US and European troops train local militaries in counterterrorism tactics in the face of threats from Al Qaeda and criminals in West Africa.
Tourists on a beach run through a swarm of pink locusts near Corralejo, on the Spanish Canary Island of Fuerteventura, in November 2004. Authorities in the Canaries issued alerts as swarms of locusts arrived from western Africa, with environmental experts estimating that some 100 million of the insects reached the Canaries.
Niger's junta flexed its political and military power in ousting a strongman who overstayed his electoral mandate. Secretly, many locals are happy with the Niger coup.
Julius Caesar was forewarned about the "Ides of March." March 15 wasn't his best day.
The Palestinian government has indefinitely postponed a Miss Palestine contest in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, where women often wear head scarves in public in deference to traditional Islam.
There is growing concerns that Al Qaeda in Africa and Latin American drug cartels are working together. Latin American cocaine flights go to Africa, en route to Europe. Are Al Qaeda members on the empty planes back to Latin America?
To defend itself from terrorist attacks, the US should go on the offensive with a proactive strategy, like France.
This weekend's Festival au Desert in Mali ended without incident, but risks remain high as Al Qaeda threatened Monday to kill a French hostage.
A string of attacks by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in and around Mali has hurt the tourism mecca of Timbuktu. The popular Mali Festival au Desert was moved closer to the city yesterday for safety.