How groups like al-Shabaab counter the "Africa rising" narrative.
In the country's so-called Middle Belt, 785 people have died in the past two years, and the government is doing little to stop it.
The continent's economy, struggle with terrorism, and burgeoning democracies are all vitally important to the U.S.
Is the country turning into a failed state?
Between an Islamic insurgency, a security crackdown, and sectarian clashes, 571 people were killed in Africa's most populous country in April.
Ansaru's murder of seven hostages over the weekend shows that it is in some ways more powerful than other regional groups.
Mali was broken long before this latest crisis.
A controversy over mysterious posters for incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan, who hasn't said whether he will run in 2015, offers a window into the country's fractious politics
The West African metropolis has surpassed Cairo in size, according to the New York Times.
What race, politics, and freedom of expression have to do with the controversial portrait.
Allies of Robert Mugabe have labeled T.B. Joshua, the prominent televangelist, a "Satanist."
Forcibly "founded" by Tuareg rebels, this breakaway from Mali will face some significant challenges.
After 18 years in power, Omar al-Bashir is dealing with new challenges in Khartoum.
Homophobia is a problem in much of Africa, but one country is showing signs of progress.
Fighting along the border is displacing tens of thousands of civilians.
Clashes after a troubled presidential election could re-ignite civil war
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wants to make gay rights a new international norm, but she will find challenges in Africa
A violent group called Boko Haram is worsening instability in Africa's most populous country
Though there have been recent setbacks, African democracy is developing well, and the U.S. should keep pushing
Why did President Jacob Zuma's government deny entry to the Tibetan leader?