In Maiduguri, extreme poverty, corruption, and ruthless local soldiers helped shape extremist insurgency.
Ending insurgencies is hard, as are needle-in-a-haystack manhunts in lawless areas where distrust of the government and foreigners runs high.
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell is revered among Kentucky Republicans. But anti-incumbent sentiment is abroad in the land for the 2014 midterms, and a Democrat is charging hard.
Julius Malema, booted from the ruling ANC and running in tomorrow's election, is promoting radical changes and charging that the ANC has preserved apartheid's economic inequalities. And he's gaining an audience.
Julius Malema, who is challenging ANC incumbent Jacob Zuma in the May 7 vote, tapped into anger over the shooting of striking Marikana miners in 2012 to launch his Economic Freedom Fighters party.
Eighty percent of community college students say they want to go on to four-year schools. But only 15 percent earn bachelor's degrees within six years. Model programs are tackling this transfer gap.
Stocking-trading 'bots' now perform about half of Wall Street trades. As the algorithmic robot traders outpace and outperform the humans, the old guard is crying foul. Sour grapes or real risk?
The winding route of the Boston Marathon through eight municipalities poses a unique challenge for law enforcement. The heightened interest this year means more runners and more spectators.
Israel is preparing to export a portion of its offshore natural gas reserves. The resulting business partnerships could hurdle political obstacles to better relations with neighbors.
Here are the stories of five runners to whom the Boston Marathon belongs. They're running a race that has long been a 26.2-mile-long stage for this city's pride, but this year will be all the more so.
Over half of Rwanda's 11 million people were born since 1994, the year of the genocide. What matters to them is to change the image that comes to mind when one hears the word 'Rwanda.'
Initially reported to be spontaneous, 1994's genocide was long planned, and left more than 800,000 people dead, including about 70 percent of all the Tutsis in Rwanda.
In Mississippi, the GOP Senate primary is a proxy for the national battle between tea party and establishment Republicans. But tea party favorite Chris McDaniel may be in trouble.
Turkey has prospered under the controversial prime minister. But his modernization agenda has also fueled opposition to his rule and exposed his autocratic style.
As foreign troops draw down and a new president takes office, the sort of dealmaking among Afghans that could promote stability might actually grow easier. A triumphant Taliban march on Kabul – or even their old stronghold of Kandahar – is unlikely.
Here are four men who are leading candidates for president. Afghans will vote on April 5.
A recent spill of coal ash in North Carolina underscores the challenge of disposing hazardous substances captured from power plant stacks. Are we diverting air pollutants into our waterways?
Russia's new state media is helping shape perceptions in Ukraine and the rest of the Russian-speaking world. It is slick, professional, and rooted in heavily spun truth.
Spring is the housing market's time of greatest activity, and this year, the story of US real estate varies by location. One common theme: A recovery is well under way, but not yet complete.
If sanctions related to Russia's annexation of Crimea intensify, Russia may speed efforts to boost its industrial and energy ties in Asia.
Europe has sanctioned Russian individuals in response to the Crimea crisis, but it confronts an inescapable fact when it comes to targeting Russia's natural gas and oil exports.
The FCC has applied 'neutrality' to its oversight of the Internet: Everyone’s data reaches the same audience in the same way. But the Internet’s gatekeepers, such as Verizon and Comcast, have been trying to reshape the federal regulatory landscape.
Sand is used in the fracking process, and there's plenty of it to be mined in the upper Midwest. As a sand-mining boom has emerged, residents are divided over whether it's lifting or ruining their communities.
The business community in western Michoácan, Mexico, is trying to regain its footing after years of terror under the thumb of the Knights Templar criminal gang.
The vigilante movement has been hailed in Mexican towns where the Knights Templar cartel wrecked havoc, but it raises questions about extralegal policing.