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The Dark Side To French-African Ties

President Francois Hollande's visit to Mali, after French troops routed Islamist extremists, brings to mind France's long relationship with its former colonies in Africa. African troops helped France and the allies defeat Hitler's forces, and Hollande expressed gratitude for that while he was in Mali. But there's also a dark side to the French-African connection.
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Weeping Olympian Pistorius Faces Murder Charge In Court

South African sports star Oscar Pistorius broke down in tears when he appeared in court Friday to face a charge of murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend on Valentine's Day. The double amputee is known as the Blade Runner for his athletic prowess on the track.
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Conflict Transforms Syrian English Teacher Into War Photographer

Nour Kelze, a 25-year-old resident of Aleppo, was a teacher. Then the war came to her city, and with it, a new career as a war photographer. She has been chronicling the violence from the front lines.
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Is Russia Marked For Meteors?

Friday's major meteor strike is the third such incident to hit Russia in just over a century. Coincidence?
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DIY Broadband Comes To The English Countryside

When you live out in the middle of nowhere, you can feel like you're in the Internet slow lane because broadband just isn't available. Residents in rural Lancashire in England created their own high-speed Internet connection because they felt no major supplier would do it for them.
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The State of Indian Country: Global Tribes?

Two days after President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, the president of the National Congress of American Indians held his own address about how tribes across the country are faring. Host Michel Martin speaks with Jacqueline Pata, the group's executive director, to learn more about this year's priorities for Indian Country.
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Who Really Benefits From Raising Minimum Wage?

President Obama argued for raising the minimum wage in his State of the Union address, but will it really help keep up with the cost of living? And the manhunt for Christopher Dorner kept the country on its toes for a week. Now that it's over, what questions remain? Host Michel Martin and the guys weigh in.
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Why Did So Many Russian Drivers Get Such Great Meteor Videos?

The answer is relatively simple. To document accidents and expose scam artists, many Russians keep dashcams running when they're behind the wheel. So, when a meteor appeared in the sky today, there were many electronic eyes recording the sight.

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