| Mar 2, 2014
| 7:22 PM
Meryl Streep had to wait three years before she received her first Oscar nomination after she graduated from the Yale School of Drama.
Lupita Nyong'o landed the role that would get her an Academy Award win for outstanding supporting actress even...
| Feb 16, 2014
For decades, one golden rule has guided America's military involvement in Africa: Stay out.
Generally speaking, the reason was a sense that the strategic stakes did not justify the risk. When we deviated from this rule, we often learned lessons the hard...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 9:37 PM
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. carried out a missile strike in southern Somalia on Sunday that is believed to have killed a militant leader linked to Al Qaeda, officials said.
The airstrike in a remote area near the town of Barawe was aimed at a leader of the...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 9:03 AM
Little did Gary Cowman know that a place he had no intention of visiting would become his home.
The Laguna Beach native moved to Kenya 24 years ago with his wife, Lori, to work for an organization dedicated to translating the Bible into different...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 2:30 PM
PARIS -- What's the point of intervening in a foreign country under the guise of humanitarianism, or sending aid, if you're just going to end up importing its citizens en masse anyway? Isn't the whole idea to shape up the place so that its people can...
| Jan 13, 2014
If you know that Kathleen "Keen" Harrison is a Chicago-area geneticist who founded the nonprofit Project Harambee to help Kenyans affected by HIV, you might think that her motivation was rooted mostly in her work as a scientist.
But she'll tell you that...
| Nov 23, 2013
| 6:30 AM
We had a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime experience visiting national parks in Kenya. On our 11-day safari, we visited the Serengeti (Masai Mara), Samburu, Amboseli and other parks. The wildlife is extraordinary with sightings of lions, cheetahs, zebras,...
| Jan 3, 2014
Once virtually eradicated, polio again stalks the Horn of Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. The innocent victims are mostly young children. The perpetrators are insurgents and indifferent governments. The polio resurgence is preventable and it is...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 9:49 AM
Mark Obama Ndesandjo, the half-brother of President Obama, has self-published a book detailing the ugly side of their shared father.
The Associated Press reports that in "Cultures: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery," Ndesanjo "recalls alcohol-fueled beatings...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 6:32 PM
"This is Thanksgiving in Manchester."
Only one week to go until race organizer Jim Balcome intones the familiar welcome at the 77th annual Manchester Road Race, which starts at 10 a.m. on Main Street in Manchester Thanksgiving morning.
| Nov 10, 2013
ARUSHA, Tanzania -- Fire was the last thing my husband, Steve, and I expected on our trip to Tanzania for a 12-day safari. Yet here we were in our Land Cruiser, bouncing along rutted dirt roads through walls of fire.
Our hosts reassuringly explained...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 5:04 PM
Vicki Lawrence had a hit single with "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" and played Miley Cyrus' grandmother on "Hannah Montana." But the irony isn't lost on the comedic actress that she is now the same age as Thelma Mae Crowley Harper, the...