10 million African children are now obese or overweight
It's a familiar story: As more families move to the city, children get less physical exercise and eat more sugary and fatty foods.
Tunisia might be facing its biggest test yet
It will all come down to how the government responds to a repeat of the events that launched the Arab Spring five years ago.
Planet shatters warming records, 2015 hottest 'by far'
Blistering heat blanketed the Earth last year like never before, making 2015 by far the hottest year in modern times and raising new concerns about the accelerating pace of climate change.
First Al Qaeda attack in Burkina Faso sends a scary message to West Africa
The Saharan branch of Al Qaeda has shifted to targeting cities, in what some say is a message to the Islamic State.
W. Africa to 'fight back' as Burkina hotel gunmen named
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) Monday named three gunmen behind a deadly attack on a top Burkina Faso hotel that has highlighted the growing reach of jihadist groups in west Africa, as French police joined in the probe.
Ebola is back and it only took a day
A day after WHO declared an end to the outbreak, Sierra Leone finds a new victim.
Happiness: Is it in your DNA?
Happiness is a state of mind, the gurus say. Turns out, it could be more a function of genes.
WHO declares world's worst-ever Ebola outbreak over as Liberia gets all clear
The World Health Organization announced Thursday that the Ebola epidemic that has ravaged west Africa for two years was over, but warned that 'more flare-ups are expected.'
UN peacekeepers are being accused of child sex abuse — again
The latest allegations are that aid workers in Central African Republic paid girls as young as 13 for sex.
New Year's Eve, without the letdown: Watch other people ring in 2016
Did your city cancel New Year's? Are you sick and staying in? You can still join the party.
This year's El Niño is one of the worst on record, and that's bad for everyone
Floods in the Americas, fires in Asia and drought in Africa: Welcome to the season of extreme weather.
Burundi's streets are ‘littered with bodies,’ but its leaders don't want peacekeepers
The African Union plans to send in a peacekeeping force, whether Burundi wants it or not.
Nicki Minaj joins new squad: Celebs who perform overseas for human rights abusers
Minaj sang at a weekend Christmas party in Angola, a country that jails rappers.
What the Paris climate deal means for Africa
For a glimpse of the planet's future, look now to East and Southern Africa.
87 killed in Burundi clashes
79 'enemies' and 8 government soldiers died during and after Friday's coordinated attacks on three military bases in Burundi, an army spokesman said Saturday.
Ebola is back in Liberia. Here's how the country can beat it again
Commentary: To beat the disease, invest more in grassroots responders. They have a most precious emergency resource: the public’s trust.
Ben Carson talked up his Kenyan roots ahead of a trip to Africa. Now the trip's canceled
But Kenyans are pointing out that he may want to work on his geography.
We must fight climate change with trees in Africa
The movement my mother established has mobilized communities for years to plant trees for food, for fuel and to bring barren land back to productive life.
China's relationship with Africa is way overblown
Analysis: China beats the US in terms of trade, but the US invests more.
Jihadists got bolder in Mali after the French military campaign wound down
A French intervention in 2013 was widely praised for pushing back Mali's militant groups. But as the foreign soldiers left, terror quickly returned.
Ebola is back in Liberia
A teenager has died in Liberia in the first such death since the country was declared free of the virus in September, an official said Tuesday.
The trouble in Mali really began in early 2012
That’s when a Tuareg rebel group began carving out territory in northern Mali, taking control of several major cities.
Mali hunts suspects after deadly hotel siege
Mali was hunting Saturday for suspects wanted over the jihadist siege at a luxury hotel that left 19 people dead, mostly foreigners, as the president warned that no one in the world could hide from terrorism.
Putin seeks global anti-terrorism fight after 19 killed in Mali attack
Six Russians were among those killed in Mali, three weeks after a Russian airliner was downed over Egypt by what Moscow and Western governments say was a bomb.
The new front line in the fight against HIV: 'Sugar daddies'
The sugar daddy phenomenon is a transactional relationship in which a young woman has sex with an older, wealthier man in exchange for gifts or money.
Largest diamond in over a century found in Botswana
A 1,111 carat 'high quality diamond' is only second in size to the Cullinan diamond, which was unearthed in South Africa in 1905.
Possibly the worst El Niño ever is coming. And there's little aid groups can do about it
El Niño puts 11 million children in East and Southern Africa at risk of disease, hunger and lack of water, according to UNICEF.
Pope Francis might become the first modern pontiff to visit an active war zone
Could the Pope help bring peace to Central African Republic? That depends on how bad the fighting gets.
Rap is resistance in slave-owning Mauritania
'Rap RIM' is influenced by neighboring Senegal — a cultural force — but the subject matter is distinctly local.
Sausages, ham cause cancer, red meat 'probably' too
Sausages, ham and other processed meats cause bowel cancer, and red meat "probably" does too, a UN agency warned Monday, in a potentially heavy blow for the fast-growing livestock industry.
Want to get high abroad? There’s a travel guide for you
It contains practical, foolhardy, and sometimes harrowing stories of the search for weed in the world’s unlikeliest corners.