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Why World Hunger Isn't Going Away As Fast As We'd Hoped

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Fear Of Toxic Smog Leads India To Limit Diwali Fireworks

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The Sardar Sweet Shop in Varanasi, India, was built around a neem tree considered too holy to cut down. Customers flow in and out, barely noticing the imposing tree. In rural parts, people use the neem tree's leaves to repel insects, the sap for stomach pain and the branches to brush their teeth. As for the candy shop sweets, Diane Cook says they were "fabulous." Diane Cook and Len Jenshel hide caption

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U.S. Slashes Funds For Family Planning In Madagascar

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Henna tattoos decorate a bride's hands. A new ruling by the Supreme Court of India says that sex with any underage girl, even if she's a bride, is considered an act of rape. So child brides age 15 to 18 now have the same legal protection that younger girls do. Arijit Mondal/Getty Images hide caption

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Rat traps are a weapon behind used to fight the plague in Madagascar, since the rodents carry the disease. But getting rid of all the rats would be difficult — and without rats, plague-infected fleas could then turn to humans for a blood meal. RIJASOLO/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Betsy Levy Paluck is a psychology professor at Princeton University. She ran a year-long experiment in Rwanda to see whether radio soap operas could be used to reduce prejudice. John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hide caption

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