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.