The World Court could soon issue an arrest warrant for President Bashir on charges of genocide.
He's been critical of monetary policy and has named human rights defenders to key posts.
Across the continent, rigged elections, ethnic violence, and failed power-sharing pacts hand Africa significant challenges to tackle in 2009.
Island nation struggles with a flood of illegal migrants bound for Europe.
Justice experts hailed the guilty verdict against Theoneste Bagosora as a victory for Rwandans and a milestone for international courts.
Southern Sudan, Uganda, and Congo launched operation Lightning Thunder this week to flush the Lord's Resistance Army out of its base in northern Congo.
A growing feud between Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden's chief lieutenant, and Sayyed Imam al-Sharif, the jailed ex-leader of Egypt's Islamic Jihad, could weaken support for Al Qaeda.
Wealthy Russians and Chinese buy antiques to recover pieces of their heritage.