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Conflict & Justice

An Eritrean refugee endured brutal torture. But he may find hope on a ranch in California

Philemon Semere has a harrowing story to tell. For seven months, the Eritrean refugee was held captive in the middle of the Sinai desert for a huge ransom. He managed to be set free last year after his family paid some of the $25,000 his captors demanded. Now, an American woman is offering him a place to stay and work — on her remote ranch in California.

Conflict & Justice

Tripoli's airport has become ground zero for military clashes in Libya

The crisis in Libya is deepening after a powerful militia opposed to the country’s current government took control of the capital’s airport a week ago. Libya’s House of Representatives says Tripoli as a whole has fallen in the hands of what they call “terrorists.” However, the militias that overran the capital were former rebel groups who have been on government payroll since the end of the revolution.

Arts, Culture & Media

Mandela's love for humor was on full display when he sat for an interview with 'Evita'

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Nelson Mandela was many many things, among them a lover of humor and satire. He once sat down for a 30-minute TV interview with a man in a dress pretending to be an apartheid-era Afrikaner housewife. Mandela knew that talking to the fictitious Evita Bezuidenhout was going to reach more people than appearing on the nightly news. Satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys was the man behind Evita.

Conflict & Justice

These photos show the missing Nigerian girls as real people, as individuals

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It's been a month an a half since hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted by the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram. But despite the global attention, we still know very little about the missing girls themselves. Glenna Gordon realized that although she could not photograph the girls, she could photograph their personal possessions as a way to highlight who they are.

Conflict & Justice

US forces are helping Nigeria — but there are limits to what they'll do

Say you've got a friend and that friend is in trouble. You offer help but realize that behind the smiles and gratitude, your friend doesn't seem to know how to put it to use. And you, the helper, realize that you can't even fully utilize the help you've offered because your friend can't guarantee the minimum conditions necessary for you to deliver it.

Conflict & Justice

Tripoli's airport has become ground zero for military clashes in Libya

The crisis in Libya is deepening after a powerful militia opposed to the country’s current government took control of the capital’s airport a week ago. Libya’s House of Representatives says Tripoli as a whole has fallen in the hands of what they call “terrorists.” However, the militias that overran the capital were former rebel groups who have been on government payroll since the end of the revolution.