A 17-year-old mother sits with her baby in Mozambique, where no laws prevent child marriages and existing child protection laws offer loopholes. If a community decides that a girl is to be married, lawmakers are powerless to intervene. Shiraaz Mohamed/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

New Report Says Child Brides In Africa Could More Than Double By 2050

UNICEF is warning that the number of underage girls marrying in Africa could increase 250 percent to 310 million over the next 35 years.

Rick and Letha Heitman, of Centennial, Colo., bought their health plan in 2015 through Colorado HealthOP, an insurance cooperative that will close at the end of the year. HealthOp's CEO says the co-op was "blindsided" when some promised federal subsidies failed to materialize. John Daley/CPR News hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Many Health Co-Ops Fold, Others Survive Startup Struggles

Establishing a member-owned, nonprofit health co-op from scratch is tough; 12 of 23 that tried under Obamacare have closed after just one year. Sick patients poured in, and promised subsidies didn't.

The closing ceremony of the Second Vatican Council in St. Peter Square on Dec. 9, 1965. Forty bishops pledged to forsake worldly goods, but the agreement was largely ignored. Pope Francis' emphasis on helping the poor has revived talk about the Pact of the Catacombs. Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Pope Francis' Emphasis On Poverty Revives The 'Pact of The Catacombs'

Fifty years ago, 40 bishops signed a pledge to make Catholicism a church for the poor. It was soon set aside, but with Pope Francis focused on the downtrodden, that notion could be revived.

Members of Doctors Without Borders demonstrated in Geneva, after U.S. forces bombed the organization's hospital in the northern Afghanistan city of Kunduz. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Goats and Soda

MSF Director Unsatisfied With Pentagon's 'Admission Of Gross Negligence'

The Pentagon's report says the Doctors Without Borders hospital attack in Afghanistan was an accident. The group's executive director, Jason Cone, says it raises more questions than it answers.

On-demand delivery apps like Purple, which promises a full tank of gas in an hour, are proliferating in the tech market. Jun Tsuboike/NPR hide caption

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All Tech Considered

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?