The government has struggled to come up with ways to make traditional farming more appealing as farmers in the north turn to growing miraa, a legal narcotic that needs little water and has a steady demand.
The insecurity along Kenya's border with Somalia has forced an exodus of teachers from Wajir County ahead of the new school year. A spree of attacks by the militant group has been aimed at non-Muslims.
The mobile economy is booming in Africa, allowing people to bank and shop using cellphones. But along with these innovations comes a new wave of digital cons. It's the Nigerian e-mail scam for the Mobile Age.
Cuban-Americans in South Florida were torn after President Obama's announcement that he would restore ties with Cuba. Long seen as a monolithic group opposed to the Castro regime, 68 percent of Miami-Dade County's Cuban-American population said they favored diplomatic relations in a recent poll.
Only a handful of Kenya's NGOs pushed for a trial of those thought to be behind the 2008 election violence. But their actions have boosted public support for putting limits on NGOs, something a proposed bill would do.
Aid organizations working in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea have had to evacuate staff and suspend wide-ranging projects, while also pitching in for the emergency effort. But not all aid initiatives are on hold.
The projected impact of Ebola on West Africa differed radically between health agencies this week, owing to differences in method and models and over the use of factors like 'underreporting.' Some health officials say high estimates help bring needed attention.
An obscure Algerian extremist group that abducted a French alpine guide has threatened to kill him. The group broke from Al Qaeda earlier this month and vowed allegiance to the self-declared Islamic State.
Islamic State militants had demanded millions of dollars for James Foley's release. While the US government refuses to pay ransoms to kidnappers, some European governments have done so in the past, enriching Al Qaeda and its affiliates.