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Africa Commerce, Conflict Coexist On The Congo

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Congo River Pulses Life Into African Nation

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U.N. Examines Why Congo Rapes Went Unnoticed

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Blogging And Tweeting, Egyptians Push For Change

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Moses (right), a gay Ugandan man seeking asylum in the United States, hides his face with a makeshift hood as he attends a press conference in Washington, D.C., in February. The press conference was organized to announce the formation of an event to "affirm inclusive values and call on all nations, including Uganda, to decriminalize the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people." Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Finding The Root Of Anti-Gay Sentiment In Uganda

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More than half of the world's Muslims live along the 10th Parallel; so do most of the world's Christians. It's a place where ideological -- and geographic -- conflicts often arise. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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The 10th Parallel: Where Christianity And Islam Meet

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Islamist Rebels Attack Somali Hotel, 32 Killed

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Listeners Sound Off On Moms Mistaken As Nannies

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A farmer waits for food distribution near Dakoro, in northern Niger, in May. U.N. agencies sounded alarms back in November about a growing food crisis in the West African nation, one of the world's poorest. Now more than 8 million people in Niger are in desperate need of aid. Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Grip Of Drought, Floods, Niger Faces Hunger Crisis

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South Africa's Proposed Media Curbs Criticized

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Rwanda's Laptop Revolution Raises Questions

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South African soldiers check the documents of residents of the Diepsloot township north of Johannesburg, South Africa, on July 9. Police and army had deployed due to growing rumors of attacks on foreigners. Jerome Delay/AP hide caption

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Anti-Immigrant Tensions Rise Again In South Africa

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N.H. Woman Allegedly Had Role In Rwanda Genocide

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