Papa Wemba died earlier this week, after he collapsed on stage in Ivory Coast. The star, known as the king of Congolese rumba, was jailed in 2004 for smuggling Congolese people to Europe. Lubangi Muniania, a Congolese arts educator who knew Papa Wemba, explains Wemba's history.
The world lost a music icon on Thursday with the news that legendary singer Prince died. The 57-year-old was found unresponsive at his studios in Minnesota. Grieving fans around the world visited makeshift memorials and city officials draped buildings in purple light.
Antonin Scalia was at the center of some of the most consequential Supreme Court decisions of the past three decades — either writing the opinion or writing a blistering dissent. But he didn't always succeed in writing "great" opinion. Here are some of his best and worst.
The Afghan election is just a month away and security is a major campaign issue. Civilian casualties are at an all-time high. Kamel Hamade was a businessman who went to great lengths to make his restaurant an oasis in otherwise violent Kabul, and he died for his efforts.
Afghanistan is mourning the loss of its vice president, Marshal Qasim Fahim, who died over the weekend. He was an ethnic Tajik and he battled the Taliban for years before helping the US oust the Islamic militants from power. Fahim was seen as one of three key powers in Afghanistan — along with President Hamid Karzai and the Americans. And his death leaves a political void.
From the Occupy Wall Street movement to the economic crisis in Greece, artist Molly Crabapple has never shied away from politically charged stories. Now, she's lending her artistic talents to a project commemorating the more than 100,000 Syrians who have died during the past three years of conflict. The idea, she says, is to remember these people as individuals, not statistics.
Radio DJ Casey Kasem was born Kamal Amin Kasem, the son of Lebanese immigrants. Kasem is perhaps best known for his weekly radio show, American Top 40. But, we want to remember Kasem for his Arab American roots and activism within that community.
Activist Patricia Samayoa survived civil war and death squads, but was shot while running an errand in Guatemala last week. Her death is another symbol of the violence that has become commonplace and sent thousands of people abroad seeking refuge.
South African writer and Nobel Prize winner Nadine Gordimer has died at her home in Johannesburg at the age of 90. The accomplished novelist was also beloved for her staunch anti-apartheid activism and mentoring of black South African writers.