August 31, 2009 The summer sci-fi hit imagines a world in which millions of refugee extraterrestrials live in a filthy, violence-plagued shantytown outside Johannesburg. South African moviegoers got their first look at the film — and its political and cultural overtones — when it opened there Aug. 28.
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August 24, 2009 The CDC now requires that internationally adopted children with TB be treated in their home countries. For 4-year-old Harper that meant two weeks in a Beijing hotel with her new parents, instead of a flight to her new home in Virginia.
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August 13, 2009 Secretary of State Clinton also visited the Democratic Republic of Congo earlier this week. The country has been plagued by violence and civil conflict for the past nine years, since Rwandan and Ugandan rebels, responsible for the death of millions of people in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, fled to the Congo.
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August 13, 2009 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wraps up a 7 nation tour of Africa this week. The United States placed Africa high on its list of foreign policy priorities, as it is fighting for influence in Africa with power players such as China, India and Russia. Host Michel Martin talks to Prince Collins, a freelance journalist in Monrovia, Liberia; journalist Ferial Haffajee, of South Africa's City Press and Constance Ikokwu, of Nigeria's This Day newspaper about reactions to the visit.
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is welcomed by Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua at the state house in Abuja, Nigeria Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009.
August 12, 2009 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tells Nigeria's leaders the problems have "eroded the legitimacy of the government" in Africa's largest nation. The U.S. stance is applauded by the ousted head of Nigeria's anti-corruption watchdog agency.
August 12, 2009 Kamal Said Hassan pleaded guilty in a Minneapolis court Wednesday to lying to the FBI in connection with a broader case looking into the disappearance of more than two dozen young Somali-Americans from Minnesota over the past two years. It's the third indictment in the case so far.
August 11, 2009 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited eastern Congo and denounced the use of rape as a weapon of war. She said the U.S. is offering Congo $17 million to combat sexual violence. But to address the problem, analysts say the U.S. must do more to improve Congo's army.
August 9, 2009 The State Department has said Hillary Clinton wants to "put a great deal of focus on the issue of sexual and gender-based violence, which is occurring in the eastern Congo." Host Liane Hansen speaks to Jeffrey Gettleman, East Africa bureau chief of The New York Times, about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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August 8, 2009 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in South Africa — one of the stops in her seven-nation trip through Africa. Guest host Daniel Zwerdling talks with the BBC's Jonah Fisher about the big issues confronting southern Africa and what role the U.S. might play in solving them.
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August 6, 2009 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Thursday with Somali President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed and warned that the Islamist extremists who control much of the country are linked to al-Qaida and want to use Somalia as a base to attack other countries "near and far." Ahmed is appealing for more help in delivering basic services to his people.
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August 6, 2009 During her trip to Africa Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is focusing on the importance of economic development. Host Michel Martin speaks with Todd Moss, Senior Fellow and director of the Emerging Africa Project at the DC-based Center for Global Development, Yusuf Reja Chief Executive Officer of Zebra Jobs, and Bob Johnson, the co founder of Black Entertainment Television. He has been exploring investing in Africa. The three men bring distinct perspectives on how to jump-start African economies.
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August 6, 2009 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton began her seven-nation, 11-day tour of Africa Wednesday. The visit is the longest overseas trip the Secretary has taken to date.
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Magdalena Lukasik-Braum, one of the vets with the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, spent last weekend tracking an ailing infant gorilla through the Virunga Mountains.
August 6, 2009 How do you give a Rwandan gorilla a shot, anyway? From a distance, if you're smart. The vets use darts to administer medicine, and just like with human infants, the bum is the best bet. Which is how one vet found herself aiming darts of medicine at an infant gorilla bum on a lovely Saturday afternoon recently.
Before they end up in a museum display, the gorilla bones must be painstakingly brushed to remove any lingering soft tissue and fats.
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August 5, 2009 The team starts the morning at Karisoke by removing as much dirt and soft tissue as possible from each gorilla bone. This is no easy task; Google a gorilla skull and count the places for grime to hide. These bones need Clorox and a sandblaster to shine. Instead, they get water, a mild detergent and gentle sponging to prevent damage.
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