Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe addresses people at an event before the closure of his party's 16th Annual Peoples Conference in Masvingo, south of the capital Harare, Dec. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)

Zimbabwe after Mugabe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe recently turned 93, making him the oldest non-royal head of state in the world. But in his 37 years in power, he's become a caricature of the corrupt African dictator....
Elephant tusks are stacked in one of around a dozen pyres of ivory, in Nairobi National Park, Kenya, April 28, 2016.  (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, file)

The business of poaching

Might your children or grandchildren someday live in a world without rhinoceroses or African elephants? The chances of that are probably higher than you might guess. There are just 350,000 elephants...
Health workers carry a body of a person that they suspected died from the Ebola virus at a new graveyard on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, March 11, 2015.  (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

Liberia after Ebola

A year ago the World Health Organization declared the Ebola epidemic in Liberia over. But though the immediate crisis may have passed, Liberia still faces huge challenges in recovering.   Two...
Protesters chant slogans against the government during a march in Bishoftu, in the Oromia region of Ethiopia, Oct. 2, 2016.  (AP Photo)

Ethiopia’s state of emergency

Until recently, Ethiopia has been hailed as an African success story. After a decade of strong economic growth, the country has begun to shed its image as a famine-struck wasteland. But repression by...
People walk past burnt out houses following an attack by Boko Haram in Dalori village, 5 km (3 miles) from Maiduguri, Nigeria, Jan. 31, 2016. A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and listened to the screams of children among people burned to death in the latest attack by Nigeria’ s homegrown Islamic extremists. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

Boko Haram unbowed

The Islamic State’s attacks in Europe earlier this year made headlines around the world. But there’s another terrorist group that by some estimates has killed more civilians over the past few years than...
Newly arrived refugees who fled famine-hit Somalia waiting in line at a reception at Ifo camp, one of three camps that make up sprawling Dadaab refugee camp in Dadaab, northeastern Kenya in 2011. (EPA/Dai Kurokawa)

Closing the world’s largest refugee camp

Picture a city of about 300,000 people - something the size of Tampa, Fla. or Riverside, Calif. Now picture all of those people in this city being told it’s being closed down and they have to...
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Turkey and South Africa media face challenges

Journalists in Turkey and South Africa both work in countries with lively and well-established media. But in both countries, long-running single-party rule has led to challenges for reporters. On this...
Fighters loyal to Libya's General National Congress (GNC) prepare to launch attacks as they fight the Islamic State on the outskirts city of Sirte, Libya, March 16, 2015.  (EPA)

Libya, the failed state

After Muammar Gaddafi was ousted from Libya in 2011, there was hope for a peaceful and democratic future in one of Africa's largest oil-producers. Five years later, the country is divided among warring...
A supporter holds a Tunisian flag as Tunisian presidential candidate Moncef Marzouki gives a speech, after the second round of the country's presidential election, in Tunis,  Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Ilyess Osmane)

Tunisia: the Arab Spring’s last light

The Arab Spring toppled long-ruling autocrats across the Arab world. But with Libya in chaos, Egypt back under military rule and Syria and Yemen engulfed in war, only Tunisia has fulfilled the promise of its...
Burundian protesters march during an anti-government demonstration against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in Cibitoke neighborhood of the capital Bujumbura, June 2, 2015.  (EPA/Dai Kurokawa)

Burundi on edge

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza's announcement in April that he would seek a third five-year term set off a year of instability in the central African nation that has left hundreds dead and forced a...