ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A suicide bomber blasted a political gathering Saturday in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 25 people, wounding dozens and stoking fears about security surrounding this month's parliamentary election.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Mahmoud Qassem, a fishmonger, stores his wares on ice overnight in case the fridge shuts down. Suheil Shaban, 62, a diabetic with a bad knee, rarely leaves his ninth-floor apartment - he can't trust the elevator to function. A pediatric hospital director says the generator he relies on is almost out of fuel.
N'DJAMENA, Chad - Turbaned troops patrolled the streets of Chad's capital in pickup trucks Friday while residents took stock of the damage from days of fierce fighting that brought rebels to the doorstep of the presidential palace.
NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya's rival political parties appear close to an agreement to share power, working on the details of a deal to end weeks of postelection bloodshed that has killed more than 1,000 people, the chief mediator and a leading negotiator said Friday.
PARIS - A French trader was ordered into custody Friday while investigations continue into the billions in losses he allegedly caused at Societe Generale bank.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Benazir Bhutto's supporters disputed a Scotland Yard finding Friday that a bomb not a bullet killed the ex-prime minister, and her party renewed its call for a full-scale international investigation into her death.
MUNICH, Germany - Lingering anger in Europe over the U.S. invasion of Iraq explains why some allies are reluctant to heed U.S. calls for more combat troops in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday. It was his first public acknowledgment of such a link to the Iraq war.
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela's top oil official on Friday accused Exxon Mobil Corp. of ''judicial terrorism'' and said court orders won by the oil major do not amount to confiscation of more than $12 billion in assets.
NEW DELHI, India - The Indian government said Friday it is seeking the extradition of a man accused of heading an organ transplant ring that illegally removed hundreds of kidneys, sometimes from unwilling donors held at gunpoint.
NAIROBI, Kenya - Washington is wielding a visa weapon against prominent Kenyans who have allegedly encouraged weeks of postelection bloodshed, threatening to bar politicians and businessmen from visiting the U.S., America's ambassador said Thursday.
ANKARA, Turkey - Lawmakers voted early Thursday to approve a constitutional amendment allowing female students to enter universities wearing Islamic head scarves - a move that many secular Turks view as an attempt to impose religion on their daily lives.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A wave of defections from Pakistan's ruling party ahead of parliamentary elections is compounding the woes of Pervez Musharraf at a time of rampant Islamic militancy, soaring food prices and anger over the U.S.-backed president's maneuvering to prolong his eight years in power.
ATHENS, Greece - A low-key bishop described as an ''enlightened conservative'' was chosen by senior clergy Thursday to lead Greece's powerful Orthodox Church.
SHENZHEN, China - Xiao Wang works in a massive factory in southern China that makes Apple iPods. But lately, he's been spending his time preparing for the Lunar New Year, cooking feasts with fatty slices of pork carved from a pig's head.
N'DJAMENA, ChaD - Chad's capital was mostly quiet Tuesday but rebels seeking to oust the president kept to the fringes of the city and threatened a fresh attack. France said it was prepared to intervene militarily to help the government repel the assault if necessary.
ATLANTA - The wife of a Georgia police chief says she was asleep when her husband shot her in bed, and that she believes it was an accident.
MIAMI - Lesbian and gay couples were wed in Miami on Monday by the same judge who approved their marriage licenses, hours before Florida's coming-out party as the nation's 36th state where same-sex marriages are now legal statewide.
Mental health experts in Georgia say federal spending cuts will weaken a program that trains ordinary people to provide "first aid" for a person experiencing a mental health crisis.
BOSTON - People who lost loved ones or were injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings are clamoring for justice as jury selection gets underway in one of the nation's most closely watched federal death penalty cases in two decades.
ATLANTA - The image of Karl Wallenda crossing the Tallulah Gorge is still vivid for those who witnessed it on July 18, 1970.
EDDYVILLE, Ky. - Sailor Gutzler, the 7-year-old girl who survived a plane crash, walked a mile through the cold, dark woods to safety and then helped authorities locate the wreckage and remains of her family, may not be done helping investigators.
MEXICO CITY - Searchers on Friday found the body of an American man who had been missing in the rugged mountains in central Mexico since going on a hike four days ago.
EDDYVILLE, Ky. - A 7-year-old girl who survived a plane crash in Kentucky that killed her parents and two other family members has been released from the hospital, an official said Saturday.
NEW YORK - Fast-food chains have a New Year's resolution: Drop the junk.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Two West Virginia police officers were injured in a New Year's Day shootout after a traffic stop involving a stolen SUV and a truck with two dead bodies inside, authorities said.
PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia - After nearly a week of searching for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501, rescue teams battling monsoon rains had their most successful day yet on Friday, more than tripling the number of bodies pulled from the Java Sea, some still strapped to their seats.
AUGUSTA (AP) - Thirteen goats that were deployed to eat overgrown grass, weeds and bushes in a subdivision detention pond in August have taken to their job with gusto.
SEATTLE - A year into the nation's experiment with legal, taxed marijuana sales, Washington and Colorado find themselves wrestling not with the federal interference many feared, but with competition from medical marijuana or even outright black market sales.
SAVANNAH - When Hollywood films a hit movie or TV show in Georgia, hardcore fans can bring in millions of tourism dollars when they come to get a firsthand look at the places they've seen on the screen.
WASHINGTON - Governors across the political spectrum are hitting a roadblock in their bids to expand Medicaid with federal funds: Republican legislators who adamantly oppose "Obamacare."