There are 196 recognized countries in the world, as of August 13, 2012.
In the link below, you will find a list of all the sovereign countries in the world.
The list is long but there were a total of 32 countries taking part.
See the link below for a full list of all the countries in the world, including sovereign and partially recognized states.
For a list of the major deserts in then world and the countries in which they occur, click on this link.
Timor-Leste, Malawi, Tanzania and Yemen are some of the third world countries
List of smallest countries (1st is the smallest country in the world):Vatican CityMonacoGibraltarTokelauNauru
The list is far to long.
The poorest countries in the world list includes some countries from Africa. The continent has its own top 10 list of poor countries too and the second on the list is Liberia.