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Turkmen President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov lives in a palace 12 miles from Abadan, where the explosion occurred.

Jul. 28, 2011

If an accidental explosion killed nearly 1,400 people anywhere else in the world, it would be front-page international news. But when a munitions depot exploded earlier this month in Turkmenistan, the news barely made it past a few blogs. The repressive government claims only 15 to 20 people died. Dissidents estimate the number may be 100 times that.  We talk with an expert on Turkmenistan about why he risks his safety to report on the explosion in his homeland. And on Global Activism, we speak to Jillian Swinford, who helped form an organization called EdPowerment to improve education in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania.  Lastly, it's been almost forty years since two young Australians reunited with their former pet lion in the wilds of the African bush. As Alan Johnston explains, their story - and the footage of their reunion on YouTube - has moved millions of people around the world.