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African Diasporas: Investment and Advocacy Across Borders

The Washington region is home to one of the largest concentrations of African immigrants in the United States. These communities have always retained strong economic and cultural bonds with their home countries. But many activists and policy-makers are looking for new ways to more effectively leverage that activity through investments and political advocacy. As heads of state converge on Washington for the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, we examine the role of local diaspora communities on the continent.

Remittance Flows Worldwide in 2012

Patterns of global migration have shifted in recent decades and those changes, along with the ups-and-downs of the economy, have also resulted in changes in the flow of remittances -the money that many migrants send back to families in their countries of origin. This interactive map shows remittances sent to or from given countries in 2012.

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Ursula K. Le Guin Steers Her Craft Into A New Century

The famed novelist says that at 85 she no longer has the energy to write another book, but she's just released a revised and updated edition of her manual for aspiring writers, Steering the Craft.
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#NPRreads: Middle East Air Quality, Lead Poisoning, And Jell-O

Around the newsroom and around the world, here's what we're reading this week.
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Of The 900 Or So People Running For President, At Least 1 Of Them Is Nuts

A small group of presidential hopefuls get most of the media attention, but there are a lot of unknown people who also want the top job and filed the necessary paperwork. One of them is Deez Nuts.
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No More Standing By The Spigot: Messaging App Alerts Water Availability

A startup in India ā€” where an aging, ad hoc system limits water availability ā€” is using text messages to let people know when their faucets should work, so they don't waste hours awaiting the deluge.

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