Nigeria Assumes Lead in Continent's Health

Some of you may know the African continent very well, and even so some of the facts that I will present may still come as a surprise.

U.S., Cuba Move to Forge Relations

For the first time in a half-century, the United States and Cuba plan to rekindle a relationship. President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba will re-establish formal diplomatic relations and open embassies in each other's capitals.

AU/DAF Honors Its Extraordinary Women

The African Union/Diaspora African Forum hosted an awards banquet this month to honor women who have fought for political, social and economic independence in the continent.

Liberia Declared Ebola-Free

For more than a year, the Ebola virus has ravaged the West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

South African Voters 'In a Bad Mood' Over Unemployment, Corruption

Unemployment in South Africa is higher than at any time in the past 11 years, reaching 26.4 percent and almost double that percentage for people younger than 25.

Akon Unveils New Solar Campaign for Africa

Senegalese-American R&B singer Akon has been lighting up Africa with solar energy even while the solar industry in the U.S. struggles to catch fire.

Obama Tabs Hakeem Olajuwon to Attend Inauguration of Nigerian President

President Obama has selected basketball great and Nigerian native Hakeem Olajuwon as part of a John Kerry-led delegation to attend the presidential inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari in Nigeria on Friday.

Senate Renews AGOA for 10 More Years

Supporters of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act are elated that the U.S. Senate has reauthorized the act for 10 more years.

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.