A street magician swallows a snake in Antananarivo, Madagascar Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, as he performs and later pulls them out. Since Madagascar gained independence from France in 1960, soldiers have repeatedly meddled in politics, and most Malagasy, as the nation’s people are known, live in poverty, which ecotourism, vanilla production and the recent discovery of oil have done little to alleviate.

Themba Hadebe / Associated Press

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