December 16, 2012 The outcome is unofficial at this point as the government has said it will not announce official results until the referendum concludes in the rest of Egypt next Saturday. Though voting counts differed, most major supporters and opponents of the constitution reported it had received a majority "yes" vote.
December 15, 2012 The South African government said Mandela was recovering well after the operation Saturday. There was no indication when the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader would be released from the hospital.
December 14, 2012 The Jewish Igbo may not be recognized by Israel's rabbinate, but that doesn't stop them from being devoted to their faith. William Miles, who wrote about them in the book Jews of Nigeria: An Afro-Judaic Odyssey, talks with Michel Martin about celebrating Hanukkah in Abuja.
December 14, 2012 Islamist groups have been well-organized and have been winning the political battles to create a new Egypt. This could propel them to a victory in the vote on the new constitution when balloting begins Saturday.
December 13, 2012 Drinking sweet green mint tea — lots of it — is an essential transaction while doing business in Western Sahara. But green tea consumption is a relatively recent tradition in North Africa.
December 13, 2012 Zakale Creations is a jewelry-designing operation that employs 30 young people — former thieves and prostitutes. The Nairobi-based operation is the brainchild of John Mucheru, himself a former mugger.
December 12, 2012 Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka was the first black African to win the Nobel Prize in literature, in 1986. He tells NPR's Michel Martin that the best part about it was the money. His latest work, Of Africa, is a study of the continent that has dominated his career.