Ivory Coast’s long-anticipated Nov. 28 presidential election was meant to help the country move beyond its deep divisions. Instead, the vote fueled a political stalemate that sucked the country back into civil war.More than four months after voters elected President Alassane Ouattara, renegade incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo still refuses to step down even though rebel forces have now confined him to a bunker beneath the presidential residence. Hundreds of Ivorians have died in increasingly heavy fighting that included attacks this week by the United Nations and France. How did a simple vote turn into this? There are a number of reasons that go back years, even decades.
The young adults behind Shujaaz.fm have launched a radio show, comic book, and online community that give hope to Kenya's youth, who desperately want to be heard and understood.
Morocco's King Mohammed VI says Moroccans will vote on proposed constitutional changes in a national referendum. The country's reform movement wants to lessen the monarchy's power.
'Flying' submarine? British tycoon Richard Branson on Tuesday unveiled the one-man Virgin Oceanic Sub, which is capable of diving seven miles underwater to the deepest points in the ocean.
Secretary Gates and King Abdullah share concerns about Al Qaeda in Yemen and Iranian influence in the region. Meanwhile, Libya's rebels demand more of NATO, and Syria's unrest simmers.
Forces loyal to Ivory Coast President-elect Alassane Ouattara have stormed the presidential palace and pledged to capture former President Laurent Gbagbo, a day after negotiations for Gbagbo's surrender broke down.
Libya's rebels claim that since diplomatic efforts got under way, NATO's military campaign has eased – at a cost to rebel and civilian lives.
President-elect Alassane Ouattara's plan was to rally the international community to cut off Ivory Coast's finances so renegade incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo would be forced to surrender.
The Monitor's bureau chief in Mexico recalls when Americans thought nothing of crossing the border for a taco or inexpensive dental work. Those days are over.
There are five countries in East and West Africa slated for elections in the near future. Guest blogger Alex Thurston outlines out the issues at hand in each election.
Horse racing, a favorite pastime of Kenya's white elite in the colonial era, is struggling to make a comeback in post-colonial Nairobi.
Cambodia's government passed a law last month that places restrictions on foreign men who want to marry Cambodian women.
The famous Chinese artist and political dissident Ai Weiwei hasn’t been heard from since his arrest Sunday by Chinese authorities. The disappearance of Mr. Ai, who uses his art to express political dissent, is just one of a slew of recent arrests by the Chinese government in what seems to be a bid to prevent protests inspired by the Middle East uprisings to China. Ai has long been at odds with the Chinese government, and this isn’t the first confrontation. What has made Ai a marked man in China?