October 3, 2012 In northern Nigeria, some miners use crude methods to extract raw gold ore — a practice fueled by rising gold prices. But the gold here is embedded in lead, and the dust kicked up by this dirty and illegal mining has killed hundreds of children and sickened thousands more. Experts say this may be the worst case of lead poisoning in recent history.
October 1, 2012 At issue is whether a group of Nigerians granted political asylum in the U.S. can use the Alien Tort Statute to sue Anglo-Dutch energy company Shell for its alleged practices in Nigeria. The justices sharply questioned both the plaintiffs' attorney as well as Shell's lawyer.
September 30, 2012 Gold ore mined in northern Nigeria is mixed with lead. When the ore is dug up, crushed and processed, the lead escapes into the air and settles on the ground. Children are being poisoned when they swallow lead-contaminated dust and dirt.
September 24, 2012 "The people of the Arab world did not set out to trade the tyranny of a dictator for the tyranny of a mob," the secretary of state said today. "The people of Benghazi sent this message loud and clear on Friday when they forcefully rejected the extremists in their midst."
September 24, 2012 Violent protests in eastern Libya have set in motion a movement to take back the nation from dozens of militias born from the revolt against Moammar Gadhafi. But since the dictator's demise, the militias have helped to secure the country's streets. The state promised to integrate sanctioned militias into the security forces.
September 24, 2012 With local hospitals in Durban, South Africa, strained by the AIDS epidemic, city leaders are trying to restore and reopen a historic children's hospital shut down in the 1980s during apartheid. The hospital originally opened in 1931 with a mandate to serve kids of all races.