Africa

Lifestyle & Belief

These Kenyan widows are fighting against sexual 'cleansing'

In some rural parts of Kenya, widowhood means you’re of little value. Culturally, widows are considered impure, and tradition dictates that they must be cleaned — or “cleansed” — of their partners’ death. The aim is to chase away the demons; the ritual requires women to have sex — either with a relative or stranger.

World hunger is on the rise again, and climate change is a culprit

Some 821 million people now face food insecurity, raising numbers to the same level as almost a decade ago. The situation is worsening in South America, Central Asia and most regions of Africa, according to the UN's annual food security report. A resurgence in the use of "cover crop" and nanotechnologies may mitigate climate change impacts.

Kathy Kriger transformed an old, Moroccan 'riad' into a destination

Kathy Kriger was a commercial attaché for the American Embassy in Casablanca, Morocco. She was also a passionate entrepreneur who managed to create one of the most successful tourist attractions in Casablanca — Rick’s Café, an upscale restaurant and jazz club inspired by the famous nightclub in the 1942 classic "Casablanca."

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The end of the plastic bag?

The plastic shopping bag is a major shopping convenience, but it's also a major environmental blight, and some countries, like Australia and China, plan to phase out the use of the bags completely

Zimbabwe's collapsing reality

Correspondent Laura Lynch went undercover into Zimbabwe to find out why so many people in that African nation are so desperate; Zimbabwe suffers from an economy on the brink of collapse and from repression under President Robert Mugabe.

Global Hit

Global Hit Siba

The World's William Troop tells us about a musician from Brazil named Siba. He specializes in a kind of poetic street music that is popular in Brazil's northeastern corner. This is not samba, or bossa nova.

Global Hit

Global Hit - Saba

Next week a new CD will come out by an Italy-based singer named Saba. Saba taps into the music of the horn of Africa. But as The World's Marco Werman explains, one geographic location doesn't fully reflect Saba's own story.

Science, Tech & Environment

Geo Quiz and answer

Our daily Geo Quiz is about sand storms over the Atlantic Ocean. The question is: where does the sand come from? Anchor Marco Werman gets the answer from Eric Achterberg, a researcher who's just back from a boat trip to study the storms. He says the sand comes from the Sahara Desert in Africa.