• South Africa in shock asks who gave the orders for the mine shootings and who must be blamed.

    Mourners attend a memorial service at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg, South Africa, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 after police shot and killed 34 striking miners and wounded 78 last week. Demands for higher wages spread to at least two other mines, raising fears of further protests at more South African mines that provide most of the world's platinum.
    LAST UPDATE : Aug 24, 2012, 5:57 PM EDT
  • Farmer Tom Albaugh holds drought impacted ears of corn in a field on his farm, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, in Ankeny, Iowa. Albaugh expects to be harvesting by the middle of September, ahead of the usual end of September or early October schedule. The harvest is three to four weeks ahead of schedule in most of the corn belt because an unusually warm spring allowed farmers to plant earlier.

    The world urgently needs to adopt drought-management policies as farmers from Africa to India struggle with lack of rainfall and the United States endures the worst drought it has experienced in decades.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 23, 2012, 2:43 PM EDT
  • Mosiuoa Lekota, leader for Congress of the People (COPE) addresses mine workers at the Lonmin mine near Rustenburg, South Africa, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. South African police on Thursday, opened fire on a crowd of striking workers at a platinum mine, killing 34 and wounding 78.

    Two men who survived a mass shooting by police that killed 34 striking miners say a traditional healer told the strikers that police bullets would not harm them if they used traditional medicine.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 23, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT
  • In this May 6, 2010 photo, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi speaks during the 20th World Economic Forum on Africa at Mlimanin City Conference Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Meles died Monday, Aug. 20, 2012 following weeks of illness, Ethiopian State media reported. He was 57.

    Zenawi was Ethiopia's long-time ruler and a major U.S. counter-terrorism ally who is credited with economic gains but blamed for human rights abuses.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 23, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT
  • in this photo taken Sunday July 15, 2012 Isaq Abdi and his younger brother Ahmedsa Abdi share a small meal from a plastic bag on a street corner at the end of the day after a daylong work.

    Since the outbreak of civil conflict in 1991 there has been no central government control over most of the country, but now there is opportunity to close that long chapter in a regionally brokered and U.N.-backed roadmap.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 23, 2012, 4:04 AM EDT