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"The Lion King," released in 1994 and one of the top grossing U.S. films of all time, is celebrated at a Disney fan event in Anaheim, Calif. Image Group LA/Disney via Getty Images hide caption

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A statue of Indian independence leader Mohandas Gandhi was installed on the University of Ghana campus in Accra, Ghana, in 2016. The statue has now been removed from its plinth. Christian Thompson/AP hide caption

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A man walks toward the smoke rising from a fire at the Independent National Electoral Commission's warehouse in Kinshasa on Thursday, 10 days ahead of the presidential election. John Wessels/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Joseph Kabila, the outgoing president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, sits in a garden at his personal ranch on Monday. John Wessels/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'Congo Does Not Take Any Orders From Anybody': Interview With President Joseph Kabila

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Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, the new mayor of Freetown in Sierra Leone, speaks at the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit in New York City. "For decades, there had been no structure, no focused thinking of a strategy for the city," she says. "The way my brain works is with plans. I have to have a to-do list." Riccardo Savi/Getty Images hide caption

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A man holds national flags of Eritrea (left) and Ethiopia as he waits for the arrival of Eritrea's president at the airport in Gondar, nothern Ethiopia, in November. Eduardo Soteras/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Will Ethiopia's Democratic Awakening Catch On Next Door In Eritrea?

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Jawar Mohammed, 32, created the Oromia Media Network and used it to bludgeon one of the most brutal regimes on the African continent. Maheder Haileselassie Tadese/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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How An Exiled Activist In Minnesota Helped Spur Big Political Changes In Ethiopia

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Mezgebo, 47, found only a pile of rocks when he returned to his family home. But he began work anyway, winnowing his wheat within view of the Eritrean border. Eyder Peralta/NPR hide caption

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'Peace Is Everything': Ethiopia And Eritrea Embrace Open Border After Long Conflict

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The faithful enter Ethiopia's Holy Trinity Cathedral. Eyder Peralta/NPR hide caption

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'It Has Been A Dream': Ethiopians Are Adjusting To Rapid Democratic Changes

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Blac Chyna poses with her new face cream, Whitenicious, in a video ad on her Instagram. The ad creates a glamorous image to appeal to a high-end audience for the $250-a-jar product. blacchyna via Instagram/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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