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Mysterious Kidney Disease Slays Farmworkers In Central America

One community has lost so many men that it's now called the Island of Widows. Researchers are struggling to figure out the cause of the disease. Some suspect a popular herbicide.

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An Afghan Village Of Drug Addicts, From Ages 10 to 60

Afghanistan is not just a world leader in producing drugs. It's also a leading consumer. Drug users addicted to heroin, and more recently crystal meth, are everywhere in the western city of Herat.

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Training Men And Women On Campus To 'Speak Up' To Prevent Rape

Colleges are teaching students what's known as bystander intervention, based on the idea that both men and women can intervene to interrupt behaviors that could lead to sexual assault.

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Training Men And Women On Campus To 'Speak Up' To Prevent Rape

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