Nigeria and Congo: A Tale of Two African Nations

Nations across sub-Saharan Africa have for decades struggled to establish strong and stable democracies upon the ruins of single-party systems notorious for squelching dissenting views, jailing opposition leaders and embarking on self-serving economic policies that brought hardship to their peoples.

Hundreds Gather for Forum on Impact of Upcoming African Elections

Congresswoman Karen Bass, Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, joined House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer in welcoming hundreds of participants to the third edition of this year's Africa Policy Forum, titled "African Elections & Governance in 2015 and ...

Nigerian Girls Forgive But Can't Forget

With a slow but steady gait, a petite young woman approached a microphone with her audience expecting to hear her share a frightening tale of being kidnapped by terrorists — and how she escaped.

Obama Hails 'Historic' Iran Nukes Deal

President Obama hailed Thursday an "historic" agreement on the framework for an Iran nuclear deal, which he said represents "our best option by far" for making the world more secure.

Netanyahu Speech Draws Mixed Reviews

Since House Speaker John Boehner secretly arranged for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress, Washington has been whipped by acrimony, denunciations and recriminations.

As America's Attention Wanes, Democracy Grows in Africa

Once again, the U.S. and other western powers are largely ignoring Africa, even as democratic movements are quietly spreading throughout the continent after a generation of leaders who often hoarded power and wealth at the expense of their people.

Assata Shakur Supporters Fight for Her Exoneration

When President Barack Obama announced his intention to normalize relations with longtime nemesis Cuba, it wasn't long before questions began to swirl about the fate of Assata Shakur.

Erica Barks-Ruggles Sworn In as Ambassador to Rwanda

A career diplomat whose first overseas assignment came in 1992 when she was vice consul at the U.S. Consulate in Chennai, India, has been sworn in as the new ambassador of the United States to the Republic of Rwanda.

Haiti Revisited: Five Years After Earthquake

As the five-year anniversary of this tragedy approaches, there will certainly be a plethora of discussions, exhibitions, silent vigils and commemorations honoring those who died as well as those who have since devoted their efforts to Haiti's recovery.

Cuts Spurred Ebola Crisis in West Africa

In a report published this month in the journal Lancet Global Health, U.K.-based researchers blamed policies of the Washington-based International Monetary Fund that hobbled the development of an effective health care system in the three affected West African nations.

Obama's Cuba Announcement Rattles Status Quo

When Jennifer Stokes-Fearing heard that President Barack Obama would begin easing sanctions and normalize relations with Cuba, her first thought, she said, was that it should have happened a while ago.

Nigerian Terrorists Targeting Children with Suicide Bombers

As Americans honored their veterans in a national day of parades and ceremony, Nigerians were grieving over a war with terrorists, who are now slaughtering children with suicide bombs.

Ex-Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev to Chair SCLC International Peace Initiative

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has agreed to serve as the international chairman of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Nonviolence Conflict Initiative, calling for resolving conflict through peaceful solutions, the strategy driven during the turbulent Civil Rights era by the ...

Africa.com CEO Clarke Named to Obama Council on U.S.-Africa Biz Relations

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced Thursday that Africa.com CEO Teresa Clarke is among the 15 private sector leaders who have been appointed to President Obama's newly established Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa.

Ebola Numbers Spike Overseas

For months, World Health Organization officials warned that the numbers of Ebola victims and casualties might be understated because of unreported cases in rural areas of the affected countries and families hiding the sick.