Pressure builds on Paul Ryan to run for House speaker
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The pressure is on Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP vice presidential nominee in 2012, to run for House speaker in the chaotic aftermath of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's sudden decision to abandon his campaign for the post.
Poachers kill 4 in anti-poaching patrol in Congo parkJOHANNESBURG (AP) ? The managers of a national park in Congo say poachers killed three rangers and one Congolese military colonel who were part of a 10-man patrol that tracked the satellite collar of a killed elephant to a poachers' camp.
Italy sends 19 Eritreans to Sweden under new EU refugee plan
ROME (AP) ? Italy bid farewell Friday to 19 Eritreans ? the first of an estimated 160,000 refugees to be resettled throughout Europe as part of a new EU redistribution program to move asylum-seekers out of hard-hit front-line countries.
1 dead, 3 wounded in shooting at Northern Arizona UniversityFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) ? An overnight confrontation between two groups of students escalated into gunfire Friday when a freshman at Northern Arizona University killed one person and wounded three others, authorities said.
NYC jury acquits Atlanta Hawks' Sefolosha in police fracas
NEW YORK (AP) ? Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha was acquitted Friday of charges stemming from a struggle with police outside a trendy New York City nightclub that left him with a broken leg and ended his NBA season.
IS at outskirts of Syria's Aleppo despite Russian raids
Islamic State group fighters advanced Friday to the outskirts of Syria's second city Aleppo, despite 10 days of Russian air strikes that Moscow says are aimed at routing the jihadists. Moscow announced on Friday that its raids had killed several hundred IS fighters and hit more than 60 "terrorist targets" in Syria over the past 24 hours. Strikes on Aleppo killed "some 100 militants", and other raids struck command posts and training camps in Latakia, Hama and Idlib.
Pentagon scaling back Syria rebel training: officials
The Pentagon said Friday it will halt its troubled program to build Syrian rebel units to fight the Islamic State and focus instead on training and arming vetted leaders already on the ground. The switch in tactics will be seen as a tacit admission that the Pentagon's $500 million program to train thousands of "moderate" Syrian rebels has failed. Two small groups of US-trained fighters have crossed into Syria from Turkey this year, but one broke up after coming under attack and the other surrendered much of its equipment to an Al-Qaeda front group.
All eyes on Ryan amid search for House speaker
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is deciding whether to seek the U.S. House of Representatives' speaker job, fellow Republican lawmakers said on Friday after they met behind closed doors to try to settle their leadership battle. Speaking to reporters the day after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy abruptly dropped his bid to become speaker, Representative Darrell Issa of California said he had no second choice if Ryan sticks by his announcement on Thursday that he would not seek the post. "Although he's ruled himself out, it's very clear he's reconsidering," Issa told reporters as he exited the meeting.
One shot dead, three wounded in US university 'confrontation'A student armed with a handgun killed another student in a "confrontation" at an Arizona university early Friday that also left three others with multiple gunshot wounds, police said, in the latest shooting at a US college. The deadly incident at Northern Arizona University (NAU) came hours before President Barack Obama was to meet families of victims of last week's shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College in Oregon that left nine people dead before the gunman killed himself. The first emergency calls came through to police at 1:20 am Friday, when most NAU students would have been in bed at the sprawling university campus in the city of Flagstaff.
Tunisian mediator group wins Nobel Peace Prize for aiding move to democracy
By Gwladys Fouche and Tarek Amara OSLO/TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for helping build democracy in the birthplace of the Arab Spring, an example of peaceful transition in a region otherwise struggling with violence and upheaval. The quartet of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA), the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH), and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers was formed in the summer of 2013. It helped support the democratisation process when it was in danger of collapsing, the Norwegian Nobel committee said in its citation.