A roundup of this week's news from Africa's Great Lakes region, from biofuels in Rwanda to threatened terrorist attacks against Burundi and Uganda by Somali Islamist militias.
Restoring democracy in Madagascar means parsing the motives of former presidents back from exile for upcoming elections – and learning how to build a stable government.
Many who voted for the Iraqiya coalition thought Iyad Allawi won March elections. Now, with him and his coalition sidelined, they feel cheated – and warn of renewed sectarian violence.
Many women fought for the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka's 26-year war. Critical gaps in education, psychological problems, and physical injuries make job opportunities tough to come by.
Medellín is seen as a success story of former President Álvaro Uribe, whose successor faces a crucial test amid the resurgence in drug war violence.
Nine years after US-led airstrikes on Afghanistan began, President Karzai on Thursday inaugurated a new peace council that is tasked with reconciling with the Taliban and other insurgents. Kabul residents say they see no end in sight to the war.
In a significant shift, Taliban representatives and the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai have begun backroom high-level talks to aimed at negotiating the end of the war.
Pakistan said it will keep the Khyber Pass - a crucial supply line for the US war effort in Afghanistan - closed because of security concerns, as a US drone strike pounded alleged militants inside Pakistan.
Aung San Suu Kyi's 18-month detention ends just after the Burma election. Observers say her release would signal the junta’s confidence in transitioning to a semi-civilian government.
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.