This disaster could have been averted by shifting rural newcomers to Congo Brazzaville to safer neighborhoods, and away from a dangerous site like the arms depot that blew up Sunday.
South Africa has a 20 percent unemployment rate and rampant poverty, which will only get worse if the government begins interfering in mining operations.
The South African Revenue Service announced a record number of tax returns filed this year. But the total is still from less than 10 percent of the population.
South Africa and Australia are booming, but the gap between rich and poor is vast.
US debt is becoming less valuable as Americans grow poorer and poorer
The Australian survived, but tourists who assume that extreme venues in Africa are safe may be fooling themselves.
In this special section, we look at the year’s biggest stories, and seven staff correspondents reflect on events in hot spots from Latin America to the Libyan front.