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International report - World Water Day: many left behind in Nigeria

Today is World Water Day, dedicated each year to drawing attention to the importance of potable water. The theme for this year is 'Leaving no one behind'. But many are being left behind in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country. Even residents of the coastal city of Lagos are struggling to get potable water despite the abundance of water around the city.

The majority of the city’s residents have no government-provided pipe-borne water. The result is that the city’s residents have to provide their own drinking water. Getting potable water sometimes comes at a high cost and many people have to resort to unsafe sources.

Sam Olukoya reports from Lagos. 

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International report - Guinea's push for women entrepreneurs

In Guinea Conakry, the government has promised a new program to support women entrepreneurs. President Alpha Conde made this pledge last week during celebrations to mark international women's day in Conakry. The president said it was essential to make women economically independent. Correspondent Karim Kamara reports from the Guinean capital.

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Didier Drogba shares his enthusiasm for Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi

The Special Olympics World Games are underway in Abu Dhabi.
This major sporting event for people with intellectual disabilities, gathers 200 countries.
In this report, Chelsea and Cote d'Ivoire football icon Didier Drogba, a Special Olympics ambassador shared his enthusiasm with correspondent Andy May.
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Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi kicks off with a splash

We’re heading now to the United Arab Emirates, where the Special Olympics World Games are being held.
And as correspondent Andy May explains from Abu Dhabi, a record number of countries are taking part.
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Senegal sends its largest team to compete in Special Olympics

A delegation of disabled Senegalese athletes is in Abu Dhabi to participate in the Special Olympic Games which continue until March 21st.
This will be their 4th participation in these Summer Olympic Games which take place every 4 years.
In 2015, there were 9 Senegalese athletes. This year, almost 30 athletes will be representing Senegal in five disciplines: table tennis, athletics, seven-a-side football,  swimming, and for the first time, show-jumping.
Emmanuelle Landais reports from Dakar.
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Albert Einstein turns 140 on Pi day

Today is the 140th birth anniversary of perhaps the most well known name in the world of science, Albert Einstein.
And March 14 is also observed as a Pi Day, as the first three digits of the mathematical constant Pi correspond to today's date.
Dhananjay Khadilkar reports on why we should celebrate both Einstein and Pi.
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Zambia's MaFashio Girls

Two millennials, Sekayi and Tukiya Fundafunda, popularly known as MaFashio, have taken the Zambian fashion blogging industry by storm, creating content that celebrates the uniqueness and strangeness of Zambian fashion and culture. It's
packaged in a way that is fun, inspiring, and accessible.
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Kenya's battle to cut air pollution

In the Kenyan capital Nairobi, one in every five cars on the road emits black soot. Vehicles are normally fitted with a device that reduces toxic emissions. Youths comb mechanical shops on the hunt for these devices that contain rare metals and sell them for export.
If dumped in landfills, these metals would be toxic to the environment. But removing them is contributing to air pollution as the majority of second-hand cars in Nairobi continue to be used without any emission control device.
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Nigerian-American fashion designer visits migrants in Calabria

Nigerian-American fashion designer Wale Oyejide visited the southern Italian region of Calabria to photograph and film some of the migrants who have helped repopulate the deserted towns of this depressed area of Italy.
Selected migrants were his models and wore his creations. The designer’s aim was to draw attention to an integration that has proven to be successful both for migrants and Italians.
Correspondent Sabina Castelfranco has more.

Thousands of women march 10,000 km across India for their rights

Over recent months, thousands of women, especially from the rural outback, have walked 10,000 kilometers across India covering 200 districts in 24 states – to raise awareness about the prevalence of rape. The march finally ended in the Indian capital, Delhi.
The march was intended to shine a spotlight on a culture of victim-shaming and blaming, which campaigners say has allowed perpetrators to evade punishment. It also highlighted the obstacles women and children face in accessing justice.
Many women were happy that the #MeToo campaign had put the focus back on them considering they have been struggling to achieve for years.
Murali Krishnan met up with survivors in an effort to understand the price for protesting against sexual offences and what it means to fight for dignity. 
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