• FILE - In this picture taken Wednesday, July 18, 2012, Zali Idy, 12, poses in her bedroom in the remote village of Hawkantaki, Niger. Zali was married in 2011. One third and more of all girls are married in 42 countries, according to the U.N. Population Fund, referring to females under the age of 18. The highest number of cases occurs in some of the poorest countries, the agency figures show, with the West African nation of Niger bottom of the list with 75 percent of girls married before they turn 18.

    Government statistics in South Sudan show half the girls there aged 15 to 19 are married, with some brides as young as 12 years old.

    LAST UPDATE : Mar 08, 2013, 11:34 AM EST
  • A French fighter pilot gets ready to take off with a Mirage 2000 D, at Kossei camp in N'Djamena, Chad, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

    French fighter jets bombed rebel targets in a major city in Mali's north, pounding the airport as well as training camps, warehouses and buildings used by the al-Qaida-linked Islamists controlling the area.

    LAST UPDATE : Jan 13, 2013, 11:48 PM EST