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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with local women during a tour of the Philippe Senghor Health Center in Dakar, Senegal, on Wednesday.

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with local women during a tour of the Philippe Senghor Health Center in Dakar, Senegal, on Wednesday.

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** FILE ** A U.S. Special Forces soldier trains troops from Senegal in combat techniques in Kati, Mali, during a joint training exercise with units from several African armies in the Sahara Desert in June 2010. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb wants to put its footprint on the Arab Spring now that violence is fueling the uprisings. (AP Photo/Alfred de Montesquiou, File)

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Maryam Sy and five of her nine children share a meager bowl of tamarind-flavored porridge in their drought-stricken village of Goudoude Diobe, Senegal. "I start a fire, put a pot of water on it and tell the children I am in the middle of preparing something," Ms. Sy, 37 says. "In reality, I have nothing." (Associated Press)

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Wanting food, of which there is none, 2-year-old Aliou Seyni Diallo collapses in tears in the Senegal village of Goudoude Diobe.

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Maryam Sy and five of her nine children share a meager bowl of tamarind-flavored porridge in their drought-stricken village of Goudoude Diobe, Senegal. "I start a fire, put a pot of water on it and tell the children I am in the middle of preparing something," Ms. Sy, 37 says. "In reality, I have nothing." (Associated Press)

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Supporters of Senegal's president await his arrival for a campaign rally Feb. 10 in the town of Dagana. Abdoulaye Wade says he is in good health and is able to serve another term. "I still feel like I have the physical and intellectual capacity to serve my people," he said. (Associated Press)

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Anti-government protesters carry a banner reading "The Senegalese revolution said to liberate the people," as they are blocked by police from reaching Independence Square in central Dakar, Senegal, on Feb. 21, 2012. (Associated Press)

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Protesters throw rocks at police, who respond with tear gas, on a central boulevard in Dakar, Senegal, on Sunday. The fifth consecutive day of pre-election clashes took on a religious dimension in this normally tolerant Muslim nation. (Associated Press)

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Senegal: Facts about the West African country

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** FILE ** A U.S. Special Forces soldier trains troops from Senegal in combat techniques in Kati, Mali, during a joint training exercise with units from several African armies in the Sahara Desert in June 2010. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb wants to put its footprint on the Arab Spring now that violence is fueling the uprisings. (AP Photo/Alfred de Montesquiou, File)

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Religious students forced to beg by their Koranic teacher ask for change from cars on the outskirts of Dakar, Senegal. Senegal's government said that it is stepping up its campaign against begging in the streets of the capital, where tens of thousands of children can be seen wandering barefoot and swarming cars for change. (Associated Press)

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Mechanic cousins Fatou Kamara (left) and Fatou Sylla own an auto-repair shop in Dakar, Senegal, and employ eight men in a nation where few women work outside the home and those who do usually choose jobs such as sewing or hairstyling. (Associated Press)

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In September 2009, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade gave a $200,000 farewell gift to an International Monetary Fund representative, "in recognition to his contribution to Senegal." (Associated Press)