A hard-hitting Kenyan movie about gang culture has become the country's first-ever film to be considered for an Oscar. "Nairobi Half Life" has just been shown at Film Africa 2012, which is currently taking place in London -- having already made history as the most successful theatrical release for a local film in Kenya, according to its producers.
It's not a career path followed by many. On Friday, the Right Reverend Justin Welby, a former oil executive, was confirmed as the next archbishop of Canterbury, and as such will become head of the 80 million-member worldwide Anglican Communion. Although Welby has been a bishop for just less than a year, his experience beyond the pulpit may be what has given him the edge over his rivals for the top job. He will take over from Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who has headed the church for more than a decade, in March.
POL-Campaign-2016 (with art)
Get ready: The 2016 campaign for the White House is getting under way. Among those attending next week's Republican Governors Association meeting in Las Vegas are the group's chairman, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, as well as popular Republicans such as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. While the RGA's annual confabs are all about policy and politics, 2016 is sure to come up because all four governors are thought to be contenders for the party's next presidential nomination. Even though the 2012 election is barely in the rear view mirror, speculation over the next race for the White House is getting started. With President Barack Obama winning a second term on Tuesday, an incumbent will not run in 2016, meaning both parties may have competitive nomination battles.
POL-Election-New-America (with art)
America woke up Wednesday, looked into a giant mirror made up of millions of votes and saw how it has been changing for decades. It wasn't just President Obama's re-election and the diverse coalition of minorities, women and youth that kept him in power. For the first time, voters approved same-sex marriage in three states. Margaret Hoover, a Republican analyst and CNN contributor, called it "a watershed moment." Meanwhile, Wisconsin elected the country's first openly gay U.S. senator.
POL-Why-Romney-Lost (with art)
Before Republicans went looking for answers Tuesday night, some of them went looking for the remote. When it became clear about midnight that President Barack Obama was safely on the way to re-election, a handful of cranky and inebriated Republican donors wandered about Romney's election night headquarters, angrily demanding that the giant television screens inside the ballroom be switched from CNN to Fox News, where Republican strategist Karl Rove was making frantic, face-saving pronouncements about how Ohio was not yet lost. Rove was wrong, of course.
POL-Obama-Federal-Courts (with art)
Between 1969 and 1993, all 11 justices confirmed to the Supreme Court were named by Republican presidents. Now the re-election of President Barack Obama promises to continue reshifting the balance of federal courts toward a more progressive stage, a legacy of judicial power that may be felt for decades. Obama has already named two justices to the top bench -- Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan -- and it is possible he might name two or more in his second term.
POL-Analysis-Obama-Second-Term-issues (with art)
Even before he takes the oath of office for a second time, President Barack Obama has a crisis on his hands. On January 2, 2013, America will begin a long fall off the "fiscal cliff" -- unless the White House and Congress can agree on a deal to avert the plunge. And that's not going to be easy.
POL-Obama-Identity (with art)
A black man is returning to the White House. Four years ago, it was a first, the breaking of a racial barrier. Tuesday night, it was history redux. And more.
Over $100 billion is owed in unpaid child support -- nearly half of that to taxpayers supporting children on public assistance.
Iran's quest for a nuclear weapon has been the subject of much debate this election season, but the presidential candidates rarely discussed the most imminent danger Iran poses to the United States: cyberwarfare.
MONEY-Online-Voting-Election (with art)
Online voting is taking off in local elections, particularly overseas. But Americans shouldn't expect to vote for the president on their laptop or iPad anytime soon.
Gun sales are up in the wake of Barack Obama's re-election on Tuesday, driven by fears of tighter regulations under a Democratic president, especially for firearms that might be classified as assault weapons.