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There's A 'Glaring' Gap In The War Against Poverty And Disease

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A mural in the town of Toribio, Colombia, displays an idyllic rural scene. But the reality is that many rural parts of the country are desperately poor and lawless. Luis Robayo /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Jacqueline de Chollet of Switzerland, now 78, helped found the Veerni Institute, which gives child brides and other girls in northern India a chance to continue their education. Yana Paskova for NPR hide caption

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A Chance Encounter On A Vacation Changed Her Life — And The Lives Of Child Brides

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Durga studies for final exams in her second year of college. Swati Vashishtha for NPR hide caption

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A Father Vows To Save His Daughter From A Marriage He Forced Her Into

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Georgina Mamba's activism for people with disabilities brought her to the United States as one of 1,000 Mandela Washington Fellows under President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative. Kristin Adair/NPR hide caption

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A Blustery El Niño Departs The Stage, Making Way For La Niña

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Found in Botswana, the Lesedi la Rona diamond is up for auction and valued at $70 million. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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When Botswana Sells Its Big Diamond, Who Will Benefit?

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Mifeprex, formerly called RU-486, is the brand name of the abortion pill called mifepristone. Michelle Del Guercio hide caption

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Has Zika Pushed More Women Toward Illegal Abortions?

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The picture was taken in 2006 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, after Evelyn Amony was rescued. Holding her youngest daughter, she was at a meeting to negotiate with members of the Lord's Resistance Army. The two men, who had also been abducted, are her relatives. The faces of the men and baby are blurred to protect their identities. Courtesy of Erin Baines hide caption

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Rwanda is known as "le pays des milles collines" €-- the land of a thousand hills. Weather varies by altitude; for farmers, detailed forecasts can make a huge difference. Francesco Fiondella/International Research Institute for Climate and Society hide caption

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Turns Out You Do Need A Weatherman To Know Which Way The Wind Blew

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