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After more than five decades of civil war that have seen millions displaced and killed, South Sudan seceded from the Arab-dominated north Saturday to become Africa's newest nation. (more)

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Bush spoke to the NAACP?s annual convention for the first time during his presidency. His speech drew both applause and silence as he addressed the group he has avoided for five years.

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The gender gap among African-American college students is growing at a dangerous rate. And it's no wonder: The roots of the problem were obvious at my daughter's school, where many boys by age 10 had been socialized to be tough, regarding education with contempt and suspicion.

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