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Small Strike Against Corruption: Afghan Governors Chosen On Merit

In Afghanistan, governors are not elected, they are selected — and more often than not due to family or political connections. But in an attempt to curb graft, the country has just sworn in a batch of governors — including the first female district governor — selected through a new merit-based program.
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Liberians Living In Washington Seek To Help Homeland

These days, the Washington area is home to one of the largest Liberian communities in the United States, and those residents are now looking to give back to their homeland.

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Rebuilding Haiti: A Slow Process

It's still unclear how many people died during the earthquake in Haiti — even three years later. Host Michel Martin talks with Amy Wilentz, author of 'Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti.' They discuss the slow process of rebuilding and how some people who are trying to help, end up doing more harm than good.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Afghan President Karzai is in Washington for talks on the future U.S. role. Syria agrees to a major prisoner swap. And Venezuela postpones the inauguration of ailing President Chavez. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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Three Kurdish Activists Found Dead In Paris; 'Without Doubt An Execution'

There are fears that the murders are aimed at scuttling talks between the Turkish government and the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
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China Investigates Foxconn For Bribery Allegations

Taiwan technology giant Foxconn said it is under investigation by Chinese authorities. It is also conducting its own probe into allegations that some of its managers had solicited bribes from suppliers.
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U.S. Troop Withdrawal Worries Afghan Students

Afghan President Hamid Karzai will meet with President Obama at the White House Friday. Renee Montagne talks to Ehsan Ullah, director of the Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies, about what Afghans are saying about the proposed withdrawal of NATO and U.S. military forces from vulnerable areas of Afghanistan.

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