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Zimbabwe: The Deal that Never Was

Afghanistan: Women and the Silent Addiction to Opium

Burma: Democracy Leaders Jailed

The Race That Was Followed Around the World



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Zimbabwe: The Deal that Never Was

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A young girl scavenges for food in the town of Chitungwiza, east of Harare. Photo: EPA.

On September 15, 2008, the cellphone networks were so jammed, I couldn't reach any of my friends in Zimbabwe or abroad to share the news that I was covering first hand. What a day in the history of our country! After months of anticipation, the political deal was signed.

Almost everyone I spoke to was joyous and expectant. President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party, in power since Zimbabwe's Independence in 1980, had at last agreed to share power with the opposition MDC and its leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

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Afghanistan: Women and the Silent Addiction to Opium

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One of three young siblings addicted to opium at a treatment center in Kabul.

Freshta stared blankly at her children as they lay listlessly on the bed. She picked one of them up, a scrawny shaven-haired boy who is 4 but looks more like 18 months.

"I had five boys," she explained. "I only have three left."

Freshta and her surviving children are all opium addicts -- just one family among tens of thousands of women and children addicted in Afghanistan.

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Burma: Democracy Leaders Jailed

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As a chilling message to anyone who dares speak out against Burma's military regime, the ruling junta handed down sentencing this week to 14 veteran democracy advocates. They received 65-year prison terms for their role in last year's September uprising.

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The Race That Was Followed Around the World

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Over the last few months covering one of the most anticipated elections in modern history, we produced 60 stories in partnership with PRI The World and the National Minority Consortia "Abroad at Home" fellows.

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