Author Katherine Newman says there are huge parallels between the legacy of apartheid and that of racial segregation in post-Civil War America. And she says young South Africans still believe in democracy, but corruption and inequality are tarnishing hopes for continued change.
Over the last few days alone, militant group Boko Haram has launched suicide bomb attacks using children and reportedly killed hundreds in the town of Baga. The violence has many Nigerians demanding the same solidarity that world leaders offered France after the Charlie Hebdo attack.
Centuries old books that were smuggled out of Timbuktu during the siege of the city by Islamist rebels are now on display at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels. The Timbuktu Renaissance exhibition is a glimpse at what's been called one of the biggest cultural rescue operations ever carried out during a political-ideological war.
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.
"Exodus: Gods and Kings" has earned awful reviews from Western critics, but it got even worse treatment in Egypt: an outright ban thanks to "historical inaccuracies." It's far from the first film to be banned on those grounds, and that applies to European nations as well.
Public concern about the spread of Ebola in Liberia seems to be waning, even though about 10 new cases continue to be reported in the capital Monrovia every day. Now the possibility of Senate elections there next week has health officials especially worried.
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