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A Ukrainian soldier stands in front of a Marder infantry fighting vehicle at the German forces Bundeswehr training area in Munster, Germany, on Feb. 20, 2023. Gregor Fischer/AP hide caption

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Ibrahim, 12, speaks to his grandmother, who lives in Gaza, from his home in Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Jan. 31. The family did not want to use their full names out of fear of reprisals from Israeli authorities. Tamir Kalifa for NPR hide caption

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For people in Gaza, the war with Israel has made a simple phone call anything but

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The Apollo Chamber Players create concerts in response to book banning, the refugee crisis, the war in Gaza and other world events. The members of the Houston based ensemble are Matthew Dudzik, left, Aria Cheregosha, Matthew J. Detrick and Anabel Ramírez. Lynn Lane/The Apollo Chamber Players hide caption

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Ezra Croft from North Carolina saw his annual homeowners' insurance surge to $1,600, a $700 increase. Many others across the country are also seeing surging auto and home insurance premiums. Courtesy of Ezra Croft hide caption

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'Everything is rising at a scary rate': Why car and home insurance costs are surging

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FILE - Pakistan's former Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif speaks during a press conference regarding parliamentary elections, in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. Lawmakers in Pakistan's National Assembly elected Sunday, March 3, Shehbaz Sharif as the country's new prime minister for the second time. K.M. Chaudary/AP hide caption

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This satellite image taken by Maxar Technologies shows the Belize-flagged ship Rubymar in the Red Sea on Friday. The Rubymar, earlier attacked by Yemen's Houthi rebels, has sunk after days of taking on water, officials said Saturday. Maxar Technologies via AP hide caption

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Palestinians holding foreign passports collect their luggage as they prepare to cross to Egypt from the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing on Feb. 6. Abed Rahim Khatib/dpa/picture alliance via Getty Images hide caption

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What does it take to flee Gaza? Thousands of dollars, paid to an Egyptian broker

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Former President Donald Trump is pictured at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 24 in National Harbor, Md. This upcoming Tuesday will be a major voting day in the Republican primary. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images hide caption

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President Biden greets people at CJ's Cafe in Los Angeles, Calif., on Feb. 21, 2024. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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What Biden's been eating on the trail and what it says about his campaign

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