Congress heads out with no resolution on Zika, Puerto RicoWASHINGTON (AP) ? Congress headed out of Washington on Friday, accomplishing relatively little in a short work period and missing deadlines on the budget and on helping Puerto Rico with its financial crisis.
Irish leaders end deadlock, make deal for new governmentDUBLIN (AP) ? Ireland's two key parties say they have struck a deal to create a new government following an inconclusive election and two months of political deadlock.
Despite carnage, Syria's Aleppo not in fighting 'freeze'
Regime aircraft on Friday pounded rebel areas of Syria's second city Aleppo, which was left out of a deal to "freeze" fighting despite international outrage over renewed violence. Shelling and air raids in Aleppo over the past week have killed more than 230 civilians and pushed a landmark February 27 ceasefire to the verge of collapse. On Friday, crude barrel bombs smashed into residential neighbourhoods as rescue workers scrambled to cope with the casualties.
US urges action by Bangladesh to prevent killings
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Secretary of State John Kerry called on Bangladesh's leader to step up law enforcement to prevent a wave of killings targeting liberal voices, the State Department said Friday amid fears that the traditionally moderate South Asian nation is under threat from Islamic extremists.
Rouhani allies seek control of parliament in Iran vote
Voting was extended Friday in second round elections for almost a quarter of the seats in Iran's parliament, a crucial showdown between reformists and conservatives seeking to influence the country's future. Iran's reformists -- who have encouraged foreign investment, support moves for greater diplomatic rapprochement and seek social reforms at home -- are allied with President Hassan Rouhani's government and made major gains in the first round on February 26. Polling stations opened at 8:00 am (0330 GMT) for the second round which took place in 21 provinces, but not the capital Tehran, with 68 of parliament's 290 seats being contested.
U.S. stands by South Korea defense talks despite China, Russia objections
WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - The White House on Friday said talks to install a new anti-missile defense system in South Korea would continue in the wake of nuclear arms and missile tests by North Korea despite calls by China and Russia for the United States to back off. The United States and South Korea have begun talks on possible deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system after North Korea tested its fourth nuclear bomb on Jan. 6 and conducted missile tests.
AP DERBY TOP 10: Wire-to-wire for Nyquist as No. 1 contender
Unlike Pharoah-phever a year ago, Nyquist-mania hasn't yet struck in the days leading to the Kentucky Derby. It might by next Saturday night if the undefeated colt ends up in the winner's circle at Churchill Downs.
British support for EU membership split 50-50 - ORB poll
British support for staying in the European Union is split 50-50 according to an opinion poll published by research firm ORB which also suggested U.S. President Obama has not won over many voters with his call for the country not to leave the bloc. The online poll of 2,082 people, carried out between Wednesday and Friday for the Independent, showed the balance shifting slightly towards the "Leave" campaign when accounting for the likelihood of respondents to actually vote in the referendum in June. Many opinion polls have shown the outcome is too close to call.
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Maryland man charged in bomb threat at Baltimore TV station
(Reuters) - A Maryland man accused of threatening Fox Television's Baltimore affiliate while wearing a hedgehog suit and a fake bomb vest loaded with foil-wrapped chocolate bars has been charged with arson and other counts, authorities said on Friday. The suspect, Alex Brizzi, 25, of Elkridge, Maryland, was shot and wounded by police after trying to deliver a flash drive with video about the end of the world during Thursday's incident at the offices of WBFF-TV. Police Commissioner Kevin Davis told a news conference that there was no connection to organized terrorism.