Mandela was elected South Africa's first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in prison for his fight against racist apartheid, and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his work towards world peace
The political situation in the West African country of Mali has taken a significant turn for the worse.
The West African country of Mali continues to be a source of worry, as radical Islamist rebels try to consolidate their hold on the North.
Elements of the armed forces of the small West African Republic of Guinea Bissau seized the capital and arrested Acting President Raimundo Pereira and the former prime minister, Carlos Gomes Junior.
Tuareg separatist rebels and their shaky Islamist allies seized more than half of Mali, setting alarm bells ringing in all of West Africa and beyond.
On March 22, soldiers of the Republic of Mali in West Africa, led by junior officers, carried out a coup d'état against the elected president, Amadou Toumani Touré.
During the "scramble for Africa" at the end of the 19th century, Germany had entered the game partly for economic and partly for geopolitical reasons.
Much interest has been aroused in the United States and beyond by the new video "Kony 2012", produced by the organization "Invisible Children."
Senegal held presidential elections. According to election results published yesterday, but what exactly is being decided in terms of this African country's future is hard to say.
Hundreds of thousands rallied in Cairo's Tahrir Square and in other Egyptian cities Wednesday on the first anniversary of the Jan. 25, 2011, uprising that led to the ouster of dictator Hosni Mubarak.