Food is delivered by the UN in South Sudan.
Last month South Sudan announced a dramatic increase in the cost of aid-worker permits from $100 to $10,000. It's now backtracked on the decision.
Who are you going to call?
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IS has proved very adept at fending off massive conventional forces – but that doesn't mean crack private security teams would do any better.
Slave shackles in a display case at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C..
In the 19th century, slaveholders advertised widely for runaway slaves and often hired men to track and capture fugitives. African-American communities offered sanctuary space to the runaways.
A new megachurch movement is drawing crowds on the basis of belief in nonbelief.
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Distrust of the irreligious has been commonplace in the American political discourse from the founding.
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has agreed a truce with opposition Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama.
The main sticking point in the failed efforts at peace is the demand by Renamo that it be allowed to appoint provincial governors in the provinces where it claims to have won an electoral majority.
An April 30, 1966 file photo of King Jr. addressing a rally in Birmingham, Alabama,
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Martin Luther King Jr. used a prophetic voice in his preaching -- a hopeful voice that addressed human tragedy. But it was the black clerics who came before him, who helped King develop that voice.
Protestors chant after a rally.
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In America's past, efforts by disadvantaged citizens to secure greater political influence have been met with violent repression.
On October 2, the Colombian people will decide the future of their country.
As Colombians head to the polls for the October 2 referendum to permanently end the country's civil war, everything from grief and hope to partisan politics will factor into their decision.
Death and destruction are a daily reality in Syria as the civil war drags on.
Tourism will have to be a key element in future peace-building and peace-keeping strategies in Syria.
Thousands killed, millions displaced, a country in ruins: when will the international community act to end the violence?
Robert Sobukwe developed the philosophy of African nationalism to even higher intellectual heights. The lesson for humanity was his ideological stand that there is only one race - the human race.
It’s not looking good.
This has been a remarkably violent year – and many of the worst threats to human security are no less a problem than they were a year ago.
The flag comes down for the last time.
Symbols can unite and divide. How religion helped turn division over the Confederate flag into consensus.
Where did it all go wrong?
Africa's youngest country has been at war for 18 months, and its people are paying the price. Its neighbours and supporters aren't happy.
Burundi’s president, Pierre Nkurunziza – the only candidate in the 2010 election.
An attempt by the incumbent president to change the constitution and run for a third term has exposed deep and dangerous divisions.
Rebel guerrillas take aim.
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Why did the North win the Civil War 150 years ago? It could be argued that it was the Confederates who lost through such grave errors as the backing of a ferocious guerrilla campaign.
A blazing oil pipeline in Iraq, 2005.
The “thirst for oil” is often put forward as a near self-evident explanation behind military interventions in Libya, for instance, or Sudan. Oil, or the lack of oil, is also said to be behind the absence…
A land divided.
When armed conflict becomes a fact of everyday life, and generations grow up knowing nothing else, imagining life in a state of peace is hard work. The fragile state of Turkey’s negotiations with Kurdish…
“We’re supposed to negotiate with them?” Iraqi soldiers at a checkpoint.
The Islamic State (IS) now occupies significant swaths of Iraq and Syria, has pushed as far as the border with Turkey, and has succeeded in dragging “the West” into two civil wars in the Middle East. The…
South Sudan marches on. But towards what?
Largely knocked out of the news by the crises in Ukraine, Iraq, Syria and Gaza (to name a few), a civil war has nonetheless devastated South Sudan since December 2013. It has left thousands dead, and more…