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Tracing conflict gold in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Every year, smugglers bring tons of Congolese gold worth hundreds of millions of dollars out of the DRC into neighboring countries. Much of that gold fuels conflict back home. The DRC is finally taking steps to trace and regulate one of the world's most uncontrolled conflict minerals.

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Lokua Kanza

The subject of today's Global Hit is singer Lokua Kanza. He's from the Democratic Republic of Congo, in central Africa. Kanza has a new album out. And regular contributor Tom Schnabel says it's a winner.

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East Africa's mountain gorillas

Head for the Great Rift Valley for the Geo Quiz: we're searching for a chain of volcanic mountains in East Africa. These mountains cross the borders of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This mountainous region is home to mountain gorillas.

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The world's poorest countries

Today's Geo Quiz is about money. We Americans aren't feeling very wealthy right now. Most of us are a lot wealthier still than most of the world's 6.8 billion people. Most of them are poor. We want to know which are the 5 poorest countries of the world?