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Dozens in Nigeria killed in deadly militant violence

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Dozens in Nigeria killed in deadly militant violence

Militants in Nigeria have been attacking police stations in recent days, sparking clashes. Marie Pace of the United States Institute of Peace discusses the implications of the violence for the important oil-producing nation.

Posted: July 28, 2009 14:20   Comments: 2
South Africans protest poverty, blaming immigrants

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South Africans protest poverty, blaming immigrants

In South Africa on Thursday, unhappiness about persistent poverty and shoddy public services led to unrest in some of the townships near Johannesburg. Yaw Nyarko of New York University says that many blame immigrants for taking jobs that might lead to a better life.

Posted: July 23, 2009 15:31   Comments: 3
Ethnic Nubians live on the margins in Kenya

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Ethnic Nubians live on the margins in Kenya

Adam Hussein Adam, project coordinator of the Open Society Initiative for East Africa, writes how his community's plight is largely unknown outside of Kenya. About 100,000 Nubians live in Kenya, brought by British colonialists to the area as soldiers from different parts of Sudan.

Posted: July 23, 2009 14:14   Comments: 3
Ethiopian woman revolutionizes country’s financial system

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Ethiopian woman revolutionizes country’s financial system

PBS Wide Angle's film "The Market Maker" features the story of one woman's efforts to combat a seemingly never-ending cycle of famine in Ethiopia by creating that country's very first commodities exchange.

Posted: July 22, 2009 10:30   Comments: 4
Tune in: Online radio show on failed states

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Tune in: Online radio show on failed states

Worldfocus.org's weekly radio show explores failed states -- countries without stability, a functioning government or rule of law. Pauline Baker, Christopher Boucek and Georgette Gagnon join the conversation. Listen now.

Posted: July 21, 2009 18:36   Comments: 2
Once revered, Egypt’s cats now routinely abused

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Once revered, Egypt’s cats now routinely abused

In ancient times in Egypt, cats were revered -- often mummified and buried in their own cemeteries. But nowadays, those once cherished animals are routinely abused.

Posted: July 21, 2009 14:08   Comments: 8
Ghana’s capital city blossoms with shops, cell phones

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Ghana’s capital city blossoms with shops, cell phones

Accra, the capital city of Ghana, was host to U.S. President Barack Obama's recent trip to Africa, during which he warned African nations they need to take care of themselves. A Worldfocus contributing blogger visited Accra and describes how the city has improved over the past decade.

Posted: July 21, 2009 13:45   Comments: 1
Rifling through Egypt’s sprawling Friday market

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Rifling through Egypt’s sprawling Friday market

Every Friday in the capital of Egypt, Cairo, there is a sprawling market where you can find just about anything -- as long as you don't mind that it may have been used.

Posted: July 16, 2009 09:56   Comments: 0
Mozambique trains midwives to take on role of surgeons

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Mozambique trains midwives to take on role of surgeons

PBS Wide Angle's "Birth of a Surgeon" traces the story of a remarkable program in Mozambique that trains midwives to take on the duties of surgeons. One year after first documenting the struggle of Emilia Cumbane to train for her new duties, the program returns for an update.

Posted: July 15, 2009 11:35   Comments: 1
Africa responds to Obama’s “tough love” message

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Africa responds to Obama’s “tough love” message

U.S. President Barack Obama's message in Ghana on Saturday was described as a kind of "tough love," encouraging democracy and at the same time warning African nations they need to take care of themselves. Yaw Nyarko of New York University discusses why Obama chose Ghana and what is at stake for the U.S. in Africa.

Posted: July 13, 2009 15:27   Comments: 2
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