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After two decades of civil war in Somalia, Mogadishu remains one of the world's most dangerous cities. But every morning, hundreds of thousands of people wake up there and somehow make it through another day.
A ball-cap-wearing lawyer, a balding oil executive and an air force pilot who "couldn't bomb my own people" — these three have emerged as lead characters in the rebellion that took over Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city.
Legal and military experts say the U.S. and other countries had better get busy with a coordinated answer to piracy, now that the level of violence has spiked. Four American civilians were killed off the coast of Somalia this week.
Libyan army troops who have defected to join the pro-democracy rebels are trying to organize an offensive against the regime, according to senior military commanders in Benghazi, the birthplace of the uprising. What's unclear is how unified the fractured military command is.
In the eastern Libyan city of Bayda, a new government is being formed. As forces loyal to Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi reportedly held on to control of the capital city of Tripoli, the eastern part of the country is in the hands of the rebels, who are now trying to organize themselves.
Dr. Binayak Sen, a civil-liberties advocate, faces a life sentence for sedition. Supporters say he is being persecuted for defending the rights of tribal people in one of India's poorest states. Opponents, however, say he supported an outlawed rebel group that was blamed for thousands of civilian deaths.
Libyan protesters claimed control of the country's second largest city, Benghazi, and anti-government unrest and violence spread to the capital, Tripoli. Moammar Gadhafi's regime appeared to be preparing a new major assault in the capital in an attempt to crush unrest.
Demonstrations are under way in Morocco, called by a coalition of youth groups, labor unions and human rights organizations and demanding a new constitution that would bring greater democracy in the North African kingdom.
The tiny island nation plays a big role in America's Middle East strategy. In fact, more than 6,000 U.S. military personnel and contractors are located just five miles from where government security forces violently put down demonstrations this week.
In the Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain, there was another escalation in violence Friday as troops used live ammunition to prevent demonstrators from returning to Pearl Roundabout, which was the focal point of the protests until government forces seized it Thursday. Medical workers say at least 50 people ...
While mob violence like the attack on CBS' Lara Logan is not the norm, sexual harassment in Cairo is an everyday occurrence — and most women have their own personal stories to tell. But Egyptian women hope the revolution will change all that.
Lampedusa is usually a quiet Mediterranean island with a population of 6,000 Italians. But it's only 60 miles off the Tunisian coast, and in the last few days more than 5,000 migrants from the newly freed societies in North Africa have landed — presenting challenges to the island, the country and the ...
The Obama administration plans to start transferring control of parts of Afghanistan to the country's military this year. After enduring 30 years of war, most Afghan men know how to handle a rifle. But for the same reason, many of them are illiterate. As one 40-year-old soldier says, he "was ashamed" ...
The military leaders controlling Egypt after President Hosni Mubarak's ouster have pledged to turn over power in a matter of months. As they work with civilians toward transition to a democratically elected government, trust is key; the army has vested interests and has shown no fondness for democracy in the past.
Laurent Gbagbo, the incumbent president, maintains control of the powerful national television station. Alassane Ouattara, the U.N.-certified winner of last November's election, meanwhile, operates out of a hotel, protected by U.N. peacekeepers and with little access to the outside world.
On the 19th day of Egypt's pro-democracy campaign, protesters shook off fatigue from a night of celebratory revelry to start cleaning up the mess they had made in Cairo's Tahrir Square. As they prepared to decamp, the country's new military rulers announced the former government of ousted President Hosni ...
Tens of thousands of Egyptians poured into the streets across the country Friday in celebration after 18 days of anti-government protests. The news that President Hosni Mubarak had resigned came just after nightfall. Many big questions about the future remain, but tonight, Egyptians were in a mood to celebrate.
For three years, the father crisscrossed China searching for the son who had been abducted at age 3. Then he turned to the Internet and, with help from China's version of Twitter and a microblogging journalist, finally brought the boy home.
U.S. officials say the American accused of murder is a diplomat who is being held illegally. But their silence on key questions surrounding the man and the exact nature of his job is helping to keep the controversy alive.
The uprising in Egypt has had a devastating effect on the country's tourism industry, one of the main pillars of the Egyptian economy.
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