Ten years ago, at the crack of a new millennium, the United Nations gave the world's poorest countries 15 years to halve their poverty rates, reverse the spread of AIDS, enroll 100 percent of their children in elementary schools, and give 100 percent of their pregnant women access to medical care. Since then, these Millennium Development Goals have been the benchmarks for aid agencies, and the yardstick against which democracies and autocrats alike can measure their progress. A decade into the program, analysts concede that many of these ambitious goals won't be reached. But which ones might? Who's winning the race to 2015?
09/22/2010 09:38 am
Wealthy countries are buying up farm land in poorer countries – with global consequences. These controversial land grabs hurt local workers and ecosystems, and dangerously tip the scale of the world's food economy.
09/14/2010 11:20 am
In Pictures US hikers detained in Iran
The best hope for stability in Somalia may lie in African Union troops, but they can't take the offensive against the terrorist group Al Shabab.
09/02/2010 05:30 pm
Tuesday's suicide attack by Somalia's Al Shabab, which killed more than 30 people, including six members of parliament, leaves the transitional government's tenuous hold on power even weaker.
08/25/2010 09:13 am
The Justice Department indicted 14 Somalis in Alabama, California, and Minnesota Thursday on terrorism charges for alleged involvement with Al Shabab, a Somali militant group linked to Al Qaeda.
08/05/2010 07:04 pm
Genetic research has confirmed has confirmed one of two wild ass ancestors for the donkey, while raising questions about the second ancestor. The research also offers further evidence domestication took place in Africa.
07/30/2010 05:56 pm
Thousands gathered today at the grave of Sudan leader John Garang de Mabior, who was killed July 30, 2005, after signing a peace deal between North and South. Would Sudan still be divided if the tenacious rebel was still alive?
07/30/2010 03:35 pm
African leaders called for tougher measures against Islamist extremists in Somalia in the wake of the July 11 Uganda bombings. Eritrea is pushing for talks instead.
07/29/2010 12:58 pm
The African Union summit got underway Sunday in Kampala, Uganda, amid calls for greater cooperation on terrorism following the city's deadly July 11 bombings by Somalia's Al Qaeda-linked militant group, Al Shabab.
07/26/2010 12:38 pm