July 23, 2013 The most comprehensive survey on female genital mutilation and cutting finds the practice has decreased in more than half of the countries where it persists. But in parts of eastern Africa, about 90 percent of girls still undergo the abusive procedure.
July 22, 2013 Some of the worst-paid farmers in Ethiopia were able to get their bean to the specialty coffee ball and sell to top U.S. roasters like Stumptown. But it only happened after the growers got organized and attracted the attention of coffee prospectors from the U.S.
July 22, 2013 The use of landlines is falling everywhere. Many places in Africa have bypassed landlines entirely in favor of mobile phones. People all over the world are increasingly accessing the Internet on their cellphones.
July 18, 2013 The accuracy of Al-Jazeera's reporting has come under criticism in the past, and now the network is taking a hit amid claims it slanted its coverage in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood during Egypt's recent political crisis. At stake, too, is the credibility of Al-Jazeera's main backer, Qatar.
July 17, 2013 The anti-apartheid champion and former South African president may soon be sent home from the hospital where he's been since June 8, Zindzi Mandela tells Sky News. That word comes on the eve of Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday.
July 17, 2013 A billion people worldwide live in slums, largely invisible to city services and governments — but not to satellites. A global movement is putting mapping technology in the hands of slum dwellers to persuade governments and the residents themselves to see these shadow cities in a whole new light. NPR's Gregory Warner visits one slum in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.