Netherlands to appeal EU demand for Starbucks back taxes
The Dutch government said Friday it will appeal an EU ruling that Starbucks must pay some 30 million euros ($34 million) in back taxes for enjoying an "illegal" tax break.
Venezuela must punish those involved in opposition leader's killing
Venezuela must find and punish those responsible for the murder of a prominent opposition leader who was gunned down less that two weeks ahead of hotly contested legislative polls, the UN said Friday.
Former Ivory Coast leader Gbagbo 'fit for trial'
Former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo has been declared "physically and mentally able" to stand trial for crimes against humanity trial next year, the International Criminal Court said Friday.
Paris attacks put no-hope Belgian town in terror spotlight
The terror spotlight has returned to the Belgian rustbelt town of Verviers in the wake of the Paris attacks, frustrating locals who hoped to turn the page following a deadly jihadist shootout in January.
Pope hails Uganda's 'outstanding' treatment of refugees
Pope Francis on Friday hailed Uganda for its "outstanding" response in welcoming refugees as he began a two-day visit to this east African nation.
EU hopes new Argentine government will help Mercosur trade talks
The EU said Friday it hopes the election of a centre-right government in Argentina will give new impetus to stalled talks on a free trade pact with Mercosur, the Latin American bloc.
Syria 'welcomes' Fabius statement on including regime in anti-IS fight
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem on Friday welcomed the proposal by his French counterpart Laurent Fabius to include the Syrian army in efforts to battle the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group.
Suicide bomber kills 21 at Shiite Muslim procession in Nigeria
At least 21 people were killed on Friday when a suicide bomber blew himself up in the crowds at a Shia Muslim procession near the north Nigerian city of Kano, in the latest violence to hit the troubled region.
Erdogan dolls burned, buried as Russia fumes at Turkey
Moscow's fury over Ankara's downing of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border was on full display Friday as pro-government activists staged anti-Turkey rallies, even parading a life-size doll of its president in a coffin.
Switzerland's super rich getting richer
Morose economic growth and a turbulent stock market have not stopped Switzerland's super rich from getting a lot richer this year, a report showed Friday.
Girl, peacekeeper killed in Sudan shelling
Shelling killed a four-year-old girl and an Ethiopian peacekeeper in the disputed Abyei region between Sudan and South Sudan, the United Nations mission said Friday.
'Romance fraud' warning from UK police after £1.6m scam
London's Metropolitan Police on Friday warned singletons to beware of online dating scams after two men were convicted of duping a woman out of £1.6 million (2.3 million euros, $2.4 million).
Sixth person charged in Belgium over Paris attacks
A Belgian judge on Friday charged a sixth suspect with terrorism offences in connection with the Paris attacks, prosecutors said, as the country pushes on with its investigation into links to the November 13 atrocities.
The players who can make or break a Paris climate deal
Negotiators from 195 nations gather in Paris on Monday to try to broker a universal climate pact to rein in global warming and keep Earth liveable for humanity.
Pope hails Africa as 'continent of hope'
Pope Francis hailed Africa as "a continent of hope" on Friday as he toured Uganda on the second leg of a landmark trip that has seen him railing against corruption and poverty.
Dutch to sell off state-owned insurer ASR
The Dutch government is planning to sell off state-owned insurance company ASR, Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said Friday, a week after a triumphant return to the stock market by ABN Amro.
Athletics: Radcliffe treatment over doping 'truly shocking' - IAAF
Women's world marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe was "hounded remorselessly" over doping allegations that proved wrong, world athletics' governing body said Friday.
Russia buries soldier killed in rescue of warplane pilot
Russia on Friday buried with full military honours a soldier killed in Syria during the operation to rescue pilots of the warplane shot down by Turkey.
Tunisia attacks were planned in Libya
A series of attacks in Tunisia claimed by the Islamic State group that killed dozens of people including foreign tourists was planned in neighbouring Libya, a top official said Friday.
Two Palestinians ram cars into Israeli troops, shot dead
Two Palestinians rammed their cars into Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank on Friday, injuring seven, before being killed, raising this week's death toll from Palestinian-Israeli violence to 11.
US stocks struggle as Black Friday shopping begins
US stocks struggled near the flat line Friday with retailers in focus as shopping kicks into high gear after the Thanksgiving Day holiday.
Tintin expert named Britain's first professor of comics
An expert in "The Adventures of Tintin" comic book series has been named as Britain's first ever professor of "graphic fiction and comic art".
Top Burundi official escapes assassination bid
A top Burundian government official narrowly survived an assassination attempt in the capital Bujumbura on Friday, police said, with gunmen killing his bodyguard as they opened fire on his convoy.
Man behind 'Swissleaks' scandal sentenced to five years in prison
Herve Falciani, the former HSBC employee whose disclosures uncorked the "Swissleaks" scandal on bank-supported tax evasion, was sentenced in absentia on Friday to five years in prison, Switzerland's ATS news agency said.
Formula One: Rosberg on top after second practice
Nico Rosberg bounced back on Friday to outpace Mercedes team-mate and newly-crowned three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton in the second free practice session for Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Suicide bomber hits Shiite Muslim procession in NE Nigeria
A suicide bomber on Friday blew himself up among crowds at a Shia Muslim procession outside the north Nigerian city of Kano, in the latest violence to hit the troubled region.
Athletics: WADA pleased with Russia's 'readiness' for change
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has expressed itself pleased with Moscow's readiness to revamp its scandal-ridden anti-doping system, the Russian sports ministry said Friday.
Russia halts visa-free regime for Turks from January 1
Russia said on Friday it would suspend its visa-free regime for Turkish nationals from January 1 as it retaliates against Ankara for the downing of a Russian warplane.
British PM sets up Commonwealth counter-extremism unit
British Prime Minister David Cameron announced funding for a Commonwealth counter-extremism unit as the organisation's summit in Malta got under way Friday.
Belgian detainee 'unwittingly' drove Paris suspect
A Frenchman detained in connection with the Paris attacks drove key suspect Salah Abdeslam across Brussels the day after the atrocities without knowing he had been involved, the man's lawyer said Friday.
Huge crowds cheer as pope arrives in Uganda on Africa tour
Pope Francis landed in Uganda Friday on the second leg of a landmark trip to Africa, with huge crowds, choirs and dancers celebrating as he touched down.