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With Mexican Students Missing, A Festive Holiday Turns Somber

The Day of the Dead is a time when Mexicans remember loved ones with grand floral tributes. But the atmosphere is downbeat in the state of Guerrero, where 43 students are still missing.
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Burkina Faso's President Steps Down After 27 Years

President Blaise Compaoré succumbed to pressure after growing protests in the streets of the capital. The military has taken control of the country, which is one of America's strongest allies in west Africa. Audie Cornish talks with Pierre Englebert, professor of African politics at Pomona College.
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How Liberia Is Starting To Beat Ebola, With Fingers Crossed

There's potentially some good news about Ebola: While cases are still rising in Sierra Leone, the outbreak shows signs of slowing in Liberia. Communities are banding together to get Ebola out.
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U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power Sees Signs Of Hope In West Africa

After a four-day visit to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, she reports progress — along with the need for continued support.
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A Biography Of 'Boo' Across The World

Halloween is "boo" day. For such a short word, it's remarkably effective, and uttered — or shouted — in many parts of the world. Where did it come from and why is it so satisfying to say?
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Why Is North Korea Freaked Out About The Threat Of Ebola?

Fear of the virus has prompted Pyongyang to ban tourism and quarantine all foreigners. It's a curious stance since the Hermit Kingdom has plenty of other, more pressing health woes.
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After Mass Protests, Hungary Gives Up On Internet Tax

The government had proposed taxing Internet usage, but opponents claimed it the government was trying to impose a digital iron curtain on Hungary.
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Why My Grandma Never Had A Pap Smear

Women in the developing world may never be tested for cervical cancer. Clinics are far away, cultural biases may keep them away. Now an inexpensive test lets them do it themselves.
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No Joke: French Town Cracks Down On Clown Costumes After Attacks

The French town of Vendargues has banned people from dressing up as clowns for a month starting today. The move follows violent incidents across the country involving teens dressed as clowns.
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Israel Reopens Disputed Religious Site In Jerusalem To Worshippers

The Temple Mount, sacred to both Muslims and Jews, was closed Thursday following the attempted assassination of a right-wing Jewish activist. More than 1,000 security personnel have been deployed.

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