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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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Proper Sanitary Pads Are Keeping Girls In School

Monday, March 09, 2015

Teenagers in a Ugandan village would skip school every month because they didn't have sanitary pads. A new project called AFRIpads is starting to solve that problem.

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The Takeaway

Boko Haram & ISIS Spark Fears of Transnational Terrorist Network

Monday, March 09, 2015

The Nigerian terrorist group, now allied with ISIS, has roughly 6,000 members and controls about 8,000 square miles of territory in northeastern Nigeria.

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Morning Edition

Nigeria's Boko Haram Pledges To Back Islamic State

Monday, March 09, 2015

Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. This comes just as Chad and Niger have launched an offensive against Boko Haram in Nigeria.

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A 12-Year-Old Girl Shows Us What It's Really Like To Face TB

Sunday, March 08, 2015

After you hear her story, you'll never think the same way about the disease. That's the goal of Visual Epidemiology, a company that makes videos about individual battles instead of the big picture.

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Boko Haram Reportedly Swears Allegiance To The Islamic State

Saturday, March 07, 2015

The message purporting to be from the Nigerian extremist group was posted to Twitter pledging to follow the Caliph and to obey ISIS "in times of difficulty and prosperity."

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Boko Haram Bomber Hits Nigerian Market

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Despite a regional military force, extremist Islamist militants in Nigeria continue to wage deadly attacks. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about preparations for the presidential elections.

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All Things Considered

Boko Haram Takes A Page From ISIS Propaganda Playbook

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The Nigerian Islamist militant group has traded grainy videos for slick productions. This week, Boko Haram posted a video purportedly showing the bodies of two beheaded men accused of spying.

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Why Is The VP Of Sierra Leone Running The Country By Laptop?

Thursday, March 05, 2015

He quarantined himself because his bodyguard died of Ebola. The virus is still taking a toll, with 81 new cases last week. Maybe it's because people are no longer being careful.

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'Respect The Robot': Giant Robots Oversee Traffic In Kinshasa

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Two giant robots have directed traffic in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2013. This week three others joined them.

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North Korea: Attack On U.S. Ambassador Is 'Deserved Punishment'

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Pyongyang said it welcomed the attack on Ambassador Mark Lippert, who was assaulted in Seoul by a knife-wielding political activist who said he opposed joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises.

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On Being

Eve Ensler — The Body After Cancer [remix]

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Eve Ensler has helped women all over the world tell the stories of their lives through the stories of their bodies. Her play, "The Vagina Monologues," has become a global force in the face of violence against women and girls.

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On Being

[Unedited] Eve Ensler with Krista Tippett

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Eve Ensler has helped women all over the world tell the stories of their lives through the stories of their bodies. Her play, "The Vagina Monologues," has become a global force in the face of violence against women and girls.

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Morning Edition

Boko Haram Ramps Up Attacks Despite Effort To Repel Them

Thursday, March 05, 2015

In Nigeria, the Islamist extremists are using more girls and young women in suicide bombings. It's unclear whether the children are taken from among the hundreds the militants have kidnapped.

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How To Help Children Orphaned By Ebola

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

More than 16,000 children have lost a parent to Ebola. Almost all of these children have found a home with a relative, but they still have basic needs such as food and clothes for school.

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Jawbone Fossil Fills Big Gap In Human Evolution, Scientists Say

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Writing in Science, scientists say the 2.8 million-year-old fossil appears to belong to an individual from the beginning of the ancestral line that led to humans.

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Watch A Film From Mali: The Day Before The Music Died

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The Last Song Before the War presents the glorious sounds of the 2011 Festival in the Desert, held shortly before Islamic extremists took over the region and banned music.

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Tea Tuesdays: Kenyan Farmers See Green In The Color Purple

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Kenya has spent 25 years developing a purple "supertea" with high levels of antioxidants. The hope is that the tea will appeal to health-minded consumers and revive the country's struggling industry.

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Elephant On The Menu? It's Not Just A Birthday Dish For Robert Mugabe

Monday, March 02, 2015

The Zimbabwean ruler reportedly served pachyderm at his 91st birthday party. Does anyone else do that? Turns out, yes.

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