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.
A small group of Algerians who fought on the French side of Algeria's war of independence suffered widespread discrimination after the French military abandoned the country. Those who escaped to France didn't fair much better. Fifty years later, they're still waiting for an apology.
Thomas Lubanga was arrested in 2006 for recruiting child soldiers into his rebel militia in Congo's northeast region. On Tuesday, the International Criminal court sentenced him to 14 years in prison for his crimes, the tribunal's first sentencing in its 10-year existence.
Sirte was the location of some of the fiercest fighting of Libya's revolution, the final holdout and the place where Muammar Gaddafi himself holed up in his last weeks and days. Now, as Libya awaits results of its first, free elections, not everyone in Sirte is equally excited.
South Sudan has come a long way since separating from the north one year ago Monday. It has a new currency, international dialing code and Internet domain. But it's a long way from changing its status as one of the poorest and most illiterate countries in the world.
Libya's about to have its first democratic elections, and while tensions are high and there are fears of violence, candidates are pressing on. Some of the most popular candidates, though, have only loose ties to Libya's recent history. In fact, they spent years, sometimes decades, living in exile abroad.
The number of cheetahs the world over has declined dramatically over the past 100 years. Now, the population is so small that its genetic diversity is limited. If something doesn't change, their survival could be threatened.
Libya's population was once one-fourth immigrants, most of them illegal. In the wake of its revolution last year, most of them left. And while some are returning, helping to fill important jobs that have gone unfilled, the nation is also cracking down, hard, on illegal immigrants.
South Africa's tribal courts have a long history of deciding disputes among the nation's people, particularly in rural areas. But critics say they also have a long history of discrimination and corruption. Now there's a movement to bring those courts into the mainstream court system, while also reforming them.
Egypt is once more facing a political crisis. Its parliament was dissolved and its military rulers have assumed more power for themselves. But a democratically elected president should be named by Thursday. It's expected to be Mohamed Morsi, but how much power he'll have remains to be seen.