The football world cup offers a useful chance to consider the apparent division between North and sub-Saharan Africa.
Can we trust expert football predictions? Perhaps, but it's variable.
Africa has always promised a great deal in the international showcase but delivered very little at the football world cup.
When Senegal face Poland in their first World Cup match in Russia, the whole nation will be roaring them on to victory.
Decentralization in the Middle East and North Africa is supposed to lead to greater public representation in municipal politics. In fact, it is largely strengthening authoritarianism.
Public disaffection in Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries betrays deep-seated tensions beneath the surface.
Mass demonstrations in Tunisia indicate anger over the government's decision to raise taxes, but its more complex.
Seven years after ousting Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisians are back on the streets protesting the government’s new Finance Act.
Seven years after Ben Ali was deposed, Tunisians feel little happier with their lot.
Africa has recorded a tremendous growth in its output of academic engineering research over the past 20 years. Greater collaboration can increase this growth even more.
At present, the Middle East and North African region contains 7% of the world's population but only has access to 1.5% of its renewable freshwater supply through rainfall.
Italy, Portugal and Spain have all gone up in flames in recent weeks, highlighting the need to rethink how Mediterranean countries protect people and save ecosystems.
The World Bank has changed direction. It won't be giving up on public funding, but it will increasingly be trying to attract private investors to developing countries.
Protests in Tunisia and Morocco show underlying causes of the Arab uprisings remain intact.
Tunisia's economy has been struggling since the country’s 2011 revolution. Corruption and bad governance within the banking sector is not helping.
Africa has one of the world's richest fossil records, and evidence suggests that amateurs collected really important fossils long before professionals arrived on the scene.
Trying to reintegrate foreign fighters who return home shouldn't be considered the soft option. Governments in countries like Morocco and Tunisia need to respond realistically to a complex problem.
Sea cows (Sirenia) descended from four legged mammals that roamed Africa when this continent was isolated. They belong to the Afrotheria, the 'African beasts'.
Thanks to foreign backing, social impact start-ups led by young entrepreneurs are flourishing in North Africa.
Where we choose to go on trips abroad is easily skewed by the nature of news reports, and that can have huge impacts on destinations.