Umaru Fofana is one of Africa's most respected journalists. But when he covered the Ebola epidemic in his own country of Sierra Leone, he knew there was no prospect of an evacuation or special medical treatment if he became infected.
The illegal charcoal trade is a big contributor to deforestation in countries like Tanzania. After trying and failing once to curb the business, the country is now trying a new approach. The World's Sam Eaton has the story.
The 2015 winner of China's version of the Nobel Peace Prize was announced Thursday in Beijing. It's none other than the ruler of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe. Mugabe is seen by many as a ruthless tyrant, so go figure.
South Africa's president froze tuition hikes after violent confrontations between students and heavily armed police officers were broadcast live on national television. "The youth win!" one person responds on Twitter.
"Difret" means "to dare" or "courage" in the Amharic language of Ethiopia. A new film by that name tells the story of an Ethiopian girl who was kidnapped by men on horseback to enforce a "traditional" marriage. She fought back, and then had to defend her life in court. Now, thanks to Angelina Jolie, the world will see her story.
The most notorious trafficker of elephant tusks has been caught in Tanzania. Yang Feng Glan, a 66-year old grandmother, is charged with smuggling more than 700 elephant tusks believed to be worth $2.5 million. Tanzania is considered ground zero for elephant poaching.
Almost all of the leaders of FIFA, the governing body of international soccer, have been suspended, amid charges of corruption. The scandal is being followed closely in Africa, where FIFA has spent millions of dollars.
The world may be experiencing one of the worst refugee crises of modern times, as millions flee war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa for safety and a new life in Europe. But the refugees could actually be a benefit, rather than a burden, for Europe.