As South Sudan declares its independence, its capital city Juba is a complicated and fast- growing metropolis, teeming with prostitutes, adventurers, refugees and NGOs
Libyans who have left, and others with experience abroad, play a key role for the anti-government forces in coordinating and communicating with the outside world.
In interview with Le Monde, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi doesn't exclude a cease-fire and negotiations, but otherwise strikes an aggressive posture toward the rebels and the West.
An NGO in Geneva, Swizerland is working on a drug to treat to African trypanosomiasis, better known as sleeping sickness. If approved, the medication would be available in pill form. Sleeping sickness patients must currently received painful injections.
In a view from the ground in Brega, signs of bombing campaigns carried out with oil production in mind. Gaddafi loyalists say NATO attacks kills civilians, spares the oil in a dirty war.
Rebels in the southern mountains have advanced on government troops, and France believes they may have best chance of reaching Tripoli, which could lead to Gaddafi's overthrow.
Plagued by civil war, terrorism and poverty, Somalia and its capital Mogadishu are often described as hell on earth. But thanks to international help and a handful of courageous citizens, some light has appeared at the end of the tunnel for the troubled African nation.
A crazy pan-African plan is looking to fight desertification in the Sahara with a giant green belt. The ambitious initiative calls for planting millions of trees from Senegal all the way to Djibouti.
Tunisias recent Jasmine revolution has brought much of the countrys economy to a standstill. Foreign tourists are still a rare sight right now, but long-established Italian companies are eager to reignite old economic ties.
According to the International Trade Union Confederation, some 100 union members were killed in 2010. A bleak picture that shows no sign of improvement.
Opinion: More and more, poor African countries are throwing their lot in with emerging economic powers like China, India and Brazil. In many cases, these new trade relationships are less one-sided than observers might expect.