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U.S. Groups Helped Nurture Arab Uprisings
By RON NIXON
Andrea Bruce for The New York Times
Michael Simon, who worked on targeting for the Barack Obama presidential campaign of 2008, spoke last week to members of the Egyptian Democratic Academy in Cairo.
A small core of American groups played a bigger role in promoting democracy in Arab states than was previously known.
Libyan Port City Is Filled With Migrants Desperate to Exit
By C. J. CHIVERS
Since February, Misurata has been besieged, stranding thousands between heavy fighting and a harbor that could serve as a departure point.
NATO Showing Strain Over Approach to Libya
By STEVEN LEE MYERS and JUDY DEMPSEY
Amid divisions over the intensity of the air campaign in Libya, some of the allies are calling for participation by more nations.
Former Tunisian Leader Faces Legal Charges
By MONA EL-NAGGAR
Former President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia, who fled the country after a popular uprising forced him out in January, is now facing 18 legal cases.
Phonetic Clues Hint Language Is Africa-Born
By NICHOLAS WADE
An analysis implies that modern language originated only once, in southern Africa, a surprising finding.
Somalia, Wobbly on Ground, Seeks Control of Its Airspace
By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
The country hopes to collect millions of dollars in flyover fees if it regains authority over traffic in its airspace, which the United Nations has controlled since 1996.
Ugandan Opposition Leader Wounded During Protest
By JOSH KRON
Kizza Besigye, a leading opposition figure, was taken to the hospital, where he was treated for a wound to the hand after being hit by what he said was a rubber bullet.
Recent Features on Africa
Allies of Zimbabwe’s President Push for Quick Vote
By CELIA W. DUGGER
With no credible successor to unite the quarrelsome factions that threaten to splinter the country’s ruling party, Zimbabwe hurtles into another violent political season.
As Standoff Continues, a Bleaker Outlook for Ivory Coast
By ADAM NOSSITER
Every day that Laurent Gbagbo remains in the presidential residence makes the country increasingly ungovernable for his rival, Alassane Ouattara.
Slide Show: Battles and Evacuations in Abidjan
Doctors Go Far Afield to Battle Epidemics
By CELIA W. DUGGER
A rise in programs sending doctors to some of the world’s poorest countries has met with an outpouring of enthusiasm from many recent graduates.
Video: Battling H.I.V. in Lesotho
Libyan Oil Buys Allies for Qaddafi
By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi has sprinkled billions of dollars around Africa, helping him recruit mercenaries and blunt criticism.
Political Crisis in Ivory Coast Cripples a City
By ADAM NOSSITER
Abidjan, once West Africa’s most important city, is collapsing under the weight of Laurent Gbagbo’s armed fight to stay in power.
Art Exhibit Stirs Up the Ghosts of Zimbabwe’s Past
By CELIA W. DUGGER
The government’s efforts to bury history have instead provoked memories of the Gukurahundi, Zimbabwe’s name for the slaying and torture of thousands of civilians.
Riches Flow Into Nigeria, but Are Lost After Arrival
By ADAM NOSSITER
Oil money has brought more questions than calm to the Niger Delta.
Partying Amid Poverty Stirs South Africa Debate
By CELIA W. DUGGER
The exploits of a convicted swindler turned businessman have set off an animated conversation about the privileges of the black elite.
Cut Off, Ivory Coast Chief Is Pressing for Cash
By ADAM NOSSITER
Diplomats and businessman say Laurent Gbagbo is squeezing cocoa exporters and banks to pay soldiers and civil servants.
Slide Show: How a Strongman Keeps His Grip on Power in Ivory Coast
Transforming Africa Through Higher Education
By NAZANIN LANKARANI
Ashesi University College, a private college in Ghana, was founded with big dreams of transforming the continent.
Ivory Coast Forces Crack Down on Opposition
By ADAM NOSSITER
A bloody raid by Ivory Coast security forces were ordered by Laurent Gbagbo, the strongman who refuses to step down despite losing last year’s presidential election.
Times Topics: Laurent Gbagbo | Ivory Coast
The Saturday Profile
Under Siege in War-Torn Somalia, a Doctor Holds Her Ground
By MOHAMMED IBRAHIM and JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
Dr. Hawa Abdi helps nearly 100,000 people at her medical facility, persevering despite an attack by militants in May.
Southern Sudan Feels Freedom Close at Hand
By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
After decades of war, southern Sudan is at the moment it has been yearning for with a vote on independence.
Mali City Rankled by Rules for Life in Spotlight
By NEIL MacFARQUHAR
Residents of Djenné, Mali, a Unesco World Heritage site, complain that the guidelines to maintain that designation are too restrictive.
News Analysis
African Unity Faces a Test in Ivory Coast
By ADAM NOSSITER
Ivory Coast has become a test case of whether the global community can impose its will on leaders who refuse to recognize elections they lose.
Lobbyist Quits Ivory Coast Job
Fears Growing of Mugabe’s Iron Grip Over Zimbabwe
By CELIA W. DUGGER
Warning signs are proliferating that President Robert Mugabe is planning to seize untrammeled control during the elections he wants next year.
Beyond Fossil Fuels
African Huts Far From the Grid Glow With Renewable Power
By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
As small-scale renewable energy becomes cheaper and more reliable, it is providing the first drops of modern power to people far from electricity grids and fuel pipelines.
African Farmers Displaced as Investors Move In
By NEIL MacFARQUHAR
Across Africa and the developing world, a new global land rush is gobbling up large expanses of arable land.
Zimbabwe Health Care, Paid With Peanuts
By CELIA W. DUGGER
For many rural people, cash is so scarce that the 85-bed Chidamoyo Christian Hospital allows bartering.
Video: Providing Medical Services for Peanuts
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Battle for Libya
The latest images after Western intervention in Libya.
A New Arab Generation Finds Its Voice
Video interviews with more than two dozen people under 30, from Libya to the West Bank, talking about their generation’s moment in history and prospects for the future.
From Opinion
Op-Ed Contributor
The Many Qaddafis
By DIRK VANDEWALLE
Over the 42 years of iron-fisted rule, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi has taken on many roles.
On the Ground
Answering Your Sudan Questions, Round 3
By NICHOLAS KRISTOF
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Nicholas D. Kristof address a third and final batch of readers’ questions.
On the Ground
Answering Your Sudan Questions, Take 2
By NICHOLAS KRISTOF
Former President Jimmy Carter and Nicholas Kristof answer a second round of readers' questions about Sudan.
Nicholas D. Kristof Blog
Answering Your Sudan Questions, Take 1
By NICHOLAS KRISTOF
President Carter and I answer a first batch of reader questions about Sudan.
Send Your Question
Slide Show
On a Small Scale, Sustainable Energy Transforms Lives
Tiny renewable energy systems that light just one home at a time are playing an epic, transformative role in the lives of poor people in developing countries who live far the electricity grid.
Slide Show
Ernest Cole: Photographer
Images from the exhibition in South Africa.
Video Shows Defense of Besieged Misurata
April 14, 2011 3:05 PM ET
Video of Gbagbo's Arrest on Ivorian TV
April 11, 2011
Houston Oil Lobbyists Paid for Former Congressman's Libya Mission
April 8, 2011
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The Battle for Libya | April 14, 2011
There was fresh discord within NATO on Thursday over arming the rebels and the bombing campaign.
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NATO Leaders Meet With Rebels
NATO, Arab and African ministers met with Libya’s rebels on Wednesday in a show of support for insurgents who are seeking to overthrow Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.
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The Battle for Libya | April 12, 2011
France and Britain urged NATO on Tuesday to intensify airstrikes against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s forces.
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TimesCast | Laurent Gbagbo Captured
After the recent intervention by U.N. and French forces, Ivory Coast's former leader was captured by his political rival, Alassane Ouattara.
SLIDE SHOW: African Union Attempts to Broker Libyan Cease-Fire
As African leaders met with rebel representatives in Benghazi, the fighting between loyalist and rebel forces continued outside Ajdabiya.
News From A.P. and Reuters »
Gunfire at Burkina Faso Presidential Compound
10:42 PM ET
Allies Say Libya Campaign on Until Gaddafi Goes
8:33 PM ET
Allies Say Libya Campaign on Until Gaddafi Goes
8:33 PM ET
Demanding Gaddafi Step Down Is 'Insult': Daughter
8:15 PM ET
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