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A Year Of Ebola: Memorable Moments From Our Reporters' Notebooks

Saturday, March 21, 2015

They remember an early survivor, the crying baby, the teenager who wouldn't give up, the woman who had only bananas to eat, people shaking hands again despite the risks.

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Nigeria's President Hopes To Push Back Boko Haram In A Month

Friday, March 20, 2015

Facing re-election in a week, Goodluck Jonathan says he thinks that all the territory seized by the extremist group can be retaken.

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Morning Edition

Nigerian Army Advances Against Boko Haram As Election Looms

Friday, March 20, 2015

Nigeria's military says that, with the help of regional troops, its forces have retaken key towns captured by Boko Haram. The successes against the ISIS-linked extremist network come little more than a week before a key vote in which President Goodluck Jonathan is seeking re-election. The vote was delayed by six weeks, in part due to insecurity. Many are asking how the army was able to do in six weeks what it has failed to do these past six years.

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All Things Considered

Egyptian Singer, Meet Burundi Bassist. Play Among Yourselves!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The musicians who live in countries along the Nile rarely got to meet — until the Nile Project came along. Now they learn from each other, make records together and are currently touring the U.S.

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All Things Considered

Investigation Continues Into Deadly Museum Attack In Tunis

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NPR's Melissa Block talks to journalist Naveena Kottoor about the ongoing investigation of Wednesday's attack on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, Tunisia, that left at least 20 dead.

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Botched Ritual Circumcision Leads To World's First Penile Transplant

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The recipient is a 21-year-old from a tribe in South Africa, whose organ was amputated after complications from the circumcision. The hope is that transplants could be one way to aid other victims.

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Morning Edition

Attack On Museum Seen As Strike Against Tunisian Economy

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tunisia is reeling after a deadly attack on the Bardo National Museum left at least 20 foreign tourists dead. The gunmen took hostages before police shot two of the militants and caught at least one.

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All Things Considered

How Malaria In The Brain Kills: Doctors Solve A Medical Mystery

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A child stricken with the deadliest form of the disease can quickly fall unconscious and die. A doctor in Michigan has dedicated her life to figuring out how this happens. At last, she has the answer.

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All Things Considered

Tunisian Officials Still Investigating Deadly Museum Attack

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

At least 21 people, including 17 tourists, were killed in Tunis Wednesday when gunmen stormed a museum, Prime Minister Habib Essid says.

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If These Two Teenagers Ran The World, We'd All Jump For Joy

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Memory from Malawi and Achie from Ethiopia met at the U.N. last week. Now they're best friends in real life and on Facebook, bound by their determination to build a better world for girls.

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All Things Considered

Meet Chef Chane, Ethiopia's Version Of The Infamous 'Soup Nazi'

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Like the famously curt broth ladler on Seinfeld, Addis Ababa's Chef Chane is known for serving up both delectable cuisine and insults. He says he learned his vaunted culinary skills in royal kitchens.

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Morning Edition

Boko Haram Said To Train Child Soldiers

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Around 80 children discovered at a Boko Haram camp in Cameroon were being trained as child soldiers. Christopher Fomunyoh of the National Democratic Institute describes efforts to help them.

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The Truth About Humanitarian Work: High Ideals Vs. Hard Realities

Sunday, March 15, 2015

In this week's For the Record, we meet three humanitarian aid workers: one confronting the Ebola crisis, another trying to educate Syrian refugees and another who's stepped back from field work.

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When There's Art On The Bus, You'll Get To Your Stop Sooner

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A decade ago Kenya banned the practice of covering minibuses — called matatus — with wild images. The concern: window blockage. Now the art is making a comeback, and powerful bus owners are behind it.

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Several Americans Possibly Exposed To Ebola, As Epidemic Smolders

Friday, March 13, 2015

This week an American aid worker contracted Ebola in West Africa and may have infected other people. No one else is showing symptoms, but one person is being flown to Atlanta for observation.

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Mr. Mambia Goes To Washington: To Honor His Sister, Who Died Of Ebola

Friday, March 13, 2015

Tarkpor Mambia of Liberia is now a student in Massachusetts. When he learned of his sister's death, he was determined to go to the nation's capital to put a human face on global health issues.

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All Things Considered

Life Expectancy Drops Dramatically For Syrians Ravaged By War

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A report released Tuesday by the U.N. and a Syrian research group attempts to quantify the devastating effects of the war. Most striking: average life expectancy has dropped by 20 years, to age 55.

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He's 14. He Was A Child Soldier. He's Suicidal. How Can He Be Saved?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Rates of post-traumatic stress disorder are high among teens in northern Uganda, a new study shows. Counselors, teachers and parents can help. So can walking on eggs — literally.

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Morning Edition

African Nations Join Coalition To Fight Boko Haram

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Chad, Niger and others began an offensive against extremist fighters in Nigeria. Renee Montagne talks to Comfort Ero, African program director for the International Crisis Group, about the offensive.

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Morning Edition

Ethiopia's Blue Party Tries To Reacquaint Nation With Dissent

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The movement's slow, strategic approach is a necessity in a country where one party controls almost every seat in parliament, journalists are routinely jailed and rallies are broken up by police.

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