Nigeria – the No. 3 supplier of US oil – says that by 2012 the country will be growing by 10 percent per year. Some economists agree.
The Russian authorities have been using antipiracy laws to target government critics, and local activists say Microsoft officials have aided in the process.
Israel doesn't oppose a US arms deal that would send advanced aircraft to Saudi Arabia, which is increasingly seen as essential to containing Iran's nuclear ambitions.
Today's governments are trying to reverse or slow the innovations of the private sector.
In Second Life's Al-Andalus, a virtual world patterned after medieval Andalus in Spain, avatars of Muslims mix with avatars of Jews and Christians to strive for a more perfect union.
A woman plays with an alpaca in a meadow at the Alpaca Land farm in Goeming, near Salzburg, Austria, on Friday. Eighty-seven alpacas live on the Austrian farm, forming the biggest flock in the nation.
US Open action on Friday has the women's semifinals. The finals are scheduled for Saturday night. The men will play their semifinal matches Saturday at the US Open.
A two-week-old Malay fish owl waits to be fed at the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore on Thursday. This owl was born and bred in the park as part of its efforts in wildlife conservation.
A suicide bomber killed 17 people at a market in Russia's North Ossetia on Thursday, the latest evidence of a resurgent Islamist insurgency in the area.
A protest to stop road-building in the formerly protected Khimki forest near Moscow is gaining traction. Russian analysts say there's more to it than simple environmental concerns.