In Oman, democratic aspirants are struggling against an absolute monarch who has developed and managed the country far better than most regional autocrats now facing revolt.
A Bangladeshi fan, with Bangladesh's national flag and tiger painted on his face, looks on during their Cricket World Cup match against Ireland in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Royal Bengal Tiger is the national animal of Bangladesh.
A first step is identifying where assets are held. Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi is said to have billions stashed in bank accounts from Dubai to Switzerland.
The Bahrain protests go beyond the sectarian prism of Sunni versus Shiite. The ruling Al Khalifa family has been unable to provide Bahrainis the kind of interest-free loans and medical care that some of their neighbors have enjoyed.
Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding may have tinges of the turreted-castle fairy tale. But from romantic to ruthless, more than 40 modern monarchies, including Prince William's family, still influence global realities for better or worse.
Tiger Woods has been out of the game for so long, many are looking to see how he performs against Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer in the Dubai Desert Classic. Tiger Woods tees off on Thursday.
Foreign investors see Africa as a breadbasket. Done well, investment could help with African hunger but create food security for the rest of the world.
Egypt has been the scene of more than 100 incidents involving the harm or detention of journalists in the past 36 hours, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, officially opened in January. For building residents, the rent also buys a bit of fame.