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Which Foreign Aid Programs Work? The U.S. Runs A Test — But Won't Talk About It

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A Deadly Virus Threatens Millions Of Pigs In China

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'Floating Schools' Make Sure Kids Get To Class When The Water Rises

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Health workers form a human chain reading "SOS" during a protest for the lack of medicines, medical supplies and poor conditions in hospitals, in Caracas on Aug. 2. Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For Many In Venezuela, Social Media Is A Matter Of Life And Death

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For Karachi's Water Mafia, Stolen H2O Is A 'Lucrative Business'

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A Scientist Dreams Up A Plan To Stop The Sahara From Expanding

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Where Are The Most Viruses In An Airport? Hint: It's Probably Not The Toilet

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Khalida Brohi grew up Kotri, Pakistan, and was the first girl in her village to go to school. Ramin Talaie/Getty Images hide caption

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Her Father Gave Her The Courage To Speak Out Against 'Honor Killings'

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