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Retired CIA Agent Confirms U.S. Role In Nelson Mandela's 1962 Arrest

NPR's Kelly McEvers interviews Aislinn Laing of The Telegraph about reaction to an interview with retired CIA agent Donald Rickard, acknowledging that he helped the South African apartheid-era government arrest Nelson Mandela. She says many in South Africa suspected the CIA's involvement, but before now, there was no documentation.
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Former D.C. Bureaucrat Returns Home In Effort To Fix Ailing Somalia

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Abdisalam Omer, the former aide to Washington, D.C., Mayor Anthony Williams, who is now Somalia's foreign minister.
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London Museum Hopes To Reboot Eric, Britain's First Robot

They have the technology. Now they need the money. The Science Museum has launched a Kickstarter campaign to rebuild Eric, who wowed audiences after he was created in 1928 — and then vanished.
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Silent No More: French Women Speak Out Against Pattern Of Sexism

Over the weekend, 17 former ministers publicly denounced the entrenched sexism of French society — particularly politics. The open letter comes after a week of intense national debate on the topic.
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More Than 8 Tons Of Cocaine Seized In Massive Colombian Drug Bust

Officials say the drugs were discovered in an underground chamber beneath a banana plantation near the border with Panama.
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You Can Have Our Millions — But First You Must Pass Our Test

The U.S. aid group MCC just suspended a $463 million "compact" with Tanzania because of concerns about unfair elections on its semi-autonomous island, Zanzibar.
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PHOTOS: Protesters Around The World Target Fossil Fuel Industry

For two weeks, protesters have gathered — on kayaks, on train tracks, at mines and at refineries — to demonstrate against coal, oil and other energy sources that contribute to global warming.
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British Columbia Legislature Rejects Bid For Silence

Legislators in the Canadian province like to slap desks and clap endlessly. One lawmaker called for a ban on such applause. Her ban was voted down followed desk slapping and thunderous applause.
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The Renewed 9/11 Debate Over The 'Missing 28 Pages' And Saudi Arabia

Part of the congressional inquiry into the attacks remains classified. There are now renewed calls to make it public, which could complicate U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia.
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Despite U.S., Russia Support, Convoy Blocked From Damascus Suburb

Syrian government forces last week blocked a humanitarian aid convoy traveling to the besieged Damascus suburb of Daraya — a much-needed delivery that the U.S. and Russia had promised to help.

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