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Sickle Cell Anemia Is On The Rise Worldwide

The number of babies born with the life-threatening disease will climb by a third in the next 40 years, scientists say. The vast majority of sickle cell cases will occur in developing countries, which don't have the resources to treat deadly complications arising from the genetic disorder.
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In Kenya, Using Tech To Put An 'Invisible' Slum On The Map

A billion people worldwide live in slums, largely invisible to city services and governments — but not to satellites. A global movement is putting mapping technology in the hands of slum dwellers to persuade governments and the residents themselves to see these shadow cities in a whole new light. NPR's Gregory Warner visits one slum in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
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Some Worry Egypt Could Become A Repressive Police State

Some of Egypt's liberal politicians are worried that they've allied with the enemy against the ousted president. After the January 2011 revolution, the military ruled during the transitional period for 18 months, when hundreds were killed in protests. Now the military is squarely back in power with the backing of millions of people. Some say there is a danger that Egypt's deep state will take hold again and turn the nation back into a police state. But they are still squarely in the minority.
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LISTEN: 'Light Warlpiri,' The New Language In Australia

Stories of dying languages are all too common. A University of Michigan linguistics professor has a completely different tale about the new language she discovered in an aboriginal community of Australia.
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Panama Seizes North Korean Ship Allegedly Carrying 'Weapons Of War'

The shipment appears to be a violation of United Nations weapons-trade sanctions against North Korea. The ship had left from Cuba and was crossing the Panama Canal.
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Northern Nigeria University On Edge After Violence

Northern Nigeria is on edge after dozens of students and teachers have been killed in the past month. The attacks have been supported by Boko Haram — a fundamental Islamist group whose name roughly means 'Western Education is forbidden.' Host Michel Martin speaks to Margee Ensign, President of the American University of Nigeria about running an educational institution in the north.
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Latin Drug Bosses And Their Growing American Ties

The alleged leader of the Zetas cartel, who was arrested in Mexico on Monday, was raised in Dallas and still has family there.
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Snowden Asks For Temporary Asylum In Russia, Says Lawyer

The former NSA contractor has been stranded and stateless at a Moscow airport for more than 20 days. Russian President Vladimir Putin compared him to an unwanted Christmas present.
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Syrian Refugees Caught Up In Egypt's Political Crisis

The ouster of Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi has changed things for other Arabs living in the country. When a group falls from grace, so do those who are perceived to be its supporters. Under Muslim Brotherhood rule, Egypt was one of the few remaining safe havens for Syrians fleeing the war in their country. The political change in Egypt is putting Syrians in danger.
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Vicious Cartel Leader Arrested In Mexico

The leader of the notorious Zeta drug organization was apprehended Monday in an operation involving the Mexican military. The capture of Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, 40, took place on a country road less than 20 miles south of the Texas border.

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