South Africa's murder rate rose by 4.9 percent in the last year, official statistics showed Friday, with the police minister admitting the country was struggling with "a prevalent culture of violence."
See the makeover that transforms a poor and smart South African Cinderella into a beauty queen for a night. By day, she's a student in a remarkable science and tech high school that lifts kids from a poor township near Cape Town into a better life.
Diseases that can move between animals and humans — called zoonotic diseases — make up a majority of infectious diseases that humans can get, scientists say. So it's no wonder that out-of-control logging in West Africa has likely aided the spread of Ebola.
If you've never heard of The Gambia or its longtime dictator, Yahya Jammeh, you're far from alone. But Jammeh, who survived his eighth coup attempt last week, is the head of a "horrible, horrible dictatorship" that represses its people along North Korean lines.
Nelson Mandela was many many things, among them a lover of humor and satire. He once sat down for a 30-minute TV interview with a man in a dress pretending to be an apartheid-era Afrikaner housewife. Mandela knew that talking to the fictitious Evita Bezuidenhout was going to reach more people than appearing on the nightly news. Satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys was the man behind Evita.
Dukhan is a traditional Sudanese smoke bath women perform to get glowing, perfumed skin. But it's not easy to create the same smoke bath structure here in the US, though some Sudanese immigrants are creating their own make-shift dukhan baths.
It's been a month an a half since hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted by the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram. But despite the global attention, we still know very little about the missing girls themselves. Glenna Gordon realized that although she could not photograph the girls, she could photograph their personal possessions as a way to highlight who they are.