IS suicide bomber attacks Saudi Shiite mosque, killing 21
An Islamic State group suicide bomber attacked a Shiite mosque in Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia on Friday, killing 21 people and wounding 81 in an assault that threatens to fan sectarian tensions. The bomber struck during the main weekly prayers in Eastern Province, where assailants linked to the Sunni extremist IS killed seven members of the minority Shiite community in November. The interior ministry said a suicide bomber detonated a bomb at the mosque in Kudeih, in the Shiite-majority city of Qatif, the official SPA news agency reported.
Gunfight in western Mexico kills at least 42: officialsAt least 42 people were killed on Friday in western Mexico in a gunfight between suspected gang members and security forces, two government officials said, the latest bloodshed in an area that has been plagued by violent drug gangs. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said at least two federal police died in the morning clash near Tanhuato in the state of Michoacan, near the border with Jalisco, a region home to Mexico's second-biggest city, Guadalajara. The vast majority of those killed in the fight were suspected gang members, the officials said.
China says U.S. South China Sea actions 'irresponsible, dangerous'
By Sui-Lee Wee and David Brunnstrom BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China said on Friday it was "strongly dissatisfied" after a U.S. spy plane flew over part of the South China Sea this week near where China is building artificial islands, and called on the United States to stop such action or risk causing an accident. The U.S. flight on Wednesday was highlighted by the unusual Pentagon decision to invite a CNN team aboard the Poseidon surveillance plane.
US stocks mostly up despite valuation worries
Wall Street stocks moved mostly higher this week despite mixed earnings from big retailers and caution about swelling equity valuations. The Dow and S&P 500 both notched record closes during the week before retreating a bit, while the Nasdaq ended less than three points away from its all-time high. Hugh Johnson of Hugh Johnson Advisors said stocks would probably stall given current valuations and the prospect of higher interest rates.
21 killed, 81 wounded in IS attack on Saudi Shiite mosque: ministry
Clinton emails show concern about image after Benghazi
By Mark Hosenball and Alistair Bell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top aides to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fretted over how she would be portrayed after the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, emails released on Friday showed. The emails from Clinton's personal email account made public by the State Department do not appear to contain any revelations that could badly damage her bid for the presidency in 2016 or provide fodder for Republicans who accuse her of being negligent before the Benghazi attacks. A senior adviser to Clinton, Jake Sullivan, forwarded an email from a State Department official about positive media coverage of a statement she gave on Sept. 12, 2012, the day after the killings.
Two California men charged with supporting IS jihadists
Two California men were charged Friday with allegedly providing support to the Islamic State group, with one accused of trying to travel to the Middle East to join the jihadists. Anaheim residents Muhanad Badawi and Nader Elhuzayel, both 24, were charged after investigators tracked their communications on social media and found messages claiming their support for IS. On May 3, Elhuzayel tweeted his support for a failed attack by two gunmen on an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed in Texas.
US, Cuba close round of talks with no embassy announcement
US stocks dip as Yellen reaffirms 2015 rate hike
Clinton emails on Benghazi attack released to public
Hundreds of emails by former top US diplomat Hillary Clinton were released by the State Department Friday, seeking to quell a lingering political row about a deadly 2012 attack on a US mission in Libya. The emails have stoked fresh controversy since Clinton -- who is now running for president -- admitted to using a private server and email address during her tenure as secretary of state from 2009 to early 2013. This is something that I've asked to be done as you know for a long time," Clinton said at a campaign event in New Hampshire.