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Can Africa Manage Its Own Growth?

Africa may be seeing lots of economic growth, but one group says there aren't enough business leaders to manage it. That's something the African Management Initiative is trying to change. Host Michel Martin finds out how it plans to train one million managers over the next decade.
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Blog From The Bedroom Brings Pillow Talk to Africans

Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women is not just a blog about sex. It's considered a safe digital space where women are finding their voice. Host Michel Martin finds out more from the blog's founders, Nana Darkoa Sekiyamah and Malaka Grant.
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U.S. Pacifies An Afghan Village, But Will It Stay That Way?

The southern Afghan district of Arghandab has long been a Taliban stronghold, and it took years of fighting for the Americans to reduce the insurgent threat. But with the U.S. leaving, it will be up to the Afghan security forces to maintain control.
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Who Are These 'Bankers' Ecuador Keeps Referencing?

Ecuador says the U.S. refuses to extradite two bankers who allegedly embezzled millions from a bailout. Officials keep referring to their request in relation to the Edward Snowden case.
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Vatican Official Arrested Over Alleged $26 Million Scheme

Authorities said Monsignor Nunzio Scarano was plotting to help friends smuggle the money by jet from Switzerland to Italy. Scarano is already under investigation for money laundering.
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With Mandela's Health As Backdrop, Obama Heads To S. Africa

Before leaving Senegal, Obama recalled that his first act of political activism was inspired by Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid movement.
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Obama: Time For A Mutually Beneficial Alliance With Africa

While in Senegal on Thursday, President Obama toured the House of Slaves on Goree Island, a site which memorializes the final passage of African slaves to the Americas. At the presidential palace in Dakar, Obama said it's time for the U.S. to benefit from a partnership, and not simply give in the relationship with Africa.
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Defense Officials Indicate NSA Leaks Have Had Consequences

Washington is still trying to determine how much damage has been done as a result of Edward Snowden's revelations about NSA surveillance. Snowden allegedly encrypted the files he took with him, but some officials fear Chinese or Russian intelligence services gained access to Snowden's computers.
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China's Leaders Beginning To Confront Its Economic Problems

Last week was a wild one for China's economy. Overnight borrowing rates spiked, lending between banks began to freeze up and the Shanghai stock market took a nose-dive. Things have calmed down since then, but the underlying problems that triggered the panic remain. Among them, the explosive growth of the country's so-called shadow banking sector.
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Ireland Slumps Back Into Recession, As Exports Fall

A report issued Thursday by Ireland's Central Statistics Office found that its GDP had fallen by 0.6 percent. The same report also included newly revised figures for recent quarters. As a result, the negative GDP numbers in two or more quarters satisfies the definition of a recession.

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