If oil revenue is concentrated on infrastructure projects in far-flung regions, such as South Sudan and Darfur, it could prevent those areas from falling back into war.
In 2003, rebels in Darfur took up arms to force President Omar al-Bashir's Arab-dominated government to deliver greater autonomy and better governance to the neglected region.
Racial tension between ethnic groups fuels the conflict in Darfur, as many nomadic herdsmen consider themselves to be Arabs while many farmers consider themselves to be African.
In Germany, the birthplace of Pope Benedict XVI, the priest sex abuse scandal has shaken many young Catholics' trust in the church, if not their faith. The man who initially inspired a new 'Benedict generation' is now seen as out of touch.
Sudan President Omar al-Bashir is accused of ordering the recruitment of Arab janjaweed militia to wipe out the non-Arab tribes in the Darfur region.
Sudan's size and ethnic diversity have made the country hard to govern. Lack of government attention to far-flung regions has been at the root of wars in Darfur and South Sudan.
British scientist Stephen Hawking says that aliens might 'conquer and colonize' Earth. His colleagues disagree.
Citizens and officials in Mexico reacted angrily to the new Arizona immigration law signed Friday, with Mexican President Felipe Calderón saying it hindered collaboration along the border region.
Sudan announced today that President Omar al-Bashir won the April 11-15 Sudan election that Critics call a sham. Supporters say it gives the longtime military ruler new legitimacy.
The Taliban appear to be making good on a promise to escalate violence in Kandahar, where NATO is planning to launch what it sees as the next major offensive of the Afghanistan war.
Pharmaceutical mogul Chirayu Amin is now the IPL (Indian Premier League) interim chief. Lalit Modi was suspended Sunday over allegations of corruption and financial irregularities while he chaired the IPL.
The Austria presidential election was a landslide victory for incumbent Heinz Fischer and saw the far right poll worse than expected, sending a message that its appeal is dimming, analysts say.
Rogue soldiers, active and retired, are supporting Thailand’s 'red-shirt' protesters, the Army chief said Sunday.
Human Rights Watch researcher Carina Tertsakian was denied a work visa in what critics charge is part of a new Rwanda crackdown by strongman President Paul Kagame.
Days after Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stopped by, Robert Mugabe's regime in Zimbabwe gets ready to host North Korea's soccer team in the run-up to the World Cup.
President Heinz Fischer is expected to win Sunday's Austria election handily, despite a challenge from far-right opponent Barbara Rosenkranz.
Right-wing Israelis marched through East Jerusalem on Sunday in a bid to show Israel's sovereignty over all of Jerusalem. Israeli-Palestinian clashes broke out during the march.
The Gaza Strip was conquered by empires that left behind fortresses, alabaster jewelry, and bronze weaponry. Now the impoverished Strip is trying to rein in the black market in ancient treasure and better preserve items often found by chance.
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou called his country a "sinking ship" as he requested a $56 billion bailout today. But Germany, which is key to any aid package, still isn't convinced that a Greece bailout is absolutely necessary.