Before the French came in and pushed the Islamic militants out of the towns in northern Mali, many of the country's historic artifacts and cultural history were threatened. But because of the forethought of some Malians, including calligrapher Boubacar Sadek, the country's manuscripts were saved. For now.
Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee, gained international attention when he competed against able-bodied athletes at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. But now the athlete is gaining attention of a different kind, after beginning charged with the murder of his girlfriend.
Two years after the revolution that overthrew former President Ben Ali, Tunisia is struggling with a tough economy and unemployment, and its pushing Tunisian Jews out of the country. But through the hardship, some Jews are reflecting on the positives that could define the country's future.
The majority of Catholics around the world now live in Latin America and Africa, and those are the places where the church is still growing. Now, those Catholics in the developing world outnumber the Catholics from Europe. And still, the Catholic Church has never had a non-European Pope. Will that change?
Mali's insurgents have been rolled back, pushed out of their strongholds and into the countryside. But residents, tired from the ordeal they lived through, are cautious. Though they're happy they've been ejected, they're concerned it's only a matter of time until they crop up again.
Livestock and cities don't often go together. Derided as causing diseases, or car accidents, there are often rules against keeping them in urban areas. But there's a movement to allow urban farming and it's changing lives in one African city in Kenya.
The ongoing unrest in northern Mali is raising concerns that the militants could move into neighboring countries. And with the latest jihadist retaliation and taking of hostages, some say it's time for an increased focus on the Maghreb region and the militants who rule it.
The ongoing conflict in northern Mali has forced France to increase their troops in the former French colony. But as France increases their force and the UN prepares African troops, immediacy of the troop increase has become a concern.
The World Kora Trio took Paris's Africolor music festival by storm recently. The musical group is comprised of a Frenchman, an American and a Malian, together performing modern, funky music with traditional instruments.
Leo Sarkisian was going to be an artist. Then his life took a major turn when he headed overseas, to remote corners of the world, to record previously unknown tribal music. He turned that into a decades-long run of hosting an African music show on Voice of America.