'Slaves by the will of God': Why Mauritania has the highest percentage of slaves in the world
While slaves here aren’t physically chained, many remain imprisoned by deep psychological bonds, as well as crippling poverty.
Ethiopia is facing its worst drought in 30 years. Can the government stop famine this time?
The UN says 7.5 million Ethiopians, out of a population of 94 million, are now going hungry and need food aid.
Tunisians awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
The North African country that launched the Arab Spring continues to be an example for the whole world.
Trawlers from China and Russia are threatening to destroy West African fishing communities
Local fisherman are no match for the European and Asian trawlers pulling enormous hauls of seafood from the same Atlantic fishing grounds.
Homo naledi: Newly discovered human ancestor made tools, climbed trees and walked upright
Bones from the feet and hands of an extinct species of early man reveal a versatile ancestor who climbed trees, walked upright, and made tools, two studies showed on Tuesday.
Women and girls in South Sudan are being held as sex slaves in 'rape camps'
The plight of perhaps thousands of South Sudanese women and girls has remained hidden until now.
GlobalPost announces yearlong war reporting initiative, 'Longreads on Conflict'
The series will deliver long-form journalism that shines a light on the Middle East’s most dangerous conflicts and tells the human stories of war at a critical time in our history.
Over 4,500 migrants rescued off Libya in one day
Twenty-one rescue operations Saturday picked up more than 4,500 people off the Libyan coast, according to the Italian coastguard, as calm seas sparked a flurry of attempts at the perilous Mediterranean boat crossing.
Even a dusty outpost at the edge of the Sahara Desert has taken in Syrian refugees
Isolated Mauritania is a rare country where the borders remain wide open.
The world lost enough trees last year to fill North Dakota
New satellite data reveals a rapid loss of tropical forests in Cambodia, parts of west Africa and Madagascar, and the Gran Chaco region of South America.
'Microbes' are making life hell in Ivory Coast's biggest city
Child criminals are committing serious crimes. The interior minister says they're traumatized, but not everyone's sympathetic.
Muslim leaders are trying to change the way Kenya fights terrorism
The Kenyan government is accused of collectively punishing Muslims for the actions of a few.
It's official. Earth just had its hottest month ever recorded
How long before July 2015 loses the title?
Africa has been 'exporting brains.' Now it's trying to lure them back
A common path for ambitious Africans involves heading to Britain or the United States for college, earning degrees at top schools — and then staying overseas.
Tampon tax is real. Women everywhere pay their governments extra to have periods
How exactly do women pay to have periods? And which countries make them do it? Read on, sisters.
These are the best places to be a breastfeeding mother
Happy World Breastfeeding Week!
Over 200 migrants feared drowned off Libya
Over 200 migrants attempting the perilous journey across the Mediterranean were feared to have drowned Wednesday after their overcrowded fishing boat capsized off Libya.
US investors tap into African beer market
The continent's youthful demographics combined with local production are a recipe for a profit.
HRW urges probe into alleged ill-treatment of Gaddafi son
An undated video reportedly shows prison guards beating Saadi Gaddafi and other inmates.
The UN has set itself some ambitious new goals
No. 1? End poverty in all forms everywhere.
The number of African millionaires is set to grow by nearly 50 percent over the next 10 years
The rich are getting richer, but inequality is on the rise.
Affection returns to Sierra Leone as Ebola ebbs
Amy Maxmen reports on efforts to rebuild the public health care system now that the infectious disease has subsided.
6 endangered animals that poaching might take from us forever
Cecil the lion is just the tip of the iceberg.
Obama probably won't be invited to speak at the African Union again any time soon
The US president tore into corrupt African leaders without mentioning any names.
Obama just pulled off two important firsts for a sitting US president
Obama addressed all of Africa at the headquarters of the African Union in Ethiopia today.
Libyan court sentences Gaddafi son Saif, eight other ex-officials to death
US-LIBYA-SECURITY:Libyan court sentences Gaddafi son Saif, eight other ex-officials to death
Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza wins controversial third term
The United States, European Union and former colonial power Belgium said the vote lacked credibility.
Like soccer, but sick of FIFA? This is the World Cup for you
CONIFA is the soccer confederation for breakaway states, micronations and other minority peoples.
After $3.4 billion pledge to Ebola response, concerns persist about preparedness for next outbreak
Many health experts remain cautious about how the international community is internalizing the lessons learned from the epidemic
Global warming will fuel mass migration and terrorism
Extreme competition for water and productive land will likely be a source of conflict in the future.
Ugandan police arrest two top presidential challengers
Both were taken into custody ahead of planned campaign rallies.