Hundreds of people have been killed in northern Nigeria this year. The violence is blamed on Boko Haram, an extremist group that claims to be fighting against westernization. Host Michel Martin learns more from NPR's Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, who recently visited the town where Boko Haram was born.
The new book "The Baby Chase" follows an Arizona couple all the way to India and back, in their quest to have a baby. Host Michel Martin is joined by author Leslie Morgan Steiner and Rhonda Wile, a nurse who hired two surrogates in India to have her children.
Congo's war has claimed millions of lives over the past two decades. The army recently inflicted several defeats on M23, the most active rebel group, which now says it will lay down its arms. The development offers hope, but no guarantees, that calm could be restored.
In Japan, a small mouth is considered attractive on a woman, which was a big problem for the country's biggest burger chain. It introduced a wrapper with a large triangle featuring a serene smile, which hides the real mouth chowing down on the burger. Sales to women have gone up 200 percent.
Madagascar's rich biodiversity is increasingly threatened by slash-and-burn agriculture and climate change. A leading example is the greater bamboo lemur, whose numbers have dwindled due to a shrinking supply of the fresh bamboo they depend on.
The world's top 100 billionaires have a combined fortune of $2.1 trillion, according to Bloomberg Markets magazine. In the latest issue out Tuesday, it lists the richest of the rich. Morning Edition's David Greene talked to editor Matthew Miller, who oversees the rankings.
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