In a time of global political combustion, with calls for democracy sparking mass demonstrations, self-immolations and civil wars, the women of the small African country of Togo might be the first to try to bring down a dictator by staging a sex strike.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised the leader of Ivory Coast for progress made toward peace Tuesday but urged greater dialogue with the opposition to heal the wounds of a deadly political crisis.
After culling through 20,000 depositions from alleged victims of politically motivated torture and human rights violations in Togo, a special commission has begun hearing testimony from a select group of some 250 of those alleged victims, whose stories cover nearly half a century of turmoil in this West African nation.
Angry Togolese opposition party protesters clashed with grim-faced policemen in the streets of Lome Thursday over the government's attempt to revise the West African country's multiparty constitution promulgated through referendum in 1992.
Before he scored the first two goals in Real Madrid's 4-0 Champions League win over Tottenham Hotspur last week, Emmanuel Adebayor did what he does before every game. He thought of all the people that had written him off. It's not a short list. It starts with the friends of his parents back in Kodjoviakope, a Togolese town on the border of Ghana, who said he should not play soccerl, includes coaches at Metz and Monaco who criticized his attitude, and takes in senior figures at Arsenal and Manchester City, with whom he has not always seen eye-to-eye.
Togolese security forces fired rubber bullets and canisters of tear gas in Lome Thursday to prevent opposition militants from holding street demonstrations against the government's attempt to regulate public protests.
Togo is conducting its first census in 29 years, and some of the trained enumerators who have fanned out across the West African nation say complacency and suspicion among the people are making the task more difficult.
CABINDA, Angola -- When Angola tied Algeria 0-0 on Monday in Luanda to finish first in Group A of the African Cup of Nations, it was cause for celebrations throughout most of Angola. Wherever you go in Luanda, the capital, you'll see locals wearing the national-team colors of red, black and yellow. Angola shirts, scarves and flags are everywhere there; TV and radio broadcasts talk soccer around the clock. Billboards proclaim that Angola, which ended a 27-year civil war in 2002, can unite through soccer.
CABINDA, Angola -- It only took four Nyquil, a last-flight-out-of-Saigon airport scene and 44 hours door-to-door from my home in Baltimore, but I made it here just in time for the kickoff of Friday's showdown in the Africa Cup of Nations between Ivory Coast and Ghana, the two showpiece teams in Africa's most important biannual sporting event.
• Here comes the biggest test of the Games: Can NBC survive without Michael Phelps winning a gold medal? Thankfully there's the Redeem Team, the scrappy band of billionaires who face their first real test of the Games on Thursday (8 a.m. ET) against Greece, an impressive winner over Dirk Nowitzki-led Germany.
Although the ethical consumer has long campaigned against sweatshop labor dependent on young children working long hours for a pittance, the definition of a principled purchase has widened to include the fabrics themselves.
The African Union says it will send a delegation to the west African nation of Togo to decide whether to lift sanctions on the country after its interim president -- the son of the previous president -- stepped down.
The United States joined the African Union and France in calling on Togo's military to respect constitutional processes Monday after the Togolese military installed the son of its former leader to succeed his father as president.