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              Ani Boka Arby, wife of Mohamed Lamine, whose body was dumped in the desert, sits and weep as his corpse is unearthed in Timbuktu, Mali, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 . Lamine, an Arab, was last

    Ani Boka Arby, wife of Mohamed Lamine, whose body was dumped in the desert, sits and weep as his corpse is unearthed in Timbuktu, Mali, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 . Lamine, an Arab, was last

    Posted: 2/9/2013 8:18:30 AM EST
    Ani Boka Arby, wife of Mohamed Lamine, whose body was dumped in the desert, sits and weep as his corpse is unearthed in Timbuktu, Mali, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 . Lamine, an Arab, was last seen being led away at gunpoint by Malian soldiers on Jan. 28. Children found his body and that of another Arab man days later, lying facedown in the side of a dune on the outskirts of this desert capital. Human rights groups have warned that the military intervention to take back the territory in Mali's north which was occupied by al-Qaida-linked extremists last year, could open the door to reprisals killings. Especially vulnerable are ethnic minorities suspected of having supported the extremists, including the country's Arabs. (AP Photo/Rukmini Callimachi)
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              In this Thursday Feb. 7, 2013 photo, diggers find a bullet near the head of the corpse of Mohamed Lamine in Timbuktu, Mali, whose body was dumped in the desert. Lamine, an Arab, was las

    In this Thursday Feb. 7, 2013 photo, diggers find a bullet near the head of the corpse of Mohamed Lamine in Timbuktu, Mali, whose body was dumped in the desert. Lamine, an Arab, was las

    Posted: 2/9/2013 8:18:30 AM EST
    In this Thursday Feb. 7, 2013 photo, diggers find a bullet near the head of the corpse of Mohamed Lamine in Timbuktu, Mali, whose body was dumped in the desert. Lamine, an Arab, was last seen being led away at gunpoint by Malian soldiers on Jan. 28. Children found his body and that of another Arab man days later, lying facedown in the side of a dune on the outskirts of this desert capital. Human rights groups have warned that the military intervention to take back the territory in Mali's north which was occupied by al-Qaida-linked extremists last year, could open the door to reprisals killings. Especially vulnerable are ethnic minorities suspected of having supported the extremists, including the country's Arabs. (AP Photo/Rukmini Callimachi)
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              Ani Boka Arby watches and weeps as the body of her husband, Mohamed Lamine is unearthed in Timbuktu, Mali on Friday Feb. 8, 2013. Lamine, an Arab, was last seen being led away at gunpoi

    Ani Boka Arby watches and weeps as the body of her husband, Mohamed Lamine is unearthed in Timbuktu, Mali on Friday Feb. 8, 2013. Lamine, an Arab, was last seen being led away at gunpoi

    Posted: 2/9/2013 8:18:30 AM EST
    Ani Boka Arby watches and weeps as the body of her husband, Mohamed Lamine is unearthed in Timbuktu, Mali on Friday Feb. 8, 2013. Lamine, an Arab, was last seen being led away at gunpoint by Malian soldiers on Jan. 28. Children found his body and that of another Arab man days later, lying facedown in the side of a dune on the outskirts of this desert capital. Human rights groups have warned that the military intervention to take back the territory in Mali's north which was occupied by al-Qaida-linked extremists last year, could open the door to reprisals killings. Especially vulnerable are ethnic minorities suspected of having supported the extremists, including the country's Arabs. (AP Photo/Rukmini Callimachi)
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              Ani Boka Arby stops in the desert in Timbuktu, Mali on Friday Feb. 8, 2013 a few hundred yards from the site where the body of her husband, Mohamed Lamine, was dumped. Ahead of her is h

    Ani Boka Arby stops in the desert in Timbuktu, Mali on Friday Feb. 8, 2013 a few hundred yards from the site where the body of her husband, Mohamed Lamine, was dumped. Ahead of her is h

    Posted: 2/9/2013 8:18:30 AM EST
    Ani Boka Arby stops in the desert in Timbuktu, Mali on Friday Feb. 8, 2013 a few hundred yards from the site where the body of her husband, Mohamed Lamine, was dumped. Ahead of her is her father who used a shovel to unearth his corpse. Lamine, an Arab, was last seen being led away at gunpoint by Malian soldiers on Jan. 28. Children found his body and that of another Arab man days later, lying facedown in the side of a dune on the outskirts of this desert capital. Human rights groups have warned that the military intervention to take back the territory in Mali's north which was occupied by al-Qaida-linked extremists last year, could open the door to reprisals killings. Especially vulnerable are ethnic minorities suspected of having supported the extremists, including the country's Arabs. (AP Photo/Rukmini Callimachi)
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              A transgender poses for a photo before Argentina’s annual gay pride parade in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Argentina has improved rights for sexual minorities over

    A transgender poses for a photo before Argentina’s annual gay pride parade in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Argentina has improved rights for sexual minorities over

    Posted: 11/10/2012 6:33:19 PM EST
    A transgender poses for a photo before Argentina’s annual gay pride parade in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Argentina has improved rights for sexual minorities over the last years, becoming the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage, and this year, the Congress approved Argentina's gender identity law, granting people the right to change their legal and physical gender identity simply because they want to, without having to undergo judicial, psychiatric and medical procedures beforehand. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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              A woman waiting for the start of Argentina’s annual gay pride parade dons a rainbow colored pin on her blouse and a matching heart shape on her chest in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturda

    A woman waiting for the start of Argentina’s annual gay pride parade dons a rainbow colored pin on her blouse and a matching heart shape on her chest in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturda

    Posted: 11/10/2012 6:33:19 PM EST
    A woman waiting for the start of Argentina’s annual gay pride parade dons a rainbow colored pin on her blouse and a matching heart shape on her chest in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Argentina has improved rights for sexual minorities over the last years, becoming the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage, and this year, the Congress approved Argentina's gender identity law, granting people the right to change their legal and physical gender identity simply because they want to, without having to undergo judicial, psychiatric and medical procedures beforehand. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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              Two men pose for a picture before Argentina’s annual gay pride parade in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Argentina has improved rights for sexual minorities over the l

    Two men pose for a picture before Argentina’s annual gay pride parade in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Argentina has improved rights for sexual minorities over the l

    Posted: 11/10/2012 6:33:19 PM EST
    Two men pose for a picture before Argentina’s annual gay pride parade in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Argentina has improved rights for sexual minorities over the last years, becoming the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage, and this year, the Congress approved Argentina's gender identity law, granting people the right to change their legal and physical gender identity simply because they want to, without having to undergo judicial, psychiatric and medical procedures beforehand. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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              A transgender rides a bike in Plaza de Mayo before Argentina’s annual gay pride parade in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Argentina has improved rights for sexual mino

    A transgender rides a bike in Plaza de Mayo before Argentina’s annual gay pride parade in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Argentina has improved rights for sexual mino

    Posted: 11/10/2012 6:33:19 PM EST
    A transgender rides a bike in Plaza de Mayo before Argentina’s annual gay pride parade in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Argentina has improved rights for sexual minorities over the last years, becoming the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage, and this year, the Congress approved Argentina's gender identity law, granting people the right to change their legal and physical gender identity simply because they want to, without having to undergo judicial, psychiatric and medical procedures beforehand. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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              A woman holds a dog wearing a rainbow colored bandana before Argentina’s annual gay pride parade in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Argentina has improved rights for s

    A woman holds a dog wearing a rainbow colored bandana before Argentina’s annual gay pride parade in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Argentina has improved rights for s

    Posted: 11/10/2012 6:33:19 PM EST
    A woman holds a dog wearing a rainbow colored bandana before Argentina’s annual gay pride parade in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Argentina has improved rights for sexual minorities over the last years, becoming the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage, and this year, the Congress approved Argentina's gender identity law, granting people the right to change their legal and physical gender identity simply because they want to, without having to undergo judicial, psychiatric and medical procedures beforehand. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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              FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2012, file photo, Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama talk after the first presidential debate at t

    FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2012, file photo, Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama talk after the first presidential debate at t

    Posted: 10/24/2012 3:13:34 AM EST
    FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2012, file photo, Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama talk after the first presidential debate at the University of Denver in Denver. In 2008, Obama used Colorado as a stage both for his nominating convention and to show how his new brand of politics could unite young voters, women and minorities to create a winning coalition even in places that normally back Republican presidential candidates. Now Colorado has become an example of how hard it has been for Obama to maintain that coalition against the headwinds of a sour economy and his disastrous debate performance in Denver. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
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              Hildreth "Hal" Walker Jr., a retired laser scientist, holds a inflatable space shuttle Endeavour while teaching his students at an after-school center in Inglewood, Calif., Wednesday, O

    Hildreth "Hal" Walker Jr., a retired laser scientist, holds a inflatable space shuttle Endeavour while teaching his students at an after-school center in Inglewood, Calif., Wednesday, O

    Posted: 10/11/2012 3:38:40 PM EST
    Hildreth "Hal" Walker Jr., a retired laser scientist, holds a inflatable space shuttle Endeavour while teaching his students at an after-school center in Inglewood, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. When the space shuttle Endeavour makes its road trip to its retirement home through working-class communities in Los Angeles County, Walker Jr. wants the children he tutors to remember a few names: Ronald McNair. Mae Jemison. Charles Bolden. A retired laser scientist who had a role in the Apollo 11 mission, Walker is trying to use the shuttle's two-day terrestrial crawl through predominately African-American and Latino communities to highlight the role that minorities played in the shuttle program. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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              Luis Aquino, 11, holds a presentation board as Hildreth "Hal" Walker Jr., a retired laser scientist, teaches his students at an after-school center in Inglewood, Calif., Wednesday, Oct.

    Luis Aquino, 11, holds a presentation board as Hildreth "Hal" Walker Jr., a retired laser scientist, teaches his students at an after-school center in Inglewood, Calif., Wednesday, Oct.

    Posted: 10/11/2012 3:38:40 PM EST
    Luis Aquino, 11, holds a presentation board as Hildreth "Hal" Walker Jr., a retired laser scientist, teaches his students at an after-school center in Inglewood, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. When the space shuttle Endeavour makes its road trip to its retirement home through working-class communities in Los Angeles County, Walker Jr. wants the children he tutors to remember a few names: Ronald McNair. Mae Jemison. Charles Bolden. A retired laser scientist who had a role in the Apollo 11 mission, Walker is trying to use the shuttle's two-day terrestrial crawl through predominately African-American and Latino communities to highlight the role that minorities played in the shuttle program. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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              April Hernandez, right, and Joanne Boadi raise their hands to ask Hildreth "Hal" Walker Jr., a retired laser scientist, a question about the space shuttle Endeavour at an after-school c

    April Hernandez, right, and Joanne Boadi raise their hands to ask Hildreth "Hal" Walker Jr., a retired laser scientist, a question about the space shuttle Endeavour at an after-school c

    Posted: 10/11/2012 3:38:40 PM EST
    April Hernandez, right, and Joanne Boadi raise their hands to ask Hildreth "Hal" Walker Jr., a retired laser scientist, a question about the space shuttle Endeavour at an after-school center in Inglewood, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. When the space shuttle Endeavour makes its road trip to its retirement home through working-class communities in Los Angeles County, Walker Jr. wants the children he tutors to remember a few names: Ronald McNair. Mae Jemison. Charles Bolden. A retired laser scientist who had a role in the Apollo 11 mission, Walker is trying to use the shuttle's two-day terrestrial crawl through predominately African-American and Latino communities to highlight the role that minorities played in the shuttle program. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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              Mukhtar Khan, neighbor of an arrested Christian girl, shows the locked house of a girl and vowed will never allow them to live in this neighborhood, in a suburb of Islamabad, Pakistan o

    Mukhtar Khan, neighbor of an arrested Christian girl, shows the locked house of a girl and vowed will never allow them to live in this neighborhood, in a suburb of Islamabad, Pakistan o

    Posted: 8/20/2012 11:53:35 AM EST
    Mukhtar Khan, neighbor of an arrested Christian girl, shows the locked house of a girl and vowed will never allow them to live in this neighborhood, in a suburb of Islamabad, Pakistan on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. Pakistani authorities arrested a Christian girl and are investigating whether she violated the country's strict blasphemy laws after furious neighbors surrounded her house and demanded police take action, a police officer said Monday. The arrest of the girl and outrage among the local community demonstrates the deep emotion that suspected blasphemy cases can evoke in this conservative Muslim country, where rising extremism often means religious minorities live in fear of persecution. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
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              Cleric Hafiz Mohammad Zubair, third from right, meets with residents in a suburb of Islamabad, Pakistan at a local mosque on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012 regarding an alleged blasphemy by a Ch

    Cleric Hafiz Mohammad Zubair, third from right, meets with residents in a suburb of Islamabad, Pakistan at a local mosque on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012 regarding an alleged blasphemy by a Ch

    Posted: 8/20/2012 11:53:35 AM EST
    Cleric Hafiz Mohammad Zubair, third from right, meets with residents in a suburb of Islamabad, Pakistan at a local mosque on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012 regarding an alleged blasphemy by a Christian girl. Pakistani authorities arrested a Christian girl and are investigating whether she violated the country's strict blasphemy laws after furious neighbors surrounded her house and demanded police take action, a police officer said Monday. The arrest of the girl and outrage among the local community demonstrates the deep emotion that suspected blasphemy cases can evoke in this conservative Muslim country, where rising extremism often means religious minorities live in fear of persecution. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
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              A Pakistani Christian youth wearing a mask, stands in a vehicle in a Christian neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. Pakistani authorities arrested a Christian gir

    A Pakistani Christian youth wearing a mask, stands in a vehicle in a Christian neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. Pakistani authorities arrested a Christian gir

    Posted: 8/20/2012 11:53:34 AM EST
    A Pakistani Christian youth wearing a mask, stands in a vehicle in a Christian neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. Pakistani authorities arrested a Christian girl and are investigating whether she violated the country's strict blasphemy laws after furious neighbors surrounded her house and demanded police take action, a police officer said Monday. The arrest of the girl and outrage among the local community demonstrates the deep emotion that suspected blasphemy cases can evoke in this conservative Muslim country, where rising extremism often means religious minorities live in fear of persecution.(AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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              A Pakistani Christian vendor, not pictured, displays crosses on his bicycle for sale, in a Christian neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012.  Pakistani authorities a

    A Pakistani Christian vendor, not pictured, displays crosses on his bicycle for sale, in a Christian neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. Pakistani authorities a

    Posted: 8/20/2012 11:53:34 AM EST
    A Pakistani Christian vendor, not pictured, displays crosses on his bicycle for sale, in a Christian neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. Pakistani authorities arrested a Christian girl and are investigating whether she violated the country's strict blasphemy laws after furious neighbors surrounded her house and demanded police take action, a police officer said Monday. The arrest of the girl and outrage among the local community demonstrates the deep emotion that suspected blasphemy cases can evoke in this conservative Muslim country, where rising extremism often means religious minorities live in fear of persecution.(AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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              Local women walk past the locked house of a Christian girl in a suburb of Islamabad, Pakistan on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. Pakistani authorities arrested a Christian girl and are investiga

    Local women walk past the locked house of a Christian girl in a suburb of Islamabad, Pakistan on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. Pakistani authorities arrested a Christian girl and are investiga

    Posted: 8/20/2012 11:53:34 AM EST
    Local women walk past the locked house of a Christian girl in a suburb of Islamabad, Pakistan on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. Pakistani authorities arrested a Christian girl and are investigating whether she violated the country's strict blasphemy laws after furious neighbors surrounded her house and demanded police take action, a police officer said Monday. The arrest of the girl and outrage among the local community demonstrates the deep emotion that suspected blasphemy cases can evoke in this conservative Muslim country, where rising extremism often means religious minorities live in fear of persecution.(AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
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              People gathered outside the locked house of a Christian girl in suburbs of Islamabad, Pakistan on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. Pakistani authorities arrested a Christian girl and are investig

    People gathered outside the locked house of a Christian girl in suburbs of Islamabad, Pakistan on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. Pakistani authorities arrested a Christian girl and are investig

    Posted: 8/20/2012 11:53:34 AM EST
    People gathered outside the locked house of a Christian girl in suburbs of Islamabad, Pakistan on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. Pakistani authorities arrested a Christian girl and are investigating whether she violated the country's strict blasphemy laws after furious neighbors surrounded her house and demanded police take action, a police officer said Monday. The arrest of the girl and outrage among the local community demonstrates the deep emotion that suspected blasphemy cases can evoke in this conservative Muslim country, where rising extremism often means religious minorities live in fear of persecution.(AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
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    Posted: 5/31/2012 2:45:47 AM EST
    FILE - In this May 27, 2012 file photo, Nepal's Brahmins and Chhetri society members hold a demonstration near the Constitution Assembly building in Katmandu, Nepal, as they demand that states proposed in the new constitution should not be determined on the basis of ethnicity. For centuries, the resentments simmered in this Himalayan nation, a place where everyone knew who belonged to the country's small elite and who did not. Ethnic minorities and low-caste Nepalis knew they had little chance to join the economic and political leadership, which was dominated by high-caste members of just two ethnic groups among the country's dozens. Now, as Nepal struggles to create a stable republic, those resentments have erupted anew, with regional, ethnic-based politics that helped cause the government's complete collapse last weekend and sparked worries of widespread ethnic unrest. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)