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Dressed in Uganda-style garb, these women are featured in the video made by Luket Ministries, an Oklahoma-based missionary group that works in Eastern Uganda.

Why Many Ugandans Are Offended By Music Video Made By U.S. Missionaries

On October 14, Luket Ministries, an Oklahoma missionary group working in Eastern Uganda, released a music video that has caused quite a stir.

Bridget Anne Kelly, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former deputy chief of staff, said in federal court Friday that the governor knew about a controversial traffic plan at least one month in advance.

Bridgegate Trial: Aide Says Christie Knew Of Traffic-Snarling Plan Well In Advance

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew about a road study that would create a traffic nightmare — and used the advance notice to ask about his office's relationship with the local mayor, former top aide Bridget Kelly testified in court Friday. Kelly also said that Christie had cursed and thrown a water bottle at her.

This statue, in Sudbury, Ontario, was apparently vandalized about a year ago. A local artist volunteered to help replace Jesus' missing head, but not everyone appreciates her efforts.

New Head For Jesus Statue Is, Uh, Turning Heads In Canada

In this one, very particular, instance, maybe baby Jesus was better off headless.

A statue at a church in Canada was apparently vandalized last October, and the baby Jesus' head had been missing ever since.

So a well-intentioned local artist offered to help out — creating a terra cotta substitute that has popped eyes, dropped jaws and shocked the general public in Sudbury, in northern Ontario.

Earlier this month in Caracas, Venezuela, people protested conditions set by electoral authorities for a recall referendum to go forward against President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuelan Authorities Halt Drive To Recall President Nicolas Maduro

Venezuelan authorities have halted a campaign to hold an election intended to recall President Nicolas Maduro, who is deeply unpopular and presiding over an economic implosion.

The opposition had been preparing to gather signatures next week for a petition drive required to trigger a referendum on Maduro's leadership, the BBC explains.

NASA has released this image of a section of Mars' surface where the European Space Agency's lander is believed to have met its end.

Schiaparelli Mars Lander May Have Exploded On Impact, European Agency Says

Instead of drifting gently onto Mars' surface, the Schiaparelli Mars lander hit the planet hard — and possibly exploded. That's the word from the European Space Agency, which says new images taken by NASA show the possible crash site.

The NASA images, taken on Oct. 20, show two recent changes to the landscape on Mars' surface — one dark blotch, and one white speck — which are being interpreted as Schiaparelli's parachute and its crash site.

Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners In Health, stands with Mirlande Estenale in front of what used to be her home in the town of Les Cayes, Haiti.

Paul Farmer Is 'Surprised And Upset And Humbled' After Visit To Haiti

Paul Farmer has spent a lot of time in Haiti over the last three decades. But what he saw on his visit this past week left him "surprised and upset and humbled."

<em>Star Wars</em> has devoted fans who dress up like their favorite characters, but now Lucasfilm, the film's parent company, is saying the New York Jedi and Lightsaber Academy went too far. Lucasfilm filed a lawsuit in which it noted that the academy's logos were too similar to the logos used in the film.

NPR News Nuggets: 902-5-OH, Paging Bob Dylan & Jedi Battles

Here's a quick roundup of some of the mini-moments you may have missed on this week's Morning Edition.

Over The (Beverly) Hill

Iraqi army soldiers raise their weapons Thursday in celebration on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq.

In Iraq, ISIS Attacks City Of Kirkuk As Battle For Mosul Rages

ISIS fighters launched attacks on police Friday in the city of Kirkuk, as Iraqi security forces continued a massive military offensive to try to pry Mosul, one of Iraq's largest cities, from the militant group.

"The fighters struck [Kirkuk] before dawn, with suicide bombers hitting four police stations and gunmen killing police," NPR's Alice Fordham reports from Irbil, Iraq, though the number of casualties wasn't immediately clear. "A curfew is imposed in Kirkuk, but eyewitnesses say fighting continues."

Republican field organizer Sergio Arellano and a volunteer canvass in Nogales, Ariz.

Wooing Latino Voters On The Border In The Year Of Trump

Arizona's Santa Cruz County on the Mexican border is what Republican operative Sergio Arellano jokingly calls "Democrat heaven." Only 16 percent of voters are registered as Republicans. More than 80 percent of the population is Latino.

Arellano has been trying to lure more of these voters to the GOP, but this campaign season has been tricky.

"What we encounter on the grass-roots is, 'Republicans are racist. Republicans and Trump want to deport everybody, want to build the wall,'" said Arellano.

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman — seen here in a photo taken during his recapture on Jan. 8, 2016, could be in the custody of U.S. officials by early 2017.

El Chapo Is A Step Closer To U.S. Extradition, After Judge Denies Appeal

Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman could be brought to face trial in the U.S. by early next year, after a federal judge in Mexico City refused to stop his extradition process. El Chapo is now down to his last appeals.