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Global Politics

Jacob Zuma offers to pay back some of the $23 million in state funds used to upgrade his private home

For six years, South African President Jacob Zuma justified the $23 million state-funded "improvements" to his private residence. Now he says he's willing to pay back some of the costs. South African satirist Zapiro, a relentless Zuma critic, says Zuma has run into an obstacle he can't get around: South Africa's highest court.

Arts, Culture & Media

Once a refugee, she's opened one of Liberia's few bookstores, where children can read about themselves

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It's hard to learn to read when your country has been torn apart by war and disease. It's even harder when children's books come from far away. But Wayétu Moore, whose family fled Liberia's civil war when she was five, is setting out to change the odds for kids in Liberia and other countries with low literacy.

Development & Education

Join our Facebook chat with Tandie and Sive

Tandie Nkosi is a senior at the Centre of Science and Technology in the South African township of Khayelitsha. Tandie just went to the prom and is anxiously awaiting the results of her college applications. Her junior classmate, Sivenathi Juqu recently traveled to the US as part of a prestigious leadership program. His mother passed away in June and he now lives with his older brother, while managing most of the family's responsibilities.

Science, Tech & Environment

Zanzibar's 'Solar Mamas' flip the switch on rural homes, gender roles

On the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, hundreds of households too poor and remote to have access to the electrical grid are getting low cost solar power for the first time, from a group of local female engineers trained by and Indian NGO. It's the first of several "solar mamas" projects planned for parts of rural Africa, and it's turning some traditional gender roles on their head.

Business, Finance & Economics

Anti-poaching efforts in Kenya focus on saving animals — and people too

In recent years, Kenya has been on the front line of the war against terror. In 2013, Al-Shabaab killed 67 people in an attack on Nairobi’s upscale Westgate mall. More recently, militants stormed a northern Kenyan university, killing 148 people in the country’s worst terrorist attack in more than a decade. Terrorism experts now know the group receives at least some of its funding from the illegal wildlife trade, so stopping poachers in Kenya’s national parks is not just about saving elephants, it’s about saving people, too.