The Middle East caught fire on Tuesday when an anti-Muslim video first gained attention in Egypt. Protests have since spread across the Muslim world, targeting American and other diplomatic outposts. Local officials have sought to tamp down on the violence and push back the angry crowds.
While most of American attention in recent days has been focused on Libya, where four American diplomats died, the bigger trouble may be brewing in Egypt. People are protesting there too, and while no one is getting killed, the long-term effect of the chill on Egyptian-American relations may be startling.
When Angola was still a colony of Portugal, dance clubs in Angola produced a kind of distinct music that took fire and eventually took Portugal by storm. Now, a new band of Portugese and Angolans is taking that old kuduro sound and turning it into new music.
While it was first believed that the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya was then result of protests over a seemingly anti-Muslim video, U.S. officials now believe an al-Qaeda backed group orchestrated and planned the entire thing. U.S. officials have vowed justice for the four Americans killed.
An American ambassador and three of his diplomatic colleagues were killed Tuesday in an attack on the American consulate in Bengazi, Libya -- the first time an American diplomat has been killed in at least two decades. President Barack Obama has ordered increased security for U.S. diplomatic posts abroad.
In Barack Obama's first election, the eyes of Kenya, where his father was born, were watching closely. But this year, as the novelty has worn off and Kenyans face their own upcoming election, attention has shifted -- especially as people focus on getting young people interested in voting.
Northern Mali was taken over by militants and Islamic extremists and now they're in the process of implementing a system of Sharia law in that part of the country. That's meant an end to musical performances across the part of the country controlled by the extremists.
With the death of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi on Monday there's some concern that his absence will destabilized the volatile Horn of Africa region. Zenawai, who has ruled Ethiopia since 1991 was a long-time U.S. ally.
In many African countries, dozens of different languages are spoken by different ethnic groups. And while each country often has a European language as its "official" language, most people don't even begin to understand it. That presents a problem for aid groups, trying to share information.
Egyptian fans already had a taste of Olympic glory last week, when Alaaeldin Abouelkassem captured a silver medal in men's fencing. But the most anticipated event for Egyptians might have been weightlifting, and the team of eight lifters who competed in these Olympic Games included three women.