Libya is running out of cash as the battle drags on but could a tanker full of black gold be the salvation of the anti-Gaddafi forces?
Plus, the conundrum of Nigeria – oil riches put it on course to become Africa's biggest economy, but a crucial election is postponed because ballot papers have not been sent out.
And, Portugal raises the white flag, finally admitting what the markets long suspected – it does need a financial bailout.
This episode of Counting the Cost aired from Friday, April 8, 2011.
Source: Al Jazeera