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Leigh Ann Hester, now a police officer in the suburbs of Nashville, Tenn., is the first female soldier since World War II to receive the Silver Star medal for valor in combat. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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On The Front Lines: Women In War

Silver Star Recipient A Reluctant Hero

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Left: Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught during her time serving in Vietnam; when she joined the military, she received training on how to put on makeup — but not how to fire a weapon. Right: An illustrated poster of Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, the first woman since World War II to receive the Silver Star for valor. Both women are profiled in this series. Courtesy of Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught; David Gilkey, NPR hide caption

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Women In War: 'I've Lived Out There With The Guys'

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An Iraqi shop owner sells groceries in Baghdad. World Bank President Robert Zoellick says the high cost of food is an "aggravating factor" behind the unrest in the Middle East. Ali al-Saadi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Impact Of Rising Food Prices On Arab Unrest

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Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Mohammed Mursi takes questions from local and international journalists at the end of a news conference Feb. 9 in Cairo. Marco Longari /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Muslim Brotherhood: Wild Card In Egypt Power Game

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