Australia is apparently raising a generation of overweight couch potatoes
The sports-loving nation scored a D- on an international physical activity report card.
A lesson from Nigeria's president: How not to handle a crisis
Goodluck Jonathan has yet even to visit the village of Chibok.
France delays Sahel counter-insurgency plan after deadly clashes in Mali
A French military source said no new date had been set for the broader West African deployment, originally scheduled to be completed by the end of May.
Saudi Arabia closes its embassy in Libya over security concerns
Heavily armed gunmen, claiming loyalty to a renegade army general, stormed Libya's parliament on Sunday.
Chad and France are really not helping the Central African Republic right now
And Sudan might only be making the situation worse.
Sorrowful mysteries: Secret abortions kill thousands of Nigerian women each year (VIDEO)
In Nigeria, abortion is legal only when the life of a mother is endangered. But at least 760,000 procedures happen every year despite opposition from Muslims and Christians.
13 startling facts from Amnesty's report on torture around the world
The word is rarely used in an official capacity, but Amnesty International says torture is used by authorities all over the world.
These are the 11 trends that are changing your world right now
In search of a grand theory of everything.
Chad closes its border with strife-torn Central African Republic
Fighters are regularly accused of crossing into Chadian territory, but armed groups from Chad are also accused of crossing the other way to stir up trouble in CAR.
On Location Video: Libya has become a deadly door to Europe
Lawlessness makes it the most popular point of departure for the dangerous crossing to Europe.
10 stories from Somalia, in photos: From drones to espresso
What our correspondent saw when he checked in on a campaign against Al Shabaab.
Another victory for South Africa's ANC, but this time, a hint of weakness
Twenty years after the end of apartheid, Mandela's party is starting to give ground to the opposition.
UN accuses government and rebels in South Sudan of committing crimes against humanity
Several Security Council members on Friday called for the situation in South Sudan to be referred to the International Criminal Court.
China ups its game in Africa
The language in Prime Minister Li Keqiang's official visit this week seems explicitly designed to address prior criticisms of Chinese strategy on the continent.
What would make someone want to return to Somalia? This
The Kenyan government's latest shoot-itself-in-the-foot crackdown on Somali immigrants has convinced many to return on their own.
Why South African voters are angry
Widespread disaffection means that the majority of the newest generation of voters won't vote.
Two of 39 soldiers convicted of rape in historic DRC trial, all military officers acquitted of rape
A military court delivered the verdict in the country's largest rape trial ever on Monday afternoon, clearing all senior military officers of rape as a war crime in the 2012 events in Minova. Two soldiers were sentenced to life in prison.
South Sudan's rebel leader may face US sanctions if he doesn't agree to peace talks
Kerry flew to South Sudan on Friday, securing a commitment from President Salva Kiir to fly to Ethiopia for face-to-face talks with rival Machar. But Kerry failed to win a similar commitment from Machar.
Doctors Without Borders halts most work in Central African Republic after attack on its clinic
The organization blamed the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels for an attack that killed three of its staff in the northern town of Boguila on April 26.
Libya names businessman Ahmed Maiteeq as its new prime minister
Political analysts said Maiteeq would have difficulty in overcoming the political chaos racking the oil-producing nation.
An attack on a Libyan government building kills 8 security forces
Libya's central government is struggling to control armed groups, militias and brigades of former rebels who helped oust longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and refuse to disarm.
US warns that South Sudan's deadly conflict could descend into genocide
More than one million people have fled their homes and thousands of people have been killed since fighting erupted in December.
Iraq is among the countries where genocide is most likely to happen
These 9 countries are the world's most dangerous for minorities.
Everything you need to know about the kidnapping of 234 girls in Nigeria
The girls have been missing for weeks and the case is finally getting media attention. Here are all the facts you need to know.
Seeking justice for victims of rape in Minova, DRC (VIDEO)
The ongoing trial is the first of its kind for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. With 39 soldiers standing accused before the military court, it is the largest rape proceeding in the country’s history.
Gunmen storm Libyan parliament and stop lawmakers' vote on next prime minister
The government of the oil-producing North African state has been unable to control heavily-armed militias who helped oust Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
Ethiopia charges 6 bloggers and 3 journalists with inciting violence
Critics say Ethiopia regularly uses security concerns as an excuse to stifle dissent and clamp down on media freedoms.
Rebels kill 22 people including Doctors Without Borders staff in Central African Republic
The weekend attack came as 1,300 Muslims left the capital Bangui on Sunday under heavy guard.
For Bangui's last Muslims, to stray outside the safe haven is to court death
In Central African Republic, those who were once friends now don't hesitate to shoot each other.
20 years since apartheid: What's changed in South Africa, and what hasn't
The country is better wired and better protected, but more unequal.
Train derailment in Democratic Republic of Congo kills 63 people
Fifty others were trapped inside the goods train after 12 of its carriages flipped off the track.