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STORIES OF LIFE IN A CHANGING WORLD

Children in Nasarawa, Nigeria, hold samples of their urine specimens. Blood in the urine is a sign of Schistosomiasis, a microscopic worm that, left untreated, can damage organs as well as cause learning delays. A new pill has been developed to treat preschoolers. Wes Pope/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images hide caption

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A new pill cures preschoolers of a parasitic worm. Delivering it could be a challenge

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Paramedic Papinki Lebelo waits for a police escort before responding to an emergency call-out in the Red Zone neighborhood of Philippi East in Cape Town, South Africa. Due to a rise in attacks on paramedics, large parts of the city are only accessible to ambulance crews when they have a police escort. This severely delays response times. Tommy Trenchard for NPR hide caption

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Eddie Almance (left) and his sister Leila pose for their cousin Ailem Villarreal on the rooftop of the Marriott Hotel in downtown Odessa, Texas, before heading to prom. Their grandmother says that for seven generations, the family members have forged close bonds. Danielle Villasana for NPR hide caption

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A burial team in Liberia awaits decontamination after performing "safe burials" for people who died of Ebola during the 2014-15 outbreak. Strains of the virus are harbored by bats and primates. A new study looks at how human activity affects the transmission of infectious diseases like Ebola. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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A patient in European Gaza hospital this weekend — the last functioning hospital in Rafah. Staff placed an insect zapper above his bed to keep away the flies. Monica Johnston hide caption

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Ltesekwa Lekuuk, Paris's half-brother and a fellow moran, heads toward the mountain campsite where Paris had been living until a few weeks ago. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Kenya's Samburu boys share a sacred bond. Why one teen broke with the brotherhood

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A Palestinian medic cares for babies born preterm at a hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on April 24. AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. medical volunteers in Rafah hospital say they've never seen a worse health crisis

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Isabella Mogeni, 54, from the neighborhood of Mukuru kwa Reuben, looks on as bulldozers destroy homes in the slum area on May 3. Emmanuel Igunza for NPR hide caption

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In Kenya's flooded slums, people mourn their losses and slam their leaders

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Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling has named the mosquito as the world's scariest animal. He has a point. David Gannon/AFP via Getty Images; Paul Sarosta/Getty Images hide caption

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Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege has spent nearly 25 years campaigning against sexual violence and aiding survivors. On Thursday, he won the $1 million Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity. In his remarks, he paid tribute to the survivors. "These women stand up again after being subjected to extreme violence and not only reclaim their own strength but also extend a helping hand to others." Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. , who is running as a third party candidate for president, made news this week for his deposition from 2012 that "a worm ... got into my brain and ate a portion of it and then died." Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images hide caption

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RFK Jr. is not alone. More than a billion people have parasitic worms

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The Taliban has a history of supporting the use of stoning as a punishment for "moral crimes" — reiterated in a statement this year by their supreme leader. Above: In 2015, Afghan Solidarity members gather in Kabul to protest Taliban militants who stoned an Afghan woman to death in the Taliban-controlled area outside Firozkoh, the capital of central Ghor province. She was accused of adultery. Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Taliban affirms that stoning will be punishment for adulterers — especially women

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The invisible lives — and deaths — of the children of sex workers

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Tommy Trenchard picks up coins with his toes. Aurélie Marrier d'Unienville hide caption

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Those weird quirks siblings have in common? Darwin had a theory

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A child receives a measles vaccination at a clinic in Harare, Zimbabwe, where a 2022 outbreak saw some 700 children die from the highly infectious childhood disease. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP hide caption

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Don't just sneeze without a tissue! That's the message of this early pandemic era graffiti in Dakar, Senegal. The World Health Organization has just issued an updated report on the way SARS-CoV-2 spreads. Take our quiz to see if you're up on your COVID terminology. Seyllou/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A photo of Ajmal Khan on his way to Western Europe to find work, taken by a travel companion and sent by Khan to his family in Afghanistan via WhatsApp. The 17-year-old drowned when crossing the Drina River near the city of Bijeljina in Bosnia-Herzegovina — part of a common route for migrants as they head toward wealthier European countries. Courtesy of the family hide caption

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The Imvanex vaccine is one of two available vaccines that are used to protect against the mpox virus. Vaccines were widely used during the 2022 mpox outbreak. But currently no vaccines are available in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has reported thousands of cases so far this year. Alain Jocard/POOL/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Caitlynn Almance (wearing orange) poses for a portrait with family members at her parents' home in Odessa, Texas. "The bond my siblings have with each other — it's just the most beautiful bond ever," says Caitlynn, who was six months pregnant in this photo taken in early March. Danielle Villasana for NPR hide caption

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How do you get siblings to be nice to each other? These Latino families have an answer

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Scholars Susan Ashbrook Harvey, left, and Robin Darling Young became 'sworn siblings' after an ancient ritual at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Keren Carrion/NPR; Jodi Hilton for NPR hide caption

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How two good friends became sworn siblings — with the revival of an ancient ritual

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