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On The Road: Reporting On Lead Poisoning In Nigeria

Gold ore mined in northern Nigeria is mixed with lead. When the ore is dug up, crushed and processed, the lead escapes into the air and settles on the ground. Children are being poisoned when they swallow lead-contaminated dust and dirt.
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Shocking Video Could Throw Georgian Election

Just days away from a crucial parliamentary election, the Republic of Georgia has been shaken by the appearance of a video that allegedly shows human-rights abuses in the country's prisons. NPR's Corey Flintoff reports that the video appeared on a television channel connected to a billionaire who is President Mikheil Saakashvili's main opponent.
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Insider Attacks Hinder Transition Out Of Afghanistan

In recent months, suspected insurgents have been turning on their U.S. and NATO trainers in a series of insider attacks. There have been more than 50 this year, including an apparent insider attack on Sunday. Host Rachel Martin talks with Seth Jones, a political scientist at the RAND Corporation and Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the secretary general of NATO.
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Venezuela's Young Voters Courted Heavily In Election

President Hugo Chavez is running for re-election next Sunday. With some polls predicting a tight race, the youth vote in Venezuela is shaping up to be crucial. That has both the populist president and his challenger working hard to appeal to younger voters who are worried about high crime and jobs.
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Reports Conflict On 'Insider Attack' In Afghanistan

According to an ISAF statement, the attack that killed a NATO service member and a civilian contractor in Afghanistan on Saturday may not have been an insider attack as originally reported.
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U.K.'s Simmering Class Tensions Roil Over 'Plebe' Flap

During a recent argument, British Cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell allegedly called a police officer a "plebe," a pejorative term derived from "plebeian." The ensuing controversy has rekindled accusations that the governing Conservative Party is out of touch with ordinary Britons.
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U.S. Increases Aid To Syria As Violence Rages On

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the U.S. will give another $45 million in aid to Syria, mostly humanitarian assistance but also some non-lethal equipment support for the opposition. The news came at the end of a week of speeches at the United Nations in New York, where many raised alarms about the bloodshed in Syria. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.

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