A Muslim-led coup last year triggered the violence in the majority-Christian country. But there's a deeper reason: resentment over diamonds and gold, mined by Christians and traded by Muslims.
In an effort to give their best customers their best rewards, airlines may look at how much you're spending, not how far you're traveling.
America's farmers aren't growing enough organic corn and soybeans for our organic animals. Farmers in China, India and Argentina are filling the gap, but tight supplies have led to shortages.
With Libya between chaos and the emergence of a new state, many Libyans are fleeing to other countries. An executive and a revolutionary activist in Tripoli explain their fears and why they may leave.
Owners of The Oregonian are shedding the identity of a daily print newspaper and emphasizing digital content instead. The shift has been received with both cheers and outrage nationwide.
Alan Cheuse reviews Night in Shanghai, by Nicole Mones.
Nutrition panels just got a big makeover from the Food and Drug Administration. First lady Michelle Obama is announcing the changes on the fourth anniversary of her campaign to fight obesity.
The dairy industry is ending its long-running "Got Milk?" advertising campaign, replacing it with two words: "Milk life." Andrew Novakovic, a professor of agricultural economics, explains the change.
President Obama is launching a new initiative aimed at helping young black and Hispanic men. He'll sign an executive order that sets up a task force to help keep them in school and out of prisons.
When Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych fled Kiev, he left a trove of documents at his estate. Journalists spent the weekend in a house that had once been off-limits, going over the papers.
Non-Stop, the latest movie in which Liam Neeson looks stern and punches things, isn't exactly a good movie. But here's the thing: It's really, really fun.
He's held his seat in the House of Representatives since 1991. But today Rep. Ed Pastor, 70, said it was time for him "to seek out a new endeavor."
Americans wasted 31 percent of all food that was available in 2010, the USDA reports. For the first time, the agency calculated what that means in terms of calories, too.
On their IFC comedy show, Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen take on the rent-everything culture with a new clip: "Rent it out!"
The decision strikes down parts of Kentucky's ban on gay marriage. The state attorney general is weighing whether to appeal the decision.
In 1954, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev transferred Crimea from Russia to Ukraine. At the time it seemed unexceptional, but six decades later, that gift is having consequences for both countries.
The astrophysicist says that participating in a "great unfolding of a cosmic story," should make us feel large, not small. This spring, Tyson hosts a TV series called Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey.
According to more secrets spilled by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Britain's cyber spies downloaded snapshots of innocent Yahoo users. Much of what they saw was for adult audiences.
Cutting defense spending is about as popular as proposing Social Security cuts. In other words, not very. But it must be done despite the politics, say two who helped close military bases before.
Doctors are supposed to wash their hands before touching a patient. But that stethoscope draped around the doctor's neck may be loaded with bacteria, too. Cleaning it would help, researchers say.
Actor Joe Morton is probably best known these days as one of TV's toughest dads, playing Rowan Pope on Scandal. Morton talks about the show's return, plus his 40-year career in film, TV and theater.
Jackson Mississippi Mayor Chokwe Lumumba passed away this week. Host Michel Martin learns more about the civil rights attorney and the activists he mentored.
Vermont might be known as an idyll of small towns and maple syrup, but it's also dealing with a major heroin crisis. Journalist Gina Tron, who grew up there, says it doesn't surprise her.
Lawmakers in Uganda have passed an anti-gay law that imposes harsh punishments for homosexual acts. Critics say some American evangelists are to blame. Evangelical leader Scott Lively responds.
On Jan. 15, just hours before receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, John Ridley joined NPR's Michele Norris for a wide-ranging conversation at NPR's headquarters.