Syrian President Bashar Assad delivers a speech at an iftar dinner with political and religious figures in Damascus, Syria, on Aug. 4. In Syria, many different religious groups live in an often uneasy mix. While the country is primarily Sunni Arab, the government is run by minority Alawites like Assad — adherents of an offshoot of Shiite Islam. AP/SANA hide caption

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Why Syria Is More Complicated Than Libya
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The protesters who opposed Hosni Mubarak two years ago, like these demonstrators in Cario's Tahrir Square on Feb. 8, 2011, have been pushed to the sidelines in the current confrontation. Emilio Morenatti/AP hide caption

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In Egypt's Political Turmoil, Middle Ground Is The Loneliest
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A prostitute in Johannesburg waits for a client on a street corner. An estimated two-thirds of sex workers in South Africa are HIV positive. Yoav Lemmer/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In South Africa, A Clinic Focuses On Prostitutes To Fight HIV
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A nurse takes a blood sample from Nkosi Minenhle, 15, in a mobile clinic set up to test students for HIV at Madwaleni High School in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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After Missteps In HIV Care, South Africa Finds Its Way
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Woman In Kenya To Marry 2 Men
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Jan Scannell, former accountant, has taken on a new identity as "Jan Braai," a South African TV show host and media personality promoting the idea of National Braai (barbecuing) Day, celebrated each year on Sept. 24. Courtesy of Stephanus Rabie hide caption

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'Braai Day' Aims To Bring S. Africans Together Over Barbecue
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Priest Ifagbemi has an elaborate shrine to Yoruba's gods in his home near Seattle. Christopher Johnson/NPR hide caption

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Ancient African Religion Finds Roots In America
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A Tiny Island Finally Connects To The World Wide Web
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Security forces and medics wheel a stretcher transporting former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from a military helicopter into an ambulance at a Cairo military hospital after his release from prison Thursday. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mubarak's Release From Prison Cuts Across Egypt's Divisions
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Bernard Omondi got $1,000 from GiveDirectly. Jacob Goldstein/NPR hide caption

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The Charity That Just Gives Money To Poor People
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Mubarak's Release Sparks New Debate Over Egypt's Future
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