| Oct 24, 2013
| 12:42 PM
WASHINGTON – Two Americans were taken hostage by pirates who attacked their ship off the coast of Nigeria, a U.S. official said Thursday.
The captain and chief engineer of the C-Retriever, a U.S.-flagged oil supply ship, were kidnapped in the...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 7:03 PM
WASHINGTON — Two Islamist groups in Nigeria have been added to the State Department's list of foreign terrorist organizations for killing thousands of people and threatening Westerners in West Africa, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
| Nov 18, 2013
| 2:22 PM
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Illegal fishing off Africa -- often by ships from wealthy nations like South Korea -- costs the continent millions of dollars a year, with poor West African nations among the hardest hit.
Activists and environmental...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
For years I have been writing about the failures of the UK's National Health Service (NHS) as a warning for what the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) will do to health care here in the U.S.
London's Daily Mail has chronicled the growing problems...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
PARIS -- Military interventions by powerful nations into lesser ones, such as now continues in Mali (and Afghanistan), and is being urged by many into the Syrian civil war, are inherently reckless since even the most powerful states can have the whole...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 11:32 AM
What does a great city-sponsored music festival look like?
A superb example comes in the form of the 15th annual World Music Festival Chicago, which since its inception has offered a combination of outdoor events downtown and indoor performances in some...
| Sep 16, 2013
In a new twist on an old adage, Stephenie Park's motto might well be, "If at first you do succeed, try, try again."
In 2003, the Chicago-area native and current Wicker Park resident moved to Benin, where she served with the Peace Corps to help farmers...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 4:31 PM
"Cameras d'Afrique: The Films of West Africa," a new monthlong series exploring the last 50 years of cinema from that era, opens Oct. 3 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Film Independent at LACMA and the Loyola Marymount School of Film and...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
PARIS -- It is a profound but nearly universal mistake among Americans (and others) to think that the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan in 2013 or 2014 will end the American war with the Muslim world that began on September 11 in 2001. It...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 1:17 PM
This just in: Humanity is growing faster than we thought.
In advance of World Population Day, United Nations demographers have once again revised official projections -- upward. This meticulous band of number crunchers doesn’t mean to be alarmist,...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 1:49 PM
Beaver Creek Christian Church, the Rev. Mark Curran will preach at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday on “Living in Christ.” Sunday school follows worship.
Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren, Pastor Rachel Black will lead the 10 a.m. service...
| Aug 27, 2013
Cameroon, located on the west coast of Africa between Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea, is a nation of unparalleled beauty and biological diversity. Mt. Cameroon, in the west, is one of Africa's largest volcanoes, reaching 13,255 feet; in the north of the...