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Parallels
3:21 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

With Mexican Students Misssing, A Festive Holiday Turns Somber

Three large crosses lean against the burned out façade of Iguala's City Hall. Masked protesters angry about the disappearance of 43 students — attacked on orders of Iguala's Mayor, according to federal authorities — burned the building last week.
Carrie Kahn NPR

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 4:21 pm

Mexican families are celebrating the Day of the Dead this weekend, a festive holiday, where relatives remember deceased loved ones with grand, floral memorials in their homes as well as at cemeteries.

But in the southern state of Guerrero, the mood is decidedly different. Authorities there are still searching for 43 students abducted last month by police working for drug traffickers and crooked politicians in the town of Iguala.

In front of Iguala's City Hall, Maria de Jesus Rodriguez, 68, slowly sweeps the patio.

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Goats and Soda
2:51 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power Sees Signs Of Hope In West Africa

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power had her temperature taken as she arrived in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 3:21 pm

Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, just returned from a four-day trip to all three of West Africa's Ebola-stricken countries. Speaking with Melissa Block of All Things Considered, she said she saw promising signs of recovery but had also gained a sense of just how much work must still be done.

In Liberia, Power was struck by the gratitude expressed to the United States for "rescuing these countries in their hour of greatest need."

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Goats and Soda
2:51 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

How Liberia Is Starting To Beat Ebola, With Fingers Crossed

Children play in the West Point neighborhood of Monrovia last week. West Point has been hit hard by Ebola. So local leaders formed their own Ebola task force, which goes door to door looking for cases.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 4:27 pm

If you want the inside scoop about what's happening with the Ebola outbreak, then just hang out at the Mamba Point Hotel in Monrovia.

It's packed with scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, international reporters and a bunch of guys and gals in camouflage from the U.S. Army.

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Africa
2:51 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Burkina Faso's President Steps Down After 27 Years

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 3:21 pm

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World
2:51 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

A Biography Of 'Boo' Across The World

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 3:21 pm

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