Former Liberian President Charles Taylor during his sentencing today in The Hague.
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May 30, 2012 Taylor aided and abetted some of the "most heinous and brutal crimes recorded in human history," the presiding judge at an international war crimes court said in handing down the sentence.
Tensions are rising between Sudan and its recently independent neighbor, South Sudan.
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April 29, 2012 Sudan has declared a state of emergency as tensions mount along the disputed border it shares with its new neighbor, South Sudan. Are the two nations headed for war?
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Former Liberian President Charles Taylor, in court on Feb. 8, 2011.
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April 26, 2012 Taylor armed and assisted fighters in neighboring Sierra Leone in exchange for "blood diamonds." During a brutal war that ended 10 years ago, about 50,000 people died in Sierra Leone.
The leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, Joseph Kony, in 2006.
March 8, 2012 The arguments continue over the merits of the viral video and Kony 2012 social media blitz that this week have exploded onto the Web.
A family of elephants in Kenya's Maasai Mara game reserve.
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March 8, 2012 Discovery of fossilized footprints in the Arabian desert tells us that elephants have lived in complex families for 7 million years. Elephants have adapted to changing conditions for millenia, but can they withstand the stresses we humans inflict today?
A worker piles sacks of corn at a market in Guatemala City.
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March 7, 2012 Food security experts have long debated whether it's better to ship bags of rice and corn from the United States to the hungry overseas, or to buy food close to where it's needed. New research suggests most of the time, it's better to buy food close to where it's needed.
Cattle and zebra share a meal in a pasture in Kenya.
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September 22, 2011 In Africa, some ranchers shoot wildlife to keep them from eating the grass out from under their cattle. But it turns out some wildlife, like zebra, actually help cattle graze — by clearing fibrous grass stalks away and promoting the new shoot growth that cows crave.
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Kwame Nkrumah Masoleum is the final resting place of Ghana's first president, who led the campaign to liberate Ghana from colonial rule on March 6, 1957.
March 8, 2011 In a fascinating piece for The Root, John Dramani Mahama, the current vice president of Ghana discusses the impact that Ghana's independence from colonial rule in 1957 also had on America's Civil Rights Movement.
A demonstrator throws a rock towards police during demonstrations in Tunis.
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January 18, 2011 Even though the act that set off the protests in Tunisia -- a young man's self-immolation -- has been repeated in Egypt and some other nations, this morning's conventional wisdom seems to be that other governments won't collapse.
July 13, 2010 Uganda made several arrests in the weekend terrorist bombings that killed at least 76 people.
February 27, 2008 Nine times out of 10, it is the adjectives that get journalists in trouble.
December 17, 2007 Is there a solution to the bloody fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
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