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Obama’s power with words returns, and it serves him well in Africa

July 30, 2015
Juliet Eilperin | The Washington Post
A large part of President Obama’s political power has always rested on who was willing to listen to his speeches.
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Obama, in Ethiopia, Addresses South Sudan Conflict

July 27, 2015
Peter Baker, Marc Santora | The New York Times
For President Obama, the birth of South Sudan four years ago was the capstone of his Africa policy. He sent his United Nations ambassador, Susan E. Rice, for the independence celebration, and she took her 13-year-old son to stand in the joyous crowds of the new capital, Juba.
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Kenya Trip Takes Obama Back to a Complex Part of Himself

July 24, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
The first time Barack Obama visited Kenya, the land of his father, he was hoping to fill “a great emptiness” he felt inside, to figure out who he was and where he fit in the world.
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On Africa trip, Air Force One will be crowded for once

July 24, 2015
Juliet Eilperin | The Washington Post
Twenty House and Senate members will accompany President Obama on this week's trip to Africa, according to White House officials, the latest sign of the White House's effort to build a closer rapport with Congress.
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Why al-Shabab is trying to inspire Muslim backlash against Kenya

April 2, 2015
Al-Shabab, a Somali-based terror group, claimed responsibility for today’s siege on a Kenyan university. The militants began cross-border strikes after Kenya sent its military into Somalia four years ago. Gwen Ifill talks to Kenneth Menkhaus of Davidson College about the group’s motivations for attacking Kenya.
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Obama, Last Election Behind Him, Plans First Visit as President to Kenya

March 31, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
For years, Kenya has been a political headache for President Obama and a geopolitical headache for the United States. But now in his seventh year in office, with his last election behind him, Mr. Obama has decided to embrace his heritage by visiting the land of his father for the first time as president.
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ISIS and Boko Haram’s Unholy Online Alliance

January 29, 2015
Nancy Youssef | The Daily Beast
U.S. intelligence sees the bloodthirsty African group ‘take a page from the Islamic State’s social-media playbook.’ But Internet cooperation may be just the start.
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What’s next in the global response to Ebola?

January 6, 2015
What's next for curbing the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, where the death toll now exceeds 8,000? For one, drug companies have begun to experiment on humans in the affected region. Gwen Ifill talks about new approaches with Anthony Banbury, former head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, and Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, who have both recently returned from West Africa.
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