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Sophia Martelly: Haitians 'More Open' About HIV

In the early years of HIV and AIDS, Haiti was considered an epicenter of the epidemic. As dignitaries from around the world meet for the 19th International AIDS Conference, host Michel Martin speaks to Haiti's First Lady Sophia Martelly about the Caribbean island's progress against the epidemic and challenges that persist.
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Ghana's New President Shaped By A Violent Past

The President of Ghana unexpectedly died Tuesday, and Ghana's former Vice-President John Dramani Mahama has been sworn in as the country's new leader. The peaceful transition is in contrast to past coups and political problems. Host Michel Martin recently spoke to Dramani Mahama about the Ghana's turmoil, which he details in his new autobiography My First Coup D'Etat.
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Greek Triple Jumper Suspended From Olympic Team For Inappropriate Tweets

Greek track star Voula Papachristou has been expelled from her country's Olympic team, after she made a comment about Africans who live in Greece. The comment was widely noticed on her Twitter feed, and resulted in her removal from the London 2012 roster.
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Iran's Judo Champ Withdraws From Olympics, Ending Chance Of Facing Israeli

Iranian judo champion Javad Mahjoub will miss the London 2012 Olympics because of illness, according to reports. But few Olympic observers are worried about the health of Mahjoub, 21. Many see the withdrawal as a ploy to keep from competing against an Israeli.
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Kim Jong Un Has Married That Mystery Woman, North Korean TV Says

Figuring out who the woman is who's been seen with North Korea's leader has been difficult. But is it North Korean pop star Hyon Song-wol? And did they rekindled an old romance?
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Prevention Programs Curb New HIV Infections In South Africa

More than half a million South Africans were infected with HIV in 2000. Efforts to stem the virus since then have produced marked results in the number of new infections. But the total number of people with HIV in South Africa still isn't going down.
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Aleppo 'Cowers' As Fighting Flares In And Around Syria's Biggest City

Troops loyal to President Bashar Assad are reportedly descending on the city, which has already been the target of attacks from the air.
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In Syria's North, A Shadow State Emerges

As the Syrian regime recedes, a new state is forming among villages controlled by rebels in northern Syria, filling in the blanks with their own hospitals, courts and other institutions. The goal is to provide better governance, not just aid to rebels. But is it better than before?

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