In Kenya's Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha drives the economy. It's a draw for wildlife, tourists, business -- and pollution, which is imperiling all the rest. But a series of partnerships have cleaned up the lake and got it back on track.
If all goes as planned, Haiti, yes North America's Haiti, will become the latest member of the African Union sometime in January. Haiti and Africa share a sense of history, and African countries stepped up in the wake of Haiti's earthquake, which has led some to conclude the time is right to formalize their ties.
Humans and apes share many characteristics and even more DNA. But we diverge greatly in the way we influence the world around us. New research, by a Harvard anthropologist, suggests it may be because of the way we interact with each other -- and not just the way we think.
Africans have flocked to Europe for years, in search of a better life and to make money they could send back home. Now, as Europe's economy struggles, many Africans are ready to pack up and head back home, where the economy is better.
Ethiopia answered the call of the United Nations in the 1950s and sent three battalions to South Korea to repulse the North Korean offensive. Along the way, they distinguished themselves for their valor, but also for their tradition of bringing all of their war dead home with them — a tradition embraced by the United States soon after.
On Sunday, the PBS Documentary Half the Sky debuts. It's based on the best-selling book of Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, and includes well-known Hollywood actors and actresses in major roles.
Uganda has a trash problem. Basically, it doesn't get rid of it. So that's been a boon to the Marabou stork population, which thrives off of garbage and scraps. So that trash problem, which is still there, has morphed into a bird problem. Scientists say the only way to solve it is to take out the trash.
A French magazine ignited a storm of controversy on Wednesday when it published a series of cartoons that lampoon and mock the Islamic Prophet Mohammad. The publication comes just days after a video produced in the United States, also deemed offensive to Muslims, set off days of protests across the Middle East and Africa.
As Libya hunts for the people responsible for the attack on the U.S. Embassy last week, which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, the country is picking carefully down the road to democracy. But violent outbursts like last week's attack, coupled with disagreement among some Libyans themselves, complicate efforts to get the country moving again.
Scientists are always discovering new species, but usually they're insects, or maybe a bird. Rarely are they a mammal. But that's exactly what they discovered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo recently: A new species of monkey, the Lesula.