Recent attention and criticism of Liberia's cultural practice of female genital cutting may have had a positive impact. Or, at the very least, something has changed. A group of female traditional leaders announced what amounts to a four-year suspension of the practice -- and the government is trying to make that suspension permanent.
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.
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.
In the last absolute monarchy in Africa, Swaziland, the people have grown discontented with the poverty and lack of freedoms they must endure. Thus far, though, the spirit of Arab Spring has remained far away from the country, near South Africa.
A group of protesters in Tunisia, uneasy and unhappy about some of the reforms and restrictions that have been implemented by the new government. So, their protests have taken a new angle recently. They read books.
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.
Before the French came in and pushed the Islamic militants out of the towns in northern Mali, many of the country's historic artifacts and cultural history were threatened. But because of the forethought of some Malians, including calligrapher Boubacar Sadek, the country's manuscripts were saved. For now.
Though he's still living, Nelson Mandela, the revered former leader of South Africa, makes fewer and fewer public appearances. Now 93, many South Africans are preparing for the day Nelson Mandela will no longer be alive.
In South Africa, crimes motivated by people's sexual orientation are extremely common, despite having laws that should make it one of the progressive countries in the world, when it comes to LGBT issues. The harassment even goes as far as local authorities.