About two years ago, the Maldives announced the nation would be carbon-neutral by 2020. That's a tall order for a country that spends 15 percent of GDP on diesel fuel, but work is progressing toward that goal.
Famine has swept through much of Ethiopia in the past year, but a new project will see a Saudi Arabian country convert one of the most fertile areas to produce rice for export. The idea is it's better to have people employed and making money.
A court in Ethiopia has sentenced two Swedish journalists to eleven years in prison for helping an outlawed rebel group. The reporter Martin Schibbye and the photographer Johan Persson were arrested in July.
A Saudi Arabian company has leased tens of thousands of acres in Ethiopia to grow rice for export. The Ethiopian government says it will help provide food security for its citizens but some who live in the region say they're not seeing any benefits.
In a small village two days from Addis Ababa is an alternative pilgrimage destination for Ethiopians who can't afford to go to Mecca. It's been a flashpoint in recent conflicts between Wahabi and Sufi Muslims in the country.