Obama, world leaders praise 'giant of history' at Mandela memorial

They gathered in the tens of thousands -- presidents, prime ministers, royals, celebrities and ordinary South Africans -- all united to say farewell to a man hailed as a global symbol of reconciliation.

Nelson Mandela death: South Africans, world mourn former president

Nelson Mandela death: South Africans, world mourn former president By Arwa Damon and Faith Karimi CNN Editor's note: Send us your stories, memories and photographs of the Nobel Peace prize winner and former South African president. SOWETO, South Africa (CNN) ...

Africa's 'first design museum' stirs continent's creative pulse

It used to be an old factory churning out parts for the mining industry before slowly falling into neglect and turned into a garage for vehicle repairs.

Scenes of hope and devastation after Typhoon Haiyan

Amid desperation, some hope.

U.S. steps up hunt for Joseph Kony

In a sign of a potentially expanded role for U.S. special forces in Africa, the Pentagon is considering sending V-22 Osprey aircraft to a base in Uganda for American and African forces to use in assaults on The Lord's Resistance ...

Why Malala's bravery inspires us

As a teenager, it's easy to feel lost, to get swallowed up into the mob mentality and lose your voice. We've all been victim to that; anyone who says they haven't is either lying or under the age of 13 ...

'White is beautiful:' Why India needs its own Oprah Winfrey

Tanupriya Khurana watches intently as her sister Bhavna gets a makeover at a designer cosmetics kiosk in the middle of one of Delhi's most popular malls, Select Citywalk. Shades of velvety pink blush roll over Bhavna's olive cheeks. She holds ...

Thai locals arrested over Rihanna Instagram photo

Two men in Thailand are in trouble with the law thanks to an Instagram photo posted by pop star Rihanna during her recent visit to the holiday island of Phuket.

Kenya assault raises new fears about Somali recruitment

The weekend massacre at an upscale shopping center in Kenya is shining a new light on an old concern for Western counterterrorism officials: the recruitment of jihadist fighters from among the Somali diaspora.

Zimbabwean President Mugabe to continue takeover policy

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe swore in his new government Wednesday and confirmed that the new 26-member Cabinet, mainly composed of allies from his previous appointments, will not abandon his controversial policy of seizing the majority stake of foreign-owned firms.

Obama opts for diplomacy instead of war

Speaking to a war-weary nation Tuesday night, President Barack Obama asked Congress to postpone a vote authorizing him to launch an air attack against Syria while he explores a Russian diplomatic proposal that could rid Syria of its arsenal of ...

Possible Syria strike: 5 things to pay attention to today

President Barack Obama's war drums continue to beat, but an offhand comment from Secretary of State John Kerry has set in motion a diplomatic effort by Russia -- seized on at the United Nations -- to ward off a U.S. ...

Indie Soul: Baltimore Family Reunion Expo

It wasn’t that long ago that Sister Sledge sang “We Are Family” while the O’Jays crooned there’s nothing like a “Family Reunion.”

'Africa's father of the internet:' Web pioneer on bringing a continent online

If you're reading this somewhere in Africa, then perhaps you should thank Nii Quaynor.

U.S. extends embassy closures after intercepted al Qaeda message

What started as an unprecedented move to close almost two dozen diplomatic posts for a day has broadened to week-long closures for most of them as the United States mulls the threat of a possible attack.