Probst/AP hide caption

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In this Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021 file photo, people take part in the Zurich Pride parade in Switzerland. Swiss voters will wrap up a referendum on Sept. 26, 2021, to decide whether to allow same-sex marriage. Michael Buholzer/AP hide caption

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Fifty barracks are available for accommodation in the Krnjaca asylum center in Serbia, just outside the capital Belgrade. Single men live in separate housing, while families stay together. For those who decide to return home, the International Organization for Migration offers a "voluntary return and reintegration" program in the camp. Elisa Oddone hide caption

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On Thursday, people in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, pass election posters of chancellor candidates Armin Laschet (from right) of the Christian Democratic Union, Annalena Baerbock of the Greens, Olaf Scholz of the Social Democratic Party and Christian Lindner of the Free Democratic Party. Martin Meissner/AP hide caption

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Germans Will Choose A New Government As Angela Merkel Steps Down As Chancellor

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Perfume flower grower Pierre Chiarla picks jasmine flowers in his field in Grasse, France. Bénédicte Desrus for NPR hide caption

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In France's Perfume Capital Of The World, There's A World Of Beautiful Fragrance

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CIA Director William Burns has ramped up efforts to determine the cause of "Havana syndrome," a combination of ailments that have afflicted U.S. intelligence officers and diplomats in recent years. A growing number of cases have been reported in Vienna in recent months. Ian Morton/NPR hide caption

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A picture that Hans-Joachim Bull has showing Merkel with his father in 1990. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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As Germany's Merkel Steps Down, Those Who Guided Her Into Politics Remember Her

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Back in June at the G-7 summit in England, French President Emmanuel Macron (center, right) and President Biden appeared to be getting along fine. They spoke Wednesday after a rift that began with a new security alliance. Leon Neal/AP hide caption

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On his deathbed, Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian intelligence agent who defected, accused Vladimir Putin of ordering his assassination. Alistair Fuller/AP hide caption

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Destruction following regime air strikes on the town market in Zamalka, on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus. March 22, 2018 Amer Almohibany/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Germany Is Holding Syrian Officials Accountable For Alleged War Crimes

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Cumbre Vieja erupts, spewing out columns of smoke, ash and lava, as seen from Los Llanos de Aridane municipality on the Canary island of La Palma on Sunday. Andres Gutierrez/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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"Noah's Violin", a giant floating violin by Venetian sculptor Livio De Marchi, journeyed through Venice's Grand Canal on Saturday. De Marchi, who has sent many wooden works into the water, came up with the idea during last year's pandemic lockdown. Marco Bertorello/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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