Makaa or charcoal is often used in cooking methods in Kenya and other countries in Africa.

The push to end harmful cooking methods worldwide


A third of the world’s population cooks with fuels that produce harmful fumes when burned. Breathing in the fine particles produced by cooking with wood, charcoal, coal, animal dung and agricultural waste can penetrate the lungs and cause multiple respiratory and cardiovascular problems, including cancer and strokes. Women and children are most at risk. Fifty countries gathered in Paris on Tuesday to raise funds to replace dangerous cooking with clean ones. Marco Werman speaks with Dymphna van der Lans, CEO of the Clean Cooking Alliance.

A graphic with three photos. Left to right: Wheat harvest, Tibisay Zea and a man harvesting wheat in Senegal.

VIDEO EXPLAINER: How the war in Ukraine is affecting wheat exports and food culture in Senegal

Chad's President Déby wearing an olive-green outfit

In the wake of Chadian President Idriss Déby’s death, a transitional military council will lead the country

Teklit Michael dreamed of running in the London Olympics. But his country, Eritrea, jailed him. So he fled to Israel.

A life of statelessness derailed this Eritrean runner’s hopes to compete in the Olympics


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Arts, Culture & Media

BLK JKS: Too Good For Vowels

Arts, Culture & Media

It’s hard to imagine a band getting more exposure than by playing at the opening ceremony of the World Cup. With the eyes of the world on South Africa last Thursday, the nation’s own BLK JKS delivered what was arguably the best performance of the night. At the heart of their music is a tenacious […]

Remembering Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai in her words

Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, died of cancer on Sunday — in this 2007 interview, Maathai describes her life in environmental activism.

South Sudanese disembark from a plane from Israel after getting deported back to Juba, June 18, 2012.

Hundreds of Israeli rabbis say they will personally hide African asylum-seekers in their homes


Rabbi Susan Silverman, the sister of comedian Sarah Silverman, is behind a movement to stop the deportation or imprisonment of some 40,000 African migrants living in Israel.


How this torture survivor from Chad made good on ‘a pact with God’


Souleymane Guengueng, at home in the Bronx, once helped imprison a brutal former president of Chad. Now, he hopes to teach others how he did it.


Survey shows 30 percent decline in African savannah elephant population


Researchers say the dramatic drop, revealed by a three-year aerial study, is largely due to poaching.