Last July, Nigeria was racked by four days of violence between security forces and a militant group trying to impose strict Islamic law. Ever since, there has been concern that the security forces may have killed many innocent civilians. Mike Hanna of Al Jazeera English reports, and Daljit Dhaliwal speaks to Eric Guttschuss of Human Rights Watch for more.
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The Nigerian national assembly voted today to install Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan as interim leader until ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua is fit enough to return to office. Nigerian bloggers comment on the unfolding leadership crisis in the country.
Following a failed attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up a flight into Detroit on Christmas morning, the Transportation Security Administration imposed tougher screening rules for passengers originating in 14 mostly Muslim nations. See more about the countries selected.
In Somalia, nine local journalists were murdered or killed in combat situations. Tom Rhodes of the Committee to Protect Journalists writes about the deteriorating situation for journalists in Somalia and explains why this figure is especially startling considering that sub-Saharan Africa has historically had one of the lowest journalist murder rates.
This year, the United Nations announced that Nigeria's film industry had surpassed the U.S. in numbers of feature films produced. Explore an interactive feature about the top film-producing nations and read a Q&A about the rise of "Nollywood."
Militants in Nigeria have been attacking police stations in recent days, sparking clashes. Marie Pace of the United States Institute of Peace discusses the implications of the violence for the important oil-producing nation.
Todd Moss of the Center for Global Development discusses whether President Barack Obama will make major changes to U.S. policy toward Africa and what approach the new president should take.