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Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich wins the gold medal in the men's marathon at the 2012 London Olympics. As the impoverished country's second gold medalist in 40 years, Kiprotich became an instant national hero. Kyodo/Landov hide caption

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South African Police Accused Of Massacring Miners

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A man from the Mundari nomad tribe stands among cattle on Jan. 18, in Juba, South Sudan. Cattle raids, a common occurrence in the region, have grown increasingly violent in recent years. Kyodo/Landov hide caption

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In South Sudan, Cows Are Cash And Source Of Friction

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Summer Nights: Cuban 'Jubans' In South Sudan

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Alice Njeri found work, and her 10-year-old son Mike — who is physically and mentally disabled — received therapy and other services at a community center in Maai Mahiu, outside Nairobi, Kenya. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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A girl carries a bucket of potatoes as she walks with her brother to their small shack, on July 20 in Juba, South Sudan. After breaking away from Sudan last year, South Sudan recently celebrated it's first independence anniversary. Over the past year repeated conflict with North Sudan, corruption scandals and economic difficulties have plagued the new country. Paula Bronstein/Getty Images hide caption

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At Age One, A Tattered Reputation For South Sudan

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Every day at 9 a.m. sharp in Iten, Kenya, 200 or so runners — most of them unknowns hoping to become champions — train on the dirt roads surrounding the town. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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How Kenya Builds The Fastest Humans On Earth

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Kenya has made its public schools free, which has dramatically increased the number of students. But this has also led to overcrowding. Here, four boys share a desk and a single textbook at the Amboni Secondary School in central Kenya. Courtesy of Turk Pipkin hide caption

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Kenya's Free Schools Bring A Torrent Of Students

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Receding water at Lake Travis near Austin, Texas, has the state concerned about its water supply. In 2011, Lake Travis had the lowest inflow since it was created about 70 years ago. Joshua Lott/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Texas Seeks New Water Supplies Amid Drought

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Siblings Charles Hagood and Nancy Hagood Nunns grew up in Junction, Texas, in the 1950s. Charles says the drought drove ranchers to find other types of work. Michael O'Brien/Michael O'Brien hide caption

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Singers Deline Briscoe, Shellie Morris and Lou Bennett (pictured left to right) perform with Australia's Black Arm Band Company. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Aboriginal Musicians 'Band' Together To Expose Oppression

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David Sonnier Jr., from Jeanerette, La., plays the Devil in Angola Prison's production of The Life of Jesus Christ. He was convicted of aggravated rape and is serving a life sentence. Deborah Luster/for NPR hide caption

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A Mexican federal policeman guards the area where dozens of bodies, some of them mutilated, were found on a highway outside the northern Mexican city of Monterrey on May 13. The murders were one of the latest episodes in Mexico's brutal and unrelenting drug war. Christian Palma/AP hide caption

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Mexicans Want New Approach To Bloody Drug War

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Mexican presidential front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, waves to the crowds during a campaign stop in the northern border city of Tijuana, Mexico, on June 3. The once dominant PRI, out of power for the past 12 years, looks likely to make a comeback. Alex Cossio/AP hide caption

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