Formula One: Ricciardo hoping to stay dry and dominant
Daniel Ricciardo was glancing at the sky and hoping it remained clear and dry Friday as he and the Formula One circus relaxed on the traditional 'rest day' at this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix.
Marcos son loses Philippines vice president election
The son and namesake of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos has narrowly lost the election for vice president, according to an official count that was only completed Friday, almost three weeks after polls closed.
Obama's Hiroshima visit draws raves, memento-seekers
US President Barack Obama's visit to Hiroshima on Friday drew raves on social media and from many of the thousands who turned up to witness the historic event.
Hugs and tears: Obama meets A-bomb survivors in Hiroshima
Two men who suffered horrific injuries in the world's first nuclear strike seven decades ago came face-to-face Friday with the present-day commander-in-chief of the country that launched the attack. And one of them got a hug.
Savchenko says ready to negotiate with pro-Moscow separatists
Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, freed from a Russian jail this week, said on Friday she is ready to negotiate with pro-Russian separatists on releasing prisoners.
Olympics: 23 new doping failures from London Games - IOC
The International Olympic Committee on Friday reported 23 new doping failures from retests on 265 samples from the 2012 London Games.
Dalai Lama warns of growing divide among Tibetans
The Dalai Lama warned Friday of a growing divide among exiled Tibetans, saying that morals are "degenerating" in the community, as the leader of its government-in-exile was sworn in at a ceremony in India.
Taiwan forecasts further economic woes dragged by global slowdown
Taiwan lowered its annual growth forecast Friday as the trade-reliant economy took a hit from global sluggishness and slowing investment in the private sector.
EU to unveil miitary cooperation plan after Brexit vote
The European Union said Friday it will unveil plans for closer military cooperation after Britain's referendum on whether to the bloc, but denied they were secret proposals for an EU army.
Amnesty warns of 'dramatic surge' in Saudi executions
Amnesty International warned on Friday that a surge in executions carried out by Saudi authorities could see more than 100 people put to death in the first six months of 2016.
100,000 Syrians trapped as IS advances near Turkish border
At least 100,000 people were trapped Friday along Syria's border with Turkey after the Islamic State group swept through rebel territory in Aleppo province, rights groups and activists said.
Putin in Greek trip as EU sanctions talks loom
Russian President Vladimir Putin was in Greece on Friday in a visit aimed at reinforcing a relationship with one of his few friends in the EU amid tensions with the West.
Israeli minister quits Netanyahu's 'extremist government'
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suffered his second cabinet resignation in a week on Friday when a minister quit over the appointment of a hardline nationalist in the "extremist government".
Boko Haram violence creates education crisis in NE Nigeria
More than two years after being attacked by Boko Haram, piles of blackened furniture, iron bed frames and computers still litter the burnt-out shell of the Federal Government College in Buni Yadi.
Formula One: Drivers to continue dumping tear-offs on famous streets
Formula One's ruling body has followed local precedent by encouraging the drivers in this weekend's 74th running of the Monaco Grand Prix not to dump litter all over the famous old street circuit.
Brexit camp launches £50m competition doubling as poll
Campaigners for a "Leave" vote in Britain's EU referendum launched an online competition and poll Friday offering £50 million for anyone who correctly predicts the outcome of every Euro 2016 fixture.
Prosecutors probe mass brawl at France's 'Jungle' migrant camp
Prosecutors said Friday they have opened an investigation into a massive brawl in the "Jungle" migrant camp in the northern French town of Calais that left 40 people injured.
Iran sticking to nuclear deal: UN watchdog
Iran is still complying with the July 2015 landmark nuclear deal with major powers, a report from the UN atomic watchdog seen by AFP showed on Friday.
Turkey visitors down over 30% in April as tourism slumps
The number of foreigners visiting Turkey crashed by almost 30 percent in April as tourists stayed away due to security fears following a wave of attacks and tensions with Russia, statistics showed Friday.
Entering second year, Nigeria's Buhari faces economic turbulence
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari marks one year in office on Sunday, after 12 months dominated by efforts to end the brutal Boko Haram conflict and tackle endemic corruption.
Singapore charges six Bangladeshis with terror financing
Singapore on Friday charged six Bangladeshi guest workers with raising funds for an alleged plot to launch terrorist attacks in their homeland.
Coalition warplanes pummel IS in Syria bastion
Warplanes from the US-led coalition have pounded the Islamic State group with at least 150 strikes to bolster a major offensive on the jihadists' Syrian stronghold of Raqa, a monitor said Friday.
Six rebels, one soldier die in clashes in Indian Kashmir
Six suspected rebels and a soldier have died in two separate gun battles in Indian Kashmir as violence flared in the restive region this week, police and the army said Friday.
Turkey enraged by 'unacceptable' US backing of Kurdish militia
Turkey on Friday accused its NATO ally the United States of "unacceptable" behaviour after US commandos in Syria were pictured assisting a Kurdish militia that is branded a terror group by Ankara and even wearing their insignia.
Some 1,500 props from 'Mad Men' TV show to be auctioned
Some 1,500 props from the award-winning TV series "Mad Men" are set to go under the hammer in a June 1-15 auction, organizers said.
Turkey party seeks constitutional change to boost Erdogan
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is seeking a quick revision to the constitution that would allow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to renew his party political activity, sources said on Friday.
Trial over Air France 'shirt-ripping' incident postponed
A French court on Friday postponed the trial of five union activists over an incident in which an Air France executive had his shirt ripped off as he tried to escape an angry mob.
S.Africa broadcaster bans screening of violent protests
South Africa's public broadcaster said Friday it would stop screening violent protests involving the firebombing of public buildings -- a move condemned as censorship ahead of crucial elections.
Bright welcome for Philips Lighting share sale
Investors happily switched into Philips's lighting division shares at their Amsterdam debut Friday, over a century after the Dutch electronics giant sold its first light bulb.
Everest rescuers find body of missing Indian climber
Rescuers on Friday found the body of one of two Indian climbers missing on Mount Everest, before bad weather forced them to halt search operations, an expedition operator said.
Pass the pasta: Maldives seizes sauce with wine and bacon
The Maldives has begun seizing jars of an imported pasta sauce after discovering it contained white wine and bacon, ingredients considered taboo by the local Muslim population.