Madalitso Mulando studies at the Chinika Secondary School in Lusaka, Zambia. By 5th grade, the school dropout rate is three times higher for girls than for boys.
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Madalitso Mulando needed help. She didn't have the money to pay for her 10th-grade tuition. Then she learned the art of negotiation from the gurus at Harvard Business School.
Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich, during the ceremony for the German Book Trade Peace Prize, which she won in 2013.
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The investigative journalist is known for her in-depth exposes of the Soviet Union, letting eyewitness accounts shed an unsettling light on tragedies.
Volkswagen Group of America President and CEO Michael Horn testifies before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal Thursday.
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Volkswagen has "withdrawn the application for certification of our model year 2016 vehicles," CEO Michael Horn says, adding that the company is still working with U.S. agencies.
Harry Nilsson at the piano in 1972.
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Many fans of the comic Bitch Planet are getting tattoos of the "noncompliant" logo from the book.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in his office at the U.S. Department of the Treasury in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 7, 2015.
In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew spoke about the debt ceiling, raising wages and the new potential faces of the $10 bill.
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Smoke rises after airstrikes hit Syria's rebel-held Idlib Province last week. Rebels backed by the U.S. say Russia has been carrying out daily airstrikes in territory they control.
Syrians in opposition territory say they've been facing the worst of the regime's attacks. Now they are being targeted by even more powerful bombings from Russian planes.
This 2011 photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Charles Warner. Warner was executed Thursday for the 1997 killing of his roommate's 11-month-old daughter.
This is the second botched execution in a row for the state. Clayton Lockett died of a heart attack last year after a phlebotomist misplaced an IV line.
Escalators to the South Ferry subway station in Manhattan flooded in October 2012 by Superstorm Sandy.
New York City's transit authority wants to protect Lower Manhattan subway stations from storm flooding. It's racing to get technology tested and in place in time for the next big one.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (left) of California gestures toward outgoing House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio during a news conference on Capitol Hill.
House Republicans will cast secret ballots Thursday to nominate the next speaker. Kevin McCarthy is favored, but he will face a bigger hurdle when the entire House votes later this month.
Josh Ritter's new album, Sermon On The Rocks, comes out Oct. 16.
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On his eighth album, Ritter delves into what he calls "messianic oracular honky-tonk." Fortunately, it's an approach that brings out some of the singer's slipperiest, nimblest wordplay.
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FIFA's ethics committee has suspended President Sepp Blatter for 90 days, along with UEFA President and FIFA Vice President Michel Platini, and FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke.
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The 90-day suspensions go into effect immediately and could be extended, FIFA says. Along with President Blatter, the group banned one of his rivals for six years.
Janet Jackson accepts the ultimate icon: music dance visual award at the BET Awards June 28, 2015, in Los Angeles.
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More than 800 artists and music industry professionals vote on the inductees, who are announced in December.
Three novellas by some of Italy's best crime writers make up Judges. Andrea Camilleri, Carlo Lucarelli and Giancarlo De Cataldo weave tales of idealistic judges fighting crime and corruption.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (left) and Ranking Member Rep. John Conyers said their proposal comes after months of negotiations "to ensure our federal criminal laws and regulations appropriately punish wrongdoers ... and do not waste taxpayer dollars."
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Billed as a "companion" to major Senate sentencing legislation released last week, the top Republican and Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee say the proposal comes after months of negotiations.
United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams (from left), Ford Motor Co. President and CEO Mark Fields and Ford Executive Chairman William Clay Ford Jr. attended the opening of contract negotiations last July in Detroit.
The UAW announced the agreement just after Wednesday's strike deadline of 11:59 p.m. Fiat Chrysler is the first of Detroit's big three automakers to reach a tentative contract with the UAW.
People with uncertain prognoses or dementia can't end their lives under California's new medical aid in dying law. Proponents say those limits reflect the uncertainties of death, and of politics.