There is hope of a final end to the country's civil conflict, but the two parties still are far apart on many issues.
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Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh is planning to build a massive hospital for his herbal "cure" for HIV/AIDS. This is a disaster in the making.
New research suggests that Haiti's cholera epidemic might have domestic origins.