Ghadames, the "Pearl of the Desert," in Libya has been the crossroads of cultures for centuries. Through that time, different cultures lived in relative harmony. But when Libya's revolution exposed divisions, it drove a wedge through this once peaceful community.
Women in Sierra Leone are trying to get more involved in the country's politics but they're being stymied by a political system and a culture that advantages men. And while a major party candidate has selected a woman as his running mate, his party has still put just 10 women on their ballot. Some 38 women in total are running, compared to 548 men.
When a coup overthrew the government of Sudan in 1989, Ahmed Gallab's family fled to the United States. He was just five. In the 23 years since, Gallab has become a musician. And while his music is infused with the sounds of his heritage, it transcends far beyond that.
As Egypt's Muslim-dominated government consolidates and organizes, there's a move to remake Egyptian law in a more conservative image. This week, the country's public prosecutor ordered a ban on online pornography be implemented.
Nelson Mandela led South Africa out of the apartheid era and on Tuesday, South Africa honored him by putting his face on the face of the country's money. The new, advanced security bills feature Africa's indigenous animals on the reverse side.
Mali is in the throes of an uprising between the country's Islamic fundamentalists and its nomadic, indigenous Tuareg people. The Islamists are on top and have banned all "non-devotional" music. And that's totally upended what was once a vibrant music scene.
In Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, as in many places in Africa, hospital patients don't get to leave until they pay their bill. And every day they stay, the bill gets higher. They're prisoners of their medical debt.
For kids in Kenya looking to get a cheap high, glue is the way to go. The dealers aren't necessarily drug kingpins. More often than not, they're mothers, selling glue as a means to put food on the table for and clothes on the back of their own children.
Homeless and getting around in make-shift wheelchairs, disabled by polio, the band members of Staff Benda Bilili defined down-on-their-luck. But in 2009, fame knocked on their doors. Since then, they've turned their lives upside down — and gone on a world tour, which brings them to the U.S. now.
Abu Khattala, U.S. officials and witnesses in Libya have said, is the top suspect in the Benghazi consulate. So it came as a surprise when The New York Times found him sipping juice on the balcony of a Libyan hotel. He says no one has even come to ask him about his involvement -- which he denies.