NAIROBI — Tens of thousands of cheering supporters filled the Moi stadium in Nairobi where a host of African presidents turned up to welcome Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya's controversial new president, into the fold.
US President Barack Obama waves to supporters after his victory speech at McCormick Place on election night Nov. 6, 2012, in Chicago, Ill. The president was sworn in for his second term in office on Jan. 21, 2013, at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
President Obama’s first term failed to live up to the expectations of the left wing of his party, which hoped for a more radical change in domestic policy. His second term is likely to disappoint another important constituency — the media and foreign policy elites in Washington, D.C.
Some 100 protesters from the nomadic Arab Messiriya tribe demonstrate in Khartoum, Sudan, on Nov. 28, 2012. The 20th African Union (AU) Summit is set to gather in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Jan. 21, 2013, to discuss measures to leads the Sudans toward peace — including ways to ensure the final status of the hotly-contested region of Abyei. (Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images)
For more than four decades, Abyei — a disputed resource-rich region straddling the ill-defined border between Sudan and South Sudan — has been a flashpoint of conflict between the two countries. As long as its final status remains unresolved, violent outbursts will devastate local communities and the threat of war will loom large over the Sudans.