As Libya moves into a post-Moammar Gaddafi world, the government is trying to recover the assets that Gaddafi had stashed overseas for his own, personal fain. They're working, for example, to seize a luxury mansion in the U.K.
Though he's still living, Nelson Mandela, the revered former leader of South Africa, makes fewer and fewer public appearances. Now 93, many South Africans are preparing for the day Nelson Mandela will no longer be alive.
In Tunisia, there's a growing disagreement between conservative Muslims and secular Tunisian used to the way things were under the previous regime. While no one misses the Ben Ali regime, many of the secular people worry that they'll be overwhelmed by fundamentalists.
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.
Orphaned chimpanzees are common in central Africa, their parents poached and killed for exotic restaurants or sold into the pet trade. But a sanctuary for young chimps is taking them in and hopes to return them to the wild.
While many in Tunisia are nervous about having an avowed Islamist party in power, the Ennahda say they're not interested in telling people how to have a relationship with God. And they have a bigger focus: creating the jobs the country desperately needs.
Ever since the revolution in Libya this past summer and fall, the Tripoli Zoo has struggled to find money for the $2,000 in food its animals need every day. Charities have helped but zoo officials say that could run out in the next month.
A recent investigation by the Boston Globe provides the first proof that former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who stands accused of war crimes that led to the death of more than a million people, worked for the CIA and the Pentagon during his rise to power.