Mali's split in two, the north controlled by a coalition of separatists and Islamic terrorists, the south governed by a weak, coalition government. Thousands have fled the sharia law implemented in the north, but there's no sign of an imminent resolution to the situation, despite months of talk.
Sometimes, nature knows the best way to solve a problem. There's a beetle that lives in a part of the world where less than .5 inches of rain fall per year. So the beetle draws water from the air, and now a businessman is trying to harness that idea to create, among other things, a self-filling water bottle.
China's diet is evolving as the country becomes more economically powerful, and that's suddenly put the country's food safety system under a great deal of strain. Thousands have been sickened, and the Chinese people want answers and, more importantly, solutions.
China's efforts to grow its economy and its manufacturing base are meeting resistance as the country's middle class burgeons. In Ningbo, a plan to build a petrochemical plant was beaten back by protesters in the street who say these plants are affecting their health.
Sri Lanka has captured attention recently for a deteriorating situation around human rights. International Crisis Group researcher Alan Keenan explains why the Human Rights Council review is so important, and why the world should care.
A United Nations group set out to clean up a Port-au-Prince neighborhood by converting trash to cooking fuel. It was a project with many goals, that ultimately wasn't sustainable financially. It seems many programs in Haiti suffer under their own weight.
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.
Egypt's Arab Spring revolution upended the country, including its entertainment. Out of the revolutionary shadow, Ghalia Mahmoud has risen to become known as the "Oprah of Egypt." She's the host of a new cooking show that's become very popular.
Women across the Middle East are stepping into the workforce and into the entrepreneur force, and the turmoil of the economic spring is in some ways making that possible. Women face barriers to professional growth across the Arab world, and being their own bosses helps alleviate that.
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.