In a country steeped in a history of coups, bloodshed caused by politics, ethnicity, land disputes and, lately, the Boko Haram Islamic uprising, the election is important as Africa's most populous nation consolidates its democracy.
If opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari wins the Nigerian election this weekend, he will become the first president from the country’s Muslim-majority north in years. The region has held the presidency for only two of the last 16 years.
Experts remain skeptical of whether the country is prepared for potential post-election violence. Meanwhile, Nigerian officials have confirmed that hundreds of civilians have been kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists.
A shift in President Kiir's rhetoric and military tactics displays a more hardline and less conciliatory approach as thousands gathered to hear him speak publicly for the first time since peace talks with rebel leaders broke down earlier this month.
President Koroma cited questions about the vice president's party loyalty. The controversial move could create a constitutional crisis at a time when Sierra Leone is still working to fully eradicate Ebola.
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A keeper holds a twelve-week-old Sumatran tiger cub during a routine health check in its enclosure at Chester Zoo in Chester, northern England, Friday. The cub, one of three born at the zoo, was sexed, vaccinated and micro-chipped.
From overcrowded barracks to the frontlines, Congolese Army wives are an unseen and vulnerable population with next to zero support from the government. They struggle to make full lives out of little. Here is a story of one wife.
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.
A crackdown on transfers to Somalia to block Al Shabaab funding has had a major impact on Somali-American communities. Lawmakers are working on a contingency plan to prevent a potential humanitarian crisis.