How Human Rights Factor into African Economic Advancement
Will the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit offer opportunities for change beyond trade? Judy Woodruff talks to Nicole Lee, former president of policy organization TransAfrica, about the human rights issues that will affect the ability of some countries to grow and become more prosperous.
Boko Haram Battles For Territory In Northeast Nigeria
Boko Haram militants have seized an unguarded town in northeast Nigeria without firing a shot, witnesses said on Wednesday, as the Islamic insurgency took a new turn - seizing and controlling territory. No one was harmed in the takeover - a departure for Boko Haram, which has killed thousands since launching an uprising in 2009, including several massacres of civilians.
Kenya's Alo Mazrui to be Laid to Rest in Ancestral Home
Renowned African scholar, Professor Ali Mazrui will be laid to rest at his ancestral home in Kenya. Despite spending most of his adult life abroad, he wanted to be buried next to his parents in Mombasa. In Kenya, those who knew him spoke of a man of great wisdom and courage.
African Union Gives Burkina Faso's Military Two Week Deadline
Burkina Faso's military has been given two weeks to hand over power to a civilian leader or face sanctions from the African Union. The army seized control after President Blaise Compaore was forced to resign on Friday. It followed mass street protests at Compaore's attempt to extend his 27-year rule.
Kenyan Police Arrest 109 at Mosques, Seize Explosives
Kenyan police found explosives at three mosques in Mombasa on Wednesday and arrested 109 people on suspicion they were undergoing militant training, in the latest in a series of raids in the port city.
Nigerians Face Killings, Hunger in Boko Haram's 'State'
Boko Haram says it is building an Islamic state that will revive the glory days of northern Nigeria's medieval Muslim empires, but for those in its territory life is a litany of killings, kidnappings, hunger and economic collapse. According to the Council on Foreign Relations.
Thousands Flee Niger Town after Boko Haram Attacks
Thousands of civilians fled their homes in the southeastern Niger town of Diffa this week, following waves of cross-border raids and suicide bombings by Nigerian militant group Boko Haram. The area, struggling to feed some 150,000 people who have run to escape violence in northern Nigeria, has seen around 7,000 arrive this week in Zinder, Niger's second biggest town some 280 miles west of Diffa. Matias Meier, country director, said some families in Zinder, one of the poorest regions in Niger,...
Elton McDonald has come out from underground to tell the world his hidden digs in the woods near York University was a labour of love. The gaps in the story of the mysterious 10-metre-long tunnel, as well as who dug it, are starting to be filled in. Scaring the city or creating a riddle, he promised, was never the 22-year-old construction worker’s intention.
A massive security wall divides the city of Mogadishu, Somalia, in two. On one side, millions of Somalis live with the daily threat of violence. On the other side is a UN compound that houses international diplomats, aid workers and peacekeepers. Movement between these two worlds is severely restricted.