Tuesday's car bombings devastated a market in Jos, Nigeria, where Christians and Muslims have clashed in the past. Boko Haram recently abducted hundreds of schoolgirls.
The minister's visit indicates Germany and the West's increasing concern over Ukraine after controversial referendums on independence held Sunday in the country's east.
Boko Haram threatens to sell hundreds of girls it kidnapped last month. The World Economic Forum on Africa opens in Abuja Wednesday, drawing even more global attention to the crisis.
Northeast Brazil used to be known for poverty and migration south. But locals like Maria Joelma da Silva, who the Monitor first met in 2008, are redefining the region.
Mexico's lower house unanimously voted to change a military code that gave the military courts jurisdiction over any crimes committed by on-duty soldiers.
The European Union said it would freeze assets of 15 military and political officials in Russia and Ukraine. The move comes as tensions escalate in eastern Ukraine.
Russia's foreign minister said an attack on Russian citizens "is an attack on the Russian Federation." Ukraine said its troops retook a city hall and repelled an assault by militiamen last night.
Brazil's favelas are often associated with violence and crime, but that's only part of the story.
Income inequality has bred gaps in public health in Brazil where a community-based program first piloted in the 1980s now offers health services and advice to those most in need.
NATO's supreme allied commander in Europe warns that Russia could 'accomplish its objectives in between 3 and 5 days' if ordered.
North Korea fired missiles into disputed waters Monday, raising tensions on the peninsular. The discovery of a suspected North Korean drone points to increased surveillance in the area.
North Korea launched two mid-range ballistic missiles off its eastern coast as Japan and South Korea took a first step toward mending strained ties.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said the move should help Thailand's image after months of often-violent street protests against her government, which faces legal challenges to its tenure.
Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, which has been declared a terrorist organization and pushed almost completely underground.
A key political ally of Venezuela's embattled leader expressed sharp – and rare – criticism of the use of force to quell protests.
Joaquín Guzmán, head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, was arrested this weekend. His capture could unleash infighting within the cartel and turf wars with other groups.
The spillover from a civil war in Syria continues to roil Lebanon, where a new government was formed over the weekend. Wednesday's blasts killed at least five people.