In Portland, Oregon, the Somali community is more mixed than in many other cities in the US. Careful not to leave one part of the culture out, the city now offers a program featuring two Somali languages.
If you're fighting for human rights in the Arab and Muslim world, where do you go for a confidence boost? A Sudanese political cartoonist chose a road trip across America to visit civil rights landmarks.
Five members of an Egyptian group whose satirical videos have mocked President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi have been arrested. Last week, they posted a video online that criticized the crackdown on anti-Sisi demonstrations and journalists.
“Nkem means my own,” says Ifejika. “You know, like this this belongs to me. And it can be used as a term of endearment. And then Nkemakonam, which is the name in full, means may I never lack what is mine.”
Emadeldin Elsayed, an Egyptian student in California, posted a comment on Facebook threatening to kill presidential hopeful Donald Trump. The US authorities arrested him the next day. Now he has agreed to leave the country voluntarily.
Papa Wemba died earlier this week, after he collapsed on stage in Ivory Coast. The star, known as the king of Congolese rumba, was jailed in 2004 for smuggling Congolese people to Europe. Lubangi Muniania, a Congolese arts educator who knew Papa Wemba, explains Wemba's history.
In January, Tunisia became the first Arab country to enshrine gender equality in its new constitution. But while the small African country is often seen as a progressive bastion in a mostly conservative region, Tunisians say, in their private lives, some traditions die hard. Virginity is one of them.
With the cease-fire holding in Gaza, both sides are now facing the difficult task of negotiating a lasting truce. This involves huge political issues. But also some very mundane issues, which could de-rail any settlement. For instance, cement. Cement is obviously needed for reconstruction. But Israel doesn't want Hamas to re-build its tunnels.
"Africans are incredible linguists," says Lori Thicke, founder of Translators Without Borders, which enlists Africans to translate everything from medication instructions to election materials into some of Africa's 1,000+ languages.
You wouldn't wish anyone to have a childhood that started in war-torn Somalia. But in the real-life story of pirates who commandeered a US cargo ship and were pursued by US Navy SEALs, Barkhad Abdi says his few early years in Somalia helped him in his co-starring role.